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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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  • Receive $200 per couple in air credit when you purchase select vacations and flights through Globus by August 31, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% off 2016 vacations with Globus when you book by September 15, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save with early booking discounts on select Hurtigruten Antarctica voyages when you book by November 30, 2015. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Enjoy special savings on select Hurtigruten voyages to Greenland when you book an unspecified cabin. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Receive a $200 per couple onboard credit on select Hurtigruten trips when you book by August 31, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $1,300 per couple off select Hurtigruten Antarctica voyages when you book by August 31, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 15% off select 2016 Quark Arctic sailings in certain cabin categories when you book by September 30, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 25% off spring 2016 Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal voyages when you book by January 15, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 25% off summer 2016 Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal voyages when you book by February 28, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 25% off select winter 2016 Norwegian coastal voyages with Hurtigruten when you book by September 30, 2015. 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 Verde’s Islands (Praia - Praia) 8 Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Game Parks of South Africa 14 Cape Town, South Africa  Cape Town, South Africa  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
A Taste of Spain, Madeira & Morocco 15 Malaga, Spain  Malaga, Spain  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Atlantic Islands & African Shores 2016 15 Dakar, Senegal  Lisbon, Portugal  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Islands & World Heritage Sites of the Indian Ocean 18 Male, Maldives  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 10 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake 2016 8 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise North 2016-2017 10 Punta Arenas, Chile  Ushuaia, Argentina  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North 2016 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Punta Arenas, Chile  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Fly North 2016 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Punta Arenas, Chile  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North 2016-2017 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Punta Arenas, Chile  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 90 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
An Arctic Spitsbergen Adventure (Monday Departures) 6 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Iceland, Geysers & Glaciers (Reykjavik - Reykjavik) 8 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Spitzbergen (Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen) 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Realm of the Polar Bear 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Expedition Svalbard 2016 (Longyearbyen Roundtrip) 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 59 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
The Best of Japan 2016 (Maizuru - Osaka) 9 Maizuru, Japan  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Japan 2016 (Osaka - Maizuru) 9 Osaka, Japan  Maizuru, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Vietnam 2016 (Hong Kong - Singapore) 10 Hong Kong, China  Singapore, Singapore  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Philippines (Kota Kinabalu - Hong Kong) 11 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia  Hong Kong, China  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
At the Heart of Indonesia (Singapore - Manado) 11 Singapore, Singapore  Manado, Indonesia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 36 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Cruise Auckland - Milford Sound 10 Auckland, New Zealand  Milford Sound, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of New Zealand (Milford Sound - Auckland) 10 Queenstown, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cruise Milford Sound - Auckland 10 Milford Sound, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Christmas in the Heart of the Pacific 11 Noumea, New Caledonia  Christchurch, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Kimberley - Australia's Hidden Treasure (Broome to Darwin) 11 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 14 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Canada
The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland 8 St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada  St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada  Lindblad Deluxe Dates and Prices
Spirit Bears, Humpbacks & Wildlife of B.C. (Prince Rupert to Bella Bella) 9 Vancouver, Canada  Vancouver, Canada  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Loyalty Cruise (Quebec - Boston) 10 Quebec City, Canada  Boston, MA  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
From Greenland to Saint Laurent (Kangerlussuaq – Québec) 14 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  Quebec City, Canada  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Discovery of Antilles (Fort de France - Fort de France) 7 Fort de France, Martinique  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Christmas in Grenadines (Fort de France - Fort de France) 7 Fort de France, Martinique  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
New Year's Eve in the Caribbean (Fort de France - Fort de France) 7 Fort de France, Martinique  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grenadine Islands (Fort de France - Fort de France) 8 Fort de France, Martinique  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasure of the Antilles (Fort de France - Fort de France) 8 Fort de France, Martinique  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
The Classic Winter Voyage South 2016 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Autumn Voyage South 2016 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Spring Voyage South 2016 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Winter Voyage South 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Autumn Voyage South 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 146 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 - Pacific Islands
French Polynesia Discovery (Papeete - Papeete) 10 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Peaks and Atolls of French Polynesia 11 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Coral Sea (Honiara to Auckland) 13 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Auckland, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Pacific 13 Lautoka, Fiji  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cook Islands to Tahiti: Pristine Reefs of The South Pacific 13 Rarotonga, Cook Islands  Papeete, Tahiti  Lindblad Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 17 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
From Caribbean to the Atlantic Coast (Fort de France - Malaga) 14 Fort de France, Martinique  Malaga, Spain  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Unesco Treasures from Brazil to Africa (Rio de Janeiro - Dakar) 18 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Transatlantic (Colon - Lisbon) 18 Colon, Panama  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Journey in Southern Lands 2017 (Ushuaia - Cape Town) 22 Ushuaia, Argentina  Cape Town, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Epic 108°: An Atlantic Odyssey 29 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Bremerhaven, Germany  Lindblad Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Getaway in New York (Boston - Boston) 10 Boston, MA  Boston, MA  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices


* 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.