Hurtigruten is offering unprecedented savings - $3,041 to $4,694 per person - and adding roundtrip air from NY or Miami -- for guests booking suites on its November and December 13-day Argentina & Antarctica and 22-day Antarctica/Falklands/South Georgia expeditions by March 31, 2009.

These soft-adventure voyages, featuring naturalist guides, noted guest lecturers, PolarCirkel boat landings, and pre- and post-cruise nights in Buenos Aires, explore the vast and mysterious wilderness of the White Continent, replete with gleaming icebergs, blue whales and orcas feeding mere feet from the ships, and penguin populations whose individual rookeries number in the tens of thousands. Normal brochure prices of $9,618 to $16,228 are now $6,577 to $11,534 per person, double.

Suite purchases also include a variety of perks - two optional excursions; wine, beer or soda at meals; a bottle of champagne from the Captain; and more.

This offer cannot be combined with others but can be booked using Hurtigruten's interest-free "Layaway Getaway" monthly payment plan.  Air add-ons, available from dozens of North American gateways, range in price from $50 to $500.

The 13-day Antarctica expedition -- on the world's newest expedition ship, the 318-berth MS Fram -- is perfect for adventurous travelers with limited time, combining an eight-night voyage with Buenos Aires, Argentina's lively capital, and Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city.

For those looking for an extended version, the 22-day Falklands/Malvinas South Georgia & Antarctica┬Ł adds several days at the isolated South Georgia and Falklands Islands, breeding grounds for millions of seabirds and home to King and other penguin species, to the Antarctica exploration.

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