Monday, August 8, 2011

Festivals of Hawaii Launches Free Smartphone App

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Festivals of Hawaii has launched a smartphone application. The free app, sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, is available for download on iTunes for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. When opening the app, the user can select any of the six Hawaiian Islands to see what’s happening that day. Events closest in terms of the date will appear first. Users also can search by categories, with the most popular — arts and music, cuisine, and sports — featured at the bottom of the homepage. Users can also choose “More” to see the full range of categories. The “Near Me” button pulls up and displays events closest to users based on their location in the Hawaiian Islands.

Each profile includes a photo, along with a brief description of the event. Selecting “Favorite” bookmarks the event, while Facebook and Twitter links enable users to share the event with friends. Selecting “Directions” will pull up Google maps. The next phase of the app will widen the searchable database to include other events happening in Hawai’i. All events featured in the app are imported from www.gohawaii.com/festivalsofhawaii.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Essential Experience Number 41 - In Step with the Dutch Life

princess-curise-logo.gif “In Step with the Dutch Life”

SANTA CLARITA, (August 2, 2011) – Princess Cruises today revealed Amsterdam, Netherlands as “Essential Experience #41” on its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List,” leaving only nine more experiences yet to be revealed. This week District Sales Manager Megan O’Toole explores her family heritage while visiting Dutch relatives.

She writes: “I realized a lot of people in the Netherlands looked like me, which had never happened on my travels before. … I discovered a commonality, a deep-rooted sense of familiarity and sameness with the Dutch. It took me a long time to discover my heritage, but I found it in the Netherlands.” 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.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Essential Experience Number 40 - Falling in Love with India

princess-curise-logo.gif “Falling in Love with India”

Princess Cruises reveals New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, India as “Essential Experience Number 40” on its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List.” This week Stacy Souza, Director of Customer Relations, writes about her trip to New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, India.

She writes: “When I first joined Princess Cruises many years ago, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to visit some of the world’s most exciting destinations as part of my job. I joined the company as an agent in the Air Department and over time worked my way into a management position. It was during a time when I held responsibility for our pre- and post-cruise hotel programs that I really expanded my horizons.” 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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Japan Adds More World Heritage Sites

jts-logo.jpg Thanks to its rich history and nature, Japan has already been recognized as a country rich in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites with 14 designated destinations.

An additional two locations came into the international spotlight when they were added to the list this June.

Contact us to book your travel to Japan and speak to our bi-lingual English and Japanese speaking tour consultants.

Hiraizumi, a Northern Metropolis

Hiraizumi may seem one of the many historic temple towns, but founded in the 12th century, this was the political and commercial center of Japan’s northern region. This time, UNESCO recognized the legacy of the Fujiwara family, who rivaled the capitol in Kyoto and established northern political and cultural power hub with the paramount art and architectural techniques of that time, and the cultural and historic significance and appreciation of the remaining pieces. The most significant sign of the past political power in Hiraizumi is Chusonji-Temple, an elaborated structures in such a rich design from its heyday: Konjikido, literally translated as Golden Hall, has fortunately been preserved, because among all the magnificent constructions of a 20-year project, it is the only original structure survived fires and wars. Protected inside a later-constructed concrete pavilion, Konjikido is a must-see in lifetime: The entire structure is covered with gold leaf inside and outside, full of Buddhism statues in the alter, which showed the Fujiwara Lord’s aspiration for Buddhism and the top quality of designs.

In spite that Hiraizumi is located in the northeast region of Japan, it was very fortunate that the March earthquake didn’t affect the area at all, and international attention becomes a great momentum for the region’s tourism recovery. Along with Shirakami Mountain Range that was designated in 1993, Hiraizumi has become the highlight of the northern Japan.

Tokyo’s Hidden Beaches, the Ogasawara

Ogasawara Islands, also known as Bonin Islands, are a small archipelago of over 30 small subtropical islands 1,000km (620 miles) directly south off Tokyo. UNESCO found these hidden islands under Tokyo’s municipality as a natural sanctuary for unique ecosystem. Consist of over 30 tiny islands including well-known Iwojima, the Ogasawara Islands cherishes very little touched jungles and infinity blue beaches, which create perfect environment for rich ecosystem among one-of-a-kind mammals, over 400 native plants, several ocean species that creates world’s rarest scuba diving spots around the islands. The isolated location also enables the indigenous species so unique, and the Ogasawara receives the nick name of the Oriental Galapagos. As the Ogasawara has become more known among outdoor lovers, there has been a discussion on building an airport to improve the weekly ferry shuttle between Tokyo’s downtown port and Chichi-jima Island, the most populated among the Ogasawara. However the high vulnerability of the area’s untouched unique ocean lives keeps the islands airport free, but it makes the islands’ wealth of nature even more attractive as a hidden gem of Japan. See www.ogasawaramura.com/en/

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Essential Experience Number 39 - Athens

princess-curise-logo.gif “An Eye-Opening Dream Destination”

Princess Cruises reveals Athens as “Essential Experience Number 39” on its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List.” This week Crown Princess Customer Services Director Dana Ionescu writes about her first trip away from her home country – to her dream destination of Athens.

She writes: “I felt that Greece was more than another country, it was another planet. It was disorienting in the sense that their culture was similar to my own, but at the same time it was completely different.” 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.