Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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 20th 2012 through December 26th 2012 - 1 USD = 83.98 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).
United Airlines Increases Baggage Check in Fees for Travel to Asia
Revised Baggage Policy for Flights To and From Asia
United is modifying its policy for checking a second bag and excess baggage on flights to and from Asia, effective for tickets purchased on or after December 18, 2012 for travel beginning on or after June 1, 2013.
New second checked bag service charges:
- Japan to / from the rest of the world (excluding the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands): $100USD or 9,000JPY
- Japan to / from Asia/South Pacific: $70USD or 5,000JPY
Revised second checked bag service charges:
- Asia / South Pacific to/from the rest of the world (excluding the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands): $100USD or 9,000JPY
- Between Asia / South Pacific (excluding the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands): $70USD or 5,000JPY
- Japan to / from the Federate States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands: $40USD or 3,000JPY (Adding local currency, no change to the service charge.)
Excess/oversized/overweight baggage charges:
- Japan / Asia / South Pacific to / from the rest of the world: $200USD or 15,000JPY (Adding local currency, no change to the service charge.)
The price for Japan point-of-sale will be filed in Japanese Yen (JPY).
MileagePlus® Premier ® members, Star Alliance ® Gold members and active U.S. military personnel and their families will continue to enjoy their applicable baggage exceptions.
For complete details, please visit united.com/baggage.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Only 2 Weeks Left to Save up to $1920*!
Our Early Payment Discount savings of 10% will be expiring on December 27th - less than 2 weeks from now!
If you want to book your vacation to Europe, now is the time to do it, because combined with our Frequent Traveler Savings of 5% per person, you can save up to $1920* per couple!
11 days from $2950
A sensational sojourn designed to capture the very essence of Europe in a short period of time. Travel from the canals of Amsterdam to the Swiss Alps and elegant boulevards of Paris.
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Experience the epitome of picture postcard Italy, awash with color, blending historic cities and exquisite resorts with rustic towns and idyllic fishing villages.
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Insight Vacations provides premium escorted motorcoach vacations throughout Britain, Ireland, Europe, Scandinavia the Eastern Mediterranean and North America.
In 1978, its first year, the company had a handful of staff in London and carried just 5700 passengers. Today, Insight has a team of professionals throughout the world, plays host to over 100,000 guests per year and has offices in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and the UK. The company has also appointed specialist agents in Argentina, Brazil, Mauritius, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan and China.
Insight has achieved many important Tour Operator ‘Firsts’ over the years including, in 1983, being the first scheduled tour operator to win ‘the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement’ from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
‘The Art of Touring in Style’ lies at the very heart of Insight philosophy. Our carefully chosen unique features and impeccable service standards enable us to deliver exceptional quality, unequalled value, unforgettable memories and personal freedom at levels currently unrivalled elsewhere in the industry.
You will travel with companions from all over the English speaking world - England, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and more. Relax and capture the spirit of Europe and North America while we take care of every detail. From Great Britain to the European continent, from Turkey to the wonders of Israel and Egypt and the breathtaking National Parks and exciting cities of America and Canada, we invite you to experience the Insight difference and travel in style and comfort.
Terms and Conditions: Booking and full payment for entire vacation package must be made by December 27th, 2012 and no less than 45 days before the set departure date to qualify for savings. Offer is valid for new bookings made on itineraries found in Insight Vacations 2013 Europe & Britain brochure. Available savings are based on Insight Vacations’ 10% Early Payment Discount combined with the 5% Frequent Traveler Discount for past Insight guests. First-time guests with Insight can save up to 10% or $1,280 per couple. *$1,920 savings based on both discounts applied to the 8/22/13 departure of Insight’s Romantic European. Offer is not valid on any tours where Early Payment Discounts is not available including Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Israel, and tours with cruise inclusions. Discounts may be withdrawn or reduced based on demand for the departure dates and are subject to availability. Valid for new Groups on scheduled departures only and subject to promo payment conditions being met. Please see your travel agent, visit our website at insightvacations.com or call us on 1-888-680-1241 for more information and details. CST No. 20687545-20
Thursday, December 13, 2012
NOW OPEN FOR BOOKING
2014 DAWN PRINCESS & SEA PRINCESS
May-October 2014 Australia-based cruises featuring 104-day World Cruise and NEW itineraries
Passengers can receive up to a $1,000 per person on board credit†
Bookings before 3/31/13 eligible for an additional $1,000 on board credit†
May–October 2014 Australia-based Princess cruises are available for booking. Here are some of the highlights for the upcoming sailing season:
104-day World Cruise — Dawn Princess® sets sail for 40 destinations roundtrip from Sydney and features a first for an Australian-based World Cruise – sailing south from the Panama Canal to Peru, Ecuador and Easter Island. Plus, passengers can take an overland excursion to legendary Machu Picchu.
NEW 7-day sailings from Brisbane — The perfect weeklong journey, Sea Princess® will offer a series of five 7-day sailings venturing through the warm waters off the Queensland Coast, plus New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
NEW Dawn Princess and Sea Princess cruises — Dawn Princess® embarks upon a new 20-day Papua New Guinea & South Pacific cruise with three maiden calls, while Sea Princess® debuts an enhanced Indonesia itinerary featuring new ports and a call to Komodo Island.
Onboard currency in Australian dollars.
†Passengers booking the Dawn Princess 104-day Full World Cruise will receive onboard credit of $1,000 per person and $400 per person when booking segments 49 days and longer before July 31, 2013. An additional $1,000 on board credit for full World Cruise and $400 for segments 49 days and longer is available for passengers booking before March 31, 2013. The onboard credit will be converted to Australian Dollars onboard. Onboard credit offer applies to the first two passengers in the stateroom and does not apply to third/fourth berth passengers. Single occupants will receive the full per stateroom onboard credit amount.
*Group lead-in fare is based on South Pacific sailing on board Sea Princess on 5/18/14.
^Captain’s Circle Launch Savings discount is available to past passengers in all categories and combinable only with Launch Fares, all types of group fares, regionals and other past passenger promotions. The discount is only available through July 31, 2013 for World Cruise and for all other sailings. Discount amount varies by cruise length. Once booked, if a lower fare for which the passenger qualifies for and requests becomes available, the discount will combine with the lower fare. New booking-only promotions are not combinable with discount. Offer not applicable to third/fourth-berth guests. Promotion code is PA1.
World Cruise Captain’s Circle Launch Savings of up to $1,000 per person are available until July 31, 2013. Past passengers booking the 104-day full World Cruise will receive a $1,000 per person discount. Past passengers booking segments 50 days and longer will receive a $500 per person discount. Past passengers booking segments 25-49 days will receive a $200 discount. Past passengers booking segments under 25 days will receive a $100 discount. Offer good for bookings made by July 31, 2013. Once booked, this discount remains combinable with most other subsequent promotions, allowing passengers to have the best fares for which they qualify. Offer not applicable to third- and fourth-berth guests or new booking promotions. Promo code is PA1. ^^World Cruise guests booked in Suites will receive complimentary mini-bar setup replenished on a weekly basis. Hotel and dining charges are complimentary and non-refundable for passengers booking the 104-day Full World Cruise.
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European River Cruises for Wine Lovers
Join AmaWaterways for an unforgettable experience aboard one of our specially-themed “In Celebration of Wine” cruises! Experience Europe’s most acclaimed wine regions along the Seine, Douro, Rhone, Rhine, Mosel and Danube rivers. These 7-night itineraries feature wine-oriented shore excursions and onboard lectures and tastings from renowned wine experts from top U.S. wineries.
AmaWaterways offers 21 “In Celebration of Wine” cruises in 2013
LEGENDARY WINE REGIONS OF THE RHONE
7-night Arles to Lyon cruise aboard the AmaDagio
Starting from $2,499 per person
Optional 3 nights in Barcelona & 3 nights in Paris for $1,560 per person
U.S. Departure Dates: Mar. 25; Nov. 4 & 18
Highlights: Châteanueuf-du-Pape winery & Beaujolais winery
PARIS & THE SPARKLING SEINE
7-night Seine cruise aboard the AmaLegro
Starting from $2,699 per person
Optional 2 nights in Paris for $520 per person
U.S. Departure Dates: Apr. 4, 11; Oct. 31; Nov. 7
Highlight: Fecamp Monastery with Benedictine tasting
CLASSIC PORT WINES & CHARMING QUINTAS
7-night Douro cruise aboard the brand-new AmaVida
Starting from $2,399 per person
Optional 3 nights in Lisbon for $690 per person
U.S. Departure Dates: Mar. 29; Apr. 5; Nov. 1
Highlights: Cais de Gaia with Port tasting
& Dinner at Quinta Avessada
GREAT CAPITALS & VINTAGES OF THE DANUBE
7-night Budapest to Vilshofen cruise or reverse
Starting from $2,399 per person
Optional 3 nights in Prague for $690 per person
U.S. Departure Dates: Apr. 12; Nov. 5, 8, 9, 10, 12 & 14
Highlights: Tour of Benedictine Abbey & Wine tasting
CULTURE & WINE LEGACY OF THE RHINE
7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel or reverse
Starting from $2,399 per person
Optional 2 nights in Lucerne & 2 nights in Zurich for $1,040
U.S. Departure Dates: Nov. 10 & 21
Highlights: Kölsch beer tasting
& “Alsace Wine Road” with wine tasting
CASTLES & WINERIES OF GERMANY
7-night Nuremberg to Luxembourg cruise
Starting from $2,599 per person
Optional 2 nights in Prague & 3 nights in Paris for $1,240
U.S. Departure Date: Oct. 28
Highlight: Wine tasting at Würzburg Hofkeller
VINEYARDS OF THE RHINE & MOSEL
7-night Luxembourg to Amsterdam cruise
Starting from $2,399 per person
Optional 3 nights in Paris for $780 per person
U.S. Departure Date: Nov. 3
Highlight: Bernkastel winery with Reisling tasting
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
- Complimentary in-room Internet & Wi-Fi
- Free-flowing wine, beer & soft drinks with dinner
- Complimentary shore excursions & bicycles
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. With destinations traveling through Europe, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and new voyages to Africa and Portugal the line’s award-winning fleets compliment a variety of travel plans.
The Europe fleet includes the AmaPrima (2013); AmaCerto (2012); AmaVerde (2011); AmaBella (2010); AmaLyra (2009); AmaDolce (2009); AmaCello (2008), AmaDante (2008); AmaLegro (2007) and the AmaDagio (2006). In the spring of 2012, AmaWaterways introduced the new 164-passenger AmaCerto in Europe, joining the AmaVerde and AmaBella in offering an exclusive Twin Balcony design in the majority of staterooms; multiple dining venues; complimentary Internet and Infotainment system, a heated swimming pool or whirlpool on the Sun Deck plus many more unique design elements.
In addition to the European destinations, AmaWaterways offers the separate and distinct AmaVoyages to Vietnam and Cambodia via the AmaLotus (2011) and the La Marguerite (2009); Russia via the AmaKatarina (2011); Portugal via the AmaVida (2013); and Africa via the Zambezi Queen (2009).