Thursday, August 18, 2011

JAL Reduces International Fare Fuel Surcharge

jal-tsuru-logo.jpg JAL Reduces International Fare Fuel Surcharge
for October to November 2011

Japan Airlines (JAL) has requested for approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to decrease the current level of fuel surcharge on all international passenger tickets issued between October 1 and November 30, 2011.

JAL sets fuel surcharge levels bimonthly based on the 2-month average price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel. The price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel during the two month period of June and July 2011 averaged US$128.02 per barrel. With reference to the fuel surcharge benchmark list for the fiscal year of 2011 (see below), this corresponds to Zone G of fuel surcharges which range from 2,500 yen on a Japan - Korea ticket to 25,000 yen on a Japan - USA ticket per person per sector flown, on tickets purchased in Japan.

This level of surcharge will be applied to all international passenger tickets issued between October 1 and November 30, 2011.

Fuel Surcharge for the period: October 1 - November 30, 2011

Japan- Hawaii, India, Indonesia - Current Surcharge: US$213.00
Japan- Hawaii, India, Indonesia - New Surcharge: US$185.00

For full details about JAL’s fuel surcharge policy, please refer to … ter/fuel/detail.html

- The surcharge applies to flights operated by Japan Airlines as well as code-share flights operated by other airlines.
- The planned level of fuel surcharge is subject to government approval

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Essential Experience Number 43 - Panama Canal

princess-curise-logo.gif “Unlocking a World of Wonder”

SANTA CLARITA, (August 16, 2011) – Princess Cruises today revealed the Panama Canal as “Essential Experience #43” on its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List,” leaving only seven more experiences yet to be revealed. This week Concession Agent Ophelia Drulis describes her journey through one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and her unexpected affinity with the children of Panama’s San Blas Islands.

She writes: “As we rose to reach the next level of the Canal, the gates opened and our ship eased into the next lock, where the process was repeated once again. It was like being in an elevator. I was amazed at the efficiency of the whole transaction and I could sense Steven was in complete awe of this mechanical masterpiece.” 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.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates August 11 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 August 11th 2011 through August 17th 2011 - 1 USD =77.11 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).

31st Hawaii International Film Festival

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. The 31st Annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) will be held from October 13-23, 2011 in Honolulu, Oahu with the majority of films being shown at the Regal Dole Cannery Theatre. Select screenings will also be held at the Hawaii Theatre Center and on Waikiki Beach. Featured movies will number over 200 from over 40 Asia-Pacific countries including Hawaii produced films that present Hawaii in a culturally accurate way. The 10-day festival will also offer discussions with the film-makers, award presentations, and other special events.

HIFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of cultural exchange and media awareness in the Pacific Rim. As a premier international film event, HIFF has won the praise of governments, filmmakers, scholars, educators, programmers and film industry leaders across the globe and is an official partner with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for Oscar Night America. HIFF is also the sister festival of Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF). The first HIFF screened seven films from six countries to an audience of 5,000 in 1981. Today, HIFF draws an audience of 80,000 or more from around the state, the nation and throughout the world.

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to be one of the first to view world premieres, North American premieres, U.S. premieres, experimental films, animation and digital works representing social and ethnic issues, and first features by new directors.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner

ana_logo.jpg Three years overdue, the first All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner to carry commercial passengers promises to revolutionize air travel. The plane is the first commercial airliner to be made mostly of carbon composites or super durable plastic. Those materials mean a lighter plane that Boeing says could use 20% less fuel than conventional airliners, making way for a more environmentally-friendly and cost effective aircraft option for airlines.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) started the aircraft’s service ready operational validation (SROV) in July 2011 between Tokyo Haneda airport and the airports for Osaka, Okayama and Hiroshima. Shinichiro Ito, the carrier’s President and CEO, confirmed that the aircraft’s first commercial flight will either on the Haneda-Okayama or Haneda-Hiroshima routes.

The Dreamliner sports many impressive technological innovations - take a look here for a first look at the inside of this new aircraft.