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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 - Africa
Explorer's Africa 19 Cape Town, South Africa  Accra, Ghana  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
From Brazil to Africa (Rio de Janeiro - Dakar) 17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Bijagos Archipelago and Cape Verde 12 Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Adventure in the Bijagos Archipelago 9 Dakar, Senegal  Dakar, Senegal  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 - Asia
Scattered Islands of the Banda Sea 12 Darwin, Australia  Bali, Indonesia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Exploring the Indonesian Archipelago (Singapore - Darwin) 12 Singapore, Singapore  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ha Long Bay 2 Hanoi, Vietnam  Hanoi, Vietnam  A+R Deluxe 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
+ View all 12 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
The Best of New Zealand (Dunedin - Auckland, Itinerary A) 10 Dunedin, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of New Zealand (Dunedin - Auckland, Itinerary B) 10 Dunedin, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The best of New Zealand 2019-2020 (Dunedin - Auckland) 10 Dunedin, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Coast Expedition (Darwin to Broome) 11 Darwin, Australia  Broome, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Coast Expedition (Broome to Darwin) 11 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 15 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Pearls of the Caribbean 8 Bridgetown, Barbados  Bridgetown, Barbados  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Taste of Cuba and the Caribbean 11 Havana, Cuba  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean & Orinoco (Fort de France - Cayenne) 14 Fort de France, Martinique  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean and Orinoco 13 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 12 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
Great Seafaring Nations 2020 12 Barcelona, Spain  Amsterdam, Holland  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Great Seafaring Nations with Taste of France 2020 19 Paris, France  Amsterdam, Holland  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
From Athens to the Turquoise Coast 8 Athens, Greece  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
From the Serenissima to the City of Gods 8 Venice, Italy  Athens, Greece  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Sicily and Crete - Mediterranean Jewels 9 Valletta, Malta  Athens, Greece  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 163 Europe and Britain 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
Natural and Cultural Wonders of the Western Caribbean 8 Cancun, Mexico  Cancun, Mexico  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Maya Treasure of the Yucatán 8 Cancun, Mexico  Cancun, Mexico  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of Central America (Guayaquil - Colon) 14 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of Central America 2020 (Guayaquil - Colon) 14 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discovery of Central America 13 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 22 Mexico & Central America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Egypt and Israel (Aqaba to Antalya) 9 Aqaba, Jordan  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discovering the Levant 9 Antalya, Turkey  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
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 - Pacific Islands
Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea 12 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Cairns, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Easter Island and Polynesia (Papeete - Hanga Roa) 14 Papeete, Tahiti  Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Polynesia and Easter Island (Le Boréal, Papeete - Hanga Roa) 14 Papeete, Tahiti  Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Pacific Expedition 13 Auckland, New Zealand  Honiara, Solomon Islands  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Pacific 14 Papeete, Tahiti  Lautoka, Fiji  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 12 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - South America
Western Galapagos (San Cristobal to Baltra) 8 San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador  Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Chilean Fjords & Cape Horn 19 Lima, Peru  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Lima (Callao) to Buenos Aires 26 Lima, Peru  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Chilean Fjords & Cape Horn with Highlights of Peru 28 Lima, Peru  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Panama & Pre-Columbian Treasures 10 Colon, Panama  Callao, Peru  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 197 South America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Ushuaia to Cape Town (22 Day) 22 Ushuaia, Argentina  Cape Town, South Africa  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ushuaia to Cape Town (32 Day) 32 Ushuaia, Argentina  Cape Town, South Africa  Silversea 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
+ 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
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
Great Lakes of North America 11 Chicago, IL  Quebec City, Canada  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
California (Vancouver - San Diego) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Ponant 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.