Friday, February 22, 2013
Explore the Intricacies of Manifest Destiny as
You Journey West on the Tennessee & Mississippi Rivers
“And that claim is by the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us.”
- John L. O’Sullivan
In the mid-nineteenth century, it was clear to the world that the relatively new nation known as the United States of America would soon be, if it were not already, the most powerful nation in the world. O’Sullivan’s argument that Oregon belonged to the United States rather than Great Britain as a matter of Manifest Destiny gained quite a bit of popularity.
While the concept was certainly not new, the Louisiana Purchase having occurred decades prior, O’Sullivan’s writing justified the sense of entitlement many Americans were feeling. Even at its inception, Manifest Destiny was rife with controversy which only seemed to fan the flames as the idea spread throughout the United States. Manifest Destiny fueled decades of westward expansion for the young nation: the annexation of Texas, the Mexican-American war, and the acquisitions of Alaska, Oregon and Hawaii. The socio-political effects of Manifest Destiny have certainly left their mark in the history books, and you may be surprised how frequently the philosophy can still be seen in foreign policy today.
Let notable historians Robert W. Merry and Dr. Steven E. Woodworth be your guides to the Manifest Destiny philosophy on our September 20-28, 2013 journey from Chattanooga, Tennessee to St. Louis, Missouri. Merry is currently Editor of The National Interest, with an impressive resume in political journalism including the Denver Post, National Observer, The Wall Street Journal and Managing Editor for Congressional Quarterly Inc. Merry’s writing skills are not limited to reporting. He also authored many critically-acclaimed books including New York Times Best Seller A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent. Dr. Steven E. Woodworth has been author, co-author or editor of 31 books. An expert in Civil War history, Dr. Woodworth will explain the role Manifest Destiny played in the bloodiest war in U.S. History.
Our September 20-28, 2013 journey is the ONLY Chattanooga departure this season and is not to be missed. Fares start at just $2,495 and limited staterooms remain.
Thursday, February 21, 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 February 21st 2013 through February 27th 2013 - 1 USD = 94.33 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.
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).
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
SAVINGS UP TO $3,700 PER STATEROOM
7-NIGHT CRUISES FROM $1,379 PER PERSON
CHRISTMAS ON THE RHINE
7-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam or reverse
With visits to festive Christmas Markets in Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer,
Heidelberg and Cologne
U.S. Departure Dates: December 8 & 19, 2013
Starting from $1,499 per person
Optional 4-night land program in Zurich & Lucerne for $1,040 per person
Solo Traveler Special: Cruise starting from $2,249 for one stateroom
CHRISTMAS TIME CRUISE
7-night cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest or reverse
With visits to festive Christmas Markets in Vienna, Budapest,
Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau and Linz
U.S. Departure Dates: Nov. 24 & 27,
Dec. 6, 8, 11, 13, 17, 20, 22 & 25, 2013
Starting from $1,379 per person
Optional 2-night land program in Prague for $460 per person
Solo Traveler Special: Cruise starting from $2,069 for one stateroom
BLUE DANUBE DISCOVERY
7-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg
U.S. Departure Dates: Nov. 17 & 20, 2013
Starting from $1,439 per person
Optional 2-night land program in Budapest & 3-night land program
in Prague for $1,150 per person
Solo Traveler Special: Cruise starting from $2,159 for one stateroom
CHRISTMAS ON THE DANUBE
7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen
U.S. Departure Date: Dec. 22, 2013
Starting from $1,499 per person
Optional 3-night land program in Prague for $690 per person
Solo Traveler Special: Cruise starting from $2,249 for one stateroom
MAGNIFICENT CHRISTMAS CRUISE
14-night cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam
U.S. Departure Date: Dec. 17, 2013
Starting from $2,879 per person
Solo Traveler Special: Cruise starting from $4,319 for one stateroom
VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE RICHES OF THE MEKONG
7-night cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Land Start Dates: Dec. 10 & 24, 2013
Starting from $1,619 per person
Optional land program in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Siem Reap & Ho Chi Minh
City for $1,999 per person plus Intra-Asia airfare of $300 per person
Solo Traveler Special: Cruise starting from $2,429 for one stateroom
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: Rates listed are in U.S. dollars; reflects applicable savings; based on double occupancy in Cat. E (Mekong - Cat. C) and vary per departure. Total savings listed is based on double occupancy. Offers are valid on new FIT reservations booked from January 22 to February 28, 2013. 40% discount is based on the cruise only price as listed in the brochure and excludes Cat. L Suites on the Mekong. Land program, airfare, port charges and gratuities are not included in the price listed. Solo traveler offer includes 40% discount on the cruise fare and single supplement. Promotions are limited to availability and are not combinable with any other offers. Availability is limited on each cruise and the offer is subject to change or discontinuation without notice, offer is capacity controlled. Specific terms and conditions apply to each offer; please ask for details. Other restrictions may apply. CST#2065452-40.
Experience Living History for just $243 per day
EMBARK ON A CIVIL WAR JOURNEY
Experience 12 Days of Living History
Whether you are a casual observer of Civil War history or an enthusiastic re-enactor, you can satisfy your interests this September with our Civil War Journey. Bobby Horton will provide musical performances of period songs and hymns. Barry Meadows and Al Stone will be onboard portraying Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, respectively. George Buss is a renowned Abraham Lincoln tribute artists who has been featured on several television specials and made many public appearances. He will join you on this journey to reenact the 16th president’s famous speeches. Finally, famed historians Dr. James “Bud” Robertson and Brian Steel Wills will provide commentary to highlight important sites with entertaining lecturers and discussions along your itinerary.
Civil War journey fares begin at $2,920 per guest.
That is our best value for the 2013 season at only $243 per day!
12-Day Journey: September 11-22
Jackson, Mississippi to Chattanooga, TN
Day 1: Hotel Stay – Jackson, MS
Arrive in Jackson at your leisure and sleep soundly in your luxury hotel. Tomorrow morning your full American breakfast is complimentary before your luxury motorcoach transfers you to your Vicksburg tour.
Day 2: Vicksburg, MS + Memphis, TN Hotel Stay
Visit the site of the epic battle of Vicksburg. The battlefields, statues and monuments along with commentary by your knowledgeable guide will bring the scene to life as you have never before experienced. Lunch is included and you will depart for Memphis in the afternoon, arriving at your luxury hotel in the early evening.
Day 3: Memphis, TN
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Memphis today. This afternoon, you will board the American Queen to begin your voyage. The Premium Choice Tour “The Bluff City & Elvis” is a great way to get around to the must-see sights in Memphis, including the world-renowned home of Elvis Presley, Graceland Mansion.
Day 4: Mississippi River Cruising
Enjoy life onboard the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world, and take in an enlightening lecture from one of our acclaimed Civil War historians.
Day 5: New Madrid, MO
The battle and siege of New Madrid, Missouri, tells the story of the importance the river systems played in Civil War strategy as major supply routes for equipment and soldiers.
Day 6: Paducah, KY
Paducah was occupied by Federal forces for much of the Civil War. It’s location offered full control of the junction of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.
Day 7: Tennessee River Cruising
Enjoy the beautiful rolling hills and plains of Tennessee, along with the bounty of onboard entertainment and activities.
Day 8: Florence, AL
The history in Florence goes back even farther than the Civil War. The Florence Indian Mound is the highest mound in the Tennessee Valley region, and a nearby museum showcases some of the artifact left behind by the areas early native American inhabitants 10,000 years ago. Pope’s Tavern is a popular Civil War landmark, having served as a hospital for Union and Confederate soldiers.
Day 9: Decatur, AL
The Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama hosts the largest collection of privately owned Civil War items in the nation.
Day 10: Tennessee River Cruising
The Tennessee River Gorge is one of the most scenic stretches of river in America. Before Hales Bar Dam was built in 1913, it was almost one of the most treacherous.
Day 11: Chattanooga, TN
Today you arrive in Chattanooga, but your journey is not yet over. Discover the last Confederate stronghold in Tennessee to fall to Union forces. Chattanooga was valued for its railroad junction stretching North to Nashville and Knoxville and running south to Atlanta. Lookout Mountain, overlooking Chattanooga and the Tennessee River also provided natural strategic advantage, as its name denotes. Tonight, enjoy a luxury hotel stay to allow a full day of exploration.
Day 12: Hotel Stay – Chattanooga, TN
After your restful hotel night, a full American breakfast is also complimentary. Visit or revisit any attractions before returning home.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Japan Airlines has announced the introduction of the JAL Shell Flat Seat for Business Class service on JL089/JL080 for flights between Honolulu and Haneda effective Monday, February 18, 2013.
Shell Flat Seats will be available in the Business Class sections of upgraded Boeing 777’s on JAL flights JL089 and JL080 every other day.
Daily operation, additional route seat upgrading and aircraft upsizing are scheduled for 2013 (details TBA).
With its inventive shell design, the JAL SHELL FLAT SEAT surrounds you in a cocoon of privacy and relaxation.
Infinite seat position adjustment and great attention to detail make it the ultimate space for work, relaxation or sleep on a long flight.