(6:24 p.m. EDT) -- No, your eyes are not deceiving you. AdventureSmith Explorations, a cruise wholesaler that specializes in small-ship cruise expeditions, is giving away a free four-night Alaska cruise to any traveler who books a 2010 Antarctica voyage. While two-for-one cruise fare promotions have been quite popular, particularly lately due to the economy, this may just be the first buy-one-get-one-free cruise offer we've ever seen!
Here's the scoop:
Book the February 8, 2010, departure of the 114-passenger, all-suite Corinthian II -- a 17-night cruise sailing roundtrip from Ushuaia, operated by Cruise West via a ship charter -- through AdventureSmith Explorations, and you'll receive free cruise fare on either a four-night Glacier Bay or a four-night Prince William Sound Alaska cruise in 2010 on a ship in Cruise West's fleet (varies by itinerary and sailing date).
Once travelers receive their Antarctica cruise documents, they will be asked to provide their top three choices for Alaska departure dates. They will be guaranteed a cabin on one of these three sailings, and will be notified at least 60 days prior to departure. Can't go? The free cruise certificate may be transferred to a friend or family member.
Prices for the Antarctica cruise start at $13,899 per person and include an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, taxes and fees, and port charges, as well as the free Alaska cruise (up to a $2,499 value). To be eligible, you must book by July 31, 2009.
Of course, there's a caveat: While a free cruise on Cruise West is not an insignificant perk, remember that you're on your own for airfare to Alaska and may end up spending extra on hotels and food to stretch your four-night cruise into a week's vacation. But if you're a fan of (or have wanted to try) small-ship, expedition cruising -- and have the time and money for two cruise vacations in 2010 -- you might consider taking advantage of AdventureSmith Explorations' deal.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor
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Buy One Expedition Cruise, Get One Free
July 24, 2009