Friday, April 26, 2013

3 For All on Cunard!

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images_hdr-PIO.jpg Take your place on an extraordinary European adventure. Immerse yourself in Cunard’s unique legacy of tradition, extraordinarily modern comforts, personalised service and British hospitality.

Choose to sail the Mediterranean: two-thousand-year-old cities, whitewashed villages clinging to rugged slopes, and perfectly manicured vineyards. Visit Northern European destinations from the breathtaking fjords of the Norwegian coast to the imperial palaces and cathedrals of the majestic “Venice of the North,” St. Petersburg. Join QUEEN MARY 2, QUEEN VICTORIA or QUEEN ELIZABETH on select voyages throughout Europe, from the British Isles to Iceland, the Mediterranean or the sunny Iberian Peninsula.

Take advantage of Cunard’s special Three for All savings. Plus, receive up to $1,400 off fares per stateroom* with fares starting from $1,359*.

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

*RESTRICTIONS

New bookings only. Save up to $1,400 per stateroom offer is based on a per person discount off applicable Early Booking Fares on a space available basis at time of reservation in Inside (category IC) staterooms on the 17 August 2013 QUEEN ELIZABETH St. Petersburg & Baltic Explorer sailing (Q320). $1,359 fare is based on Inside Stateroom (category IC) on the 3 Dec 2013 QUEEN ELIZABETH 10-day Mediterranean Gems (Q329) sailing. Savings in other categories and on other voyages may vary. Early Booking Fares are offering fares and may not have been in effect for the past 90 days or resulted in actual sales in all categories. Intermediate discounts may have been taken and fares may remain at discounted levels after this promotion. On Board Credit offer of $400 is per stateroom ($200 per person), based on double occupancy for voyages included in this mailer. Singles paying the single supplement earn the equivalent of the per stateroom On Board Credit.

Save up to $400 off airfare offer is per stateroom based on double occupancy, applies to a discount off roundtrip flights booked through the Cunard® CompleteAir programme by 31 May 2013 for voyages included in this mailer only and applies only to roundtrip flights. Roundtrip flights are flights which depart from and arrive back into the same airport. For one way flights or flights which return to a different airport, the discount will be halved. Passengers will receive an air savings of $200 per person including 3rd/4th berth passengers. Additional airline baggage, change and cancellation fees may apply. Please call Cunard at (800) 728-6273 for more information and to book your flights. Government fees & taxes ranging from $50–$185 are included in the advertised fares.

Free gratuities offer is based on pre-payment of suggested gratuities in the amounts of $13.50 per person per day for Grills accommodations and $11.50 per person per day for Britannia accommodations. Free Gratuities offer is not available for third/fourth-berth passengers. Offer is not transferable and may not be combinable with other select offers or other On Board Credit. Free gratuities are applicable to bookings made and deposited by 31 May 2013 for voyages included in this mailer only.

Fares apply to minimum stateroom categories on a space-available basis at time of reservation. Fares for other categories not shown may vary. Fares are per person, do not include air travel, are voyage 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, is subject to change, and may not be combinable with any other public, group or past passenger discount, including On Board Credit. Offer is available to residents of the 50 United States, Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older who receive this offer. Fares quoted in U.S. dollars. Please refer to the applicable Cunard brochure or Cunard.com for terms, conditions and definitions that apply to all reservations. Ask about our applicable air add-on programme. Please reference promotion code: RDB/RDC/RDD/RDE. Offer expires 31 May 2013. Ships’ Registry: Bermuda. ©CUNARD 2013. The CUNARD logo and logotype are registered trademarks of Carnival plc, an English company trading as Cunard Line. QUEEN MARY2, QUEEN VICTORIA, and QUEEN ELIZABETH are trademarks owned by CUNARD. All rights reserved in the United States and other countries.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

ANA Changes International Baggage Policy

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Amendment of ANA’s International Baggage Policy

TOKYO April 25, 2013 - ANA, Japan’s largest airline, today announces changes to its baggage policy for international flights. The changes apply to tickets all issued on or after Saturday June 1, 2013.

Baggage rules around the world have become increasingly complex as a result of IATA deregulation, which allows individual airlines to freely adopt their own baggage regulations. Coupled with this, changes to the US Department of Transport baggage rules, which came into effect from July 2012, mean that the baggage policy on code-share flights is determined by the first or most significant “marketing carrier” (the airline selling the ticket) rather than the “œoperating carrier” (the airline operating the flight).

ANA Group has strong partnerships with a number of airlines around the globe, enabling it to provide comprehensive travel routes for its customers. In order to consistently improve ease of travel for our customers, ANA is working to standardize baggage rules with its partner airlines. ANA aims to provide an easy-to-understand, simple service by ensuring that, in the vast majority of cases, a single set of baggage rules is applied even when passengers fly on code-share flights, transfer to another airline, or fly outbound and return flights on different airlines.

Date of Application:
For tickets issued on/after Saturday, June 1, 2013.

(1) Economy Class Check-in Baggage Allowance
Free baggage allowance will change from 2 pieces to 1 piece.

(2) Check-in Baggage Size - All Travel Classes
Total linear dimensions for the applicable baggage will change from 203cm (80in) to 158cm (62in).

(3) Excess Baggage Fees

  • 2nd Check-in Bag (Honolulu <-> Japan): USD $100
  • 3rd Check-in Bag (Honolulu <-> Japan): USD $200

Six River Cruises Wine Lovers Shouldn’t Miss

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Autumn Splendor on the Danube & Rhine

6 River Cruises Wine Lovers Shouldn’t Miss!
$500 Savings & $300 Onboard Credit per Stateroom
Plus a Complimentary Stateroom Upgrade! Up to $1,200 Savings!

7-Night Cruise starting from $2,149 per person

AmaWaterways’ In Celebration of Wine cruises are for enthusiastic aficionados seeking to immerse themselves in the wine culture and traditions of Europe’s top wine-producing regions. Join us this November for one of six cruises on the Danube or the Rhine featuring wine tastings, wine and food pairings, tours of vineyards and wineries, and onboard lectures from renowned wine experts. Savor wonderful wines as you gaze upon incredible and ever-changing scenery. Love wine? These are the perfect cruises for you!

GREAT CAPITALS & VINTAGES OF THE DANUBE
7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen aboard the AmaBella
U.S. Departure Date: November 8, 2013
Starting from $2,149 per person
Optional 3 nights in Prague for $690 per person
Wine Hosts: Bob & Jodi Dickinson of Camillus House, Miami, FL

Bob and Jodi Dickinson are passionate fundraisers for Camillus House, a Florida nonprofit. A former cruise industry executive, Bob is a wine enthusiast and collector and a member of many prestigious food and wine societies.

GREAT CAPITALS & VINTAGES OF THE DANUBE
“PRESIDENT’S CRUISE” HOSTED BY RUDI SCHREINER
7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen aboard the AmaCerto
U.S. Departure Date: November 10, 2013
Starting from $2,149 per person
Optional 3 nights in Prague for $690 per person
Wine Hosts: Michael & Stephanie Honig Owners of Honig Vineyard
& Winery, Napa, CA

Winery President and Owner Michael Honig is often referred to as “the James Brown of the wine industry” and is a respected leader in the sustainable farming movement. His wife Stephanie Honig is also a wine expert with many years of experience in the industry.

GREAT CAPITALS & VINTAGES OF THE DANUBE
7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest aboard the AmaBella
U.S. Departure Date: November 12, 2013
Starting from $2,149 per person
Optional 3 nights in Prague for $690 per person
Wine Host: Barry Wiss of Trinchero Family Estates, Napa, CA

Barry Wiss is VP of Communications for Trinchero Family Estates, which represents more than 28 brands in the US and Australia. Barry is also the creator of the game the World Wine Challenge® and is one of only 120 Certified Wine Educators in the world.

GREAT CAPITALS & VINTAGES OF THE DANUBE
7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest aboard the AmaCerto
U.S. Departure Date: November 14, 2013
Starting from $2,149 per person
Optional 3 nights in Prague for $690 per person
Wine Host: Vic Poulos of Zin Valle Vineyards, Canutillo, TX

Attorney and El Paso businessman Vic Poulos owns and operates the very successful Zin Valle Vineyards winery. The owner of an extensive personal wine collection, Vic is also a prolific wine blogger and writes about wine for local and national publications.

CULTURE & WINE LEGACY OF THE RHINE
7-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam aboard the AmaCello
U.S. Departure Date: November 10, 2013
Starting from $2,149 per person
Optional 2 nights in Lucerne & 2 nights in Zurich for $1,040 per person
Wine Host: Holly Howell, Wine Journalist & Sommelier, Rochester, NY

Holly Howell is a Certified Sommelier, winemaker, columnist for the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, and a well-respected New York-based authority on the wines of the Finger Lakes region, particularly Rieslings. A passionate lover of wine with a very popular wine blog, Holly is currently pursuing her WSET diploma.

CULTURE & WINE LEGACY OF THE RHINE
7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel aboard the AmaCello
U.S. Departure Date: November 21, 2013
Starting from $2,149 per person
Optional 2 nights in Lucerne & 2 nights in Zurich for $1,040 per person
Wine Host: Mark Johnson, Winemaker, Chateau Chantal Winery, Traverse City, MI

Mark Johnson trained at the Geisenheim Research Institute in Germany and has been the winemaker at Chateau Chantal since it opened in 1986. He is especially renowned for his natural ice wines, which are consistent winners at top wine competitions.

Premium River Cruise Experience*
Wine lectures by renowned experts
Fine dining with paired wines
Excursions to historic vineyards & cellars
Wine tastings & evening wine events
Staterooms with French balconies and/or step-out balconies
Free in-room Internet & Wi-Fi onboard
Free-flowing wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch & dinner
Complimentary shore excursions & 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 and Conditions: Rates are based on double occupancy in Cat. E, for cruise only, and reflects $250 per person ($500 per stateroom) savings. Single occupancy staterooms receive $250 savings. $300 Onboard Credit is per stateroom (single occupancy is $250). Complimentary stateroom upgrade applies to one category upgrade only (i.e. booked in Cat. E can only upgrade to Cat. D), based on availability, for like-to-like categories, and exclude suites. Offer is valid on new bookings only made by May 31, 2013; not combinable with other promotions/discounts; limited to availability; capacity controlled and subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Other restrictions apply. Port charges of $147 per person, land programs and roundtrip airfare are additional. *Premium River Cruise Experience applies to most ships; please ask for details. AmaWaterways is registered as a seller of travel in the State of California. CST#2065452-40

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates April 25 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 April 25th 2013 through May 1st 2013 - 1 USD = 98.26 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, April 5, 2013

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates April 4 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 April 4th 2013 through April 10th 2013 - 1 USD = 94.97 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).