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Expedition Cruise Travel Guide

Our Favorite Expedition Ships

National Geographic Sea Lion

Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic combine forces on board the National Geographic Sea Lion, which sails the West Coast from the Columbia and Snake Rivers to the Panama Canal. Accommodating up to 62 guests, the nimble Sea Lion can easily access shallow waters and narrow passages.

Ocean Atlantic

The Ocean Albatros has 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, most with their own balcony. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels and is one of the most environmentally friendly, implementing the Green Initiative Program, ensuring both absolute comfort and sustainability for participants.

Ocean Diamond

Iceland Pro Cruises’ Ocean Diamond easily transports its 210 guests into the fjords of Iceland and Greenland with its ice-strengthened hull and two stabilizers. Modern amenities and panoramic lounges are the perfect setting from which to admire remote waterways and glaciers.

Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour
Ocean Endeavour

With state-of-the-art expedition tools and amenities built to enjoy the far reaches of the Atlantic, Adventure Canada’s Ocean Endeavour sails the North Atlantic from Canada and Greenland to the British Isles while accommodating up to 198 passengers.



Cruise Lines We Sail With

Road Scholar works with a number of cruise lines to provide an authentic regional experience, using regional companies with a local crew whenever possible.


Adventure Canada

  • Canada
  • Greenland
  • Ireland
  • Scotland

Albatros Expeditions

  • Antarctica
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • Norway/Svalbard


  • Antarctica



  • Iceland
  • Greenland


  • Antarctica


  • Alaska
  • Central America
  • Columbia River Valley
  • Galápagos
  • Mexico

Educational Expeditions with Road Scholar

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.


At Road Scholar, our expedition cruise programs can bring you across the world. With a diverse cohort of shipmates, you’ll be able to learn and discover the wildlife, landscapes, and cultures around you. From riverboat cruises to ocean voyages and expeditions, we have several cruise programs to choose from.

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“Road Scholar’s partnership with Adventure Canada is a match made in educational heaven. There was already a remarkable staff on board and our Group Leader ensured we had extra time to talk to their experts. This adventure was remarkable. Each day was better than the last!”

— Arlene, Road Scholar Class of 2015, from Ontario, Canada —