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Expedition Cruises

Expedition cruises are destination-focused journeys that take you to some of the world's most exciting and remote locales. Popular spots include Darwin's Galapagos Islands, where you'll meet golden-brown iguanas and magnificent frigate birds, and Australia's Kimberley region, with its dramatic landscapes and rugged beauty. See penguins in Antarctica or polar bears in the Arctic.

Sailings take place on ships ranging from the luxurious with a full array of comforts to basic vessels with limited amenities. Onboard naturalists accompany many voyages, and these experts lead shore excursions and offer lectures about the places explored. 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.

Limited-Time Offers on Expedition Cruises!
  • Intrepid: Cyber Monday Sale! Save up to 25% off trips. Expires December 3. Click here.
  • Globus: Save $300 per couple off select 2022 vacations in Europe, North America and South America. Expires December 31. Click here.
  • A+R: Save $1,000 per couple off all trips. Expires December 31. Click here.
  • G Adventure: Cyber Sale! Save up to 30% off tours. Expires December 3. Click here.
  • Silversea: Save with special rates on expedition cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Globus: Save 10% off select 2023 vacations. Expires December 31. Click here.
  • Hurtigruten: Save with special rates on sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires December 31. Click here.
  • Contiki: Travelers ages 18-35 save $200 per person off select vacations. Expires December 14. Click here.
  • A & K: Save up to $8,000 per couple off expedition cruises in certain cabin categories. Expires December 31. Click here.
  • Scenic: Save with special rates on ocean sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires December 31. Click here.
  • Celebrity: Save with special rates on Galapagos cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Disney: Travelers ages 11 and under save up to $580 per person off tours. Click here.
  • Emerald: Save up to 30% off yacht cruises. Click here.
  • Scenic: Travel with Scenic and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $200 to $300 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent cruise with Scenic. Click here.
  • Avalon: Travel with Avalon Waterways and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $100 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent trip with Avalon Waterways . Click here.
  • Globus: Travel with Globus and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $100 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent trip with Globus or its sister brands Cosmos, Avalon Waterways and Monograms. Click here.
  • A+R: Save $200 per person when you book a group of six or more people on the same trip. Other savings amounts are available for groups of three or more. Click here.
  • Monograms: Travel with Monograms and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $100 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent trip with Monograms or its sister brands Globus, Avalon Waterways and Cosmos. Click here.
  • Monograms: Travelers ages 2 to 17 save up to 25% off the land/cruise price. Click here.
  • Hurtigruten: Hurtigruten past passengers save an additional 5% off the trip price. This deal is combinable with other promotions. Click here.
  • Scenic: Refer a new traveler to Scenic and earn a $200 to $300 per person travel credit. Each new guest also receives a $100 to $150 per person travel credit to use toward their cruise. Click here.
Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.

Below is a complete list of expedition ships. Click any ship name for details.

Company Ship Name Year Built Refurbished Passengers
Abercrombie & Kent L'Austral 2011 -- 264
La Pinta 1983 2007 48
Le Bougainville 2019 -- 184
Le Champlain 2018 -- 184
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
Adventures by Disney L'Austral 2011 -- 264
Le Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
Alexander+Roberts La Pinta 1983 2007 48
MV Ushuaia 1970 -- 84
Avalon Waterways Treasure of Galapagos 2009 2017 16
Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Xpedition 2001 2019 64
Celebrity Xploration 2017 -- 16
Emerald Cruises Emerald Azzurra 2021 -- 100
G Adventures MS Expedition 1972 2009 140
Globus MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Hurtigruten Fram 2007 2020 348
MS Fridtjof Nansen 2020 -- 695
MS Maud 2003 2021 737
MS Otto Sverdrup 2002 2020 686
MS Roald Amundsen 2018 -- 689
Santa Cruz II 2002 2021 90
Spitsbergen 2009 2016 252
Intrepid Travel 50 Years of Victory 1989 -- 128
Grand Queen Beatriz 2002 -- 16
Ocean Adventurer 1975 1998 122
Ocean Diamond 1986 2012 189
Ultramarine 2020 -- 199
Monograms MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Santa Cruz II 2002 2021 90
Quark Expeditions 50 Years of Victory 1989 -- 128
Ocean Adventurer 1975 1998 122
Ocean Diamond 1986 2012 189
Ultramarine 2020 -- 199
World Explorer 2019 -- 176
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours Scenic Eclipse 2019 -- 228
Silversea Silver Cloud 1994 2017 254
Silver Explorer 1989 2017 144
Silver Origin 2020 -- 100
Silver Wind 1995 2018 298
Tauck Isabela II 1979 1988 40
Le Bellot 2020 -- 184
Le Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Dumont d'Urville 2019 -- 184
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
Le Soleal 2013 -- 264
Silver Origin 2020 -- 100