Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Tis the Three Seasons to Visit Europe
Autumn, Winter and Spring
It’s the season of fairytale holiday markets, grand carnivals and blossoming meadows. It’s the time of storybook scenery and magical celebration. There are many reasons to visit Europe with Trafalgar in Autumn, Winter and Spring, but here are three of the best!
- Save up to 30% off peak summer airfare and land prices
- Enjoy Europe’s famous sights and attractions, but with fewer crowds
- Discover Trafalgar’s authentic local experiences and special festive seasonal events
Save up to $600 per couple!*
Book your 2011/2012 Autumn, Winter & Spring Europe vacation by June 24, 2011 and save:
- $600 per couple ($300 per person) on air-inclusive vacations or
- $400 per couple ($200 per person) on land-only vacations
Offers end June 24, 2011 – contact us today!
*Valid on new bookings from Trafalgar’s 2011/2012 Autumn, Winter & Spring Europe brochure for travel 11/01/11 – 04/30/12. Full payment on land (and air if applicable) must be made 04/25/11 – 06/24/11. Save $600 per couple ($300 per person) on air-inclusive (promotion code: 11AWS300) or $400 per couple ($200 per person) on land-only vacations (promotion code: 11AWS200). Offers are not valid on all vacations including City Breaks, Christmas Spectacular itineraries, vacations in the Eastern Mediterranean or Train Tours. Offers are not combinable with other promotional savings including each other and Last Minute Deals, but are combinable with brochure discounts (except Early Payment Discount), show coupons and AWS $40 Optional Excursion gifts (TAWS176, TAWS186, TAWS196). Offers can be booked online and are valid for groups based on names and full payment by 06/24/11. Offers are subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and once booked are non-changeable and non-refundable. Other conditions may apply. CST#2077132-20
On May 16th 2011 the U.S. State Department updated its Travel Alert for Japan that was dated April 14, 2011. The department is updating its recommendation on the safe use of the Tohoku Expressway and the Tohoku Shinkansen Railway through the 50-mile evacuation area. Using the same analysis the State Department would use in a similar situation in the United States, the U.S. government believes it is safe for U.S. citizens to use the railway and expressway for transit through the area. Other portions of the Travel Alert remain unchanged from the Alert published on April 14. This Travel Alert expires on July 15, 2011.
The assessment by technical and subject matter experts across United States government agencies is that while the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant remains serious and dynamic, the health and safety risks to areas beyond the 50-mile evacuation zone, and particularly to Tokyo, Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture), Yokohama (Kanagawa Prefecture), nearby U.S. military facilities, and the prefectures of Akita, Aomori, Chiba, Gunma, Iwate, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tochigi and Yamanashi, and those portions of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures 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.
The assessment reflects inputs from American national laboratories as well as the unanimous opinion of the U.S. scientific experts on the ground in Japan. Furthermore, they are consistent with practices that would be taken in the United States in such a situation. Based on the much-reduced rate of heat generation in the reactor fuel after one month of cooling and the corresponding decay of short-lived radioactive isotopes, even in the event of an unexpected disruption at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, harmful exposures to people beyond the 50-mile evacuation zone are highly unlikely, and there would be a significant amount of time to best assess any steps that might have to be taken.
On April 14, 2011, the Department of State lifted Voluntary Authorized Departure, allowing dependents of U.S. government employees to return to Japan. The Alert states, “Out of an abundance of caution, we continue to recommend that U.S. citizens avoid travel within the 50-mile radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. U.S. citizens who are still within this radius should evacuate or shelter in place.” For more information, visit http://travel.state.gov.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Continental Airlines will resume direct flights between Guam and Okinawa, a route last served over 15 years ago.
On April 27, 2011 United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) announced the introduction of Continental Airlines non-stop flights between Guam and Okinawa, Japan, with the goal of attracting more tourists to Guam and provide customers in Okinawa with enhanced access to Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland and other destinations throughout the Continental Pacific network.
This year-round, four-times-weekly service will be launched on September 28, 2011, with Okinawa becoming the 10th Japanese city with non-stop service to Guam on Continental.
Here’s a sample schedule:
1 CO 957 07 OCT HNL-GUM 530A 355P 08 OCT
2 CO 905 08 OCT GUM-OKA 810P 1045P
3 CO 904 12 OCT OKA-GUM 1145P 410A 13 OCT
4 CO 2 13 OCT GUM-HNL 630A 555P 12 OCT
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Since 1971, Roy Sakuma and his sponsors have been keeping the ukulele alive and well by presenting the Annual Ukulele Festival every July at Kapiolani Park in the heart of Waikiki. The Ukulele Festival is a summer tradition attended and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. By far the largest of its kind in the world, the Ukulele Festival showcases ukulele artists from Hawaii and around the world and an ukulele band of over 800, mostly children. Feel the irresistible magic of the ukulele. Food booths, ukulele displays, ukulele giveaways and more - July 17, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Kapiolani Park Bandstand.
For more information, please visit the Ukulele Festival Hawaii website:
The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the cavaquinho or braguinha and the rajão, small guitar-like instruments brought to Hawaiʻi by Portuguese immigrants.
The name “ukulele” roughly translates as “jumping flea”, due to the action of one’s fingers playing the ukulele resembling a “jumping flea”. According to Queen Lili’uokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here”, from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come).
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Celebrate summer in Europe!
Just book an applicable cruise to Europe aboard the award-winning Norwegian Epic and you’ll get up to $300* per stateroom to spend on board.
Norwegian Epic - Debuting in Europe this summer:
- Blue Man Group - performs live at sea exclusively aboard Norwegian Epic
- More than 20 dining options including churrascaria, sushi, teppanyaki and Chinese dim sum
- More than a dozen places to celebrate the night like the SVEDKA Ice Bar, Spice H20 and Fat Cats
- Unique accommodations like The Villas, Spa Suites, The Studios and more
- Amazing amenities include the Aqua Park with three thrilling water slides, first-class spa and a two-story sports court
Onboard credit per stateroom:
- Studio: $37.50
- Inside: $75
- Balcony: $150
- Mini-Suite: $200
- Suite: $300
Valid on the following 7 - Day Western Mediterranean Norwegian Epic sailings:
- 5/22/2011 - 10/16/2011
- 4/29/2012 - 10/14/2012
This exciting offer ends June 19 - for this or other cruises worldwide please see the Cruise with Naka’s page at: