Well here’s a fun Starwood opportunity that has nothing to do with the big Marriott & Starwood news of the day.
Earlier in the month I wrote about my desire to eventually visit Antarctica, though as I pointed out, the world’s southernmost hotel may be a little bit out of my budget. There are no points hotels (or any permanent hotels, for that matter) in Antarctica, so the way that most tourists choose to travel there is by cruise.
It looks like you can now redeem Starpoints for a cruise to Antarctica. Or at least one lucky SPG member can. There’s an SPG Moments auction at the moment for a 14 day cruise to Antarctica for you and a guest, departing November 6 and returning November 19, 2016.
Here’s how the cruise is described:
Adventure of a lifetime ahead. Bring a guest and set sail for the “Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent” with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Enjoy premium comfort and exhilarating experiences aboard the intimate ice-class National Geographic Orion with only 102 guests. Take part in the world’s ultimate, authentic expedition: Travel with the world’s top ice team, including an undersea specialist, and “Antarctica: A Year On Ice” filmmaker, Anthony Powell. See magnificent mountains, towering icebergs, and huge glaciers—and get out there in Zodiacs and kayaks, by foot, and even cross-country skis on a frozen sea. Get up close with thousands of gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins. Soak it all in over 14 days and come home with memories to last a lifetime, not to mention your best photos ever, thanks to the National Geographic photographer aboard.
The Journey to Antarctica with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic package includes:
- Access for two (2) to a 14-day Antarctica adventure, “Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent,” with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic departing on 6 November and returning on 19 November 2016
- Check out the itinerary and all expenses included here: http://www.expeditions.com/destinations/antarctica/journey-to-antarctica/
Here’s a video showing what you can expect:
Best I can tell this cruise usually retails for ~$13,000-28,000 per person, so this could potentially be a very good deal.
At the moment the bidding on the SPG Moments package is up to 236,500 Starpoints, and the auction ends October 11, 2016.
I suspect it’ll go a bit higher, though probably not that much higher, as I can’t imagine there are that many people with such a big balance of Starpoints who can take off a couple of weeks to go to Antarctica with less than a month notice.
Regardless, this has to be one of the coolest SPG Moments packages I’ve ever seen (after the one we saw earlier this week for tickets to the SPG Suite at a Biebs concert, natch!).
So, is anyone bidding?
(Tip of the hat to Mike)