Expedition Cruises

Expedition Cruises

* Bilingual cruises in English and French, with Spanish-speaking crew available in every departure *

Embark on an unforgettable Expedition Cruise with National Geographic and PONANT. Originating from the idea that when people understand the world, they care more deeply and are inspired to protect it, our luxury expedition cruises are designed to inspire people to live with curiosity, explore our planet and become global ambassadors for sustainability.

See the world through our eyes as you journey alongside National Geographic experts, photographers and researchers as we visit some of the world’s most remote destinations. From the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean to the glacier dotted Antarctic – our luxurious small ships are able to navigate into locations that are often inaccessible to larger vessels.

Our cruises are carefully crafted to minimize any disturbance to fragile natural and cultural resources. Thanks to our strong relationships we have built with the local communities over the years, we can take travellers to places that nobody else visits, creating the most authentic experiences.

On each cruise, you will travel with an unparalleled team of experts: further than the Ponant expedition team, you will travel with a National Geographic expert and photographer who will share their knowledge and passion for the breath-taking destinations that we visit and will help you capture its incredible landscapes and wildlife.

Our expedition cruises offer intimacy and exploration with uncompromising service and amenities including French gourmet cuisine, spa facilities, boutique shops, luxury accommodation and a unique underwater lounge on some of the ships. You can further enjoy regular land visits on Zodiacs®, workshops from our experts and the opportunity to step into the ship’s bridge whenever you like (conditions permitting) – all of which are available at no additional cost.

National Geographic Expeditions is committed to sustaining the character and integrity of each place we visit. Our cruises go above and beyond environmental regulations, using research and innovation to help us minimise our impact on the remote places we visit and working closely with the local communities. Moreover, we are investing in verifiable carbon offset projects. Read more about our Commitment to Sustainable Cruising.

When you travel with National Geographic Expeditions you also support the National Geographic Society and their continued work to better understand and protect our planet. Discover more about Our Ships.

* Although all our expedition cruises are led in French and English, there’s Spanish-speaking crew in every departure. Moreover, some of the National Geographic Experts and Photographers speak Spanish, and you can find them in the following departures:

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