Thursday, December 19, 2013

More Time to Save - 2014 Early Booking Discount Extended!


2014 Early Booking Discount Extended

Take advantage of 2014 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
2-FOR-1 cruise plus up to 2-FOR-1 air

Offer extended to Tuesday, December 31st 2013 - 9:00 PM PST!

Viking® has continuously set the standard within the river cruise industry—we have the newest ships and largest staterooms.

New Viking Longships®join our award-winning European fleet for 2014. These state-of-the-art vessels sail our most popular itineraries featuring full-size staterooms with full-size verandas and more.

The best fleet in Russia and Ukraine just got even better—fully refurbished Viking Akun, Viking Helgi, Viking Ingvar, Viking Rurik, Viking Sineus and Viking Truvor sail with all-new Suites, Jr. Suites and Verandas.

Viking’s inclusive fares cover accommodations; Wi-Fi and onboard Internet service; all onboard meals; wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunch and dinner service; daily shoreexcursions and much more.

Receive additional savings on travel costs when you pay via e-check.

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

Offer applies to new bookings only as of December 19, 2013. Air prices are per person based on cruise/cruisetour check-in 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 until full payment of air is received. Roundtrip airport transfers are included when air is purchased with a cruise or cruisetour package; if air is not purchased from Viking, transfers may be purchased separately. All transfers must be in conjunction with a Viking-purchased cruise, cruisetour, land extension or extra hotel nights. Additional airline-imposed baggage charges may apply; click here to learn more about airline baggage allowances and fees.

*2014 EBD: 2-for-1 cruise and up to 2-for-1 air (on Waterways of the Tsars and Footsteps of the Cossacks from BOS, EWR, NYC, PHL or PIT; on China itineraries and Magnificent Mekong from LAX, SFO, PDX or SEA; other gateways available, see website for prices) are considered a single offer. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise/tour offer. Must request offer 2014 EBD and pay in full at the time of booking. Offer expires December 31, 2013. Other restrictions may apply.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Book now and Save up to $800 per Couple


Save up to $800 per Couple
on 2014 Uniworld Itineraries

Imagine attending an evening orchestra performance in a real Viennese palace, or exploring the majestic palaces of Russian Czars, or walking the breathtaking path of China’s Great Wall … all while cruising the world’s most legendary rivers with the impeccable service and attention to detail you can expect from Uniworld.

With Uniworld’s Early Booking Savings of up to $800 per couple on any 2014 Europe, Russia, and Asia itinerary, there’s never been a better time than right now to book your Uniworld Boutique River Cruise.

Save up to $800 per couple
when you book and deposit at the time of reservation.*

Offer expires January 15th 2014

The world’s only authentic boutique cruise line™, Uniworld, is now the ONLY North American river cruise line to bring you a true all-inclusive luxury Europe river cruise in 2014.

  • All gratuities onboard and onshore *
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water * †
  • All meals onboard, impeccably prepared by our chefs using the finest and freshest ingredients from local farmers’ markets
  • All scheduled airport transfers
  • Shore excursions hosted by English-speaking local experts, with “Choice Is Yours,” “Gentle Walking,” and “Go Active” options
  • Complimentary portable audio headset system used on all shore excursions
  • A variety of complimentary culinary experiences and onboard dining options
  • All entertainment and Signature Lectures onboard
  • Complimentary Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
  • Complimentary in-stateroom Infotainment Center
  • Complimentary well-equipped fitness center and exercise classes
  • Complimentary use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore enjoyment
  • The finest riverview staterooms afloat—many with French balconies—offering deluxe signature touches including handcrafted beds from Savoir® of England and a wide variety of pillow options for the most soothing night’s sleep
  • Award-winning service from a professionally trained, English-speaking staff on ships with an average capacity of just 130 guests and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry

* This benefit is not available on cruises in Russia.
* † Unlimited beverages does not include premium wine and premium spirits.

Book your Uniworld river cruise online today, contact us to book Uniworld river cruises or see the Cruise with Naka’s page for more cruises and cruising information.

About Uniworld

For nearly four decades, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has taken guests to the most spectacular destinations in Europe, Russia, Egypt, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China. In 2006, Uniworld was acquired by The Travel Corporation, a highly successful international travel group with over 25 award-winning brands such as Trafalgar, Insight, Brendan, and Contiki, as well as Red Carnation Hotels—the award-winning five-star luxury hotel collection. The Travel Corporation has made major investments in Uniworld’s river cruise ships and its people. The ultimate goal of these investments is to provide guests with the very finest boutique river cruise experience. Combining our sister companies’ expertise in tour planning and in luxury boutique hotel management with our own decades of superior nautical experience has enabled Uniworld to create a higher standard in luxury river cruising.

*Savings listed in U.S. dollars. Early Booking Savings is not combinable with Pay-in-Full Savings, Single Supplement Waived, or other public promotional offers. Savings requires a deposit of $200 per person at time of reservation. Subject to availability. Capacity controlled. Other restrictions may apply. Uniworld reserves the right to withdraw or change offers at any time. For complete details on all promotions, general information, and terms and conditions applicable to all Uniworld trips, please contact your travel agent or visit

Dance with the Stars on Holland America Line!


Dancing with the Stars: At Sea classes and
competition on every Holland America Line cruise*

Glamour. Enchantment. Thrilling dancing. It’s all part of the incredible entertainment on board.

On every cruise* guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in complimentary dance classes based on dance routines from the ABC smash hit show “Dancing with the Stars.” This is a chance to learn the basics or new steps.
  • Compete in the Dancing with the Stars: At Sea competition. Following an early elimination process, finalists will have the opportunity to take to the main stage with the ship’s dance professionals. One Cruise Champion will emerge, based on the highest combined point total from our panel of three judges, as well as audience participation.
  • At the end of October 2014, the Cruise Champion with the highest score from each ship will have an opportunity to perform as a finalist on the Champions Cruise in December 2014. Finalists, plus a guest, will be invited on a complimentary 7-day Champions Cruise to the Caribbean, where the 15 finalists will dance for the coveted mirror ball trophy and the title Holland America Line Dancing with the Stars: At Sea Grand Champion.

2014 theme cruises just announced!

In addition to classes and competition, select cruises will also feature “Dancing with the Stars” celebrities and famed dance professionals.

Guests will enjoy a chance to meet the dancers, ask questions and take photos; and see a dazzling production starring the celebrities and dance professionals, including Kym Johnson, Tristan MacManus, Sabrina Bryan and Carson Kressley.

June 14 & 21, 2014
ms Zuiderdam,
7-Day Alaska

July 26; August 2, 2014
ms Westerdam, 7-Day Alaska

November 29, 2014
ms Westerdam, 7-Day Eastern Caribbean

Champions Cruise — December 6, 2014
ms Westerdam, 7-Day Eastern Caribbean

* Please see eligible cruise dates and complete terms and conditions.
** Professionals and celebrities are subject to change.

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

For more than 139 years, Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in cruising, taking our guests to exotic destinations around the world. If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, five star dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries, you’ve come to the right place. We are committed to our mission: through excellence, we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time.

Explore the majesty of the Mosel Valley and Save $1000


See Europe in the spring!

An AmaWaterways river cruise is the best way to see the Netherlands, Germany, and France. Start your journey in Amsterdam, then see stunning vineyards, castles, and cathedrals as you travel through Cologne on your way to Luxembourg. Afterwards, spend time in Paris by booking the post-cruise land option.

7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Luxembourg
& 3 nights in Paris or reverse
Embarkation Dates: Mar 24, & 31, 2014

Cruise + Airfare* from $2,999 per person
*includes transfers, taxes and fuel surcharges
Or $1000 off per stateroom
Or Single supplement waived

AmaWaterways cruise fare includes:

Shore excursions in every port of call

Fine dining while on board

Unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

In-room Internet and Infotainment

Why AmaWaterways?

A diverse collection of included shore excursions

Spacious staterooms, many of which feature private balconies that let you savor
the vibrant scenery as you cruise from one port to the next

Unparalleled service, dedicated Cruise Managers and knowledgeable tour guides

Fewer guests on board, which means more space and greater access to staff

More amenities - spa & hair services, fitness room, complimentary use of bicycles

Contact us to book an AMA Waterways river cruise or see the Cruise with Naka’s page for more cruises and cruising information.

About AmaWaterways

Founded in 2002 by river cruise pioneer Rudi Schreiner, river cruise executive Kristin Karst and founder of Brendan Vacations, Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways is the premier river cruise line on Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Main, Mosel and Rhône rivers. Known for its custom-designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and personalized service levels, AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising. Whether you join us on the great waterways of Europe, Russia, Africa or the storied Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia, you are sure to capture an experience of a lifetime with an AmaWaterways river cruise vacation.

Terms & Conditions: All rates are per person in USD for cruise and airfare only, based on double occupancy in a Category E stateroom unless stated otherwise. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Promotional rates are valid on select sailings only. Promotions are valid only for new bookings made by December 31, 2013 and may not be applicable toward Group bookings. Offers are not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, are limited to availability, are capacity controlled and are subject to change or termination without notice. Total savings shown may include value of multiple discounts and upgrades and is an example of a savings amount only. If applicable, any onboard credit amount mentioned is per stateroom (single occupancy receives half the amount). If applicable, any complimentary stateroom upgrade mentioned applies to one category upgrade only based on availability, for like-to-like categories (i.e. window to window, French balcony to French balcony, twin balcony to twin balcony), and excludes suites. If applicable, Single Supplement offer does not apply to Suites, AA+ or A+ categories. Promotional air and cruise pricing based on $599 airfare promotion, all terms and conditions related to airfare listed herein apply.$599 AIRFARE offer is valid for new FIT reservations made from November 1, 2013 and booked and deposited by December 31, 2013. $599 AIRFARE promotion is based on round-trip, trans-Atlantic economy airfare departing from all U.S. cities and from Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal in Canada. $599 AIRFARE promotion applies only to the travel dates, arrival city and departure city specified in each published itinerary. Custom itineraries, itinerary requests and schedule deviations are not accepted on this promotion; carrier will be confirmed by AmaWaterways and cannot be substituted. $599 AIRFARE promotion is only available with the purchase of applicable sailings and includes the roundtrip trans‐Atlantic base ticket price, fuel surcharges and taxes. $599 AIRFARE promotion requires purchase of airfare solely from AmaWaterways. Standard air cancellation penalties apply. Additional luggage fees and other ancillary charges imposed by the carrier may apply and can be found on the carrier’s website. $300 air deposit is required at the time of booking. $599 AIRFARE offer is not combinable with any other offers/discounts including group offers. Port charges, land programs, roundtrip airfare, and gratuities are additional. In-room Internet and Infotainment may not be available on board the AmaLotus and AmaVida. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40.

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates December 19 2013

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 December 19th 2013 through December 25th 2013 - 1 USD = 104.04 JPY

JR Pass prices are updated for the current exchange rate every Thursday.

See http://www.nakastrav … for details and current pricing.


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).