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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.

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  • Fly for free from select gateways on certain Avalon Europe departures when you book and pay in full by April 5, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 5% off select Globus vacations when you book by April 26, 2016. This offer does not apply to certain land extensions. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Companion flies for free from select gateways on Alexander+Robert trips when you book and pay in full by February 29, 2016. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 30% off select G Adventures trips worldwide when you book by February 26, 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 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 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.
  • Save $600 per couple off select Alexander+Roberts itineraries worldwide when you pay in full at the time of booking. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 25% off select Quark Arctic sailings in certain cabin categories when you book by March 15, 2016. 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
Atlantic Islands & African Shores 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
Explorer's Africa 24 Cape Town, South Africa  Dakar, Senegal  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
Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle 10 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 61 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
An Arctic Spitsbergen Adventure (Monday Departures) 6 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Iceland by Land & Sea: From Reykjavik to the Wild West 7 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Lindblad Deluxe 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
+ View all 57 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
The Best of Japan (Maizuru - Osaka) 9 Maizuru, Japan  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Japan (Osaka - Maizuru) 9 Osaka, Japan  Maizuru, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Vietnam (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
Solar Eclipse in Indonesia (Darwin - Kota Kinabalu) 12 Darwin, Australia  Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 23 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
The Kimberley - Australia's Hidden Treasure (Broome to Darwin) 11 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Kimberley - Australia's Hidden Treasure (Darwin to Broome) 11 Darwin, Australia  Broome, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
From Dreamtime to Tana Toraja 15 Cairns, Australia  Balikpapan, Indonesia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Australia's Kimberley: Voyage to the Outback 15 Broome, Australia  Brisbane, Australia  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Great East Australia (Auckland - Darwin) 16 Auckland, New Zealand  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 8 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
Grenadine Islands (Fort de France - Fort de France) 8 Fort de France, Martinique  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Papua New Guinea and the Coral Sea 15 Koror, Palau  Cairns, Australia  Silversea First Class Dates and Prices
Aboriginal Art and Underwater Encounters 16 Darwin, Australia  Koror, Palau  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
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.