expedition cruises

The Best Expedition Cruises of the World

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Cruises are back in full swing, but how about embarking on a thrilling expedition cruise to experience adventure, untouched landscapes and majestic wildlife? Unlike large cruise ships, expedition vessels offer flexibility, smaller sizes and unique trips inaccessible to bigger vessels. Escape the tourist crowds and enjoy personalized, extraordinary experiences.

Top Destinations for Expedition Cruises


Alaska Fjords & Glacier Bay Ultimate Expedition by UnCruise Adventures: Embark on an unforgettable Alaskan adventure! Witness diverse wildlife, including humpback whales, seals and eagles. Expect daily activities like kayaking, hiking, whale watching and immersing in Alaska's native cultures. Explore Glacier Bay, hike in Tongass National Forest, witness the wildlife, birdwatch at South Marble Islands and visit renowned glaciers and Misty Fjords National Monument. Experience old-growth forests and the charm of Haines and Pelican. This journey guarantees an unforgettable adventure in Alaska's wilderness.

When: May, June, July, August and September.
Duration: 14 days.
Cost: From $9,100 per person.
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King George Island to King George Island by Silversea Expeditions: Experience the ultimate luxury expedition cruises! Silversea’s expedition cruises in Antarctica skip the rough seas of Drake’s Passage, you will witness stunning icebergs, majestic penguins and breathtaking fjords in style, and enjoy exclusive access to remote landing sites, expert guides and thrilling activities. Explore the Antarctic Sound and Peninsula, encountering orcas, hiking ice shelves and meeting vibrant penguin colonies in crystal-clear waters. Enjoy top-notch lectures and expert guides with a guest-to-guide ratio of approximately 1:12. Weather permitting, you'll also enjoy two daily landings.

When: November, December, January, February and March.
Duration: 6 days.
Cost: From around $10,700 per person.
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The Galapagos

Ultimate Galapagos Holiday Voyage by Lindblad: Embark on the ultimate Galápagos adventure aboard the National Geographic Islander II with 50+ years of expertise. Visit Santa Cruz, Floreana, Española, San Cristóbal and Genovesa on a new vessel accommodating just 48 guests, ensuring an intimate experience. Choose from various activities like snorkeling, hiking, kayaking and paddleboarding. This extended journey allows for a deeper immersion in the Galápagos, including a memorable Christmas celebration. Encounter vibrant marine life, walk among unphased wildlife and seabird colonies and explore through hiking, kayaking and snorkeling.

When: December.
Duration: 12 days.
Cost: From $16,765 per person.
Book: Here.

Norwegian Fjords

Northern Lights Expedition Cruise from London by Hurtigruten Expeditions: Cruise from London (Tilbury) to Norway and explore the stunning Norwegian coast under the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Expect a range of activities to experience Norway's breathtaking scenery, like cruising along enchanting fjords, visiting charming towns and immersing yourself in the local culture guided by knowledgeable guides. Indulge in fine dining and take part in onboard activities, including lectures, access to the Science Center and photography tips. Experience escorted landings with small boats equipped with necessary gear and assistance from expedition photographers.

When: September, October, November and December.
Duration: 15 days.
Cost: From $5,443 per person.
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Amazon River

Authentic Amazon by Adventure Life: Experience the wonders of the Amazon Basin on an expedition cruise aboard the M/V Anakonda. Engage in thrilling activities like kayaking among otters and turtles, ascending observation towers for a unique jungle perspective and trekking along lush trails. Encounter pink river dolphins on a canoe trip, witness the Parrot Clay Licks in western Amazonia, navigate the Indillama River by kayak and explore the rich culture of the Kichwa people. This extraordinary journey unveils the enchanting and mysterious wonders of the Amazon and the flora and wildlife of Yasuni, Ecuador's largest National Park.

When: Year Round.
Duration: 8 days.
Cost: From $5,405 per person.
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Exploring Indonesia: Bali, Raja Ampat and Papua New Guinea by Lindblad Expeditions: Lindblad Expeditions' immersive Indonesian cruise explores Bali, Raja Ampat and Papua New Guinea, where you will encounter Komodo dragons, vibrant coral reefs and engage with local communities, immersing yourself in their unique cultures. Witness traditional welcome ceremonies and sporting matches in remote island villages. Embark on this vibrant adventure to explore tropical islands, encounter wildlife and discover the uncharted Asmat region — one of Earth's least-explored places.

When: May and September.
Duration: 20 days.
Cost: From $24,000 per person.
Book: Here.

North Pole

The Geographic North Pole with PONANT: Embark on an extraordinary 18-day expedition to the North Pole aboard Le Commandant Charcot. You will navigate challenging ice-covered terrain and experience the ever-changing landscapes, illuminated by shifting light, where nature thrives and wildlife roams, including polar bears, seals and whales. Engage in off-ship activities like kayaking, exploring in inflatable dinghies and hiking on the ice. Marvel at the elusive North Pole, the pinnacle of polar exploration, as your ship navigates the drifting ice floe with care.

When: July and August.
Duration: 18 days.
Cost: From $44,930 per person.
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Pharaohs & Pyramids by Viking River Cruises: Join a luxurious adventure down the Nile River, experiencing ancient and modern Egypt in style aboard a small yet lavish vessel with 41 suites, each boasting a balcony and marble bathrooms with jetted showers and soaking tubs. On this river cruise, discover iconic sites and museums in Cairo for five days before embarking on a seven-day cruise from Luxor to Edfu, passing through Qena, Esna and Aswan. Immerse yourself in vibrant souks and ancient temples along the way. You can extend your journey with optional trips to Jerusalem and Jordan, visiting Petra, the Dead Sea and Amman for an unforgettable experience.

When: August, September, October and December.
Duration: 5 days.
Cost: From $6,999 per person.
Book: Here.

Tips for a Memorable Expedition Cruise

  • Research destinations and itineraries that match your interests, like polar bears or sea lions.
  • Pack appropriately for the weather.
  • Follow guidelines to respect wildlife and habitats.
  • Bring your camera to capture breathtaking moments.
  • Family-friendly cruises and activities are available.
  • Assess your fitness level for activities and consider the duration of your cruise.
  • Expedition cruises may be pricier, but they offer unparalleled experiences and access to remote destinations.

Expedition cruises offer unique benefits beyond ordinary travel. Accessing remote locations, experience intimate wildlife encounters and gain insights into diverse cultures, just to name a few. Book exploration cruises to discover the world's hidden gems and be amazed by our planet's breathtaking beauty. Bon voyage!