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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 up to $1,600 per couple off many Collette trips. Expires June 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 40% off select G Adventures departures. Price shown reflects discount. Expires June 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% off select 2020 Globus trips. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $600 per couple off select Alexander+Roberts itineraries when you pay in full at the time of booking. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 25% off select G Adventures Arctic expedition cruises. Price shown reflects discount. Expires June 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $500 per couple off select Gate 1 South America departures. Expires June 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 10% off G Adventures Antarctica expedition cruises. Price shown reflects discount. Expires June 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Fly for $495 per person from select gateways or save $1,500 per couple on select Emerald Waterways cruises. Expires June 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save an additional $300 per couple on Scenic river cruises. Expires June 28. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to $4,000 per couple off select 2019 Avalon Waterways cruises. 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
Accra (Tema) to Lisbon (19 Day) 19 Accra, Ghana  Lisbon, Portugal  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Adventure in the Bijagos Archipelago 9 Dakar, Senegal  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Along the South-African Coastline 2020 (Music Cruise) 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
Canary Islands and Cape Verde 10 Lisbon, Portugal  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 19 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
16 Day Antarctica Cruise with Buenos Aires 2019-2020 16 Buenos Aires, Argentina    Gate 1 First Class Dates and Prices
Antarctic Discovery: Palmer’s Bicentennial Expedition 2020 15 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia (10 days) 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia (11 Day) 11 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia (12 Day) 12 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
+ View all 115 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Auckland to Dundein (South Island) 11 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Auckland to Melbourne (12 Day) 12 Auckland, New Zealand  Melbourne, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Auckland to Melbourne (13 Day, Itinerary B) 13 Auckland, New Zealand  Melbourne, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Auckland to Melbourne (14 Day) 14 Auckland, New Zealand  Melbourne, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Auckland to Sydney (15 Day, Itinerary A) 15 Auckland, New Zealand  Sydney, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 30 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Canada
Atlantic Canada & USA 15 Quebec City, Canada  New York City, NY  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discovery of the St. Lawrence 11 Quebec City, Canada  Boston, MA  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Greenland, Newfoundland and Labrador - Untouched Wilderness and National Parks 15 Copenhagen, Denmark  St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Maritimes Discovery (Halifax to New York City) 10 Halifax, Canada  New York City, NY  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Maritimes Discovery (New York City to Halifax) 11 New York City, NY  Halifax, Canada  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 8 Canada expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Adventure in Orinoco 13 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 and Orinoco 13 Fort de France, Martinique  Cayenne, French Guiana  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
+ View all 12 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Hawaii
Hawaii and French Polynesia (Honolulu - Papeete) 16 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Mexico & Central America
Among the Great Whales (Loreto to San Carlos) 8 Loreto, Mexico  Loreto, Mexico  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
Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers & Maya Ruins 9 Guatemala City, Guatemala  Guatemala City, Guatemala  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Colombia & Panama 11 Miami, FL  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic 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 22 Mexico & Central America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Athens (Piraeus) to Dubai 18 Athens, Greece  Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cruising the Turkish Coast 10 Istanbul, Turkey  Istanbul, Turkey  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Discovering the Levant 9 Antalya, Turkey  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Dubai to Mumbai 10 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Mumbai, India  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Dubai to Mumbai 2020 10 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Mumbai, India  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 13 Middle East expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Miscellaneous
Ocean Voyage (Guam to Osaka) 6 Apra, Guam  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea 12 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Cairns, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cairns to Apra 17 Cairns, Australia  Apra, Guam  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cairns to Kobe 28 Cairns, Australia  Kobe, Japan  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Easter Island and Polynesia (Hanga Roa - Papeete) 15 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Easter Island and Polynesia (Papeete - Hanga Roa) 14 Papeete, Tahiti  Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 15 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 (Miami - Lisbon) 15 Miami, FL  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon 34 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lisbon, Portugal  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 9 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
California (Vancouver - San Diego) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Ponant 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
Vancouver to San Diego (California) 10 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 6 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.