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Expedition Cruises

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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 10% off the land-only portion of select Monograms vacations. This offer is combinable with select promotions. Expires December 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 15% to 25% off select G Adventures Norway departures when you book by December 14, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • 2 for 1! Companion cruises for free on select Quark departures in certain cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save with early payment discounts on select Luxury Gold by Insight vacations when you book and pay in full. Prices shown reflect discounts of up to 10%. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save an additional 15% off select Hurtigruten Norway voyages when you book without a specific cabin assignment. This offer is combinable with select promotions. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 15% off select G Adventures trips worldwide when you book by December 15, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $3,000 to $7,000 per couple off the cruise price of Quark Antarctica sailings in certain cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 20% off select G Adventures departures worldwide. Expires December 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • 2 for 1! Companion cruises for free on select Intrepid Antarctica cruises. Expires December 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $9,000 per couple off Japan, Hong Kong & the Ryukyu Islands Cruise departures with Abercrombie and Kent in certain cabin categories. Or, solo travelers save 75% off the single supplement. 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
Along the South-African Coastline 2017 (Cape Town - Durban) 9 Cape Town, South Africa  Durban, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Aldabra & Madagascar 13 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Port Louis, Mauritius  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Scattered Islands & the Seychelles 2017 (Durban - Victoria-Mahe) 15 Durban, South Africa  Mahe, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Atlantic Islands & African Shores 17 Accra, Ghana  Casablanca, Morocco  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Atolls and Spices 18 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 6 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
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
Family Japan 2017 9 Tokyo, Japan  Kyoto, Japan  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
In the Heart of Japan (Osaka - Muroran) 11 Osaka, Japan  Muroran, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Vietnamese Shores (Hong Kong - Kota Kinabalu) 12 Hong Kong, China  Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 18 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 10 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Canada
Spirit Bears, Humpbacks & Wildlife of B.C. 2017 (Prince Rupert to Bella Bella) 9 Vancouver, Canada  Vancouver, Canada  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Exploring the Arctic Land of the Caribou (Northbound) 15 St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada  Montreal, Canada  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Exploring the Arctic Land of the Caribou (Southbound) 16 Montreal, Canada  St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Colon - Fort de France 8 Colon, Panama  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant 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
Cuba by Land & Sea: A People to People Cruise 2017 11 Miami, FL  Miami, FL  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 6 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
The Classic Winter Voyage South 2017 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Winter Voyage South 2018 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Autumn Voyage South 2017 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 Spring Voyage South 2017 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 66 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Treasures of Melanesia 8 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Port Vila (Vanuatu) - Lyttelton (New Zealand) 11 Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu  Lyttleton, New Zealand  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
On the Pacific Ring of Fire 13 Koror, Palau  Hakodate, Japan  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Pacific Islands expedition cruises


* 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.