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Antarctica: Glaciers, whales and penguins -- at half the price

November 02, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The Antarctic Dream has 40 cabins and operates tours that start and end in Ushuaia, Argentina.
The Antarctic Dream has 40 cabins and operates tours that start and end in… (Antarctic Dream )

Sometimes, even bucket-list trips go on sale.

Travel company Antarctic Dream is offering half-off an 11-day trip to Antarctica in November and December that features close encounters with humpback whales, leopard seals and orcas on daily Zodiac raft excursions amid blue ice and glaciers.

The small-ship expedition begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina, then spends two days crossing Drake Passage each way. Stops include Cuverville Island, known as a rookery for Gentoo penguins; Aitcho Island; Neko Bay; Pleanu on Petermann Island; and Deception Island.

When: The discounted rate applies to trips leaving Nov. 11 and 21 and Dec. 11.

Price: $5,990  a person for any cabin type, based on double occupancy. It includes accommodation on the ship, daily meals, on-board lectures and exhibits, and insurance. Airfare and visa cost are extra.

Tested: Cabins are still available for all trips, though some cabin types have sold out. The price for this trip usually ranges from $6,900 to $11,450.

Contact: Antarctic Dream, (877) 238-7477.

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