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Hurtigruten Voyage to Antarctica!

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Hop onboard with Hurtigruten this winter for a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to Antarctica!

The small-ship cruise line is having an incredible 5-Day SALE up to 35% off standard prices. For 5 days only from July 28 to August 1, Antarctica Voyages departing between Nov 2014 and Feb 2015 are on SALE.

Book Exclusively with your Willamette Intl Travel Agent!

Because the ship is an intimate experience, availability is VERY limited and are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. As a Hurtigruten partner, our agents have access to pre-booking you on the cruise before it is available to the general public. Contact us at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

Choose from one of three itineraries:

13-Day The Land of the Penguins, departures on Nov 19, Jan 4, Jan 16

15-Day Polar Circle Expedition, departures on Jan 28, Feb 11

17-Day Christmas Expedition, departures on Dec 19

Check out the Video: http://vimeo.com/56082361

Inside cabins start at $7,187 per person for a 13-day itinerary. Outside cabins start at $8,177 per person for a 13-day itinerary. Based on double occupancy, restrictions apply, call for further details.

Hurtigruten offers only a few fantastic sailings a year on their beautiful medium-sized ships. Their focus is on expedition travel, combining luxury and adventure. Sail in the wake of historical explorers in the cutting-edge technology of MS Fram. Explore dramatic landscapes, stunning icebergs, and spot the millions of penguins, thousands of seals, and pods of whales that inhabit the waters and shores during the austral summer.

Plus! Extensions with Argentina are possible. Call us to discuss your options on an Antarctica cruise before July 28!

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All Aboard the Star Clipper!

This week the WIT blog will be following our agent Nancy as she sails around the Caribbean on the Star Clipper! Her sailing dates are Saturday, December 8 to Saturday, December 15. Our agent Linda has previously sailed on the Star Flyer, so it’s exciting to get our agents out on their luxury sailing ships yet again! Today, let’s take a closer look at the ship itself:

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The Ship

The Star Clipper was built in May 1991 in Ghent, Belgium, and set sail the following year. She spends her winters and springs in the Caribbean, and her summers and falls in the Mediterranean.

With 4 passenger decks, she can hold up to 170 passengers and comes with a crew of 72. There a number of stateroom categories available, of varying sizes, amenities, and price. Our own Nancy is booked on Commodore Deck in a category 3 cabin.

Ever the travel agent, Nancy will be doing her fair amount of research while on board, thoroughly exploring the ship from bow to stern. She’ll interview the crew for an inside view of life onboard and explore each island on land and in the water. And, as the Royal Clipper will also be docked in Dominica at the same time, she’ll spend some time touring that ship and investigating its ins and outs!

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Though Nancy’s trip will be educational and designed to inform her of the minute details of Star Clipper, as “real” travelers you would also get to:

…feast in the elegant Dining Room, with its relaxed buffet-style and open-seating policy.

…wander into the Tropical Bar, to sip at a cocktail and linger on deck,

…enjoy the Piano Lounge to socialize with some fellow passengers.

…retire to the Library for some intimate reading or a clever game of chess, bridge of backgammon

…check out the fitness facility complete with a spa and gym area

…take a swim in one of the Sun Deck’s circular freshwater pools

The Star Clipper – Stats

–         Length: 360 feet

–         Beam: 50 feet

–         Draft 18.5 feet

–         Masts: 4 masts, 16 sails

–         Mast Height: 226 feet

–         Speed: 8-17 knots

Nancy’s Itinerary

Leeward Islands

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Day 1: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Day 2: Nevis

Day 3: Dominica

Day 4: Iles des Saintes

Day 5: Guadeloupe

Day 6: Antigua

Day 7: St. Barts

Day 8: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

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Tune in Wednesday and Friday as we follow her route on the Star Clipper. Watch out also for some fun facts on the Royal Clipper! When she returns, hopefully we’ll get some photos and the full scoop from Nancy on her sailing adventure.

Interested in sailing with Star Clipper? Willamette Intl Travel regularly books these boats and would love to tell you more! Call us at 503.224.0180 or info@wittravel.com. For a firsthand review, ask to speak with Linda.

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