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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 10% off Intrepid trips. Expires July 30. Click here for eligible departures.
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  • Save 10% off 2019 Insight USA and Canada departures when you book and pay in full. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $200 to $300 per couple off the air-inclusive price of select Monograms Central and South America trips. This offer is combinable with other promotions. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 30% off select Quark Arctic departures in certain cabin categories, plus receive a FREE transfer package. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 35% off select Norwegian coastal voyages. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 35% off select Quark Antarctica departures in certain cabin categories. Expires July 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $200 to $300 per couple off the air-inclusive price of select Avalon Waterways South America cruises. This offer is combinable with other promotions. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 35% off select G Adventures departures worldwide. Price shown reflects discount. Expires July 31. 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
Tema (Accra) to Lisbon 17 Accra, Ghana  Lisbon, Portugal  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Explorer's Africa 19 Cape Town, South Africa  Accra, Ghana  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Along the South-African Coastline 2019 (Cape Town - Durban) 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
South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast 33 Cape Town, South Africa  Malaga, Spain  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 30 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
The Footsteps of the Vikings 10 Bergen, Norway  Reykjavik, Iceland  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Norwegian Fjords & Arctic Discovery 15 Bergen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard 17 Bergen, Norway  Oslo, Norway  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Midnight Sun Exploration of Greenland 17 Copenhagen, Denmark  Copenhagen, Denmark  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Northwest Passage - In the Wake of Great Explorers (Westbound) 14 Copenhagen, Denmark  Montreal, Canada  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 83 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Gems of South-East Asia (Bali - Hong Kong) 17 Bali, Indonesia  Hong Kong, China  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Bali (Benoa) to Phuket 15 Bali, Indonesia  Phuket, Thailand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Exploring the Indonesian Archipelago (Benoa - Cairns) 15 Bali, Indonesia  Cairns, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Sundarbans 15 Chennai, India  Yangon, Myanmar  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Colombo to Mahe 15 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Mahe, Seychelles  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 22 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
The Best of New Zealand (Auckland - Dunedin) 10 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The best of New Zealand 2019-2020 (Auckland - Dunedin) 10 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Coast Expedition (Broome to Darwin) 11 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Iconic Kimberley (Broome - Darwin) 11 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier 13 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 17 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Ocean Voyage (Boston - Fort-de-France) 8 Boston, MA  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Caribbean 8 Bridgetown, Barbados  Bridgetown, Barbados  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 & Orinoco (Fort de France - Cayenne) 14 Fort de France, Martinique  Cayenne, French Guiana  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
+ View all 14 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
3 Nights Amsterdam, 3 Nights Paris & 3 Nights London 10 Amsterdam, Holland  London, England  Monograms First Class Dates and Prices
Baltic Tradewinds Route 2020 11 Amsterdam, Holland  Stockholm, Sweden  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
A Voyage through the Middle Sea 15 Athens, Greece  Malaga, Spain  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
A Voyage through the Middle Sea (Cruise Only) 12 Athens, Greece  Malaga, Spain  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Aegean Experience I 14 Athens, Greece  Athens, Greece  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 193 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
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
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
Passage to Ancient Egypt & India 38 Athens, Greece  Delhi, India  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 6 Middle East expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Miscellaneous
Ocean Voyage (Guam to Osaka) 6 Apra, Guam  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Honolulu - Maizuru) 14 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Maizuru, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Discovering the Hidden Treasures of New Caledonia (Auckland - Noumea) 14 Auckland, New Zealand  Noumea, New Caledonia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Pacific Expedition 13 Auckland, New Zealand  Honiara, Solomon Islands  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
In the Wake of the Bounty 15 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Easter Island and Polynesia (Hanga Roa - Papeete) 15 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea 12 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Cairns, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 19 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - South America
North Central Galapagos 2018-2019 (Baltra to San Cristobal) 8 Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Patagonia & Chilean Fjords 2019 11 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Santiago, Chile  Monograms First Class Dates and Prices
Patagonia & Chilean Fjords with Peru & Machu Picchu 2019 18 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Lima, Peru  Monograms First Class Dates and Prices
Patagonia & Chilean Fjords with Easter Island 2019 14 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Santiago, Chile  Monograms First Class Dates and Prices
Patagonia & Chilean Fjords with Mendoza 2019 15 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Santiago, Chile  Monograms First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 230 South America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Ocean Voyage (Bridgetown - Ponta Delgada) 9 Bridgetown, Barbados  Ponta Delgada, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
South America to the Canary Islands 2019 15 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Canary Islands, Spain  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Transatlantic Explorer 2020 21 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic 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
+ View all 11 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Great Lakes of North America 11 Chicago, IL  Quebec City, Canada  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Coastal Gems of America (Southbound) 13 Halifax, Canada  Miami, FL  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Ultimate Maritimes & East Coast USA 2019 19 Halifax, Canada  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
East Coast USA 2019 10 New York City, NY  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Best of California 2019 9 San Francisco, CA  Los Angeles, CA  Insight 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.