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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 $6,000 per couple on 2019 Emerald Waterways Europe river cruises. Click here for eligible departures.
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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
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 - Arctic
The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea 2020 24 Montreal, Canada  Anchorage, AK  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grand Arctic Voyage 2020 48 Oslo, Norway  Anchorage, AK  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Across the Arctic Circle 2021 (Oslo to Bergen) 14 Oslo, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
High Arctic Explorer 2021 15 Oslo, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Reykjavik to Churchill (Manitoba) 17 Reykjavik, Iceland  Churchill, Canada  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 90 Arctic 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 19 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 29 Australia & New Zealand 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 Delights 2021 12 Nassau, Bahamas  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic 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
Wonders of Iberia & Western Europe 2021 12 Barcelona, Spain  Amsterdam, Holland  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
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
+ View all 82 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 239 South America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
A Viking Voyage: The Arctic to America 2021 19 Dublin, Ireland  Boston, MA  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Viking Voyage 2021 29 Bergen, Norway  Boston, MA  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
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
+ View all 12 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Ultimate America Discovery 2021 20 Boston, MA  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Maritimes Discovery with Highlights of the East Coast 19 Boston, MA  Halifax, Canada  Scenic 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
East Coast USA 2021 9 Boston, MA  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 10 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.