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Expedition Cruises

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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 up to $1,600 per couple off many Collette trips. Expires June 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 40% off select G Adventures departures. Price shown reflects discount. Expires June 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% off select 2020 Globus trips. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $600 per couple off select Alexander+Roberts itineraries when you pay in full at the time of booking. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 25% off select G Adventures Arctic expedition cruises. Price shown reflects discount. Expires June 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $500 per couple off select Gate 1 South America departures. Expires June 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 10% off G Adventures Antarctica expedition cruises. Price shown reflects discount. Expires June 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Fly for $495 per person from select gateways or save $1,500 per couple on select Emerald Waterways cruises. Expires June 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save an additional $300 per couple on Scenic river cruises. Expires June 28. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to $4,000 per couple off select 2019 Avalon Waterways cruises. 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
Cape Town to Accra (Tema) 19 Cape Town, South Africa  Accra, Ghana  Silversea 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
Canary Islands and Cape Verde 2020 (Gastronomy Cruise) 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
Singapore to Colombo 11 Singapore, Singapore  Colombo, Sri Lanka  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Exploring the Indonesian Archipelago (Singapore - Darwin) 12 Singapore, Singapore  Darwin, Australia  Ponant 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 20 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
The best of New Zealand 2019-2020 (Dunedin - Auckland) 10 Dunedin, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Sydney to Auckland (15 Day, Itinerary A) 15 Sydney, Australia  Auckland, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Melbourne to Auckland (13 Day, Itinerary A) 13 Melbourne, Australia  Auckland, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Sydney to Auckland (17 Day) 17 Sydney, Australia  Auckland, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Melbourne to Auckland (14 Day) 14 Melbourne, Australia  Auckland, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 30 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Canada
Discovery of the St. Lawrence 11 Quebec City, Canada  Boston, MA  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Maritimes Discovery (New York City to Halifax) 11 New York City, NY  Halifax, Canada  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Northeast U.S. and Atlantic Canada - Exploring Canadian Maritimes (Southbound) 10 St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada  New York City, NY  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Maritimes Discovery (Halifax to New York City) 10 Halifax, Canada  New York City, NY  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Atlantic Canada & USA 15 Quebec City, Canada  New York City, NY  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 8 Canada expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Pearls of the Caribbean 8 Bridgetown, Barbados  Bridgetown, Barbados  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Natural and Cultural Wonders of the Western Caribbean 8 Cancun, Mexico  Cancun, Mexico  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
Between Panama and Martinique (Colón - Fort de France) 10 Colon, Panama  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 12 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
From Athens to the Turquoise Coast 8 Athens, Greece  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Mediterranean Discovery 2020 9 Barcelona, Spain  Athens, Greece  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Mediterranean Discovery 2020 17 Lisbon, Portugal  Athens, Greece  Scenic 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 113 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
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
Colombia & Panama 11 Miami, FL  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic 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
Mumbai to Athens (Piraeus) 27 Mumbai, India  Athens, Greece  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 13 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
Cairns to Apra 17 Cairns, Australia  Apra, Guam  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea 12 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Cairns, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Lautoka to Cairns 18 Lautoka, Fiji  Cairns, Australia  Silversea 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
+ View all 15 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - South America
San Cristobal to Baltra 8 San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador  Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Rio de Janeiro to Bridgetown 13 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Bridgetown, Barbados  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
+ View all 196 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
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
+ View all 9 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
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
Vancouver to San Diego (California) 10 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 6 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.