Exploration Cruises

Nature, wildlife, and photography focused small ship travel

Exploration cruises aboard small ships reveal the remarkable natural history of the Arctic, Antarctic, Amazon, and Pacific.  JOURNEYS is determined to provide the best small ship exploration cruises in the world. The ships of our operators are either luxury class or otherwise certified to meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements. In polar waters, many our exploration cruises are conducted aboard converted polar research vessels.  These exploration cruises feature good food, modest comfort, and expert crew.  There is typically one or more naturalists aboard devoted to making the cruise a scientific learning experience.  These nature cruises always focus on wildlife, scenery and photography. We offer exploration cruises in the Amazon of Brazil, the Ayurwaddy River of Myanmar, Panama Canal cruises, and the Australis cruises in the Straits of Magellan between Chile and Argentina.

EXPLORATION CRUISES
Ecuador: Aboard Eric-Flamingo-Letty, Northern Circuit
Cost: $3,900-$4,700  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Friday, biweekly departures (cruise departs on Sunday). Call for dates and special family departures.

Immerse yourself in one of the most amazing, diverse, and remote places on earth where the land animals ignore human visitors as they go about their lives, the scenery is stunning and diverse, and the marine life is among the planet's best.

Ecuador: Aboard Eric-Flamingo-Letty, Southern Circuit
Cost: $3,900-$4,700  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Friday, biweekly departures (cruise departs on Sunday). Call for dates and special family departures.

  The fleet of three identical first-class motor-yachts, M/Y Eric, Flamingo I, and Letty, was custom-designed for Galapagos excursions, offering tremendous value for superior comfort. Two experienced English-speaking naturalist guides attend...

Aboard M/C Athala II, Northern Circuit
Cost: $4,950-$5,400  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

Explore the Galapagos from the comfortable base of a first class luxury catamaran as you immerse yourself in what may be the only great natural paradise remaining in the world in a near-pristine condition - remote, stunning, diverse - perhaps more than your wildest dreams

Ecuador: Aboard M/C Athala II, Southern Circuit
Cost: $4,950-$5,400  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

Newly-refurbished in 2011, the luxury catamaran Athala was specifically designed and built to cruise the Galapagos Islands in style. This elegantly-designed ship provides comfort, superior speed, excellent stability, and it...

Ecuador: Aboard M/V Eclipse, Northern Circuit
Cost: $5,400-$6,400  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

The Eclipse offers very high quality accommodation and guiding services aboard a ship big enough to afford comfort, but fast enough to offer a full circuit of the best landing points in the Galapagos

Ecuador: Aboard M/V Eclipse, Southern Circuit
Cost: $5,400-$6,400  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

The Eclipse is a perfect base for any Galapagos cruise: a generously proportioned ship with a small yacht atmosphere. Ever since her arrival in 1999, the Eclipse has been considered...

Ecuador: Aboard M/V Evolution, Northern Circuit
Cost: $5,350-$6,650  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

The ghost of Darwin may walk this ship, admiring her classic lines and Victorian elegance. Sail the historic Galapagos islands aboard a completely modernized, comfortable mid-sized yacht.

Aboard M/V Evolution, Southern Circuit
Cost: $5,350-$6,650  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

The Evolution looks like a yacht from the 1920s, but brings a modern level of comfort and safety to explore the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Accommodating up to 32...

Ecuador: Aboard the M/Y Grace, Northern Circuit
Cost: $5,880-$6,800  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

Enjoy your ship as much as your shore excursions on this classic, refurbished 1920s yacht that comes with a rich history, royal credentials, and elegant, comfortable appointments.

Aboard the M/Y Grace, Southern Circuit
Cost: $5,880-$6,800  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

M/Y Grace has journeyed the waters of this world under many names. Camper & Nicholson in Southampton, England, built her during the Great Gatsby era in 1928.  After serving as...

Antarctic Circle Quest
Cost: $9,995-$18,995  •  Duration: 15 days  •   2 upcoming departures •  Ocean Diamond

Cross the Antarctic Circle and sail much farther south along the Antarctic peninsula than most trips while enjoying options for kayaking and camping on the icy coast.

Antarctica: Antarctic Explorer
Cost: $5,995-$19,295  •  Duration: 11 days  •   14 upcoming departures •  Ocean Diamond

Don't just view Antarctica: hike, kayak, camp, ski, and climb it! This is an active person's polar dream trip for energetically engaging the ice.

Australia's Rugged Kimberley Coast
Cost: $7,200-$8,840  •  Duration: 12 days  •   21 upcoming departures

The best way to explore the Kimberley, the spectacular rugged outback of Australia's northwest, is by small ship. Here find the phenomenal horizontal waterfalls, dramatic coastal landscapes, a rich bounty of wildlife and the world’s oldest indigenous rock art.

Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica
Cost: $11,995-$22,695  •  Duration: 19 days  •   5 upcoming departures •  Aboard the Vavilov

This is a far-reaching 18-day expedition to South Atlantic islands and the Antarctic mainland on the well-appointed Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov. View humpback whales, thousands of penguins, dramatic turquoise icebergs and the endless sweeping ice sheet of Antarctica.

Ecuador: Galapagos Adventure with Teens
Cost: $4,100-$4,900  •  Duration: 11 days  •   4 upcoming departures

These special departures in 2014 for families with teens offer a chance for a unique cultural exchange with local Galapagos high school students. Your wildlife cruise will be on board one...

Brazil: Heart of Amazonia—Cruising the Rio Negro
Cost: $3,650-$3,995  •  Duration: 9 days  •   32 upcoming departures

A spectacular cruise on the 9-cabin Tucano through rich Amazonian wildreness, twice monthly year-round. Join JOURNEYS' Lene Minder in June 2013.

Iceland Circumnavigation
Cost: $6,995-$9,995  •  Duration: 12 days  •  Aug. 26-Sep. 6, 2015 •  aboard the Ocean Nova

This expedition around Iceland offers an in-depth exploration of this small island of geological extremes. Encounter unrivaled natural diversity, from volcanic landscapes to lava fields, ice sheets, gushing hot springs and cascading waterfalls.

Peru & Ecuador: Incas and Islands
Cost: $6,995  •  Duration: 16 days  •  Arrange your trip around weekly Sunday cruise departures

Focus on the ancient Inca Empire. Hike ancient Inca trails near Machu Picchu. In Galapagos, view remarkably tame wildlife in an ecologically sensitive and responsible exploration of some of the best and most varied island habitats.

Spitsbergen Explorer: Classic Arctic
Cost: $5,995-$11,795  •  Duration: 11 days  •   2 upcoming departures •  aboard the Sea Adventurer

Undertake a thorough exploration of the major islands of the Svalbard Archipelago, making frequent shore stops to hike, photograph, bird or to simply admire the spectacular scenery.

The North Pole: 90 Degrees North
Cost: $25,995-$40,995  •  Duration: 14 days  •   3 upcoming departures •  aboard 50 Years of Victory

The Arctic's harsh climate defeated many explorers in the past, but you'll conquer the region's dense pack ice aboard the Yamal, one of the world's most powerful icebreakers.

Three Arctic Islands
Cost: $7,995-$18,995  •  Duration: 14 days  •   3 upcoming departures •  aboard the Sea Spirit

National Geographic Traveler has named this voyage one of its 50 Tours of a Lifetime. To land on this prestigious list, this expedition had to be:  “[One of the] most authentic,...

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