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Expedition cruises are destination-based journeys that take you into some of the world's most exciting and remote locales. Popular voyages include Darwin's Galapagos Islands, where you'll meet golden-brown iguanas and magnificent frigate birds, and Papua New Guinea, where you'll learn about local cultures and exchange gifts with tribes. See penguins in Antarctica and polar bears in the Arctic or witness the rugged beauty of Australia's Kimberley region.

Expedition cruises include onboard meals and accommodations on ships ranging from the luxurious with a full array of comforts to basic vessels with limited facilities and amenities. Onboard naturalists accompany many voyages, and these experts lead shore excursions and offer lectures about the places visited.

An expedition cruise is a world away from ordinary cruising. From exotic wildlife and enchanting natural wonders to primitive cultures and ancient societies, expedition cruising shows you a side of the world you've never seen before and will never forget.

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Expedition cruises are rated according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered. The vacations below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any vacation name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

Vacation Name Days Starts In Ends In Company Quality*  

Expedition Cruises - Africa
Madagascar & South Africa 15 Zanzibar, Tanzania  Cape Town, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Scattered Islands & Madagascar 17 Durban, South Africa  Durban, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Jewels of the Indian Ocean 15 Port Louis, Mauritius  Zanzibar, Tanzania  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Napoleon Cruise (16 Day) 16 Walvis Bay, Namibia  Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Accra (Tema) to Lisbon (19 Day) 19 Accra, Ghana  Lisbon, Portugal  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 14 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
Expedition Cruise to Antarctica - 11 Day Adventure 11 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruise to Antarctica - 12 Day Adventure 12 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctica + Polar Circle Quest 13 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent (Santiago Roundtrip) 14 Santiago, Chile  Santiago, Chile  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands (Buenos Aires Roundtrip) 24 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 86 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Icelandic Mosaic (Reykjavik - Reykjavik) 8 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears 13 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Longyearbyen to Tromso (Silver Cloud) 11 Longyearbyen, Norway  Tromso, Norway  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tromso to Reykjavik 14 Tromso, Norway  Reykjavik, Iceland  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tromso to Longyearbyen (Silver Cloud) 11 Tromso, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 91 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Secrets of the Malay Archipelago (Manila - Darwin) 14 Manila, Philippines  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Essential Maldives (Male - Colombo) 9 Male, Maldives  Colombo, Sri Lanka  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Essential Maldives (Colombo - Male) 9 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Male, Maldives  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of India (Mumbai - Colombo) 9 Mumbai, India  Colombo, Sri Lanka  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of India (Colombo - Mumbai) 9 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Mumbai, India  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 22 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Singapore to Broome (Kimberley) 18 Singapore, Singapore  Broome, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition (Auckland - Lyttelton) 15 Auckland, New Zealand  Lyttleton, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cairns to Singapore 23 Cairns, Australia  Singapore, Singapore  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier 13 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Dunedin (South Island) to Melbourne 16 Dunedin, New Zealand  Melbourne, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 10 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
The Caribbean & French Guiana 11 Fort de France, Martinique  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Between Panama and Martinique (Colón - Fort de France) 10 Colon, Panama  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean Delights 12 Nassau, Bahamas  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean Sea – Discover Keys, Coves and Cultures (Itinerary 2) 16 Miami, FL  Colon, Panama  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Caribbean Sea – Discover Keys, Coves and Cultures (Itinerary 1) 11 Panama City, Panama  Miami, FL  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
Cochin to Athens (Piraeus) 20 Cochin, India  Athens, Greece  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Greek Islands & Malta 2022 9 Athens, Greece  Valletta, Malta  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Mediterranean Discovery 2022 19 Lisbon, Portugal  Rome, Italy  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discover Croatia & Italy 2022 (Venice to Rome) 15 Venice, Italy  Rome, Italy  Emerald Deluxe Dates and Prices
Croatia in Depth 2022 (Venice to Dubrovnik) 8 Venice, Italy  Dubrovnik, Croatia  Emerald Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 60 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Treasures of the Persian Gulf (Dubai - Muscat) 9 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Muscat, Oman  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Persian Gulf (Muscat - Dubai) 9 Muscat, Oman  Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cochin to Athens (Piraeus) 20 Cochin, India  Athens, Greece  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Holy Land, Egypt & the Red Sea 2022 (Limassol to Aqaba) 11 Limassol, Cyprus  Aqaba, Jordan  Emerald Deluxe Dates and Prices
Holy Land at Christmas Time 2022 8 Limassol, Cyprus  Limassol, Cyprus  Emerald Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 12 Middle East expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Apra to Cairns 20 Apra, Guam  Cairns, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Apra to Singapore 39 Apra, Guam  Singapore, Singapore  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Darwin to Apra 20 Darwin, Australia  Apra, Guam  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Lautoka to Cairns 15 Lautoka, Fiji  Cairns, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Papeete (Tahiti) to Lautoka 13 Papeete, Tahiti  Lautoka, Fiji  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 9 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - South America
12 Day Quito & Galapagos Northern Loop (Celebrity Xpedition) 12 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  Celebrity Deluxe Dates and Prices
12 Day Quito & Galapagos Southern Loop (Celebrity Xpedition) 12 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  Celebrity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Northern Galapagos Cruise + Quito 8 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
San Cristobal to Baltra (8 Days) 8 San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador  Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Baltra to San Cristobal (8 Days) 8 Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 120 South America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Grand Voyage of Discovery 2022 17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Transatlantic Voyage from Miami to Lisbon 15 Miami, FL  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ushuaia to Cape Town (22 Day) 22 Ushuaia, Argentina  Cape Town, South Africa  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Viking Voyage 29 Bergen, Norway  Boston, MA  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grand Voyage of Discovery 17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Ultimate America Discovery 20 Boston, MA  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
East Coast USA 9 Boston, MA  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Vancouver to San Diego (California) 10 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Into the History of Modern America (Itinerary 2) 9 Boston, MA  Nassau, Bahamas  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Into the History of Modern America (Itinerary 1) 9 Boston, MA  Nassau, Bahamas  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 10 U.S. (Continental) expedition cruises


* Key to Quality Ratings

These vacations are classified according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered.

Budget = Budget vacations that typically range from $50 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
First Class = First class vacations that typically range from $80 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
Deluxe = Deluxe vacations that typically range from $200 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.