Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Join the Experts with Cunard Insights

cunard-logo.jpg Join Experts in Astronomy and Politics Aboard Queen Mary 2!

Enrichment and discovery are immensely thrilling features of every Transatlantic Crossing. You will be delighted by the extraordinary talent we are featuring through the award-winning Cunard Insights on board enrichment programme.

Mark Butterworth, Royal Astronomical Society
Voyage date: 20 September 2011

Mark Butterworth studied Astronomy at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and is a researcher of astronomical history. He is an expert in presenting current astronomical concepts through their historical background and also specialises in understanding how popular astronomy was presented to the general public in the 18th and 19th centuries. As a frequent lecturer on the Astronomical Society speaker circuit he has given presentations at the Royal Astronomical Society’s annual National Astronomy Meeting and other International Conferences, and is also a regular contributor to Astronomical Journals.

Eamonn Gearon
Voyage date: 16 October 2011

Eamonn Gearon is a writer, Arabist, historian and analyst who has been based in the Greater Middle East – from Kabul to Casablanca – for nearly 20 years, writing about some of the world’s most fascinating, little understood and sometimes dangerous places, most recently covering the Egyptian revolution. An accomplished solo, camel-powered, Saharan explorer, these days Eamonn spends most of his time engaged as a freelance regional analyst and consultant. His clients include government officials, security companies and private business on both sides of the Atlantic. With an intimate understanding of the Middle East’s complex mix of cultures and traditions, and being able to speak, read and write Arabic, Eamonn is uniquely placed to guide audiences through the region, whether on the ground or through his fascinating lectures.

Jeffrey Weinberg
Voyage date: 12 December 2011

Jeffrey Weinberg is known for his unique perspective on the domestic aspects of the U.S. presidency from the vantage points of both an academic and a practitioner. For the past 10 years he has taught graduate courses on the presidency and the Executive Branch at universities in Washington, D.C. He was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in the UK in the spring of 2008 where he served as a guest lecturer on the presidency at universities including Aberdeen, Cambridge, Glasgow, and Oxford, and at the London School of Economics. Beginning with the Ford Administration, in 1974, he has served each of the last seven Presidents as a legislative attorney at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President.

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

Cunard Line, operator of the most famous ocean liners in the world, sails legendary voyages including Transatlantic Crossings and World Voyages. Sailing the world’s oceans for over 170 years, Cunard was the first to operate a Transatlantic liner service between England and America and is the only company to provide regularly scheduled service today. Cunard was also the first to sail an around the world voyage in 1922. Cunard Line is the most iconic British liner company in the world sailing flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria - Cunard honors its British heritage by maintaining traditions on board, including a traditional English pub, white-gloved afternoon tea service and Royal Nights themed formal balls

Thursday, July 14, 2011

1st Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. 1st Hawaii Food and Wine Festival to Celebrate
20th Anniversary of Hawaii Regional Cuisine

Top chefs from around the world and Hawaii, led by renowned local chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, will converge on Oahu to celebrate the Islands’ culinary traditions at the inaugural Hawaii Food and Wine Festival from September 29 to October 1. The three-day extravaganza will feature three exclusive signature events: Streets of Asia: Morimoto and Friends at The Waikiki EDITION; First Annual Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Dinner Series at the Halekulani; and From Mauka to Makai: Hawaii’s Sustainable Future at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, each showcasing dishes using local produce, seafood, beef, and poultry.

Hawaii has long been home to fresh produce and a variety of flavors, providing a selection of food as diverse as its people. In 1991, 12 award-winning chefs took this diversity and kicked it up to a new level, ultimately putting Hawaii on the national and international culinary map. What became of this collaboration was Hawaii Regional Cuisine, a unique culinary movement that takes the Islands’ freshest ingredients and utilizes them to blend the many unique cuisines of the numerous ethnicities that call Hawaii home. No longer was Hawaii fare viewed as only traditional luau foods.

2011 marks the 20th anniversary of this defining movement in the world’s culinary circle. This milestone will be celebrated in September with the induction of the 12 Founding Chefs into the Hawaii Restaurant Association’s (HRA) Hall of Fame along with other activities and programs (TBA online).

For more information, visit: HawaiiFoodandWineFestival.com.

For more information on Hawaii regional cuisine, visit: hawaiiregionalcuisine.com and restauranthi.com.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Collette Vacations Floriade 2012 - A Once in a Decade Opportunity

collette-vacations.gif Covering a 165 acre country setting in the Netherlands, this world-famous horticultural event presents visitors with a myriad of dazzling colors and technological wonders.

Featuring some of the world’s most exquisite flowers, Floriade is the perfect centerpiece to a grand European tour that includes Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Bruges – but it only happens once every ten years.

Ask about this amazing tour today!

Book Now & Save $200 per couple!*

See the Tour with Naka’s Page for information about Collette Vacations tour packages.

Netherlands, Belgium & Paris
featuring historic Bruges & Floriade 2012
11 Days ● 13 Meals - Starting at $2399**

Highlights: Amsterdam ● Candlelight Cruise ● Floriade ● Brussels ● Bruges ● Paris ● Giverny ● Eiffel Tower Dinner ● Seine River Cruise ● Keukenhof

A FREE RIDE! Travelers receive complimentary roundtrip home to airport sedan service on all air-inclusive tours.†

Floriade Won’t Be Back Until 2022!

*Save $200 per couple offer is valid on new air-inclusive bookings only made between 7/1/11 - 9/15/11 for travel on Netherlands, Belgium & Paris tour between 4/1/12 - 10/31/12. Offers can expire earlier due to space or inventory availability. Space is on a first come, first served basis. Offers are not valid on group or existing bookings or combinable with any other offer. Other restrictions may apply.

†Not valid on group travel. Included in many U.S. cities within a 50 mile radius of more than 90 airport gateways. One transfer per room booking. Additional stops are not permitted on route. Other restrictions may apply; call for details.

**Per person, land only, double occupancy.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tell us your story and win!

travel-insurance-number1.gif What happens when a man’s scalp becomes home to a family of squirmy visitors? Or when a couple tackles Cozumel on a moped? How does a young woman react when her girlfriend’s gallbladder attacks before vacation? Read these incredible stories – and more like them – and the sometimes unlikely people who come to their rescue in Travel Guard’s World’s Unluckiest Traveler 2: The Rescue. Have a story of your own? This is your chance to win!

We’re searching for random acts of kindness! Have your own “hero” story to tell? Tell your story and win:

– Receive a chance to win $2,000 in round-trip airfare!
– Now through Labor Day visit TravelGuard.com/Unlucky and nominate your hero for a chance to win.

The top good deed-doer, as voted by you, will receive a $10,000 “Hero’s Vacation”!

Sometimes, it takes only one good deed to turn a travel nightmare around. Inspire us with your story today and receive a chance to WIN BIG!

You can avoid becoming an “unlucky traveler”! Contact us about purchasing travel insurance for your next trip, or visit the Naka’s Travel Service travel insurance page for more information and online quotes.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND OR SALES PRESENTATION IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST AND SWEEPSTAKES. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The Travel Guard “Random Act of Kindness” Promotion starts May 30, 2011 at 9:00:00 AM EST and ends October 31, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM EST. Open to legal residents of the United States (excluding U.S. Territories), age 21 and over, and residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) over the age of majority in their province/territory, at the time of entry. The Promotion consists of a Video/Photo Contest (”Contest”) component and a Voter Sweepstakes (”Sweepstakes”) Component. To Enter the Contest: Beginning May 30, 2011 at 9:00:00 AM EST and ending September 5, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM EST go to www.TravelGuard.com and submit either a video or a photo along with an accompanying story describing your submission (between 10 and 200 words), about a random act of kindness by someone who has helped you or someone else when away from home, along with your full name, email address, phone number, country and state/province/territory of residence and a username and password, and the full name, email address, phone number, country and state/province/territory of residence of the Nominee. Contest Entries must be submitted by September 5, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM EST. Limit one Unique Contest Entry per person/household per day. To Enter the Sweepstakes: Beginning October 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM EST and ending October 31, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM EST, go to www.TravelGuard.com, and vote for one of the eligible Contest Entries, enter your full name, email address, phone number, country and state/province/territory of residence and a username and password. You will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes (”Entry”) for your Vote if you voted for the eventual Contest Grand Prize Winner. Limit one (1) Vote/Entry per person/email address per day. Odds of winning the Sweepstakes Prize depends on the number of Votes received for the Contest Grand Prize Winner during the Voting Period. Sponsor: Travel Guard Group, Inc., 3300 Business Park Drive, Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54482. Void in Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories, Quebec and where prohibited by law. Subject to full official rules, available at www.travelguard.com/unlucky

Travel Guard’s sponsorship of the World’s Unluckiest Traveler Contest is not intended to represent in any respect that Travel Guard’s insurance plans cover any of the events depicted in any single entry. For full and complete insurance coverage details, please contact Travel Guard directly.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Announcing the Christening of Viking Prestige

viking-logo.jpg Viking River Cruises, the world’s most award-winning river cruise line, would like to announce the newest member of their fleet: Viking Prestige. Christened in Amsterdam today, June 30, 2011, Viking Prestige is their flagship vessel. Cutting-edge design, unmatched comfort and environmental consciousness—Viking Prestige has it all.

Cruise aboard Viking Prestige and experience their most popular river cruise, Romantic Danube.

During this 8-day journey, encounter the grand cities and quaint villages along the celebrated Danube River. Explore both sides of Hungary’s capital—traditional “Buda” and more cosmopolitan “Pest”—and from Fishermen’s Bastion, see how the river divides this fascinating city. Experience Vienna’s imperial architecture and gracious culture, and tour riverside towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley. And in Germany, explore a baroque cathedral and stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Savor the tastes of authentic dishes, learn about local legends, and understand why Strauss immortalized the “Blue Danube” in his famous melody.

Now, for a limited time, you get 2-for-1 cruise pricing plus $400 per person off international airfare*!

Act now—space is limited. Ask for 2012 Early Booking Discount. Offer expires July 31, 2011.

Book online now or see the Cruise with Naka’s page for online booking and information.

*2-for-1 cruise and $400 off per person on international air. International air does not have to be purchased to get cruise offer. Air prices are per person, based on the air departure date and include transfers plus all government taxes and fees of approximately $160 and air fuel surcharges. Air seats are limited; airfares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until full payment of air is received. Additional airline-imposed baggage charges may apply; consult your airline. Must request offer EBD at time of booking and pay in full by July 31, 2011. Offer expires July 31, 2011.