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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 up to $4,000 per couple on Scenic 2021 ocean cruises. Expires September 30. Click here for eligible departures.
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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
The Essential Seychelles 9 Victoria, Seychelles  Victoria, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
South Africa & Namibia 9 Durban, South Africa  Walvis Bay, Namibia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Canary Islands and Cape Verde (Gastronomy Cruise) 10 Lisbon, Portugal  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Indian Ocean (Mahe to Nosy Be) 10 Mahe, Seychelles  Port Louis, Mauritius  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Indian Ocean (Nosy Be to Mahe) 10 Port Louis, Mauritius  Mahe, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 13 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake from Punta Arenas 8 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Intrepid First Class Dates and Prices
Antarctic Whale Journey 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid First Class Dates and Prices
Discover Antarctica 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid First Class Dates and Prices
Antarctica Classic 11 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  G Adventure First Class Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruise to Antarctica - 11 Day Adventure 11 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 96 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief 2021 7 Oslo, Norway  Oslo, Norway  Quark First Class Dates and Prices
Realm of the Polar Bear 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure First Class Dates and Prices
Icelandic Mosaic (Reykjavik - Reykjavik) 8 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Unexplored Svalbard 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Iceland Discovery 2021 9 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 84 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Sailing Thailand - Ko Phi Phi to Phuket — Plus 4 Koh Phi Phi, Thailand  Phuket, Thailand  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Sailing Thailand - Phuket to Ko Phi Phi — Plus 4 Phuket, Thailand  Koh Phi Phi, Thailand  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Maldives Dhoni Explorer 7 Male, Maldives  Male, Maldives  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Sailing Thailand - Phuket to Phuket — Plus 7 Phuket, Thailand  Phuket, Thailand  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
From Japan to China 8 Osaka, Japan  Shanghai, China  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 28 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Taste of Tasmania (Basix) 6 Hobart, Australia  Hobart, Australia  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Auckland to Dunedin (South Island) 11 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
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
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 - Europe and Britain
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
Discover Portugal & Spain 2021 8 Lisbon, Portugal  Barcelona, Spain  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Celtic Shores (Dublin - Portsmouth) 8 Dublin, Ireland  Portsmouth, England  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Iberian Shores 8 Barcelona, Spain  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 49 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Mexico & Central America
Ultimate Baja Whale Expedition 7 Loreto, Mexico  Loreto, Mexico  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
Among the Great Whales (San Carlos to Loreto) 8 Loreto, Mexico  Loreto, Mexico  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 21 Mexico & Central America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Turkish Sailing 2021 8 Bodrum, Turkey  Bodrum, Turkey  Contiki Budget Dates and Prices
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
The Levant, Egypt and the Red Sea 9 Antalya, Turkey  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Dubai to Mumbai 10 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Mumbai, India  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 11 Middle East expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Treasures of Polynesia 10 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Polynesia: The Austral Islands & Bora Bora 10 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Papeete (Tahiti) to Lautoka 2021 13 Papeete, Tahiti  Lautoka, Fiji  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Lautoka to Cairns 2021 15 Lautoka, Fiji  Cairns, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Easter Island to Papeete (Tahiti) (Itinerary B) 15 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Transatlantic Voyage from Miami to Lisbon 15 Miami, FL  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grand Voyage of Discovery 2022 17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grand Voyage of Discovery 2021 17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
A Viking Voyage: The Arctic to America 2021 19 Dublin, Ireland  Boston, MA  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ushuaia to Cape Town 2021 (22 Day) 22 Ushuaia, Argentina  Cape Town, South Africa  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Vancouver to San Francisco (California) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Francisco, CA  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Highlights of the Pacific 8 San Diego, CA  Vancouver, Canada  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
Fall Foliage (Itinerary 2) 9 Halifax, Canada  Boston, MA  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Fall Foliage (Itinerary 1) 9 Halifax, Canada  Boston, MA  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.