New York, January 2006 — Three of NCV's Independent Vacations are on sale to early birds "“ those booking by March 1, 2006 receive reductions of $95 to $515 per person on the 12-day "Highlights of Norway," 13-day "Norwegian Holiday" and 17-day "Grand Norway." The three all-Norway packages are designed for independent travelers who prefer the flexibility of doing their own sightseeing and dining in major cities but appreciate the convenience and cost savings of air-inclusive cruise tours. Normal pricing, ranging from $2,865 to $5,330 per person, double, is reduced to $2,660 to $4,975 for daily departures between March 1 and October 31.

The centerpiece of the packages is a seven-day northbound, six-day southbound or 12-day round-trip sailing along the scenic, 1,250-mile Norwegian coast visiting 34 ports between Bergen and Kirkenes, above the Arctic Circle. All tours include the Oslo Pass and Bergen Card offering free and reduced admission to many museums and attractions as well as unlimited public transportation in those cities. NCV also offers fully-escorted packages with similar itineraries.

The cruise portion of each tour, set against a backdrop of majestic fjords and snow-capped mountains, takes in Alesund's Art Nouveau architecture, the spectacular Geirangerfjord (April 15"“September 14), the lively university town of Tromso, ancient Trondheim founded by first-century Vikings and the magnificent Lofoten Islands, which stretch like a wall of mountains off the coast. On land, guests stay upwards of three nights in first-class hotels in Oslo, Norway's 1,000-year-old capital, two nights in Bergen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one night in Kirkenes ("Norwegian Holiday"). Transportation between cities is on the scenic Oslo-Bergen train journey, named one of the "Top 20 Rail Experiences in the World."

Popular sights include Bergen's Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, the Fish Market, the Troldhaugen home of composer Edvard Grieg, the Bergen Aquarium and Old Bergen and, in Oslo, hundreds of outdoor sculptures, the 700-year-old Akershus Castle and Fortress, the Viking Ship Museum, Nobel Peace Center and architecture ranging from medieval to postmodern.

Independent Vacations include transatlantic flights from New York, intra-Scandinavia flights as indicated on itinerary, a coastal voyage with all meals, first-class hotels with buffet breakfast daily, Oslo airport transfers, bus transfers in Bergen, air taxes, port charges, and the scenic Oslo-Bergen train trip, the Oslo Pass and Bergen Card. Add-on air fares are available. Offer is not combinable with the AARP Member Savings, Senior Savings or other special offers and is only applicable to bookings with no deviations or alterations to the program.

Contact Norwegian Coastal Voyage Inc., (800) 323-7436 or (212) 319-1300; fax (212) 319-1390; for brochures, (800) 666-2374, 24 hours a day;

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