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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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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
Along the South-African Coastline 2020 (Musical Cruise) 9 Cape Town, South Africa  Durban, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cape Town to Accra (Tema) 19 Cape Town, South Africa  Accra, Ghana  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cape Town to Lisbon (Silver Cloud) 37 Cape Town, South Africa  Lisbon, Portugal  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Napoleon Cruise (19 Day) 19 Cape Town, South Africa  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 24 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen 14 Aberdeen, Scotland  Longyearbyen, Norway  Quark First Class Dates and Prices
Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen 14 Aberdeen, Scotland  Longyearbyen, Norway  Intrepid First Class Dates and Prices
Across the Arctic Circle 2021 (Amsterdam to Oslo) 15 Amsterdam, Holland  Oslo, Norway  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Arctic 2021 25 Amsterdam, Holland  Oslo, Norway  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard 17 Bergen, Norway  Oslo, Norway  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 76 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Apra to Kobe 12 Apra, Guam  Kobe, Japan  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Between India and Asia (Colombo - Singapore) 14 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Singapore, Singapore  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of India (Colombo - Mumbai) 9 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Mumbai, India  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Essential Maldives (Colombo - Male) 9 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Male, Maldives  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
From India to the Strait of Malacca 13 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 37 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
The best of New Zealand 2019-2020 (Auckland - Dunedin) 10 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Auckland to Sydney (15 Day, Itinerary A) 15 Auckland, New Zealand  Sydney, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Auckland to Melbourne (12 Day) 12 Auckland, New Zealand  Melbourne, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Auckland to Sydney (18 Day) 18 Auckland, New Zealand  Sydney, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Auckland to Melbourne (14 Day) 14 Auckland, New Zealand  Melbourne, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 32 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Canada
Discovery of the St. Lawrence 11 Quebec City, Canada  Boston, MA  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Spirit Bears, Humpbacks & Wildlife of B.C. (Terrace to Bella Bella) 9 Vancouver, Canada  Vancouver, Canada  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Spirit Bears, Humpbacks & Wildlife of B.C. (Bella Bella to Terrace) 9 Vancouver, Canada  Vancouver, Canada  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Natural and Cultural Wonders of the Western Caribbean 8 Cancun, Mexico  Cancun, Mexico  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
Between Panama and Martinique 2021 (Colón - Fort de France) 10 Colon, Panama  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
Caribbean and Orinoco 13 Fort de France, Martinique  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 13 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
Baltic Tradewinds Route 2020 (Amsterdam to Stockholm) 11 Amsterdam, Holland  Stockholm, Sweden  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
From Athens to the Turquoise Coast 8 Athens, Greece  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ancient Treasures of the Mediterranean 8 Athens, Greece  Istanbul, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cruising the Greek Isles 10 Athens, Greece  Athens, Greece  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cruising the Greek Isles 2020 10 Athens, Greece  Athens, Greece  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 80 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Mexico & Central America
Maya Treasure of the Yucatán 8 Cancun, Mexico  Cancun, Mexico  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Mayan Culture & Natural Wonders 2020 10 Cancun, Mexico  Cancun, Mexico  Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Caribbean Sea (Colón - Miami) 12 Colon, Panama  Miami, FL  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Natural and Cultural History in Central America 8 Colon, Panama  Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Colon to Guayaquil 9 Colon, Panama  Guayaquil, Ecuador  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 28 Mexico & Central America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Egypt and Israel (Antalya to Aqaba) 10 Antalya, Turkey  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discovering the Levant 9 Antalya, Turkey  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Levant, Egypt and the Red Sea 9 Antalya, Turkey  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Egypt and Israel (Aqaba to Antalya) 9 Aqaba, Jordan  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Red Sea 8 Aqaba, Jordan  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 19 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
Treasures of the Pacific Expedition 13 Auckland, New Zealand  Honiara, Solomon Islands  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cairns to Kobe 28 Cairns, Australia  Kobe, Japan  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cairns to Apra 17 Cairns, Australia  Apra, Guam  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 to Papeete (Tahiti) (Itinerary B) 15 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 18 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - South America
Baltra to San Cristobal 8 Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Galapagos – Central and Eastern Islands aboard the Reina Silvia Voyager (Cruise Only) 8 Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Galapagos – Western and Central Islands aboard the Reina Silvia Voyager (Cruise Only) 8 Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Baltra to San Cristobal (12 Day) 12 Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Patagonia & Chilean Fjords 2020 11 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Santiago, Chile  Monograms First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 228 South America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Ultimate Viking Voyage 2021 29 Bergen, Norway  Boston, MA  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Bridgetown - Ponta Delgada) 9 Bridgetown, Barbados  Ponta Delgada, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Transatlantic Explorer 2020 21 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic 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
+ View all 14 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
East Coast USA 2021 9 Boston, MA  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate America Discovery 2021 20 Boston, MA  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Vancouver to San Francisco (California) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Francisco, CA  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Vancouver to San Diego (California) 10 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
West Coast USA Adventure 2020 10 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  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.