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 of Alaska
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 …
Ship:
Safari Endeavour
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places:
North America, Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park, Ford's Terror, Frederick Sound, Endicott Arm, Juneau, Icy Strait, Baranof Island, United States, …
Level:
Relaxed
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
  • $10,795 - $19,995 USD
Ship:
Ocean Nova Air Cruises
Passions:
Fly Cruise, Wildlife Viewing, Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, King George Island
Level:
Relaxed
Jagged mountain formations
Tahiti & the Society Islands
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
  • $5,295 - $12,595 USD
Ship:
Paul Gauguin
Passions:
Wildlife Viewing, Spa & Relaxing, Snorkeling, Expedition Cruises
Places:
South Pacific, Bora Bora, Papeete, Raiatea, Taha'a, Moorea
Level:
Relaxed
Giant whale jaw in the arctic
Around Spitsbergen
Embark on a 10-day 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 MV Plancius, an ice-strengthened vessel that is ideal for …
  • 10 Days
  • $4,900 - $8,850 USD
Ship:
MV Plancius
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Canada, Longyearbyen, Ny Alesund, …
Level:
Relaxed
Kayaking close to glaciers
Alaska's Inside Passage Sojourn
Spend 9 days aboard the Alaskan Dream chasing beautiful, dramatic landscapes and Alaskan wildlife. After setting sail from Sitka head towards Glacier Bay National Park for the chance to see bears, wolves, humpback whales, and sea lions. Tour the capital …
  • 9 Days
  • $4,519 - $6,799 USD
Ship:
Alaskan Dream
Passions:
Light Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
North America, Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Tracy Arm, Wrangell, Thorne Bay, Rudyerd Bay, …
Level:
Relaxed
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
  • $2,950 - $4,400 USD
Ship:
Harmony V
Passions:
History, Snorkeling, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Europe, Mediterranean, Greece, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Monemvasia, Delos, Rethymnon, Kythira, …
Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy your relaxing time in the Bahamas
Bahamas Sailing Adventure
Set sail for new horizons on a barefoot 7-day cruise in the Bahamas. On the 125-foot schooner, the tall ship Liberty Clipper, explore the Out Islands of the Bahamas from this majestic windjammer. Be welcomed aboard by expert crew who are there for your …
  • 7 Days
  • $1,299 - $1,799 USD
Ship:
Liberty Clipper
Passions:
Wildlife Viewing, Snorkeling, Sailing Schooner, Stand Up Paddle Board, Beach Time, Kayaking
Places:
Caribbean, Nassau, Eleuthera Island, The Exumas
Level:
Relaxed
Free Hotel Night
Zodiac tours to see glaciers.
Fjords of Tierra del Fuego: Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
Board the MV Stella Australis in Punta Arenas and begin your adventure sailing through the Fjords of Tierra del Fuego. Cross the straight of Magellan and enter a labyrinth of channels that define the extremes of Patagonia. In Ainsworth Bay hike to …
  • 5 Days
  • $1,440 - $4,054 USD
Ship:
MV Stella Australis
Passions:
Light Hiking, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Places:
South America, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Cape Horn, Tucker Islet, Pia Glacier, Ainsworth Bay, Ushuaia, …
Level:
Relaxed

River Cruises

Save up to $500
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 …
  • 11 Days
  • $3,849 - $7,748 USD
Ship:
MS Amavida
Passions:
River Cruises, Wine Tasting
Places:
Europe, Mediterranean, Portugal, Spain, Lisbon, Porto, Serra de Sintra, Fatima, Regua, Barca d' Alva, …
Level:
Relaxed

Antarctica Expeditions

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
  • $8,995 - $13,595 USD
Ship:
Sea Adventurer
Passions:
Fly Cruise, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, South Shetland Islands, King George Island
Level:
Relaxed
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, and pay your respects at Shackleton's grave when embarking on this expedition …
  • 19 Days
  • $12,400 - $20,800 USD
Ship:
MV Plancius
Passions:
Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, South Orkney Islands, Stanley, …
Level:
Relaxed
$500 OFF
Kayaking through the icy waters.
Antarctic Circle Voyage
Join us on the Columbia and Snake Rivers as the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition gets fully underway. The explorers set out in 1804, seeking the Rocky Mountains and the far Pacific. Then in 1805, the Corps of Discovery canoed down the Snake …
  • 14 Days
  • $11,195 - $18,995 USD
Ship:
Akademik Ioffe
Passions:
Adventure Options, Camping, Wildlife Viewing, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, Drake Passage
Level:
Relaxed
A view from the ship.
Weddell Sea Quest
Embark on a 12-day expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands, and 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 …
  • 12 Days
  • $7,990 - $14,830 USD
Ship:
MV Ushuaia
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage, Paulet Island, Brown Bluff, …
Level:
Relaxed
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 …
  • 30 Days
  • $20,000 - $30,200 USD
Ship:
Spirit of Enderby
Passions:
Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South Pacific, New Zealand, Macquarie Island, Ross Sea, Invercargill, The Snares, Auckland Islands, Campbell Island, Port of Bluff, …
Level:
Relaxed

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
  • $9,995 USD
Passions:
Wilderness Lodge, Adventure Options, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Village Visit
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Baffin Island, Canada, Ottawa, Iqaluit, …
Level:
Relaxed
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. …
Ship:
MS Lofoten
Passions:
Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Canada, Tromso, Bergen, Lofoten Islands, …
Level:
Relaxed
A seal pup waves to the camera
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
  • $12,995 USD
Passions:
Adventure Options, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Light Hiking, Snorkeling
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Baffin Island, Canada, Ottawa, Iqaluit, …
Level:
Relaxed
A walrus relaxes on the snow.
Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
Join a 10-day arctic cruise around Spitsbergen including Kvitøya, 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 Ortelius, cruise …
  • 11 Days
  • $4,900 - $8,850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Canada, Longyearbyen, Phippsoya, …
Level:
Relaxed