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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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  • Save $200 to $1,000 per couple off select Collette trips when you book by June 30, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Receive a free transfer package on select Quark Antarctica departures when you book by July 31, 2016. Plus, enjoy two free hotel nights in Buenos Aires before your trip. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 20% off the cruise price of Quark Antarctica sailings in certain cabin categories when you book by July 31, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 5% off select 2017 Avalon Waterways river cruises in certain cabin categories when you book by May 31, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $1,666 per couple off the air-inclusive price of select Hurtigruten voyages when you book by May 31, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 20% off select Quark Arctic sailings in certain cabin categories when you book by June 30, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 25% off select winter 2017 Norwegian coastal voyages with Hurtigruten when you book by September 30, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 25% off select fall 2016 Norwegian coastal voyages with Hurtigruten when you book by May 31, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 25% off select winter 2016 and 2017 Norwegian coastal voyages with Hurtigruten when you book by July 31, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Early Booking Discount! Save up to $7,910 per stateroom on select Voyages to Antiquity sailings in certain cabin categories. 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
Along the South-African Coastline 2017 (Cape Town - Durban) 9 Cape Town, South Africa  Durban, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Scattered Islands & the Seychelles 2017 (Durban - Victoria-Mahe) 15 Durban, South Africa  Mahe, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Islands & World Heritage Sites of the Indian Ocean 18 Male, Maldives  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake 8 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise North 10 Punta Arenas, Chile  Ushuaia, Argentina  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North 2016-2017 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Punta Arenas, Chile  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Fly North 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Punta Arenas, Chile  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Antarctica... Glaciers and Penguins - 11 Day Adventure 11 Ushuaia, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 64 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Mongolian Expedition 8 Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia  Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia  SITA First Class Dates and Prices
The Best of Japan 2017 (Maizuru - Osaka) 9 Maizuru, Japan  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Japan 2017 (Osaka - Maizuru) 9 Osaka, Japan  Maizuru, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Vietnamese Coastlines (Ho Chi Minh - Hong Kong) 10 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  Hong Kong, China  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Vietnamese Coastlines (Hong Kong - Ho Chi Minh) 10 Hong Kong, China  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 30 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
The Best of New Zealand (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
Iconic Kimberly (Darwin - Darwin) 11 Darwin, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Iconic Kimberly (Darwin - Broome) 11 Darwin, Australia  Broome, Australia  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 11 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
From Greenland to Saint Laurent (Kangerlussuaq – Québec) 14 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  Quebec City, Canada  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Colon - Fort de France 8 Colon, Panama  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Sailing the Caribbean aboard Sea Cloud 8 St. John's, Antigua  St. John's, Antigua  Lindblad Deluxe Dates and Prices
New Year in the Grenadines (Fort de France - Fort de France) 9 Fort de France, Martinique  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Christmas in the Grenadines (St. Martin - Fort de France) 10 Marigot, Saint Martin  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Taste of Cuba & the Caribbean 10 Miami, FL  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 6 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
The Classic Winter Voyage South 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Winter Voyage South 2017 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
The Classic Spring Voyage South 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Summer Voyage South 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 143 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Hawaii
Hawaii and French Polynesia (Honolulu - Papeete) 15 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Port Vila (Vanuatu) - Lyttelton (New Zealand) 11 Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu  Lyttleton, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of Polynesia (Papeete - Papeete) 11 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition: Highlights of the South Pacific (Auckland - Port Vila) 12 Auckland, New Zealand  Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Papua & Solomon Islands (Cairns - Port Vila) 13 Cairns, Australia  Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
French Polynesia and Easter Island (Papeete - Hanga Roa) 14 Papeete, Tahiti  Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Trans-Oceanic Ecology Voyage - from the Sahara to the Rainforest 17 Casablanca, Morocco  Fortaleza, Brazil  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Trans-Oceanic Ecology Voyage - from the Rainforest to the Sahara 17 Fortaleza, Brazil  Casablanca, Morocco  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
From Antarctica to Africa 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.