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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!
  • A+R: Save $600 per couple off all trips. Click here.
  • Intrepid: Save up to 30% off Europe cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Globus: Save 10% off select 2023 vacations. Expires June 1. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $1,000 per couple off South America cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 30. Click here.
  • A & K: Save up to $8,000 per couple off expedition cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • Scenic: Save with special rates on ocean sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Celebrity: Save with special rates on Galapagos cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • G Adventure: Save 20% off South America trips. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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 Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Bougainville 2019 -- 184
Adventures by Disney L'Austral 2011 -- 264
Le Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
Alexander+Roberts La Pinta 1983 2007 48
Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Xpedition 2001 2019 64
Emerald Cruises Emerald Azzurra 2021 -- 100
G Adventures MS Expedition 1972 2009 140
Gate 1 Travel MS Fridtjof Nansen 2020 -- 695
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 Grand Queen Beatriz 2002 -- 16
Ocean Adventurer 1975 1998 122
Ultramarine 2020 -- 199
Monograms MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Santa Cruz II 2002 2021 90
Natural Habitat Adventures National Geographic Quest 2017 -- 100
Quark Expeditions 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
SITA World Tours MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Tauck Isabela II 1979 1988 40
L'Austral 2011 -- 264
Le Bellot 2020 -- 184
Le Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Bougainville 2019 -- 184
Le Champlain 2018 -- 184
Le Dumont d'Urville 2019 -- 184
Le Jacques Cartier 2020 -- 184
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
Le Soleal 2013 -- 264
Silver Origin 2020 -- 100