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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 15% to 40% off select Quark Antarctica departures in certain cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.
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  • 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
Moorish Odyssey 13 Malaga, Spain  Canary Islands, Spain  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa 32 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Cape Town, South Africa  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast 33 Cape Town, South Africa  Malaga, Spain  Antiquity 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
Cape Verde and its Islands (Praia - Praia) 8 Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 30 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands 2018-2019 17 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Classic Antarctica 2018-2019 12 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Classic Antarctica 2019 12 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands 2019-2020 17 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Discovery: Palmer’s Bicentennial Expedition 2020 15 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 122 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland 2019 15 Oslo, Norway  Reykjavik, Iceland  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea 2019 24 Montreal, Canada  Nome, AK  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Arctic Highlights 15 Longyearbyen, Norway  Reykjavik, Iceland  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Realm of the Polar Bear 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth 11 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
+ View all 72 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Ha Long Bay 2 Hanoi, Vietnam  Hanoi, Vietnam  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Beyond Burma & the Malay Peninsula 21 Singapore, Singapore  Colombo, Sri Lanka  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Beyond Burma & the Malay Peninsula (Cruise-Only) 19 Singapore, Singapore  Colombo, Sri Lanka  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca 28 Delhi, India  Singapore, Singapore  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca (Cruise-Only) 21 Mumbai, India  Singapore, Singapore  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 23 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier 13 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier 2019 13 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Taste of Tasmania (Basix) 6 Hobart, Australia  Hobart, Australia  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Discover the Ancient Wonders of Papua and Spice (Cairns - Darwin) 12 Cairns, Australia  Darwin, Australia  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
+ View all 16 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
Cruising the Greek Isles 10 Athens, Greece  Athens, Greece  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Italy Cruise: Hidden Treasures from Florence to Venice 2019 13 Florence, Italy  Venice, Italy  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cruising the Greek Isles 2019 10 Athens, Greece  Athens, Greece  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Around Iceland by Small Ship 10 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
A Voyage through the Middle Sea 15 Athens, Greece  Malaga, Spain  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 174 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Hawaii
Hawaii and French Polynesia (Honolulu - Papeete) 15 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Hawaii and French Polynesia 2019 (Honolulu - Papeete) 16 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Passage to Ancient Egypt & India 38 Athens, Greece  Delhi, India  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Passage to Ancient Egypt & India (Cruise-Only) 30 Athens, Greece  Mumbai, India  Antiquity 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
Treasures of the Red Sea 8 Aqaba, Jordan  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 6 Middle East expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Miscellaneous
Ocean Voyage (Honolulu - Maizuru) 14 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Maizuru, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Guam to Osaka) 6 Apra, Guam  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - South America
Galápagos Wildlife Adventure 10 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Guayaquil, Ecuador  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Galápagos Wildlife Adventure 2019 10 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Guayaquil, Ecuador  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Family Galápagos 2019 8 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Eastern Galapagos Cruise + Quito 8 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
+ View all 214 South America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Ocean Voyage (Dakar - Cayenne) 9 Dakar, Senegal  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Miami - Lisbon) 15 Miami, FL  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Cayenne - Lisbon) 12 Cayenne, French Guiana  Lisbon, Portugal  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 (Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Montevideo) 16 Santa Cruz de Terenife, Spain  Montevideo, Uruguay  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 12 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Coastal Gems of America (Southbound) 13 Halifax, Canada  Miami, FL  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Best of California 2019 9 San Francisco, CA  Los Angeles, CA  Insight Deluxe Dates and Prices
California (Vancouver - San Diego) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
From Canada to Mexico 13 Vancouver, Canada  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Great Lakes of North America 11 Chicago, IL  Quebec City, Canada  Ponant 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.