Tuesday, March 27, 2012
North America’s diverse and iconic landscapes await this spring and summer with limited time savings of up to $600 per couple on select departures for Guided Vacations, including family itineraries! Brendan Vacations’ itineraries in the USA and Canada are an ideal and convenient way to experience our nation’s most treasured national parks, coastal charms and at-home destinations many don’t get a chance to experience.
Book by April 30th and save on select spring and summer departures!
Terms & Conditions:
*Price is per person, land only & based on double occupany. Discount has been removed to reflect accurate pricing. **Savings reflect two people traveling on these itineraries for select May & June travel dates only. Offer is valid for new bookings made on selected departures in our “USA & Canada: Guided Vacations” brochure. Promotion is combinable with brochure discounts found in our “USA & Canada: Guided Vacations” brochures except Early Payment Discounts. Not combinable with Last Minute Deals. Offer may be withdrawn at any time and subject to availability. Not valid for new Scheduled Group bookings. Mention promo code: BVSLUSA200 for savings on Family Guided Vacations of $200 per person; Mention promo code BV200USAGV for savings on USA & Canada Guided Vacations of $200 per person: Mention promo code BV300USAGV for savings on USA & Canada Guided Vacations of $300 per person at time of booking. Booking and full payment for entire vacation package must be made by April 30, 2012. For full Terms & Conditions, visit http://www.brendanva … msandConditions.aspx for more information.
It is said that there were almost 25,000 castles one time in Japan, big or small. Today only 12 remain with the original Main Tower (Tenshu). Four of them and Nijo Castle in Kyoto are designated as National Treasures, regardless that Nijo Castle lost its Main Tower by a lightning strike in 1750.
1. Himeji Castle, Himeji City
Known as the White Heron Castle, Himeji Castle has attracted tourists and photographers from all over the world. Himeji Castle is also designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. As informed via the JTS Bulletin News October 2010, the 5-year major restoration of the Main Tower started in 2010, and now the Main Tower is completely covered with the roofed scaffolding. An observation facility, Egret’s Eye View, is built inside to let the visitors see the restoration process. Please advise your clients to make reservations online to secure the admission to the Egret’s Eye View as they limit the admission occasionally.
Castle Visitor’s Hours: 9:00 am-4:00 pm (Castle area closed at 5 pm),
until 5:00 pm from April 27 to Aug. 31.
Closed: Dec. 29 & 30
Admission to Castle: 400 yen ($4.80)
Admission to the Egret’s Eye View is additional: 200 yen ($2.40)
Access: 5 min. by bus or 15 min. walk from JR Himeji Station.
2. Nijo Castle, Kyoto City
Nijo Castle is also designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Originally this castle was built as an official residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun Ieyasu in 1603. The Ninomaru Palace, a National Treasure, is well preserved with elaborate architectural design and gorgeous interior decorations. There are three beautifully landscaped Japanese gardens in the property.
Hours: 8:45 am-4:00 pm (The gate closed at 5 pm)
Closed: Dec 26-Jan 4; every Tuesday in Dec, Jan, July and Aug
Admission: 600 yen ($7.20)
Access: About 15 min. by bus from JR Kyoto Station to Nijo-jo-mae Bus Stop, or by subway with one transfer.
3. Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture
Constructed in the 16th century, Matsumoto Castle is one of the oldest surviving Japan’s castles. The six-story Matsumoto Castle against a backdrop of Japan Alps is amazingly beautiful. Seasonal events in the precinct are scheduled, such as the Castle lightning-up during cherry blossom season, Takigi-Noh (Bonfire Noh performance) and Japanese drum (taiko) performance.
Hours: 8: 30 am-5:00 pm (enter by 4:30 pm), until 6 pm during Golden Week (April 28-May 6, 2012) & summer season (Aug 4-19, 2012)
Closed: Dec 29-Jan 3
Admission: 600 yen ($7.20)
Access: 15 mn.walk from JR Matsumoto Station. Or 10 min. by bus.
4. Hikone Castle, Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture
The construction of the castle began in 1603 and it took almost 20 years to build the whole castle. The 3-story Main Tower, a National Treasure, was built around 1606 and the top floor provides breathtaking view of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake.
Hours: 8:30 am-5:00 pm, year-round
Admission: 600 yen ($7.20), including the admission for Genkyuen Garden
Access: 10 min. walk from JR Hikone Station. Hikone Station is 5 min. from Maibara Station by JR rapid train. Maibara is 30 min. from Nagoya Station, or 40 min. from Shin-Osaka Station by Shinkansen, Bullet Train.
5. Inuyama Castle, Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture
Inuyama Castle was constructed in 1537 and the Main Tower is considered Japan’s oldest. The castle stands on the steep cliffs overlooking Kiso River. The external corridor on the top floor provides superb view of Kiso River, and mountain ranges over the city.
Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm (enter by 4:30 pm)
Closed: Dec 29-31
Admission: 500 yen ($6.00)
Access: 20 min. walk from Inuyama Station. Inuyama Station is 25 min. from Meitetsu Nagoya Station by limited express train on Meitetsu Railways.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Monday March 26th 2012 - BEST ALASKA UPGRADES GO FIRST.
- $100 Onboard credit on any Alaska Sailing
- Up to a 4-category upgrade and over $400 in onboard e-coupon savings
Right now, Norwegian Cruise Line is offering you the best way to experience the majestic Alaska coastline with $100 onboard credit and up to a 4-category upgrade. Book your Alaska cruise on March 26th, 2012 and you’ll also enjoy over $400 in onboard e-coupon savings. Sail aboard the newest ships and see Alaska the Norwegian Way™. These ships include The Haven - an exclusive, private world of luxury at sea. Now that’s Freestyle Cruising®.
HURRY. THIS ALASKA OFFER IS ONLY AVAILABLE ON MARCH 26
7-Day Glacier Bay, Vancouver to Seattle
Norwegian Pearl • May 6, 2012 - May 13, 2012
Inside Staterooms starting from $549*
7-Day Sawyer Glacier, Roundtrip Seattle
Norwegian Jewel • May 26, 2012 - Jun 2, 2012
Inside Staterooms starting from $739*
7-Day Glacier Bay, Roundtrip Seattle
Norwegian Pearl • Jun 3, 2012 - Jun 10, 2012
Inside Staterooms starting from $729*
7-Day Sawyer Glacier, Roundtrip Seattle
Norwegian Jewel • Jun 16, 2012 - Jun 23, 2012
Inside Staterooms starting from $899*
7-Day Glacier Bay, Roundtrip Seattle
Norwegian Pearl • Jun 24, 2012 - Jul 1, 2012
Inside Staterooms starting from $969*
About Norwegian Cruise Line
Since 1966, when we pioneered the very first Caribbean cruise, Norwegian Cruise Line has been the industry leader for innovation. From the first cruise line private island to Blue Man Group to our award-winning Freestyle Cruising, we do things differently. You’ll feel it with the passion and dedication of every team member you meet, you’ll see it in our commitment to the environment and you’ll know it when you experience the best cruise vacation you’ve ever had. Come aboard our fleet of 11 ships and let us show you what Freestyle Cruising is all about.
Promo Code: Alaska. Offer is for New Individual FIT Reservations Only. Qualifying New Individual FIT reservations can be moved into existing Group and count towards Tour Conductor Credits. Offer is NOT combinable with existing group block rates. Onboard credit offer is per stateroom, in U.S. Dollars and will be applied to 1st and 2nd guest on the reservation. Onboard credit has no monetary value and is non-transferable. Singles paying 200% are entitled to full onboard credit value. Free upgrade refers to a better available accommodation within the meta (i.e. Interior for the price of a lower Interior category or Oceanview for the price of a lower Oceanview category or Balcony for the price of a lower Balcony category or Mini-Suite for the price of a lower Mini-Suite category). Priced Upgrade offer based on a first come, first served basis. Rates are subject to category availability. Priced Upgrade offer excludes Suites. Offer Combinable with program codes AARP, AARP1, AIRCRED, WAVE12, UPFLEET, LATITUDE, LATOBC1, HOTDEAL, MILITARY, PGOBC/SUITEOBC. Standard air add-ons are available. Available on GDS booking source. Onboard service charges are additional and will be automatically added to your onboard account. Electronic coupon book only valid for sailings embarking on or before 12/31/2012. One coupon book per reservation delivered with e-documents. Guests who cancel and rebook must accept this promotion’s Terms and Conditions. Cancellation Fees for cruise, air, land and other charges will follow NCL schedule listed in the brochure, website and it includes different schedules for Suites. Cancellation Fees also apply based on the Booking/Sailing date; therefore, Norwegian Cruise Line strongly recommends the purchase of Travel Protection on all bookings. Government taxes and fees are additional. IMPORTANT NOTICE: NCL reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $65 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, NCL will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $10.00 per passenger per day. Offers are based on availability, are capacity controlled, apply to selected sailings and combinability with other offers is subject to change or cancellation at any time per Norwegian discretion. Other restrictions may apply. Norwegian is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. Ships’ registry: BAHAMAS and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ©2012 NCL Corporation Ltd.
Book Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Beginning on March 23 2012!
The newest Resort hotel at the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, is available for bookings beginning on March 23.
This value property consists primarily of family suites that immerse you into the magical worlds of classic Disney and Disney•Pixar films.
The wings dedicated to popular films “Cars,” “The Lion King,” and “The Little Mermaid” will now be opening sooner than initially planned. Here’s the official schedule:
- “Finding Nemo” (Grand opening) – Opens May 31
- “Cars” – Opens June 18
- “Lion King” – Opens August 10
- “Little Mermaid” – Opens September 15
The three-story resort will immediately put you into the worlds of their favorite Disney characters and animated films – book your vacation right away!
Tues. March 27th and Wed. March 28th only!
Book any sailing departing on or after June 1st 2012 to receive up to $200 onboard credit and 50% reduced deposit.
Take advantage of this very special offer on March 27 and 28, 2012.
2-Day WOW Sale includes cruisetours and sailings on the entire Royal Caribbean fleet!
- 3 - 5 Nights: $50 USD onboard credit per stateroom
- 6 - 9 Nights: $100 USD onboard credit per stateroom
- 10 + Nights: $200 USD onboard credit per stateroom
Book online now, contact us for for more information, or see the “Cruise with Naka’s” page to book Royal Caribbean and other cruises around the world.
Welcome to Royal Caribbean International and the Nation of Why Not - a place where innovation and imagination reign supreme. From its very beginning, this company has always been guided by the principles of “Why Not?” Why not design a ship specifically to cruise the Caribbean? Why not split it into two to add more features? Why not add rock walls and ice skating rinks and surf simulators?
All of those features allow our guests, or should I call them citizens, to ask “Why Not?” in turn - to go out and see, do and be more than they had ever thought possible. To feel that on a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation, they can rediscover who they really are. With more than 280 destinations worldwide and an amazing array of exciting shore excursions and cruisetour options, we’re giving our citizens the chance to try something new - why not go glacier-trekking in Alaska, cave-tubing in Belize, biking through the vineyards of Dubrovnik, Croatia; experience the wonders of China or why not do nothing at all? The choice is yours.
*Terms and Conditions: The 50% reduced deposit can also be applied via any automated booking tool (Cruisematch®, Sabre, Amadeus, Galileo or Wordspan). However, the booking confirmation will not reflect the reduced deposit amount due. The WOW Sale Onboard Credit and 50% Reduced Deposit offer are applicable to all Royal Caribbean International® cruises that sail after June 1, 2012 includin g cruisetours. Offer applies to new FIT bookings with required deposit only and is not applicable to groups. Offer applies to all categories available. All bookings must be made and the required deposit must be paid by March 28, 2012, by 11:59 p.m. Local Time to qualify for the promotion. Bookings made on March 27 or 28, 2012 without required deposit will not qualify for this offer. Offer is combinable with LAF and restricted rates (Seniors, Residents, Military). Offer is not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Interline, Travel Agent, and Net Rates, Crown & Anchor Discounts, Shareholder Benefits or Next Cruise offers, promotions, or benefits. Off er is valid for Cruisetour packages but not combinable with other Cruisetours Onboard Credits. Cruisetour packages receive the OBC based upon the length of the Cruisetour. Onboard credit is in U.S. dollars, has no cash value, is not redeemable for cash, is not transferable and will expire if not used by 10:00 pm on the last evening of the cruise. In the event that a guest has more than one applicable offer for the same sailing, g uest can choose the offer he or she wishes to apply. Offer is available in all markets, excluding Australia and New Zealand. Any existing booking that is cancelled between March 20 and 28, 2012 and is rebooked for the same sailing on March 27 or 28, 2012 will not be eligible to receive the offer. Any eligible reservation that is cancelled and is reinstated or changes the ship or sail date after March 28, 2012 will not be eligible to receive the offer. Onboard Credit will be applied to qualified booking by Royal Caribbean International® within 4 weeks of the Sa le. The 50% reduced deposit and onboard credit offer is applicable to on-line bookings; however, the on-line booking confirmation will not reflect this reduced deposit or onboard credit. Subject to availability. Prices are per person, cruise only, based on double occupancy and in US dollars. Certain restrictions may apply. Government taxes and fees are additional. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. ©2012 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Ships registry: The Bahamas. Brilliance of the Seas is operated by RCL (UK) Ltd. Subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. 12028237 • 3/23/2012