Thursday, January 26, 2012
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 January 26th 2012 through February 1st 2012 - 1 USD =77.1 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.
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).
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
If the winter solstice has you in a celestial state of mind, Celebrity Cruises is set to host one cruise itinerary in 2012 that’s sure to be out of this world. The 19-night South Pacific Solar Eclipse Cruise, aboard the 1,950-passenger Celebrity Millennium, is due to embark on November 2, 2012, from Honolulu en route to Sydney. Given that one of the best places to view the total solar eclipse will be from the southern Pacific Ocean, cruising is just about your best bet for viewing this cosmic phenomenon firsthand.
Port calls on the lengthy voyage will include exotic stops like Hilo, Hawaii; Pago Pago, American Samoa; Suva, Fiji; and a trio of locales in New Zealand: Tauranga, Auckland, and the Bay of Islands. Given the repositioning nature of this transpacific sailing, you can expect a substantial amount of time spent at sea, with at least a dozen days spent in transit, including November 14, the date of the solar eclipse.
Happily, the Celebrity Millennium will be fittingly “Solsticized” ahead of the occasion in May 2012, meaning that it will be retrofitted and refreshed with many of the venues, experiences, and design elements that have made the line’s Solstice class of ships so popular. Expect AquaClass spa-inspired accommodations, a Celebrity iLounge, new Specialty Restaurants, and Ice-Topped Martini bar, Cellar Masters Wine Bar, and more.
Special Kama’aina Rates for the solar eclipse-themed sailing start at just $2,009 per person ($106/night), for inside cabins; upgrade to oceanview from $2,269 ($119/night) or a balcony for $2,709 ($143/night).
Special offer: Book between January 9 - February 5, 2012 and receive a $300 discount per stateroom!