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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
Canary Islands and Cape Verde (Gastronomy Cruise) 10 Lisbon, Portugal  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 13 Africa 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 2021 13 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Reykjavik to Halifax (Nova Scotia) 14 Reykjavik, Iceland  Halifax, Canada  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Arctic in Depth 2021 (11 Day) 11 Oslo, Norway  Oslo, Norway  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Across the Arctic Circle 2021 (Oslo to Bergen) 14 Oslo, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 84 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Exploring the Indonesian Archipelago (Singapore - Darwin) 12 Singapore, Singapore  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Between India and Asia (Colombo - Singapore) 14 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Singapore, Singapore  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Secrets of the Malay Archipelago (Manila - Darwin) 14 Manila, Philippines  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Japan (Maizuru - Osaka) 9 Maizuru, Japan  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Japan (Osaka - Maizuru) 9 Osaka, Japan  Maizuru, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 28 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
The Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition (Auckland - Lyttelton) 15 Auckland, New Zealand  Lyttleton, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition (Auckland - Dunedin) 15 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cairns to Singapore 23 Cairns, Australia  Singapore, Singapore  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Dunedin (South Island) to Melbourne 16 Dunedin, New Zealand  Melbourne, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Dundein (South Island) to Dundein (South Island) 15 Dunedin, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Canada
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
The Caribbean & French Guiana 11 Fort de France, Martinique  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Between Panama and Martinique 2021 (Colón - Fort de France) 10 Colon, Panama  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Christmas in the Caribbean 13 Fort de France, Martinique  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean Delights 2021 12 Nassau, Bahamas  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Natural and Cultural Wonders of the Western Caribbean 8 Cancun, Mexico  Cancun, Mexico  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 9 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
Iberian Shores 8 Barcelona, Spain  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Celtic Shores (Dublin - Portsmouth) 8 Dublin, Ireland  Portsmouth, England  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Wild Scotland & the Hebrideans 2021 11 Bergen, Norway  Dublin, Ireland  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Mediterranean Discovery 2021 9 Barcelona, Spain  Athens, Greece  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Mediterranean Treasures 2021 10 Venice, Italy  Barcelona, Spain  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 49 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Mexico & Central America
Among the Great Whales (San Carlos to Loreto) 8 Loreto, Mexico  Loreto, Mexico  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers & Ruins of the Maya World 9 Guatemala City, Guatemala  Guatemala City, Guatemala  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Wonders of Central America 8 Puerto Morelos, Mexico  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Costa Rica & the Panama Canal (San Jose to Panama City) 8 San Jose, Costa Rica  Panama City, Panama  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Costa Rica & the Panama Canal (Panama City to San Jose) 8 Panama City, Panama  San Jose, Costa Rica  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 21 Mexico & Central America 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
Wonders of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea 13 Valletta, Malta  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Levant, Egypt and the Red Sea 9 Antalya, Turkey  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cochin to Athens (Piraeus) 20 Cochin, India  Athens, Greece  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 11 Middle East expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Lautoka to Cairns 2021 15 Lautoka, Fiji  Cairns, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Papeete (Tahiti) to Lautoka 2021 13 Papeete, Tahiti  Lautoka, Fiji  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Valparaiso to Papeete (Tahiti) 2021 23 Valparaíso, Chile  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Easter Island to Papeete (Tahiti) (Itinerary B) 15 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of Polynesia 10 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - South America
Western Galapagos Cruise + Quito 10 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Northern Galapagos Cruise + Quito 8 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
San Cristobal to Baltra 8 San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador  Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Baltra to San Cristobal 8 Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Galapagos Hiking & Kayaking Adventure (Northern Itinerary) 10 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 167 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 2021 (22 Day) 22 Ushuaia, Argentina  Cape Town, South Africa  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Viking Voyage 2021 29 Bergen, Norway  Boston, MA  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grand Voyage of Discovery 2021 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 2021 20 Boston, MA  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
East Coast USA 2021 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
Vancouver to San Francisco (California) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Francisco, CA  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Into the History of Modern America (Itinerary 1) 9 Boston, MA  Nassau, Bahamas  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 11 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.