Thursday, September 29, 2011

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates September 29 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 September 29th 2011 through October 5th 2011 - 1 USD =77.75 JPY

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

See http://www.nakastrav … l.com/rail-pass.html for details and current pricing.

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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, September 27, 2011

Essential Experience Number 49 - San Francisco

princess-curise-logo.gif “Romance in the City by the Bay”

Princess Cruises today revealed San Francisco as “Essential Experience #49” on its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List,” leaving only one last experience yet to be revealed to complete the list of 50. This week Manager of Reservations Support Lisa “Rocky” Black explorers relives her honeymoon in the City by the Bay, San Francisco.

She writes: “There is also something intangible about San Francisco that captures the senses. I think it’s the very light that fills you with emotion. From the amber glow of the sun on the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset, which warms the senses, to the chilly fog that suddenly sweeps in off the water and makes you want to cuddle close, the city has an ambience that plays to couples.’” read more

These and other stories can be found online at www.50EssentialExperiences.com, 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.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Delta Air Lines Starts Direct Honolulu to Fukuoka Flights

delta-skymiles.jpg Delta Air Lines announced new nonstop seasonal service between Fukuoka, Japan, and Honolulu, beginning Dec. 28th.

The flight will be operated using 209-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, with 35 seats in BusinessElite and 174 seats in Economy, including Delta’s new Economy Comfort section.

“Our new nonstop service from Fukuoka is Delta’s fourth Honolulu market from Japan, and further strengthen Delta’s network in Japan,” said Jeffrey Bernier, managing director – Asia Pacific Sales and Affairs. “Fukuoka-Honolulu will be the ninth overall resort market that Delta serves from Japan, and it underscores Delta’s ongoing commitment to our Japanese service.

“We have been working closely with our industry partners to make this new service a reality, and that cooperation has resulted in this high-quality new service for our customers,” Bernier said.

”We very much welcome Delta’s decision to launch nonstop flight between Fukuoka and Honolulu, especially in this 30th anniversary year of sister state relationship,” said Fukuoka prefecture Governor Hiroshi Ogawa. “With this new flight, we expect the partnership between Fukuoka and Hawaii will be developed much further. “

Delta currently operates nonstop flights to Honolulu from Tokyo-Narita, Osaka-KIX, and Nagoya-Centrair. With the addition of Fukuoka, Delta connects the four major cities in Japan with the Honolulu.

Delta is the No.1 U.S. airline operating in the Japan market. Delta operates nonstop flights from its Asian hub at the Tokyo-Narita Airport to nine U.S. mainland gateways, four beach resorts – Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, and Palau – and 9 destinations in Asia. Delta also operates daily flights from Tokyo-Haneda airport, Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and Nagoya’s Centrair Airport.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year, and was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2011 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 339 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline’s service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $2 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates September 22 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 September 22nd 2011 through September 28th 2011 - 1 USD =77.75 JPY

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

See http://www.nakastrav … l.com/rail-pass.html for details and current pricing.

jrrail.jpg

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, September 20, 2011

Essential Experience Number 48 - Angkor Wat

princess-curise-logo.gif “Trekking to the Hidden Temple City”

SANTA CLARITA, (September 20, 2011) – Princess Cruises today revealed Angkor Wat, Cambodia as “Essential Experience #48” on its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List,” leaving only two more experiences yet to be revealed to complete the list of 50. This week Cabin Inventory Specialist Vicki Cohen explorers Cambodia’s iconic temple, Angkor Wat.

She writes: “Angkor Wat is covered in stunning carvings that tell the story of wars, royalty and the gods so integral to the region. With so many stories depicted on the sandstone walls, it would take a lifetime to absorb them all. As I wandered among the extensive bas-reliefs portraying everything from conquests to everyday life, I tried to imagine what it was like to be in Angkor Wat during its prime a thousand years ago.’” read more

These and other stories can be found online at www.50EssentialExperiences.com, 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.