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THE DEAL: Hurtigruten is offering 30 percent savings on cruises to Antarctica during a special five-day sale ending on May 3.
WHAT WE LOVE: It is quite rare to see such savings offered on Antarctica cruises, which tops many bucket lists as the ultimate distant, exotic destination. A cruise to Antarctica is arguably the best way to see our seventh continent, and it offers a glimpse into an environment few people manage to see: a stark yet strikingly beautiful frozen tundra. Hurtigruten is a line well-accustomed to cold-weather climates; it regularly sails through Norwegian waters, even during wintertime. Your voyage offerings range from penguin-watching to tracing the steps of past explorers, so you can customize this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Atypical for a cruise sale, Hurtigruten is even including a holiday sailing during Christmas as part of this promotion.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: Just a short few days is probably not enough time for people to plan out such a major trip, but if you had a cruise to Antarctica already in mind or are feeling adventurous, this deal is a great opportunity to save. Hurtigruten is not a luxury line, so expect accommodations accordingly. You’ll be going for the sights and the experience, and less for the onboard atmosphere. Understandable for such a trek, 13 days is the shortest sailing offered. If you’re low on time, consider saving Antarctica for when you can savor it.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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