Expedition Cruises
Tours & Travel

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.

Favorite Expedition Cruises

Hiking through the mountains.
Discoverers Glacier Country
Itinerary Highlights: - Two exclusive days in Glacier Bay National Park with a Park Ranger - Discover scenic coves and fjords by kayak, paddle board, and skiff - Wilderness treks in the Tongass National Forest - View stunning glaciers and …
  • 8 days
  • $4195 - $9995 USD
Ship:
Safari Endeavour
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Luxury & Indulgence, Expedition Cruising
Places:
North America, Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park, Ford's Terror, Frederick Sound, Endicott Arm, Juneau, Admiralty Island, Icy Strait, United States, …
Dancing penguins
Classic Antarctica Air Cruise
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, you are invited to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - …
  • 7 days
  • $9795 - $18595 USD
Ship:
Ocean Nova Air Cruises
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Punta Arenas, King George Island
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:
Spa & Relaxing, Snorkeling, Luxury & Indulgence, Expedition Cruising, Wildlife Watching
Places:
South Pacific, Bora Bora, Papeete, Raiatea, Taha'a, Moorea
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
  • $4950 - $8350 USD
Ship:
MV Plancius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Light Hiking, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Ny Alesund, Andoya, Phippsoya, Laagoya, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Freemansundet, …
$500 OFF
Traveler's looking at local wildlife through binoculars.
  • 8 days
  • $3450 - $4120 USD
Ship:
Tucano
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, River Cruising
Places:
South America, Brazil, Amazon, Manaus, Novo Airao Village, Lago Janauari
3%-5% 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 - $5899 USD
Ship:
Alaskan Dream
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruising
Places:
North America, Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Tracy Arm, Wrangell, Hobart Bay, …
25% 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 - $3690 USD
Ship:
Harmony V
Passions:
Snorkeling, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Europe, Mediterranean, Greece, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Monemvasia, Delos, Rethymnon, Kythira, …
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
  • $1199 - $1399 USD
Ship:
Liberty Clipper
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Caribbean, Nassau, Eleuthera Island, The Exumas
Zodiac tours to see glaciers.
  • 5 days
  • $1440 - $4054 USD
Ship:
MV Stella Australis
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Expedition Cruising
Places:
South America, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Tucker Islet, Pia Glacier, Ainsworth Bay, …
Hiking to the top of an icy peak.
Classic Antarctica
This Antarctica voyage features the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula, including the classic sites of historic and scientific interest.
  • 12 days
  • $6295 - $16795 USD
Ship:
Sea Explorer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruising
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Lemaire Channel, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay Antarctica, …
Explore remote shores in your zodiacs
Three Arctic Islands 2014: Iceland, Greenland & Spitsbergen
A polar journey across the Arctic to the land of Vikings, fjords and spectacular landscapes. This award-winning Arctic expedition packs more wildlife and dramatic Arctic coastlines into 14 days than you can imagine. Touring Iceland, Greenland and …
  • 14 days
  • $6995 - $18995 USD
Ship:
Sea Spirit
Passions:
Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Longyearbyen, Scoresbysund, Reykjavik, Akureyri, Denmark Strait