Friday, November 30, 2012

American Queen Steamboat to Mardi Gras!

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Experience Mardi Gras the New Orleans Way!

Book by January 31st 2013

  • SAVE up to $750 per stateroom
  • 2-Category Stateroom Upgrade
  • No Single Supplement on inside cabins
  • 20% Single Supplement on outside staterooms

Mystical Mardi Gras Journey

This coming February the American Queen will be sailing from New Orleans during Mardi Gras. You will spend plenty of time in New Orleans to get the flavor of Mardi Gras before heading north and stopping in Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg and Helena before arriving in Memphis. Mardi Gras is celebrated with style in New Orleans, of course, but it also takes on a life of its own throughout the South.

While the popular conception of Mardi Gras in New Orleans is some sort of decadent Bourbon Street party, the truth is it’s much more refined and traditional for the most part. It’s more than a celebration; it’s part of the fabric of life in the South. You may not realize that Mardi Gras’ roots are firmly entrenched in French Catholic tradition. As you probably know, Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” and is named after the tradition of eating rich, fatty foods just before Lent’s traditional period of fasting which begins the following day on Ash Wednesday. The French traditions of wearing flamboyant masks and costumes and holding dances, parades and even sporting competitions are still alive and well in today’s festivities. Let’s not forget the food! New Orleans is known for, among other things, its fabulous array of Cajun, French, Spanish and American restaurants. You will notice the menus onboard the American Queen share a similar variety of options.missions

The rich history of the French in Louisiana and particularly New Orleans, an excitingly diverse and heavily trafficked port town, made the city ripe to become the epicenter of Mardi Gras events. New Orleans can trace the origins of Mardi Gras to Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville who were sent by French King Louis XIV to keep an eye on France’s claim to what became known as the Louisiana Territory. The pair made camp near what is now New Orleans on March 3, 1699, Fat Tuesday, and the tradition was born. New Orleans itself wasn’t founded until 19 years later and the celebrations didn’t take on a life of their own for another 100 years or so. In 1856, the Mystick Krewe of Comus, inspired by Mobile’s Cowbellion de Rakin Society, is generally credited with organizing the first parade in New Orleans. And an unstoppable tradition was off and running. Over the years, the parade blossomed into every possible form of party, drink, dinner and dance.

Aboard the American Queen on this special Mardi Gras voyage, we’ll have The Harry James Orchestra, the New Orleans All-Stars, Touts Les Soir and the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band to help celebrate in true New Orleans style. At the American Queen Steamboat Company, it is our mission to bring you the best of America and show our guests the patchwork quilt of nationalities, cultures and history that have come together to create the America we know today. I invite you to join us on February 7, 2013 as we roll two great traditions, a journey on the American Queen and the vibrant fun of Mardi Gras, into one unforgettable vacation.

For information and booking cruises worldwide please contact us or see the Cruise with Naka’s page at:

http://www.nakastrav … eatured-cruises.html

Offer expires January 31, 2013. Savings of up to $750 are valid on all February and March 2013 voyages, and savings vary by stateroom occupancy. Save $750 per stateroom based on double occupancy; save $375 per stateroom based on single occupancy. Two-category stateroom upgrade applies to stateroom categories A through I only. No single supplement on inside cabin categories F or G, and 20% single supplement on outside staterooms applies to category E only. Fares quoted are in U.S. dollars, are per person and do not include air or land transportation. Port Charges of $69 to $159 per person are additional and not included in the fare. Promotional fares and amenities are capacity controlled, may vary by sailing and category of accommodations and may be withdrawn without notice. Additional terms and conditions may apply. The American Queen is owned and operated by the American Queen Steamboat Operating Company LLC, Inc.; is regularly inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard; is of American registry; and employs American officers, crew and staff.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates November 29 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 November 29th 2012 through December 4th 2012 - 1 USD = 81.56 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).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates November 22 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 November 22nd 2012 through November 28th 2012 - 1 USD = 81.56 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).

Friday, November 16, 2012

Viking Cruises - 2014 Itineraries Now Available

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2014 cruises at 2013 prices!

Get your first choice of departure date and stateroom category! More itineraries and ships coming soon!

Rhine Getaway
Amsterdam to Basel

Grand European Tour
Amsterdam to Budapest

Romantic Danube

Nuremberg to Budapest

The Viking Longships—taking a quantum leap

Elegant. Stylish. Exceptionally comfortable. From the moment your clients enter the glass-walled, sunlit lobby, they realize that these ships are unlike any others on Europe’s rivers. Viking’s fleet has always had a tradition of setting new standards. Following the unprecedented introduction of six Viking Longships in 2012, we are changing the history of river cruising once again with the launch of an additional ten Viking Longships in 2013, and even more for the 2014 season.

A choice of style and pace

With Viking, you can enjoy tailor-made tours that move at a pace that suits you. Whether it is professionally guided tours, visits to just the major highlights or every place on the list—or simply having everything you need to explore independently —whatever the choice, you have the freedom to do it your way.

Book a Viking River Cruise online now or see the Cruise with Naka’s page for online booking and information: http://www.nakastrav … eatured-cruises.html

*2014EBD: Offers apply to new bookings only as of November 16, 2012. Get 2-for-1 cruise and $500 per person off international air (on Rhine Getaway, Grand European Tour and Romantic Danube) is considered a single offer. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise offer. Must request offer 2014 EBD at time of booking and pay a deposit by December 19, 2012 with balance paid in full by May 31, 2013. Offer expires December 19, 2012.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates November 15 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 November 15th 2012 through November 21st 2012 - 1 USD = 81.09 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).