Thursday, January 2, 2014

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates January 2 2014

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 January 2nd 2014 through January 8th 2014 - 1 USD = 104.81 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).

Monday, December 30, 2013

Embark on an Epicurean River Cruise through Bordeaux

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Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux


Early Booking Savings: Save $300 per couple when you book and deposit at the time of reservation*

Offer expires January 15, 2014.

You will discover the douceur de vivre, or the “gentle pleasures of life,” that is quintessential Bordeaux—Uniworld’s newest destination in 2014. Youy can choose from two new itineraries: the 8-day “Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux,” beginning and ending in Bordeaux, and sailing the three rivers of Aquitaine—the Garonne, Gironde, and Dordogne; or the 15-day “A Portrait of Majestic France,” combining the best of Northern France and the Bordeaux region, including the legendary Seine and the three rivers of Aquitaine, along with a 2-night hotel stay in Paris.

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.

TRUE ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISING™ in 2014 : All gratuities onboard and onshore; unlimited beverages onboard including an extensive selection of distinctive wines, craft and regional beers, spirits, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions with local experts as your guide; free Internet and Wi-Fi; and all arrival and departure day transfers.

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.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates December 26 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 26th 2013 through January 1st 2014 - 1 USD = 104.43 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).

Friday, December 20, 2013

Princess Cruises 3 for FREE Sales Event is back!

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The popular 3 for FREE Sales Event from Princess Cruises is back! For a limited time, you’ll get ALL 3 FREE offers on Alaska, Europe, and 7-day Summer Caribbean cruise vacations!

Choose from over 200 cruise vacations, and receive:

  • FREE Shore Excursion Spending Money: Help bring back memories that will last a lifetime with up to $200 FREE shore excursion onboard credit per stateroom!†
  • FREE Bottle of Wine: Complement an intimate dinner or a special celebration with a FREE bottle of wine! (a $30 value) ‡
  • FREE 8” x 10” Framed Keepsake Photo: Cherish the memories forever with a custom Princess® framed keepsake photo! (a $50 value)††

Why wait? Especially when you can reserve your room today for only a $100 deposit per person!**

Don’t miss out on this great offer — call me TODAY to get the best selection of staterooms available!

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

†Free shore excursion credit applies $200 per stateroom ($100 per person) on Europe; $100 per stateroom ($50 per person) on Alaska and Caribbean cruises advertised in this promotion only. A credit in the respective dollar amount will be posted to your stateroom account upon embarkation. This credit may be used for any excursion purchased during your cruise, including any that were pre-reserved online. Credit may be used on a single voyage only, is not redeemable for cash and expires at the end of that voyage. Any unused credit will be applied toward the stateroom account balance when balance is equal to or exceeds amount of credit. Offer is not transferable and may not be combinable with other select offers or other onboard credits. Offer does not apply to excursions purchased during land-based elements of a cruisetour or pre-/post-cruise hotel packages. Shore Excursion credit is quoted in U.S. dollars.

‡ Free bottle of wine is one per stateroom up to a $30 value. A wine voucher will be delivered to your stateroom and is redeemable with the Maitre d’ at time of dining. Brand and availability of free wine are based on the ship’s inventory and at the discretion of the Maitre d’. Non-alcoholic beverages may be provided upon request. We reserve the right to substitute wine for an onboard credit of $30. Wine voucher must be redeemed by 5pm on the last night of the cruise.

††Free 8” x 10” Custom Framed Keepsake Photo is one per stateroom. Free photo voucher will be delivered to stateroom and is redeemable at the onboard Photography and Video Gallery. Offer cannot be combined with any photo product from the Platinum Studio. We reserve the right to substitute a $50 onboard credit in lieu of free photo. Free photo must be redeemed by 5pm on the last night of the cruise.

**Reduced deposit of $100 per person applies to all passengers in a stateroom.

*Fares apply to minimum lead-in categories on a space-available basis at time of booking. Fares for other categories may vary. Fares are per person, non-air, cruise- or cruisetour-only, based on double occupancy and apply to the first two passengers in a stateroom. These fares do not apply to singles or third/fourth-berth passengers. This offer is capacity controlled and may not be combinable with any other public, group or past passenger offers, including Air discounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses, as used by us, may include any and all fees, charges, tolls and taxes imposed on us by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities, as well third party fees and charges arising from a vessel’s presence in a harbor or port. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses may include U.S. Customs fees, head taxes, Panama Canal tolls, dockage fees, wharfage fees, inspection fees, pilotage, air taxes, hotel or VAT taxes incurred as part of a land tour, immigration and naturalization fees, and Internal Revenue Service fees, as well as fees for navigation, berthing, stevedoring, baggage handling/storage and security services. Taxes, Fees, & Port Expenses may be assessed per passenger, per berth, per ton or per vessel. Assessments calculated on a per ton or per vessel basis will be spread over the number of passengers on the Ship. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are subject to change and Princess reserves the right to collect any increases in effect at the time of sailing even if the fare has already been paid in full. Offer is available to residents of the 50 United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older and receive this offer. Fares quoted in U.S. dollars. Please refer to princess.com for terms, conditions and definitions that apply to all bookings.

Offer expires February 28, 2014. Promo code RD3/RE-/RTF/RTG/RTH/RTI

A Southeast Asia Dream Vacation - Starting at $1149

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The Best Way to See Vietnam & Cambodia

Cross this must-see destination off your travel wish list
with a river cruise along the fabled Mekong River

Book Now to Save up to $1,500 per Stateroom
fares from $1,799 $1,149 per person!


Don’t miss this great opportunity to visit:

  • Hanoi
  • Ha Long Bay (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Angkor Wat (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Phnom Penh
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • And other exotic places!

While at port, included tours immerse you in rich, centuries-old culture. Ride trishaws and ox-carts, visit floating markets and historic pagodas and explore the legendary temples of Angkor Wat. While aboard, enjoy western-style cuisine as well as locally-inspired dishes, air conditioning, interior corridors, a panoramic lounge, and amenities such as a swimming pool, spa, salon, and fitness room.

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 only, based on double occupancy in a Category C 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 January 31, 2014 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. Port charges, land programs, roundtrip airfare, and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40.