Expedition Cruises
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expedition cruises (Wayne Ng)
Wayne Ng

Expedition vessels are designed to traverse the world's waterways, yet are small enough to explore isolated locations that large cruise ships cannot access. Expedition cruise ships accommodate anywhere from 12 to 300 passengers. Vessels are equipped with zodiacs and kayaks for excursions to secluded shores and up-close wildlife interactions.

Small ships offer comfortable cabins, international cuisine, libraries and meaningful lectures from onboard naturalists. Cabin sizes vary widely from lower deck bunks to top deck owner suites. On and off board the destination is the star attraction. Small ship cruises immerse you into spectacular surroundings where you have the chance to watch porpoises race along the bow or wake up between blue icebergs. This is the true nature of an expedition tour.

Itineraries are designed to explore the best of each region and allow for the unexpected surprises that make each trip unique. Skilled crew change course to take advantage of unique chance encounters, like a bear sighting or calving glacier. Experience a whale gracing your zodiac or a sunset over the Chobe River on these exciting and flexible expeditions. Below are a few of our favorite expedition cruise and tour itineraries.

Worldwide Expedition Cruises

Hiking through the mountains.
Discoverer's Glacier Country
Join this 8-day voyage to explore parts of Alaska's coast you won't find in guidebooks. Among the highlights of this unique journey are two exclusive days in Glacier Bay National Park with a Park Ranger and wilderness treks in the Tongass National …
  • 8 days
  • $4195 - $9995 USD
Ship:
Safari Endeavour
Passions:
Kayaking, Luxury & Indulgence, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching
Places:
North America, Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park, Ford's Terror, Frederick Sound, Endicott Arm, Juneau, Icy Strait, Baranof Island, United States, …
Level:
Easy
Dancing penguins
Classic Antarctica Air Cruise
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, you are invited on this 8-day adventure to one of the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable places: Antarctica. In a little over three hours of flying from Punta …
  • 8 days
  • $9795 - $18995 USD
Ship:
Ocean Nova Air Cruises
Passions:
Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Punta Arenas, King George Island
Level:
Easy
Jagged mountain formations
Society Islands & Tahiti
In 1891, when Paul Gauguin arrived in Tahiti, he captured the charm, culture and languid grace of the natives in oils. You won't find his paintings here, but the original models still call this piece of French Polynesia home. This 8-day South Pacific …
  • 8 days
  • $2445 - $12245 USD
Ship:
Paul Gauguin
Passions:
Luxury & Indulgence, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching, Snorkeling, Spa & Relaxing
Places:
South Pacific, Bora Bora, Papeete, Raiatea, Taha'a, Moorea
Level:
Easy
Giant whale jaw in the arctic
Around Spitsbergen
An Arctic voyage around Spitsbergen, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, Walrus, Reindeer, various bird species and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the expedition vessel, the Plancius, explore the remote shores of Spitsbergen on …
  • 10 days
  • $4900 - $8850 USD
Ship:
MV Plancius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Light Hiking
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Ny Alesund, Andoya, Phippsoya, Laagoya, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Freemansundet, …
Level:
Easy
$500 OFF
Traveler's looking at local wildlife through binoculars.
  • 8 days
  • $3450 - $4120 USD
Ship:
Tucano
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, River Cruises
Places:
South America, Brazil, Amazon, Manaus, Novo Airao Village, Lago Janauari
Level:
Easy
3% OFF
Kayaking close to glaciers
Alaska's Inside Passage Sojourn
Sail through the exciting frontier of Alaska on this 11-day Alaskan cruise! Visit the ports of Sitka, Skagway, Juneau, and more, viewing wildlife and making stops along the way.
  • 9 days
  • $4199 - $6299 USD
Ship:
Alaskan Dream
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
North America, Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Tracy Arm, Wrangell, Hobart Bay, …
Level:
Easy
10% OFF
Traditional architecture in Greece.
Classical Greece
Classical Greece shows Greece at its best: The beautiful whitewashed Cycladic Islands of Santorini and Mykonos, Crete the largest and southern- most Greek Island and the Peloponnese with Monemvassia and Nafplion and their historical treasures. Add to …
  • 8 days
  • $2330 - $4190 USD
Ship:
Harmony V
Passions:
Snorkeling, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Europe, Mediterranean, Greece, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Monemvasia, Delos, Rethymnon, Kythira, …
Level:
Easy
Swimming of the side of the Liberty Clipper in the crystal clear waters.
Bahamas Sailing Adventure
Set sail for new horizons on a barefoot cruise in the Bahamas. On the 125-foot schooner Liberty Clipper you'll explore the Out Islands of the Bahamas from this majestic windjammer. You'll be welcomed aboard by expert crew who are there for your safety …
  • 7 days
  • $1249 - $1449 USD
Ship:
Liberty Clipper
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Caribbean, Nassau, Eleuthera Island, The Exumas
Level:
Easy
20% OFF
Zodiac tours to see glaciers.
  • 5 days
  • $1440 - $4054 USD
Ship:
MV Stella Australis
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching
Places:
South America, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Tucker Islet, Pia Glacier, Ainsworth Bay, …
Level:
Easy

River Cruises

Local moving cattle through the fields
Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong
Your Asia river cruise begins with Vietnam’s bustling capital, Hanoi, followed by an excursion to fabled Ha Long Bay. Said to be the lair of dragons, the Bay’s limestone outcroppings provide a breathtaking setting for an overnight sojourn. The next …
  • 16 days
  • $4998 - $7397 USD
Ship:
MS Amalotus
Passions:
Luxury & Indulgence, River Cruises
Places:
Asia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Phnom Penh, Sadec, Cai Be, Kampong Chhnang, Oudong, …
Level:
Easy
Peaceful canal running through a European town
The Enchanting Rhine
Begin your European river cruise in vibrant Amsterdam, enjoying her legendary canals and colorful surroundings. Visit the majestic Cologne Cathedral, the historic university town of Heidelberg, the Alsation capital of Strasbourg, and an excursion to the …
  • 12 days
  • $3659 - $7058 USD
Ship:
MS Amacello
Passions:
River Cruises, Luxury & Indulgence
Places:
Europe, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Amsterdam, Basel, Breisach, Strasbourg, Rudesheim, …
Level:
Easy
St. Basil's Cathedral in the Red Square of Moscow.
Russian Waterways
Enjoy a spectacular river cruise through the heart of Russia along its colorful and historic waterways. Explore bustling and excitement packed Moscow, then cruise north and visit the enchanting Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl. Continue with …
  • 12 days
  • $3799 - $8998 USD
Ship:
MS Amakatarina
Passions:
Luxury & Indulgence, River Cruises
Places:
Europe, Russia, Moscow, Uglich, Yaroslavl, Goritsy, Kizhi, Svirstroy
Level:
Easy
Portugal city on the river
Enticing Douro
Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your European river cruise down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages. Begin in Porto and continue on to the ancient and picturesque …
  • 11 days
  • $3449 - $7548 USD
Ship:
MS Amavida
Passions:
River Cruises, Luxury & Indulgence
Places:
Europe, Mediterranean, Portugal, Spain, Lisbon, Porto, Serra de Sintra, Fatima, Regua, Barca d' Alva, …
Level:
Easy
Monks conversing in a Buddist temple
The Riches of the Mekong: Vietnam & Cambodia
Tonle Sap Lake provides the launching point for your graceful Mekong River cruise. Cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City (My Tho Port), with calls at Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Oudong, Chong Koh, Phnom Penh, Tan Chau, Sa Dec, Xeo Quyt and Cai …
  • 8 days
  • $2899 - $5298 USD
Ship:
MS Amalotus
Passions:
River Cruises, Luxury & Indulgence
Places:
Asia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Phnom Penh, Sadec, Cai Be, Kampong Chhnang, Oudong, …
Level:
Easy
Lights brighten the evening at this bustling Christmas Market
Christmas Time Cruise with Prague
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a festive European river cruise that kicks off in Prague. After boarding your ship in Nuremberg, your holiday cruise journeys through the charming region where so many of today's most beloved Christmas …
  • 10 days
  • $3199 - $6418 USD
Ship:
MS Amabella
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, River Cruises, Festivals
Places:
Europe, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Budapest, Vienna, Melk, Linz, Passau, …
Level:
Easy

Antarctica Expeditions

Cruising the icy waters in a zodiac
  • 12 days
  • $12495 - $28995 USD
Ship:
Le Boreal
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching, Luxury & Indulgence, Whale Watching, Spa & Relaxing
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Buenos Aires, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
Sea Kayaking
Antarctic Express Fly the Drake
Skip the four days of Drake Passage crossings and optimize your Antarctica experience by flying! A short two-hour flight takes you between Punta Arenas, Chile, and King George Island. Once in Antarctica, the penguins, seals and whales will keep you and …
  • 8 days
  • $8995 - $16995 USD
Ship:
Sea Adventurer
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Punta Arenas, South Shetland Islands, King George Island
Level:
Easy
$2400 OFF
Hiking through the Falkland Islands.
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Experience all the best of the sub-Antarctic highlights in one polar voyage on this 19-day Antarctic expedition. Meet at least six penguin species, visit Port Lockroy, pay your respects at Shackleton's grave, and embark on this voyage voted #1 to …
  • 19 days
  • $12100 - $20800 USD
Ship:
MV Plancius
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Orkney Islands, Stanley, Drake Passage, Scotica Sea, …
Level:
Easy
$750 OFF
Kayaking through the icy waters.
  • 14 days
  • $10195 - $17995 USD
Ship:
Akademik Ioffe
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
Penguins on a rocky beach in Antarctica.
Weddell Sea Explorer - Fly and Sail
Sail across Bransfield Strait to an Antarctic Sound dawn, where tabular icebergs ride currents from the Weddell Sea. The Peninsula’s wild side welcomes you with strange, ice-free landscape hiding renowned fossil beds and vast penguin colonies. Hope to …
  • 11 days
  • $7100 - $12600 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Punta Arenas, Puerto Williams, King George Island, Drake Passage, Brown Bluff, …
Level:
Easy
A view from the ship.
Weddell Sea Quest
Embark on an expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands & the Weddell Sea aboard the MV Ushuaia. The Weddell Sea will always be remembered as the polar region that still echoes the ill fated expedition of the great British …
  • 12 days
  • $6050 - $14120 USD
Ship:
MV Ushuaia
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage, Paulet Island, Brown Bluff, …
Level:
Easy
A single penguin on Antarctica.
In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton
The Ross Sea region of Antarctica is one of the most remote places on Planet Earth and one of the most fascinating places in the continent's human history. With shipping restricted by impenetrable pack ice to just two brief months each austral summer, …
  • 30 days
  • $19500 - $30200 USD
Ship:
Spirit of Enderby
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South Pacific, New Zealand, Macquarie Island, Ross Sea, Invercargill, The Snares, Auckland Islands, Campbell Island, Port of Bluff, …
Level:
Easy
Zodiac tours through the ice.
Christmas in Antarctica
Set out to the Antarctica peninsula on this itinerary with specific programming for families with kids and young teens. On board naturalists will choose activities and presentations designed to engage young curious minds along with the old as you explore …
  • 9 days
  • $5595 - $9495 USD
Ship:
Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Cape Horn, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage, …
Level:
Easy

Arctic Adventures

Narwhals amongst the ice.
Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari
Embark on this fascinating 8-day Arctic tour in search of narwhals and polar bears! This exciting itinerary takes you through the wilderness of the Arctic tundra via kayak and hiking.
  • 8 days
  • $10590 USD
Passions:
Camping, Light Hiking, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Arctic, North America, Canada, Ottawa, Iqaluit, Pond Inlet, Sirmilik National Park, Bylot Island
An early morning view of Alesund, Norway
Northbound Norway
Explore the stunning fjords of Norway on this 7-day expedition cruise. Begin in Bergen and make your way north, cruising through remote fjords, stopping in pristine coastal villages, and navigating your way through off-the-beaten-path destinations. …
  • 7 days
  • $1916 - $2642 USD
Ship:
MS Lofoten
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching, Light Hiking
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Norway, Tromso, Bergen, Lofoten Islands, Alesund, Trondheim, Kirkenes, Honningsvag, …
Level:
Easy
A group of surfacing narwhals
Great Migrations of the Northwest Passage
A wildly exclusive Arctic Safari to see the most exceptional animals the Arctic has to offer – the mystical narwhal. Join this small group adventure of up to 14 persons consisting of high end Safari-style ice camping deep in polar bear country to …
  • 8 days
  • $12290 USD
Passions:
Kayaking, Wildlife Watching, Camping, Light Hiking, Whale Watching
Places:
Arctic, North America, Canada, Ottawa, Iqaluit, Arctic Bay, Lancaster Sound, Northwest Passage
A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape
Polar Bear Migration Fly-in Photo Safari
Fly-in to a remote polar bear cabin camp set along the coast of Hudson Bay for an almost private polar bear viewing and photography experience like none other. Join this unique opportunity to photograph one of the world’s most magnificent predators …
  • 5 days
  • $7995 USD
Passions:
Photography, Wildlife Watching, Camping
Places:
Arctic, North America, Canada, Winnipeg, Churchill, Polar Bear Observation Complex
A herd of Caribou
Autumn Caribou Migration & Northern Lights Safari
Join this lodge based photography safari for caribou, combined with blazing autumn colors of the tundra and shimmering northern lights. This is an experience you will never forget. From local guides who know the traditional routes of the caribou, …
  • 8 days
  • $5900 USD
Passions:
Photography, Wildlife Watching, Light Hiking
Places:
Arctic, North America, Canada, Winnipeg, Arviat, Caribou Base Camp