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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.

Book Now and Save on Expedition Cruises!

  • Save with early booking discounts on select 2016 voyages with Hurtigruten when you book by August 31, 2015. Prices shown reflect discount. 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.
  • Save $200 to $800 per couple off all Collette tours when you book by May 31, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save with early booking discounts on select Hurtigruten Europe voyages when you book by June 30, 2015. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 15% to 25% off select G Adventures departures worldwide when you book by June 18, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Receive $200 per couple in air credit when you purchase select vacations and flights through Globus by August 25, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 30% off select Norwegian coastal voyages with Hurtigruten when you book by May 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 1, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Avalon Journeys Club members receive prepaid gratuities on 2016 Europe river cruises with Avalon Waterways when you book by June 23, 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
Christmas & New Year in South Africa 19 Cape Town, South Africa  Cape Town, South Africa  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
South Africa to Asia via the Indian Ocean (Cruise-Only) 24 Cape Town, South Africa  Colombo, Sri Lanka  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
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: Crossing the Circle 2016 10 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle 2016 10 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Antarctica Classic 11 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
+ View all 62 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
An Arctic Spitsbergen Adventure (Monday Departures) 6 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
An Arctic Spitsbergen Adventure (Thursday Departures) 6 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Svalbard Express 7 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure Budget 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
+ View all 102 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 32 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Christmas in the Heart of the Pacific 11 Noumea, New Caledonia  Christchurch, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
New Zealand & Maoris (Auckland - Melbourne) 13 Auckland, New Zealand  Melbourne, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
New Zealand & Maoris (Melbourne - Auckland) 13 Melbourne, Australia  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Expedition: Australia’s Wild Northwest (Broome to Darwin) 14 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Lindblad Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Expedition: Australia’s Wild Northwest (Darwin to Broome) 14 Darwin, Australia  Broome, Australia  Lindblad Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 9 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Canada
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 6 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 127 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 14 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
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.