Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Kama’aina Discount for 2012 South Pacific Solar Eclipse Cruise

celebrity.jpg 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!

Contact Naka’s Travel Service for more information, book a Celebrity Cruise online now or see more cruising options on the Cruise with Naka’s page.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hawaii offers more info on civil unions

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. The Hawaii Department of Health released new information late last month regarding the state’s civil union law scheduled to take effect January 1st 2012, granting the Islands’ same-sex couples an opportunity to obtain essentially the same legal rights and benefits of a traditional marriage.

“People in Hawaii and in other parts of the world are eager to get more information and begin planning their civil union ceremonies in Hawaii,” Alvin Onaka, the Hawaii DOH state registrar, said in a statement. “We will be ready at midnight on Jan. 1 with an accurate and efficient online process that will serve the public well for submitting applications, paying fees, registering events and receiving their certificates for civil unions.”

The legislation, signed into law by Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie in February, also allows gay and lesbian couples from out of state to apply for and receive civil union licenses during their visit.

See http://hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/vital-records/civilunion/index.html for more information.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Travel Guard Offers Free Thanksgiving Emergency Travel Assistance

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With Thanksgiving just days away, many travelers will be hitting the nation’s roads, airports and railways Wednesday, the day prior to the holiday, in order to make it home in time to carve the turkey with family and friends. This can result in crowds, delays, long lines and an overall hectic travel experience. To help ease some of the stress of “the busiest travel day of the year,” Travel Guard® North America, a leader in travel insurance and assistance plans, will provide emergency travel assistance services at no cost to all U.S. travelers and their families on Wednesday, November 23. Travel Guard’s emergency travel assistance includes flight rebooking, hotel booking, emergency cash coordination and message relay, as well as emergency medical assistance including referrals, access to air ambulance, medical providers and more, and will be available to all travelers trying to make it home, or anywhere else, for the holiday.

“The day before Thanksgiving can be a chaotic time to travel,” said Carol Mueller, Vice President of Travel Guard North America. “From crowded airports and roadways to the chance of weather-related delays and other unpredictable occurrences, there are many factors at play that can upset even the best laid travel plans. We wanted to extend our assistance services on this day in order to help make things a little easier for travelers who may experience bumps in the road as they head out to visit loved ones.”

Travelers and their families seeking Travel Guard’s assistance services on Wednesday, November 23, can reach the company directly by calling (866) 644-6811. Travel Guard’s 24/7 assistance service centers have access to the most current information regarding airline flight schedules, can act as emergency travel counselors and are prepared to help travelers with alternative travel solutions. Travel Guard North America’s comprehensive travel insurance plans include coverage for trip cancellation, interruption and delay due to inclement weather. All coverage is subject to the terms, conditions and limitations of the policy.

See the Naka’s Travel Service travel insurance page for online quotes for information about ensuring your peace of mind with TravelGuard.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Essential Experience Number 50 - The Ocean

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Princess Cruises today revealed The Ocean as “Essential Experience #50” on its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List”.

Executive Vice President, Fleet Operations, Rai Caluori writes: “He went to sea, to see the sea … yes, I did indeed. I boarded the original Love Boat, Pacific Princess, in Acapulco on May 3, 1984, and I will never forget that first departure. Resplendent in my new blue blazer and white pants …’” read more

These and other stories can be found online at www.50EssentialExperiences.com, where a new experience is unveiled weekly. Each is authored by a Princess destination expert – a long-serving and well-traveled shipboard or shoreside employee.

Contact us to book a Princess Cruise or see the Cruise with Naka’s page to book cruises around the world.

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers approximately 1.3 million passengers each year the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, aboard a fleet of 17 modern vessels.

Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when one of its ships, Pacific Princess, was cast in a starring role on a new television show called “The Love Boat.” The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its “seawitch” logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since. The show, which can still seen around the world, has been widely credited with fueling the dramatic expansion of the industry.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Essential Experience Number 49 - San Francisco

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Princess Cruises today revealed San Francisco as “Essential Experience #49” on its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List,” leaving only one last experience yet to be revealed to complete the list of 50. This week Manager of Reservations Support Lisa “Rocky” Black explorers relives her honeymoon in the City by the Bay, San Francisco.

She writes: “There is also something intangible about San Francisco that captures the senses. I think it’s the very light that fills you with emotion. From the amber glow of the sun on the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset, which warms the senses, to the chilly fog that suddenly sweeps in off the water and makes you want to cuddle close, the city has an ambience that plays to couples.’” read more

These and other stories can be found online at www.50EssentialExperiences.com, where a new experience is unveiled weekly. Each is authored by a Princess destination expert – a long-serving and well-traveled shipboard or shoreside employee.

Contact us to book a Princess Cruise or see the Cruise with Naka’s page to book cruises around the world.

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers approximately 1.3 million passengers each year the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, aboard a fleet of 17 modern vessels.

Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when one of its ships, Pacific Princess, was cast in a starring role on a new television show called “The Love Boat.” The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its “seawitch” logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since. The show, which can still seen around the world, has been widely credited with fueling the dramatic expansion of the industry.