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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 2016 Avalon cruises when you book by April 7, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Receive $400 per couple in air credit when you book select South America vacations and flights through Avalon by March 24, 2015. Offer applies to LAN/TAM flights from select gateways. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Enjoy special savings on select Hurtigruten voyages worldwide when you book an unspecified cabin. 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 25% off select Norwegian coastal voyages with Hurtigruten when you book by January 31, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Enjoy special savings on select Hurtigruten Antarctica voyages when you book an unspecified inside cabin. Prices shown reflect discount. Reduced rates also available for outside cabins and suites. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $6,000 to $7,000 per couple off select Abercrombie & Kent Antarctica departures in certain cabin categories when you book by March 31, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to $200 per couple off select Collette tours worldwide when you book by January 31, 2015. 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.
  • Receive a free Buenos Aires flight and transfer package on select Quark Antarctic departures when you book by March 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
The Bijagos Archipelago (Dakar - Dakar) 8 Dakar, Senegal  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Indian Ocean: Zanzibar to the Seychelles 15 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Mahe, Seychelles  Lindblad Deluxe Dates and Prices
Voyage to West Africa: The Gold Coast to Morocco 20 Accra, Ghana  Casablanca, Morocco  Lindblad Deluxe Dates and Prices
Wildlife and Cultures of South Africa, Mozambique, and Madagascar 23 Cape Town, South Africa  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Lindblad 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 South, Cruise North 9 Punta Arenas, Chile  Ushuaia, Argentina  Quark First Class Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise North 9 Punta Arenas, Chile  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid Budget 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: Crossing the Circle 2016 10 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 65 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Svalbard Express 7 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Expedition Svalbard 2016 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Realm of the Polar Bear 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Expedition Disko Bay 8 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Introduction to Spitsbergen 9 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
+ View all 70 Arctic 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
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Grenadine Islands (Curaçao - Fort de France) 8 Williemstad, Curacao  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasure of the Antilles (Fort de France - Saint Martin) 8 Fort de France, Martinique  St Martin, French West Indies  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Golf in the Caribbean (Saint Martin - Fort de France) 8 St Martin, French West Indies  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
Discover the French West Indies (Saint Martin - Saint Martin) 8 St Martin, French West Indies  St Martin, French West Indies  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Voyage to Ancient Wonders (Cruise-Only) 11 Aqaba, Jordan  Athens, Greece  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
India's Golden Triangle and Ancient Jordan (Cruise-Only) 14 Delhi, India  Amman, Jordan  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Voyage to Ancient Wonders 19 Amman, Jordan  Athens, Greece  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grand Voyage from Delhi to Athens (Cruise-Only) 25 Mumbai, India  Athens, Greece  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grand Voyage from Delhi to Athens 32 Delhi, India  Athens, Greece  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
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
Fiji to The Cook Islands: Polynesian Discovery 13 Nadi, Fiji  Rarotonga, Cook Islands  Lindblad Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 13 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.