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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
The Essential Seychelles 9 Victoria, Seychelles  Victoria, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
South Africa & Namibia 9 Durban, South Africa  Walvis Bay, Namibia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Indian Ocean (Nosy Be to Mahe) 10 Port Louis, Mauritius  Mahe, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Funchal Madeira to Dakar 10 Funchal, Portugal  Dakar, Senegal  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Indian Ocean (Mahe to Nosy Be) 10 Mahe, Seychelles  Port Louis, Mauritius  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 14 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
King George Island to King George Island 7 South Shetland Islands, Antarctica  South Shetland Islands, Antarctica  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake from Punta Arenas 8 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Intrepid First Class Dates and Prices
Antarctic Whale Journey 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid First Class Dates and Prices
Antarctica Classic 11 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  G Adventure First Class Dates and Prices
Best of Antarctica from Punta Arenas 11 Punta Arenas, Chile  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 86 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief 7 Oslo, Norway  Oslo, Norway  Quark First Class Dates and Prices
Realm of the Polar Bear 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure First Class Dates and Prices
Icelandic Mosaic (Reykjavik - Reykjavik) 8 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Unexplored Svalbard 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage 9 Toronto, Canada  Toronto, Canada  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 98 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Taste of Tasmania (Basix) 6 Hobart, Australia  Hobart, Australia  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Darwin to Broome (Kimberley) 11 Darwin, Australia  Broome, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Broome (Kimberley) to Darwin 11 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier 13 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition (Auckland - Lyttelton) 15 Auckland, New Zealand  Lyttleton, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 10 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Sailing the British Virgin Islands – Tortola to Tortola — Plus 7 Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands  Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Sailing St Lucia & The Grenadines — Plus 8 Rodney Bay, St. Lucia  Rodney Bay, St. Lucia  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Between Panama and Martinique (Colón - Fort de France) 10 Colon, Panama  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean Sea – Discover Keys, Coves and Cultures (Itinerary 1) 11 Panama City, Panama  Miami, FL  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Caribbean & French Guiana 11 Fort de France, Martinique  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
Croatia Island Sail 8 Split, Croatia  Split, Croatia  Contiki Budget Dates and Prices
Croatia Sail with Cycling and Yoga 8 Opatija, Croatia  Opatija, Croatia  Contiki Budget Dates and Prices
Ancient Lands (Itinerary A) 8 Athens, Greece  Athens, Greece  Costsaver Budget Dates and Prices
Celtic Shores (Dublin - Portsmouth) 8 Dublin, Ireland  Portsmouth, England  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ionian Sea Adventure 2022 (Rome to Athens) 8 Rome, Italy  Athens, Greece  Emerald Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 60 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Cyprus and Israel Delights - Inaugural 7 Limassol, Cyprus  Limassol, Cyprus  Emerald Deluxe Dates and Prices
Turkish Sailing 8 Bodrum, Turkey  Bodrum, Turkey  Contiki Budget Dates and Prices
Holy Land at Christmas Time 2022 8 Limassol, Cyprus  Limassol, Cyprus  Emerald Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Persian Gulf (Dubai - Muscat) 9 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Muscat, Oman  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Persian Gulf (Muscat - Dubai) 9 Muscat, Oman  Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 15 Middle East expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Lautoka to Papeete (Tahiti) 13 Lautoka, Fiji  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Papeete (Tahiti) to Lautoka 13 Papeete, Tahiti  Lautoka, Fiji  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Lautoka to Cairns 15 Lautoka, Fiji  Cairns, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Darwin to Apra 20 Darwin, Australia  Apra, Guam  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Apra to Cairns 20 Apra, Guam  Cairns, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 9 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Transatlantic Voyage from Miami to Lisbon 15 Miami, FL  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grand Voyage of Discovery 2022 17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grand Voyage of Discovery 17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
A Viking Voyage: The Arctic to America 19 Dublin, Ireland  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
+ View all 7 Transatlantic 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.