Become a Polar Hero along the Norway Coast with Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten is all about exposing guests to its wonderful destinations and the need to preserve and share them – whether it is the stunningly scenic coast of Norway, or the bucket listpossibilities of Antarctica, Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland. Hurtigruten is now offering guests a very special opportunity to be “Polar Heroes” and take home the many things they will learn about polar life and share with friends and family. Everything from the Northern Lights to climate change to outdoorexperiences is on the docket to discuss and enjoy. This special sailing on the MSFinnmarken brings aboard the company’s best expedition leaders as well as renowned lecturers. Guests can participate in escorted hikes and excursions and sit in on lectures as these passionate experts impart their knowledge and experiences. The 12-day Bergen roundtrip voyage sails along Norway’s fjord-indented west coast, heading up above the Arctic Circle to Kirkenes, a few miles from the Russian boarder, before turning and heading back. 34 ports of call in both directions include 22 ports above the Arctic Circle. Fares range from $1,511 to $4,674 per person, double. Guests on this voyage also receive a 10% discount on any MS Fram Expedition Voyage in 2015 and 2016, whether booked before, during this sailing, or within four weeks after returning home.

    Besides the company’s cream-of-the-crop Expedition Leaders, guest lecturers include Pål Brekke, a leading solar physicist and public outreach expert, a senior advisor at the Norwegian Space Centre, and the recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship and the Laurels for Team Achievements from the International Academy for Astronautics. Orheim Olav is a glaciologist and climatologist who has led numerous scientific expeditions in both the Arctic and Antarctica and served as the managing director of the Norwegian Polar Institute from 1993 to 2005. Westphal Ralf holds academic degrees in Physical Education, Biology and Outdoor Education and has held jobs ranging from national park ranger to Outward Bound instructor to Svalbard sea kayak guide.

    Expedition Leaders escort guided hikes at several ports along the route while seminars are led by the guest lecturers. Special activities include ice dipping – in the Arctic Ocean; meeting with local fishermen, learning about Sami history, and learning to tie marine knots – to name a few. There are also a slew ofoptional excursions offered including the Wilderness Adventure Camp, a Viking feast, dog-sledding, polar history walks, polar night snowmobile trips, city walks and a visit to the famous Kirkenes Snow Hotel.

    Included in the fare are all lectures, numerous hikes and selected excursions, and a Helly Hansen “Hunting the Light” fleece jacket. Hurtigruten’s new “taste of Norway” program – a partnership with Norway’s most celebrated chef Andreas Viestad – adds the local flair and ingredients to all the meals (also included).

    Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition voyages, sailing to the most remote of destinations, including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen as well as year round along Norway’s coast and Europe in the spring and fall.  The company’s fleet of 12 intimate ships, which each carry 100 to 646 guests, allows travelers to enjoy the scenery and culture of the destination in a relaxed atmosphere.

    Additional information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from travel agents or Hurtigruten’s visitor-friendly website,; by phone at 877-301-3117; or fax at 888-524-2145.  To order brochures 24 hours a day, call 800-582-0835.

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Princess Cruises has 3 free offers for passengers

Princess Cruises has three free offers for guests booking AlaskaEurope or Japan cruises and cruise tours sailing in 2015.

The “3 For Free” sales event not only includes free stateroom location upgrades, a free shore excursion credit and free onboard spending credit, but also features a refundable deposit of only $100 per person.

Running through Nov. 20, the cruise sale enables guests to get the best stateroom available within that stateroom type for the lowest possible fare.

In port, a free shore excursion credit will give guests on Europe and Japan sailings $200 ($100 per person) to spend on shoreside tours such as a visit to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg or a stroll through Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion in Japan. In Alaska, guests will receive $100 ($50 per person) to spend on glacier hiking, dog sledding or other Alaskan shore excursions.

In addition, those guests booking Europe or Japan cruises will receive up to $100 per stateroom in free onboard spending money and up to $50 per stateroom for those booking Alaska cruises and land and sea vacation packages, to use toward a relaxing massage, refreshing poolside cocktails, or even limited 50th Anniversary keepsake items.

Guests can also book third and fourth berth guests from as low as $199 and receive up to $100 bonus shore excursion spending money per stateroom and up to $50 bonus onboard spending money per stateroom.

More information about the Princess Cruises “3 For Free” sales event can be found at Additional cruise deals can be found

Examples of cruise deals include:

  • Alaska cruise – 7 days: $548 interior; $1,298 balcony
  • Alaska Denali Explorer cruisetour – 10 nights: $1,147 interior; $1,897 balcony
  • Grand Mediterranean cruise – 12 days: $1,899 interior; $2,599 balcony
  • British Isles cruise – 12 days: $1,999 interior; $2,549 balcony
  • Japan cruise – 8 days: $1,399 interior; $2,199 balcony

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The “3 For Free” sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on Oct. 16 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at

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Arizona Biltmore celebrates 25 years of winemaker dinners

The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is celebrating its 25th year of hosting Winemaker Dinners with its most extensive season ever – 11 of the extravagant culinary evenings at the legendary property – plus prize drawings for the first time.

Held in the resort’s historic signature restaurant, Wright’s at The Biltmore, the Winemaker Dinners combine innovative gourmet dining, acclaimed wines and winemakers discussing their wines with after-dinner drinks and cigars.

Diners will also have the opportunity to win bottles of wine and a stay or dining at the Arizona Biltmore with the addition of a raffle for the 2014-2015 season.

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Hanalei Colony Resort offers fall discount on Kauai’s north shore in Hawaii

 Beachfront hideaway Hanalei Colony Resort, located on Kauai’s north shore, is offering a special rate of $240 per night for Ocean View suites for stays now through Nov. 23.

The fall special represents a one-third discount off the usual of $356 per night. The special rate is applicable to Ocean View category suites only and requires a two-night minimum stay. In addition, a seventh night is offered free after six consecutive paid nights.

Named one of the “Top 10 Romantic Getaways Worldwide” by Islands Magazine in 2011, Hanalei Colony is a little resort situated on a long curve of uncrowded beach near the end of the road on Kauai’s north shore.

Situated on five beachfront acres, the resort’s 48 units are all two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and private lanais (patios), all with sweeping views of Hanalei Bay or Kauai’s lush north shore mountains.

Hanalei Colony provides a guest shuttle to nearby beaches, Hanalei Town, and the Princeville Resort area.

Hanalei Colony’s suites do not have televisions, stereos, or phones. Resort amenities include free parking, guest barbecue and picnic areas, a guest laundromat, twice-weekly maid service, and a newly renovated and expanded swimming pool facility with a whirlpool spa.

Guests are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and afternoon mai tai party. Hanalei Colony does not charge a “resort fee,” and complimentary WiFi is available in all units.

The oceanfront Mediterranean Gourmet restaurant is open daily from lunch through dinner and features the “Hanalei by the Sea Luau” every Tuesday night. The cozy Napali Coffee House & Art Gallery offers morning coffee drinks, smoothies, and pastries as well as mid-day snacks to go

. A variety of beauty and wellness treatments, including therapeutic massage, are offered on-property at Hanalei Day Spa.  

 For reservations or more information, call toll-free 1-800-628-3004.  Visit the hotel’s website at or email

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