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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.
  • Save 10% off Insight's 5 most popular U.S. and Canada vacations. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires February 28. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save an additional $450 per couple off all Alexander+Roberts trips. This offer is combinable with all Alexander+Roberts promotions. Expires February 28. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 5% off select 2019 Globus trips worldwide. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 40% off select Intrepid cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $300 to $2,000 per couple off 2020 Avalon Waterways cruises. Click here for eligible departures.
  • 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 - Antarctica
Classic Antarctica 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
Antarctica + Polar Circle Quest 13 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctica: Classic South Georgia + The Falklands 21 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 106 Antarctica 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
Gems of South-East Asia (Bali - Hong Kong) 17 Bali, Indonesia  Hong Kong, China  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
Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier 13 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier 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 15 Australia & New Zealand 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
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
Discovering the Levant 9 Antalya, Turkey  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
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
Family Galápagos 8 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Machu Picchu + the Galapagos 14 Lima, Peru  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Western Galapagos Cruise + Quito 2019 2019-2020 10 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Northern Galapagos Cruise + Quito 2019-2020 8 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 197 South America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
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 (Cayenne - Dakar) 9 Cayenne, French Guiana  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Bridgetown - Ponta Delgada) 9 Bridgetown, Barbados  Ponta Delgada, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Dakar - Fort-de-France) 10 Dakar, Senegal  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 8 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Best of California 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
Great Lakes of North America 11 Chicago, IL  Quebec City, Canada  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
East Coast USA 10 New York City, NY  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic 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.