The Perks of Antarctica

Free air, optional land programs, early booking savings

By: Marissa Tinloy

Voyages of Discovery is offering free air travel on select Antarctica expedition cruises aboard the MV Discovery. Additionally, the destination specialist is also offering Early Booking Savings up to 35% and a variety of optional land programs for cruise guests.

For both the Voyage to Antarctica cruise, which departs Nov. 13, 2008, and the Antarctica and Falkland Islands cruise, which departs Dec. 3, 2008, Voyages of Discovery is offering free-to-$199 airfare from select gateways. Free gateways include Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York and Toronto. From San Francisco and Seattle, airfare is $99. From Vancouver it is $199.

Along with the opportunity for free-to-$199 airfare, passengers on the MV Discovery’s 24-night trans-Atlantic cruise are eligible for two-for-one fares. The cruise departs Nov. 13, 2008 from Lisbon en route to Buenos Aires. Prices start at $6,995 for the first passenger and $295 for the second passenger’s port charges.

Voyages of Discovery is also offering the opportunity for passengers to participate in shore landings and Zodiac cruises in rare scenic areas. The 14-member ship expedition team, which is lead by Dr. Peter Carey, includes an Ice Master and six Zodiac divers. Optional pre- and post-cruise programs include tours to Iguassu Falls (from $1,495 per person); the Glaciers of Patagonia (from $1,298); and Cape Town, South Africa (from $795).

Voyages of Discovery’s winter 2008-2009 schedule includes upcoming Antarctic cruises to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Chilean Fjords and the Antarctic Peninsula. The schedule consists of an extensive range of itineraries, such as the 38-night Voyage to Antarctica (Lisbon to Buenos Aires; departing Nov. 13, 2008; starting at $8,395); 17-night Antarctica, Chile and Patagonia (Buenos Aires to Santiago; departing Dec. 16, 2008; from $5,595); and 22-night Cape to Cape (Buenos Aires to Cape Town; departing Feb. 7, 2009; starting at $4,550).

Voyages of Discovery’s cruise-tour packages include pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations, transfers and sightseeing in Buenos Aires and Santiago, as well as flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia and Valparaiso/Puntas Arenas and Santiago. Normal cruise-tour add-ons, such as hotel and air, range from $595 to $695, depending on departure gateway.

Passenger photos and journals from previous MV Discovery cruises to Antarctica are showcased on