Hurtigruten offers Senior discounts


Discount Combinable With 10% Repeat Passenger and AARP, Welcome Back Shipboard Credits

Hurtigruten is rewarding mature travelers – those 60 and older – with a 10% fare discount when sailing along the 1,250-mile fjord-filled Norwegian coastline, an area so stunningly scenic that it was given top billing on National Geographic Traveler magazine’s 2009 list of the “most celebrated and iconic travel destinations” – its third time at the top of the survey. And to make it even more of a deal, Hurtigruten is allowing the discount to be combined with a variety of other offers: “10% Repeater Discount” – for passengers who sailed on any Hurtigruten ship in the past three years; “AARP” – members receive a $50 shipboard credit on 12-day cruises or $35 on the six- and seven-day sailings; “Welcome Back Discount” – passengers booking a future cruise within five weeks of their last voyage receive a NOK 2,000 (@$320) onboard credit. Six-, seven- and 12-day cruise-only fares, with the senior savings, range from $1,085 to $6,404 per person, double; combined with the “Repeater Discount,” the range is $964 to $5,692. The offer applies to new bookings for sailing from Jan.1 – April 15 and Sept. 15 – Dec. 31, 2010. No deadlines or black-out days are in effect.

New Year’s Eve on the North Cape, Viking history, the midnight sun, the Northern Lights, stunning fjords, small fishing villages, cosmopolitan cities, wildlife at every turn…the list of sights, sounds and experiences goes on and on. Named the “world’s most beautiful voyage,” by Lonely Planet’s “Bluelist,” Hurtigruten, a name synonymous with exploration cruising, has been sailing the Coastal Voyage route for nearly 120 years, offering guests a unique look at their country, interaction with the local people, and the freedom to explore on a host of shore excursions. The scenery changes from moment to moment as the company’s fleet of modern ships make 34 port calls between the charming Hanseatic port of Bergen and Kirkenes, close to the Russian border. Small fishing villages in the rugged Lofoten Islands, Art Nouveau Alesund, the ancient Viking capital of Trondheim and Norway’s “Paris of the North” Tromso are just some of the highlights.

Sailing aboard Hurtigruten ships means large, comfortable lounges with panoramic windows and wonderful views from large outdoor decks; no need to dress up for dinner (unless you want to) and open seating; fresh seasonal ingredients, plenty of incredible seafood and a comprehensive wine list; multilingual tour directors; comfortable cabins – from the smaller inside accommodations to the large outside suites with private balconies, picture windows and even Jacuzzis on some; and a friendly and well-informed crew, ready to offer assistance and their suggestions when asked.

Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition cruising, sailing to the most remote of destinations including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen as well as year round along Norway’s coast. Additional information on all of these adventures, as well as brochures and reservations, can be obtained from Hurtigruten’s robust and visitor-friendly web site Inc.,; or by phone: (800) 323-7436; fax (888)-524-2145; for brochures (800) 582-0835, 24 hours a day.

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