Thursday, July 28, 2011

Essential Experience Number 40 - Falling in Love with India

princess-curise-logo.gif “Falling in Love with India”

Princess Cruises reveals New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, India as “Essential Experience Number 40” on its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List.” This week Stacy Souza, Director of Customer Relations, writes about her trip to New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, India.

She writes: “When I first joined Princess Cruises many years ago, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to visit some of the world’s most exciting destinations as part of my job. I joined the company as an agent in the Air Department and over time worked my way into a management position. It was during a time when I held responsibility for our pre- and post-cruise hotel programs that I really expanded my horizons.” read more

These and other stories can be found online at, where a new experience is unveiled weekly. Each is authored by a Princess destination expert – a long-serving and well-traveled shipboard or shoreside employee.

Contact us to book a Princess Cruise or see the Cruise with Naka’s page to book cruises around the world.

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers approximately 1.3 million passengers each year the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, aboard a fleet of 17 modern vessels.

Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when one of its ships, Pacific Princess, was cast in a starring role on a new television show called “The Love Boat.” The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its “seawitch” logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since. The show, which can still seen around the world, has been widely credited with fueling the dramatic expansion of the industry.

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates July 28 2011

The Japan Rail Pass, which is issued by the JR (Japan Railway) Group, offers travelers excellent value for money and convenience. The Rail Pass enables the almost unlimited use of JR trains and its affiliated bus and ferry services within various areas of Japan. The Japan Rail Pass can also be used for the Tokyo monorail to Haneda Airport and the Narita Express to Narita Airport.

The Japan Rail Pass is available only to people from abroad who wish to travel to Japan as “temporary visitors” for sightseeing. The pass must be purchased before entering Japan.

Japan Rail Pass exchange rate for July 28th 2011 through August 3rd 2011 - 1 USD =80.17 JPY

JR Pass prices are updated for the current exchange rate every Thursday.

See http://www.nakastrav … for details and current pricing.


Japan’s four major islands, Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku are covered by an extensive and reliable network of railways. About 70 percent of Japan’s railway network is owned and operated by the Japan Railways (JR), while the remaining 30 percent belongs to dozens of other private railway companies, especially in and around metropolitan areas.

The Japan Railways Group, more commonly known as JR Group (JRグループ), is made up of six regional passenger railway companies, which are JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, and JR Kyushu, and one nationwide freight railway company, JR Freight. Together they operate a nationwide network of urban, regional and inter-regional train lines, night trains and shinkansen (bullet trains).

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Disneyland - Save up to $450, Plus Get a Free Character Meal

disney_parks.jpg 4-Night/3-Day Vacation Package Savings
plus a FREE** Character Meal!

From under the sea to galaxies far, far away, magic is sounding out with new adventure all over the Disneyland® Resort! The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, and the return of Star Tours with new 3-D adventures will take you places you could have only imagined.

It’s time for summer magic at two Disney Theme Parks, three Hotels and an eclectic dining, shopping and entertainment area at the Downtown Disney® District, all here at the Disneyland® Resort!

Save up to $450* on a 4-night hotel/3-day ticket package at the Disneyland® Resort, plus receive a FREE** Character Meal per person per reservation! (Book by September 24, 2011)

Your 4-night/3-day Disneyland® Resort package will include:

  • 4 nights at one of the Hotels of the Disneyland® Resort
  • 3-Day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® souvenir ticket
  • One (1) Character meal voucher** per person per reservation
  • EXCLUSIVE! Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin, lanyard and luggage tag (one per person)
  • Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness† — An extra hour in Mickey’s Toontown with some of your favorite Disney Characters
  • And more magical extras!

HURRY! Dates can book up fast — reserve yours today!
Book 7/26/11–9/24/11 for travel 8/14/11 to 9/28/11

Lock in your preferred dates and contact us to book your discount Disney package now!

You can see more tour packages on the Tour with Naka’s page or view information about Disney vacations here.

*$450 savings is based on the non-discounted price of a standard room for four (4) nights for a family of four (3 adults and 1 child (age 3-9) at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa. Purchase of a 4-night package, with 3-Day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® souvenir tickets at a participating hotel includes one (1) Character meal voucher for each person in the reservation (maximum 5 guests). Offer is valid for stays with arrivals from 8/14/11 through 9/28/11 when booked from 7/26/11 through 9/24/11 with travel being completed by 10/2/11. Offer applied once per package/reservation; not valid for suites or for previously booked rooms. Check for offers associated with different package lengths of stays. Excludes taxes and fees. No substitutions or refunds and nontransferable. Must stay for all consecutive nights of the reservation (no early check out) for free Character meal. The Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® Bonus Tickets expire 13 days after first use or 12/31/11, whichever occurs first, and each day of use of a ticket constitutes one full day of use. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial purposes. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is restricted; advance reservations required. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people per room. Not valid with any other discount or promotion. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

** Character meal voucher is valid for one (1) meal (including tax and gratuity) at one (1) of the following: Breakfast in the Park with Minnie and Friends at the Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland® Park; Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends at Disney’s PCH Grill, Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel; Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Café, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa; Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration at Ariel’s Grotto, Disney California AdventureTM Park or Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland® Hotel. Not valid for World of Color Dinner Packages at Ariel’s Grotto or Wine County Trattoria but may be applied up to its retail price at any other Disney owned and operated fullservice or counter-service restaurant at the Disneyland® Resort. Not valid for alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, room service, holiday buffets or merchandise. Vouchers are not redeemable for cash and are non-transferable. No change given. Not valid at outdoor carts or restaurants at the Downtown Disney® District. Separate theme park admission may be necessary. Not valid in combination with other discounts or promotions. Restaurant seating is subject to availability—reservations are recommended. Dining locations, hours, menus, character appearances and all other elements are subject to change without notice. For reservations and more information, call Disney Dining at 714-781-DINE. Vouchers expire October 2, 2011.

† Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness Entitlement is available for one morning on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday. Subject to capacity, other restrictions and change without notice.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hawaiian Airlines Baggage to Manila

hawaiian-airlines.png Revised International Free Baggage Allowance

Hawaiian Airlines has announced an update to its International baggage allowance for coach class travelers between Manila and Hawaii.

For coach class tickets issued on or after July 25, 2011 for travel between Manila and Hawaii on or after July 25, 2011, HA will accept per passenger two (2) pieces of baggage up to a maximum of 70 pounds (32 kg) and a total linear dimension of 62 inches (157 cm) per piece without charge.

* The baggage allowance for coach class travel between Manila and the Continental U.S. remains unchanged. HA will accept per passenger two (2) pieces of baggage up to a maximum of 50 pounds (23 kg) and a total linear dimension of 62 inches (157 cm) per piece without charge.

* The baggage allowance for first class travel between Manila and the U.S. also remains unchanged. HA will accept per passenger two (2) pieces of baggage up to a maximum of 70 pounds (32 kg) and a total linear dimension of 62 inches (157 cm) per piece without charge.

* Baggage allowance for Children/Infants also remains unchanged. Children paying at least 50 percent of the adult fare receive the same baggage allowance as adults. Children/Infants carried without charge will not be granted a free baggage allowance.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

U.S. Updates Travel Alert for Japan - Sendai Airport Considered Safe

The U.S. State Department updated its travel alert for Japan to note that the health and safety risks associated with the use of Sendai Airport are low. Sendai is the Japanese city closest to the area hit by the earthquake and tsunami. While the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant remains serious and dynamic, according to the State Department, the health and safety risks to land areas which are outside a 50-mile radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are low and do not pose significant risks to U.S. citizens.

Following an assessment by U.S. government scientists, the U.S. Government has updated its recommendation for Sendai Airport, located near the outer boundary of the 50-mile evacuation zone, where data indicates long term radiation exposure is low. The U.S. government believes the health and safety risks associated with the use of Sendai Airport are low. Similarly, the U.S. government considers the health and safety risks associated with the use of the main rail and road routes from Sendai Airport to Sendai City center, including Route 258 from the airport to Route 25, and Route 25 to the Tohoku Expressway, as low. The airport and these routes are located on the border of, or just within, the 50-mile radius from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

For the latest U.S. Government information on the situation in Japan, visit the U.S. embassy website at Updated information on travel and security in Japan may also be obtained from the Department of State by calling 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444.