Monday, December 3, 2012

Norwegians Catch the Upgrade Wave

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HURRY. BOOK TODAY FOR BEST UPGRADES.

Book December 10th 2012 - February 28th 2013

  • Up to a 4 category upgrade
  • E-Coupons worth over $300*
  • 50% off kid’s fares in Europe

See the World the Norwegian Way™.

Move up in the world with an upgrade you just might find yourself in Europe exploring historic and romantic cities. Snorkeling in the clear blue waters that surround Great Stirrup Cay, our private island in the Bahamas. Or learning to surf in Hawai’i. So get ready to pack your bags and your sense of adventure and Catch the Upgrade Wave.

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

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

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: 13WAVE. 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). This promotion will also include upgrades across meta categories. This will be an oceanview for the price of an inside, a balcony for the price of an oceanview, or minisuite for the price of a balcony. Excludes 1 and 2 Day Sailings. Offer based on a first come, first served basis. Offer is subject to category availability. Upgrade varies per ship, sail date, category booked. Offer excludes Studios and Luxury Accommodations. Reduced deposit available during booking window outside of finalization. Reduced Deposit is 50% off standard deposit. Reduced deposit does not apply to the Haven and Suite categories. 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. E-coupons will only be valid for ships/sailings embarking on or before 12/31/2013. One E-coupon booklet per reservation delivered with e-documents for reservations booked within the booking window. Guests who cancel and rebook must accept this promotion’s Terms and Conditions. Government taxes, fees and onboard service charges are additional. Not applicable to CM&I, Charters and INCREG and INCLARGE IMPORTANT NOTICE: Norwegian Cruise Line 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, Norwegian Cruise Line 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 and apply to selected sailings. Offers are subject to change and can be cancelled at any time per Norwegian Cruise Line’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply. Combinability with other offers is subject to change and can be cancelled at any time per Norwegian Cruise Line’s discretion. Promotion valid for NCLMIA and NCLINTL. Not available for CE and UK offices. Norwegian is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. Ships’ registry: BAHAMAS and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ©2012 NCL Corporation Ltd.

Insight Vacations $600 Air Offer - Extended Until Dec 27!

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Save $600 on Winter and Spring Vacations

Book and Deposit on air-inclusive Insight Vacations 2013 Winter and Spring itineraries

OFFER EXTENDED NOW ON SALE UNTIL DEC 27 OR UNTIL SOLD OUT!
TRAVEL WINDOW: January 1, 2013 – March 31, 2013

Vienna, Prague & Budapest
8 days from $1425

These three capitals, lush with magnificent cathedrals, imperial palaces and majestic castles, stand at the geographical heart of mainland Europe. Their history and culture intertwined by the powerful Hapsburg dynasty.

Applicable Travel Dates: 1/5/13 - 3/23/1

Sicily in Depth
9 days from $1675

Experience the unique legacy of the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Normans, crusading Knights of St. John, the Bourbons, Ottoman Turks and even the Mafia!

Applicable travel dates: 1/17/13 - 3/28/13

Book Early and Save up to $1,920* Per Couple!
Get the very best deals on land and air when you book early!

HURRY! Discounts may be reduced or withdrawn as demand for your selected tour increases.

Book and pay in full on 2013 Europe & Britain itineraries by December 27th to save up to $1,920* per couple!

Contact Naka’s Travel to book now, or see the Tour With Naka’s page for more escorted vacations around the world!

Insight Vacations provides premium escorted motorcoach vacations throughout Britain, Ireland, Europe, Scandinavia the Eastern Mediterranean and North America.

In 1978, its first year, the company had a handful of staff in London and carried just 5700 passengers. Today, Insight has a team of professionals throughout the world, plays host to over 100,000 guests per year and has offices in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and the UK. The company has also appointed specialist agents in Argentina, Brazil, Mauritius, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan and China.

Insight has achieved many important Tour Operator ‘Firsts’ over the years including, in 1983, being the first scheduled tour operator to win ‘the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement’ from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

‘The Art of Touring in Style’ lies at the very heart of Insight philosophy. Our carefully chosen unique features and impeccable service standards enable us to deliver exceptional quality, unequalled value, unforgettable memories and personal freedom at levels currently unrivalled elsewhere in the industry.

You will travel with companions from all over the English speaking world - England, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and more. Relax and capture the spirit of Europe and North America while we take care of every detail. From Great Britain to the European continent, from Turkey to the wonders of Israel and Egypt and the breathtaking National Parks and exciting cities of America and Canada, we invite you to experience the Insight difference and travel in style and comfort.

Terms and Conditions: Save $600 ($300 per person) valid on new air-inclusive bookings from Insight Vacations’ 2012/2013 Autumn, Winter & Spring Europe brochures when booked and deposited 11/12/12 – 12/27/12 or until sold out. Valid for travel between 1/01/13 – 3/31/13. Not valid on all itineraries including tours where EPD is not offered including Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, City Breaks, and any tours with train and tours with cruises. Valid on DL/AF/KL/AZ fl ights only. Air must be purchased through Insight in conjunction with a Europe tour. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Once airfare is confi rmed and Insight has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. Insight reserves the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit; Any subsequent changes and/or revisions to airline reservations at your request after receipt of full land deposit are subject to revision fees and/or airline-imposed change or cancellation fees. These fees are a minimum of $300, and in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. In addition, promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings. However, promotions in effect at the time of the change will apply. Total air price includes all governmentimposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking. Offer is combinable with show coupons and brochure discounts (except Early Payment Discount), but is not valid with any other promotions. Subject to availability and offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Offer is applicable to groups with names and deposit made at time of booking and is bookable online. Other conditions may apply.

Terms and Conditions: Booking and full payment for entire vacation package must be made by December 27th, 2012 and no less than 45 days before the set departure date to qualify for savings. Offer is valid for new bookings made on itineraries found in Insight Vacations 2013 Europe & Britain brochure. Available savings are based on Insight Vacations’ 10% Early Payment Discount combined with the 5% Frequent Traveler Discount for past Insight guests. First-time guests with Insight can save up to 10% or $1,280 per couple. *$1,920 savings based on both discounts applied to the 8/22/13 departure of Insight’s Romantic European. Offer is not valid on any tours where Early Payment Discounts is not available including Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Israel, and tours with cruise inclusions. Discounts may be withdrawn or reduced based on demand for the departure dates and are subject to availability. Valid for new Groups on scheduled departures only and subject to promo payment conditions being met. Please see your travel agent, visit our website at insightvacations.com or call us on 1-888-680-1241 for more information and details. CST No. 20687545-20

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.

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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).