Wildlife/Nature

It's often said we don't truly appreciate something until we lose it. As the fragility of our natural world becomes more evident, we find ourselves increasingly drawn to places where we can reconnect with the earth, no longer just spectators, but a part of the planet. With little control over the experience, contact with untamed wildlife is a gift, a blessing, and a humbling reminder of how removed from nature our lives have become.

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Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX)

Arctic, Europe Iceland, Arctic, Greenland, Norway

Sailing from Spitsbergen to Greenland, follow the ice’s edge with an eye peeled to the horizon for wildlife. Navigating south, you'll explore this remote landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. This journey highlights the contrast and change in the Arctic as you move south, finally ending in the Iceland, "the Land of Fire and Ice." An Inuit village, unique wildlife and remote destinations are just some of the highlights on this truly unforgettable voyage through the Arctic.

Highlights: Explore the edges of an ice floe by Zodiac, walk on the tundra searching for birds, keep an eye out for a variety of whale species and dolphins, learn about the Arctic from lectures and onsite briefings, sail through magnificent fjords and visit a local community in Ittoqqortoormiit

14 days
From $7699
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Journey to the Antarctic Peninsula (XVAWSX)

Antarctica, South America Antarctica, Argentina

Fierce, cold and stunningly beautiful – explorers since Shackleton have grappled with the contrasts of the Weddell Sea. Experience this ultimate Antarctic landscape on a 15-day adventure that defines "once in a lifetime." Cross the Drake Passage to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea – this less-visited region of Antarctica is the planet's clearest sea and the birthing ground of incredible tabular icebergs. Two attempted shore landings each day means more potential sightings of leopard seals, whales and thriving colonies of roosting penguins. Be a part of history as you embrace Shackleton's spirit. This isn't a polar cruise – it's an adventure.

Highlights: Spend eight full days exploring one of the world's last true wildernesses, connect with the history of exploration while retracing Shackleton’s journey, catch sight of whales and albatross following the ship, go ashore with seasoned experts explaining the intricacies of Antarctic ecology, admire the tabular icebergs of the Weddell Sea

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $7224
$8499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Antarctica Classic (XVCASX)

Antarctica, South America Antarctica, Argentina

Vivid emerald, violet tints, intense blue and crimson light—the Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. Join us on a true adventure to a world of immense scale and visual splendour. Passing huge icebergs in the flat calm of a polar morning will reshape the way you look at your world. Encounter huge whales, enormous rookeries of penguins and stunning landscapes few have ever witnessed. This 11-day expedition will introduce you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Highlights: Set foot on Antarctica—the worlds least visited continent, watch majestic albatross soar by the ship while crossing the Drake Passage, brave the chill by taking an optional polar plunge, witness immense icebergs and magnificent glaciers, have your questions answered by Antarctic experts

11 days
From $7499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX)

Africa, North Africa / Middle East Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola, South Africa, Gambia, Morocco, Senegal, Congo, Namibia, Canary Islands, Togo, Sierra Leone, Benin

People have been exchanging customs and ideas in Western Africa as long as there have been people. Now, it’s your turn. From the MS Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. A solid combination of activity and leisure, you’ll have ample time to spot rare birds and endemic wildlife with skilled naturalists, mingle in local markets, and learn about the region from our experienced expedition staff, including naturalists, historians, anthropologists, and ornithologists. While at sea, we’ll also enjoy South African wine tastings from our very own sommelier and enjoy daily lectures from experts before wrapping it all up in enchanting Marrakech. Africa by sea? We didn’t believe it was possible either.

Highlights: Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites, explore bustling local markets and colonial architecture in historic West African ports, gain insight into the region's modern history, interact with our expert expedition team, wine-taste while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition

Promotions Available! 32 days
From $13599
$16999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Norwegian Fjords (XVNFNX)

Arctic, Europe United Kingdom, Scotland, Arctic, Norway

Take part in a mystical North Atlantic journey and explore the various medieval towns of the Norwegian coast before heading north to the island of Spitsbergen. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ply the Norwegian Sea, keeping your eyes open for unique wildlife while searching for the elusive polar bear.

Highlights: Ship cruise around Bjørnøya – a birdwatcher’s paradise, discover Torghatten – one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway, explore the mysteriously beautiful Træna archipelago, witness the Standing Stones of Stenness, explore the intriguing Ring of Brodgar and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Skara Brae and Geiranger fjord

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $4207
$4949
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth (XVRDNX)

Arctic, Europe Arctic, Norway

Similar to our 'Realm of the Polar Bear' itinerary (XVRPNX), you'll enjoy three additional days of exploring. Scour the ice and tundra in search of the elusive polar bear and encounter even more icebergs, glaciers, and unique wildlife than you ever thought possible on this 11-day expedition. Search for lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds under the midnight sun.

Highlights: Make the most of your time in the high Arctic with 11 days to explore, take a turn on "polar bear watch" with a member of the Expedition staff, challenge yourself with an optional polar plunge, capture a herd of Svalbard reindeer in your viewfinder, enjoy spectacular vistas under the midnight sun, learn from lectures on history and the natural sciences

Promotions Available! 11 days
From $4419
$5199
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Realm of the Polar Bear (XVRPNX)

Arctic, Europe Arctic, Norway

From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Always on the lookout for exotic animals, you’ll explore this landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore a few months of the year.

Highlights: Spend time on deck searching for polar bears and whales, cruise through breathtaking fjords and admire massive glaciers, experience the midnight sun, learn about Arctic history and ecology from our expert guides, brave the Arctic waters and take a polar plunge, enjoy the silence of the Arctic tundra

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $3144
$3699
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Svalbard Express (XVSENX)

Arctic, Europe Arctic, Norway

When the Arctic calls, you simply have to go. Designed for the adventurous explorer whose long on ambition but short on time, this trip delivers all the wonder and frozen magic of the Arctic in a compact six days. Track polar bears from the deck of the ship, explore the landscape via Zodiac-assisted excursions, and spot exotic birds on the wing, all from the comfort and convenience of a dedicated polar expedition ship. You may not have much time up here, but that’s okay – you’ve got the rest of your life to relive every moment.

Highlights: An opportunity to venture into the Arctic even if you have limited time. Spend the day on deck searching for polar bears and whales, cruise through breathtaking fjords and admire massive glaciers, experience the midnight sun, learn about Arctic history and ecology from our expert guides, brave the Arctic waters and take a polar plunge, enjoy the silence of the Arctic tundra

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $2719
$3199
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Spirit of Shackleton (XVSHSX)

Antarctica, South America Falkland Islands, Antarctica, Argentina

Experience vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies on this awe-inspiring voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. This 21-day voyage illuminates Ernest Shackleton’s legend and recounts his courageous exploration of Antarctica. You’ll visit historical sites of past explorers, as well as Shackleton’s final resting place – the wildlife-rich island of South Georgia. Antarctica is beyond comprehension and sure to amaze any traveller seeking a true adventure to the world’s most remote wilderness.

Highlights: Meet hardy locals and spot unique wildlife in the Falkland Islands, explore abandoned whaling stations and visit Shackleton’s grave, walk quietly amongst king penguins and watching them surf onto the beach, learn about the environment and ecology from industry experts, spot whales and seals while cruising past icebergs aboard Zodiacs, set foot on the continent of Antarctica

21 days
From $19999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — South Islands aboard the Xavier (SEV07MA)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four nights exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience—that’s why you won’t be sold onto someone else's ship.

Highlights: 4 nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park aboard Xavier, encountering bright pink flamingos feeding in hidden lagoons, snorkelling along colourful reefs searching for sea turtles and playing with sea lions, finding marine iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks and playing in the surf

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $2337
$2749
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — Central Islands aboard the Xavier (SEV07MB)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four nights exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience—that’s why you won’t be sold onto someone else's ship.

Highlights: 4 nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park aboard Xavier, snorkelling with sea lions and discovering spectacular marine life in protected bays, finding land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on South Plaza Island, watching bright pink flamingos and other sea birds feeding in secluded lagoons.

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $2337
$2749
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — Central & East Islands aboard the Xavier (SEV10MB)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend eight days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience—that’s why you'll never end up on another operator's ship.

Highlights: 7 nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park aboard Xavier, choosing to hunt for sea lions and marine iguanas or simply relaxing on the white sandy beach of Santiago, gaining a deeper understanding of the history of the Galapagos at the Charles Darwin Centre, searching for land iguanas in the cactus forests of South Plaza, snorkelling with rays and sea lions at the dramatic Kicker Rock

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $3314
$3899
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands aboard the Xavier (SEV10MC)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven nights exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience—that’s why you'll never end up on another operator's ship.

Highlights: 7 nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park aboard Xavier, coming face to face with 200 year old giant tortoises, exploring large colonies of blue footed boobies and marine iguanas on the volcanic rocks, discovering 3 species of boobies and 2 species of frigate birds nesting together at Punta Pitt, sending a post card at Post Office Bay and bringing one home

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $3314
$3899
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — Central Islands aboard the Xavier (SEV10MD)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven nights exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience—that’s why you'll never end up on another operator's ship.

Highlights: 7 nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park aboard Xavier, snorkelling with sea lions and discovering amazing marine life, coming face to face with 200 year old giant tortoises, hiking along dramatic lava flows and exploring colonies of sea birds and sea lions, finding marine iguanas relaxing in the sunshine

10 days
From $3899
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX)

Africa, North Africa / Middle East Ghana, Gambia, Morocco, Senegal, Canary Islands, Sierra Leone

From the M/S Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. The second leg of the 32-day West Africa Cruise, this 17-day trip focuses prominently on the roots of the West African slave trade with numerous chances for cultural and natural interaction in port cities and nature preserves along the coast. On-board activities range from open-air painting lessons on the deck to sommelier-led wine-tastings featuring top South African vintages.

Highlights: Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, observe wildlife up close, explore local markets and colonial architecture in historic ports, visit remote archipelagos via Zodiac. Interact with our expert expedition team while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition.

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $8499
$9999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX)

Africa Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola, South Africa, Togo, Congo, Namibia, Benin

People have been exchanging customs and ideas in Western Africa as long as there have been people. Now, it’s your turn. From the MS Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. A solid combination of activity and leisure, you’ll have ample time to spot rare birds and endemic wildlife with skilled naturalists, mingle in local markets and learn about the region from our experienced expedition staff, including naturalists, historians, anthropologists, and ornithologists. While at sea we’ll also enjoy South African wine tastings from our very own sommelier and enjoy daily lectures from experts. Africa by sea? We didn’t believe it was possible either.

Highlights: Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Explore bustling local markets and colonial architecture in historic West African ports, Gain insight into the region's modern history, Interact with our expert expedition team, wine taste while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition.

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $8499
$9999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands (XVGFSX)

Antarctica, South America Antarctica, Argentina, Uruguay

Challenge. Desolation. Unlimited wonder. It’s not difficult to grasp what attracted the great explorers to Antarctica. Get a personal appreciation for the struggle to tame the bottom of the world on this 22-day adventure to the land than entranced Ernest Shackleton and countless others since. Down here, you’ll explore the Falkland Islands, encounter abandoned whaling stations on South Georgia Island, and pay your respects at Shackleton’s grave. Elsewhere, you’ll catch up with penguins (king, chinstrap, and gentoo varieties) and learn all about them through daily lectures, get close to whales and cavorting seals from a Zodiac boat, and keep an eye peeled for towering icebergs and massive glaciers. Prepare to be astonished.

Highlights: Meet hardy locals and seeing unique wildlife in the Falkland islands, explore abandoned whaling stations and visiting Shackleton’s grave, walk quietly amongst king penguins and watching them surf into the beach, learn about the environment and ecology from industry experts, spot whales and seals while cruising through icebergs on Zodiacs, set foot on the continent of Antarctica

Promotions Available! 22 days
From $8499
$9999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Quest for the Antarctic Circle (XVQCSX)

Antarctica, South America Antarctica, Argentina

A massive rookery of penguins shuffles across a frozen shore; a pod of whales glides through frigid waters; dramatic landscapes float off in the distance – welcome to Antarctica. Join us on a voyage of discovery to our planet’s last frontier – a mysterious and virtually pristine paradise. Our ice-strengthened expedition ship is ideally suited to cruising this icy wilderness, and her expert staff are on hand to ensure you’ll fully appreciate all the majesty you encounter. Sail the Drake Passage past the South Shetland Islands, then really explore the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Prepare yourself for an adventure like no other – more like a private expedition than a traditional cruise.

Highlights: Spend seven full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, go farther south than most have ever gone, spend time on deck searching for whales and watching soaring albatross, get up close and personal with a variety of penguin species, discover the intricacies of the Antarctic region through our on board lecture program

14 days
From $8499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Brazil Football 2014—Falls & Fandemonium (SZWC)

South America Brazil

Every four years, soccer fans get the chance to watch the world's best players compete in the mother of all championships. This time it's happening in Brazil. Join the party and connect with the people's samba spirit while exploring the most exuberant nation in South America. Get a dose of urban delights in Rio and southern Curitiba and natural wonders at stunning Iguassu Falls and the massive Pantanal wetlands. Better yet, you'll fly between Rio and Curitiba so there's more time to celebrate. While no match tickets are included, you're free to arrange your own or simply dance along during the country's biggest party yet.

Highlights: Being a part of football euphoria in Brazil, sipping caipirinhas at night, marvelling at Iguassu Falls, encountering wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, cheering for your team with many others, partying with thousands on the Brazilian streets, experiencing all Rio has to offer by day and night.

13 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2
14 days
From $7699

Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX)

11 days
From $7499

Antarctica Classic (XVCASX)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $4207
$4949

Norwegian Fjords (XVNFNX)

Promotions Available! 11 days
From $4419
$5199

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth (XVRDNX)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $3144
$3699

Realm of the Polar Bear (XVRPNX)

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $2719
$3199

Svalbard Express (XVSENX)

21 days
From $19999

Spirit of Shackleton (XVSHSX)

14 days
From $8499

Quest for the Antarctic Circle (XVQCSX)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX) 14 days Marine N/A
From $7699
Journey to the Antarctic Peninsula (XVAWSX) 15 days Marine N/A
From $7224
$8499
Antarctica Classic (XVCASX) 11 days Marine N/A
From $7499
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX) 32 days Marine N/A
From $13599
$16999
Norwegian Fjords (XVNFNX) 15 days Marine N/A
From $4207
$4949
Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth (XVRDNX) 11 days Marine N/A
From $4419
$5199
Realm of the Polar Bear (XVRPNX) 8 days Marine N/A
From $3144
$3699
Svalbard Express (XVSENX) 7 days Marine N/A
From $2719
$3199
Spirit of Shackleton (XVSHSX) 21 days Marine N/A
From $19999
Galápagos — South Islands aboard the Xavier (SEV07MA) 7 days Marine Standard
From $2337
$2749
Galápagos — Central Islands aboard the Xavier (SEV07MB) 7 days Marine Standard
From $2337
$2749
Galápagos — Central & East Islands aboard the Xavier (SEV10MB) 10 days Marine Standard
From $3314
$3899
Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands aboard the Xavier (SEV10MC) 10 days Marine Standard
From $3314
$3899
Galápagos — Central Islands aboard the Xavier (SEV10MD) 10 days Marine Standard
From $3899
West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX) 17 days Marine N/A
From $8499
$9999
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX) 18 days Marine N/A
From $8499
$9999
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands (XVGFSX) 22 days Marine N/A
From $8499
$9999
Quest for the Antarctic Circle (XVQCSX) 14 days Marine N/A
From $8499
Brazil Football 2014—Falls & Fandemonium (SZWC) 13 days Yolo Basic
From $3499