Expedition Ship
Expedition Ship

Educational Expedition Cruises

Go where nature leads on a rugged expedition ship that brings you close-up to wildlife and natural wonders. With no set schedule, your captain charts a general course determined by weather, sea conditions and recent wildlife sightings. 

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Educational Expedition Cruises

One of the best ways to see the world is with educational expedition cruises from Road Scholar. Our goal is to create a curated experience that combines adventure, fun, learning, and engagement with the places and cultures we visit. On each cruise, you’ll meet subject matter experts who can deepen your understanding of your destination.

While every expedition cruise is different, you can expect to visit fascinating cultural landmarks, take part in local traditions, and explore natural wonders at the edges of the world. These expeditions are ideal for lifelong learners of any age and are also excellent senior-friendly cruises

Here are just a few of our favorite expedition cruises


Discover the Wilds of Iceland: Iceland

Hop aboard the Ocean Albatros for an 11-day adventure around one of the most dramatic and stunning places in the world. You’ll start your trip in Reykjavik, then visit the Westman Islands, Akureyri, Grimsey Island, and more. Iceland is home to fjords, volcanoes, and lagoons — and you’ll see them all. Between adventures, join a book club on the ship, sit in on lectures, and engage in fascinating conversations with onboard specialists. 


Authentic Alaska: Alaska/British Columbia

This Alaska expedition cruise begins in the vibrant city of Seattle. You’ll travel to Vancouver and then embark on the M/V Ocean Victory to explore America’s “Last Frontier.” Over 15 fascinating days, you’ll sail through the Canadian Inside Passage and visit fjords, national parks, and great Alaskan monuments. Along the way, you’ll hear from historians, naturalists, and indigenous people to learn all about this amazing region. 


The Hidden Coasts of Scotland: Scotland

Scotland is famous for its rugged beauty and proud spirit. Now, you can experience the country on this 12-day adventure. Start in the bustling capital city of Edinburgh, then visit beautiful Aberdeen before taking to the water. On this trip, you’ll visit remote islands, see ancient castles, watch a Scottish dance performance, and learn all about Scotland’s history from onboard instructors. You don’t need to restrict yourself to elderly cruises. This senior-friendly trip is open to all ages. 


Icebergs and Penguins in Otherworldly Antarctica: Argentina/Antarctica

Have you been dreaming of an Antarctica expedition cruise? This is it! Spend 14 glorious days traveling at the edge of the world. You’ll begin your journey in Ushuaia and then embark on the ship Ocean Victory. The expedition will take you through the Drake Passage. Next, you’ll visit the South Shetland Islands and the fascinating and foreboding Antarctic Peninsula. Be on the lookout for penguins and seals. When you need to warm up, come inside to listen to lectures, take classes, and learn about this frozen wonderland. 


Explore Even More Water Adventures

Our expedition cruises are incredibly popular, and for good reason. They allow you to see majestic parts of the world in a fun, friendly, and supportive environment. Though these are not seniors-only cruises, they do appeal strongly to seniors.

Looking for other water adventures? Take a look at our ocean voyage expeditions as well as our exciting riverboat cruises. If you want to stay closer to home, try a riverboat cruise in the United States.

Whichever adventure you choose, you won’t be disappointed!