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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 $300 to $2,000 per couple off 2019 Avalon Waterways cruises. Expires February 19. Click here for eligible departures.
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  • Save an additional $300 per couple on Scenic cruises. This deal is combinable with other offers. Expires February 25. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Early booking discount! Save up to 25% off with early booking discounts on select Hurtigruten Explorer voyages. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Receive economy airfare for $750 per person, premium economy for $1,750 per person or business airfare for $2,990 per person on select Tauck Europe trips from certain U.S. gateways. Expires February 28. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 30% off select G Adventures departures worldwide. Price shown reflects discount. Expires February 28. 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
Along the South-African Coastline (Cape Town - Durban) 9 Cape Town, South Africa  Durban, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Along the South-African Coastline 2020 (Musical Cruise) 9 Cape Town, South Africa  Durban, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cape Verde 9 Dakar, Senegal  Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Adventure in the Bijagos Archipelago 9 Dakar, Senegal  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Essential Seychelles 9 Victoria, Seychelles  Victoria, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 19 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake from Punta Arenas 8 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Intrepid Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake 8 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Quark First Class Dates and Prices
Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia (10 days) 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Discover Antarctica 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Pristine Antarctica 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
+ View all 106 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Norway and Spitsbergen - The Route of Polar Pioneers 7 Tromso, Norway  Oslo, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief 7 Oslo, Norway  Oslo, Norway  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Realm of the Polar Bear 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Icelandic Mosaic (Reykjavik - Reykjavik) 8 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Arctic Unveiled 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
+ View all 86 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Ha Long Bay 2 Hanoi, Vietnam  Hanoi, Vietnam  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Maldives Dhoni Explorer 7 Male, Maldives  Male, Maldives  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Schubert & Schumann: Piano & Lieder in Japan 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
The Best of Japan (Maizuru - Osaka) 9 Maizuru, Japan  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 12 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Taste of Tasmania (Basix) 6 Hobart, Australia  Hobart, Australia  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
The Best of New Zealand (Dunedin - Auckland, Itinerary A) 10 Dunedin, New Zealand  Auckland, 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 (Auckland - Dunedin) 10 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The best of New Zealand 2019-2020 (Dunedin - Auckland) 10 Dunedin, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 15 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Pearls of the Caribbean 8 Bridgetown, Barbados  Bridgetown, Barbados  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Boston - Fort-de-France) 8 Boston, MA  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean Sea – Discover Cayes, Coves and Reefs (Miami to Puerto Limón) 9 Miami, FL  Limon, Costa Rica  Hurtigruten First Class 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
+ View all 12 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
Ocean Voyage (Marseille - Valletta) 4 Marseille, France  Valletta, Malta  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Bergen - Reykjavik) 4 Bergen, Norway  Reykjavik, Iceland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Classic Voyage South 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Voyage North 7 Bergen, Norway  Kirkenes, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Islands of Dalmatia Cruise (Split to Dubrovnik) 8 Split, Croatia  Dubrovnik, Croatia  Emerald Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 163 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Hawaii
Hawaii and French Polynesia (Honolulu - Papeete) 16 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Treasures of the Red Sea 8 Aqaba, Jordan  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discovering the Levant 9 Antalya, Turkey  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Egypt and Israel (Aqaba to Antalya) 9 Aqaba, Jordan  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Egypt and Israel (Antalya to Aqaba) 10 Antalya, Turkey  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
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
Treasures of Polynesia (Papeete - Papeete) 10 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea 12 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Cairns, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Pacific Expedition 13 Auckland, New Zealand  Honiara, Solomon Islands  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Jewels of the South Seas 13 Papeete, Tahiti  Lautoka, Fiji  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 12 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Ocean Voyage (Bridgetown - Ponta Delgada) 9 Bridgetown, Barbados  Ponta Delgada, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Cayenne - Dakar) 9 Cayenne, French Guiana  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Dakar - Fort-de-France) 10 Dakar, Senegal  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
+ View all 8 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
California (Vancouver - San Diego) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Best of California 9 San Francisco, CA  Los Angeles, CA  Insight Deluxe Dates and Prices
East Coast USA 10 New York City, NY  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Great Lakes of North America 11 Chicago, IL  Quebec City, Canada  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Maritimes & East Coast USA 19 Halifax, Canada  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices


* 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.