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Expedition Cruises

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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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  • Save an additional $200 per couple on Collette vacations worldwide. This offer is combinable with most deals. Expires September 24. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $300 to $2,000 per couple off 2019 Avalon Waterways cruises. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% off select 2019 Globus trips. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save with discounted Preview pricing plus get an additional 10% off 2019 Insight USA and Canada departures when you book and pay in full. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires September 24. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $300 to $2,500 per couple off 2018 Avalon Waterways cruises. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 35% off select Norwegian coastal voyages. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 15% to 40% off select Quark Antarctica departures in certain cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 20% off Quark 2019 Arctic sailings in certain cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 35% off select G Adventures departures worldwide. Price shown reflects discount. Expires September 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Fly for free from select gateways or receive a $2,000 per cabin air credit on certain Hurtigruten Antarctica voyages. This offer is combinable with Hurtigruten's early booking discount. Expires September 30. Click here for eligible departures.

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
Tema (Accra) to Lisbon 17 Accra, Ghana  Lisbon, Portugal  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cape Verde and Canary Islands 2019 (Dakar - Lisbon) 11 Dakar, Senegal  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
From Brazil to Africa 2019 (Rio de Janeiro - Dakar) 17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cape Verde and its Islands (Praia - Praia) 8 Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Canary Islands & Cape-Verde (Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Dakar) 10 Santa Cruz de Terenife, Spain  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 30 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Icelandic Mosaic (Reykjavik - Reykjavik) 8 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Northwest Passage (Kangerlussuaq - Nome) 24 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  Nome, AK  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Baffin Bay Secrets (Kangerlussuaq - Kangerlussuaq) 14 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Footsteps of the Vikings 10 Bergen, Norway  Reykjavik, Iceland  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Arctic 11 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 72 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
The Best of New Zealand (Auckland - Dunedin) 10 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of New Zealand (Dunedin - Auckland, Itinerary B) 10 Dunedin, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of New Zealand (Dunedin - Auckland, Itinerary A) 10 Dunedin, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discover the Ancient Wonders of Papua and Spice (Cairns - Darwin) 12 Cairns, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Coast Expedition (Broome to Darwin) 11 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 16 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
New Year in the Caribbean (Fort de France - Fort de France) 8 Fort de France, Martinique  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Between Martinique and Panama (Fort de France - Colón) 10 Fort de France, Martinique  Colon, Panama  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 & Orinoco (Fort de France - Cayenne) 14 Fort de France, Martinique  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Taste of Cuba and the Caribbean 2019 11 Havana, Cuba  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 14 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
Iceland Explorer 2020 10 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Baltic Treasures 2020 11 Stockholm, Sweden  Copenhagen, Denmark  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Mediterranean Discovery 2020 17 Lisbon, Portugal  Athens, Greece  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Mediterranean Treasures 2020 10 Venice, Italy  Barcelona, Spain  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Norwegian Fjords & Coastal Treasures 2019 (Westbound) 10 Oslo, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 179 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Hawaii
Hawaii and French Polynesia 2019 (Honolulu - Papeete) 16 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Hawaii and French Polynesia (Honolulu - Papeete) 15 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Mexico & Central America
The Panama Canal & Costa Rica 2019 (Eastbound) 12 San Jose, Costa Rica  Panama City, Panama  Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Sea of Cortez (San Diego - Puerto Quetzal) 14 San Diego, CA  Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Jewels of Latin America (Puerto Quetzal - Callao) 13 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala  Callao, Peru  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
National Parks and Panama Canal (Puerto Caldera - Colón) 8 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of Central America (Guayaquil - Colon) 14 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 22 Mexico & Central America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Passage to Ancient Egypt & India (Cruise-Only) 30 Athens, Greece  Mumbai, India  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Passage to Ancient Egypt & India 38 Athens, Greece  Delhi, India  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discovering the Levant 9 Antalya, Turkey  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Red Sea 8 Aqaba, Jordan  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Egypt and Israel (Antalya to Aqaba) 10 Antalya, Turkey  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 6 Middle East expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Miscellaneous
Ocean Voyage (Guam to Osaka) 6 Apra, Guam  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Honolulu - Maizuru) 14 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Maizuru, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Polynesia and Easter Island (Le Boréal, Papeete - Hanga Roa) 14 Papeete, Tahiti  Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Polynesia and Easter Island (L’Austral, Papeete - Hanga Roa) 14 Papeete, Tahiti  Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Hawaï & French Polynesia (Honolulu - Papeete) 15 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Easter Island and Polynesia (Hanga Roa - Papeete) 15 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discovering the Hidden Treasures of New Caledonia (Auckland - Noumea) 14 Auckland, New Zealand  Noumea, New Caledonia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 16 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Ocean Voyage (Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Montevideo) 16 Santa Cruz de Terenife, Spain  Montevideo, Uruguay  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Praia - Fort de France) 10 Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Cayenne - Lisbon) 12 Cayenne, French Guiana  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Miami - Lisbon) 15 Miami, FL  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Dakar - Cayenne) 9 Dakar, Senegal  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 12 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Best of California 2019 9 San Francisco, CA  Los Angeles, CA  Insight Deluxe Dates and Prices
Great Lakes of North America 11 Chicago, IL  Quebec City, Canada  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
From Canada to Mexico 13 Vancouver, Canada  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Maritimes & East Coast USA 2019 19 Halifax, Canada  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
East Coast USA 2019 10 New York City, NY  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 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.