Tuesday, November 6, 2012

$1000 Savings per stateroom on 2013 Tulip Time Cruises

amawaterways.jpg Experience springtime in Europe!

Spring Savings on Tulip Time Cruises

There may be no better time of year to visit Europe than in the spring, when the flowers are in full bloom and everything is fresh and vibrant. Our popular Tulip Time Cruises now feature:

$1,000 Savings per Stateroom OR Companion Flies Free!*
(*First passenger pays $1,099 airfare, including all taxes & fuel surcharges)

7-night cruise through Holland & Belgium in the Spring
U.S. Departure dates: March 31, April 1 & 8, 2013
Starting from $2,299* per person, cruise only
Amsterdam | Volendam | Edam | Arnhem | Antwerp | Ghent |
Willemstad | Keukenhof Gardens

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. 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).

Terms and Conditions: FREE COMPANION AIRFARE offer is valid for new FIT reservations made from November 1, 2012 and booked and deposited by November 30, 2012. FREE COMPANION AIRFARE offer is not combinable with any other offers/discounts including group offers. FREE COMPANION AIRFARE promotion is based on round-trip, trans-Atlantic economy airfare departing from all U.S. cities. FREE COMPANION 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. FREE COMPANION AIRFARE is only available with the purchase of applicable Tulip Time river cruises, and includes the roundtrip trans-Atlantic base ticket price, fuel surcharges and taxes for the second passenger. FREE COMPANION AIRFARE applies to second passenger and requires purchase of airfare for the first passenger solely from AmaWaterways. The airfare for the first passenger is $1,099 from any city in the U.S. and includes taxes and fuel surcharges. Once booked air is accepted, air itinerary and a written invoice will follow to guarantee the price for 7 days. Additional luggage fees and other ancillary charges imposed by the carrier may apply and can be found on the carrier’s website. Full payment is required at the time of deposit to secure the promotional fare. Offer is capacity-controlled and subject to be withdrawn without notice, air space is limited. All prices listed are in U.S. dollars and are based on double-occupancy in a Category E stateroom cruise only. Stateroom upgrades, port charges of $147 per person are additional. Other restrictions may apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Spectacular Savings on 2013 Mississippi River Voyages


Receive up to $700 Travel Credit per stateroom when you reserve one of these 2013 voyages by December 31, 2012.

February and March are the perfect months to visit the Mississippi Delta. Temperatures are in the mid-sixties, the azaleas are blooming, and Spring Pilgrimage means that an extra dose of southern hospitality is waiting around every river bend.

Included on every voyage:

  • FREE shore excursions
  • FREE luxury hotel night(s)
  • FREE wine and beer with dinner
  • FREE cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage

New Orleans, LA to Memphis, TN: FEB 7-15, 2013
Mardi Gras
8-Night Voyage
Fares from $2,395 per guest
Enjoy ideal temperatures as you experience Mardi Gras traditions in New Orleans and all along your journey to Memphis.

Memphis, TN to New Orleans, LA: Feb 15-23, 2013
Big Band
8-Night Voyage
Fares from $2,395 per guest
Swing to big bands and enjoy azalea blooms on your complimentary excursions.

New Orleans, LA to Memphis, TN: Mar 2-9, 2013
Dixie Fest
7-Night Voyage
Fares from $1,995 per guest
Your journey from New Orleans to Memphis will be filled with Dixieland delights from beautiful plantation homes to historic river towns and, of course, the food!

Memphis, TN to New Orleans, LA: Mar 9-16, 2013
Southern Culture & Spring Pilgrimage
7-Night Voyage
Fares from $2,295 per guest
Spring pilgrimage is a unique time of year when quaint southern towns embrace their heritage, don traditional 19th century attire and open their plantation homes to visitors, or “pilgrims,” from far and wide.

New Orleans, LA to Memphis, TN: Mar 16-24, 2013
Southern Culture & Spring Pilgrimage
8-Night Voyage
Fares from $2,695 per guest
Welcome the official beginning of spring on March 20 as you experience the beauty, history and hospitality of Southern Culture and Spring Pilgrimage.

Memphis, TN to New Orleans, LA: Mar 24-31, 2013
Southern Culture & Spring Pilgrimage
7-Night Voyage
Fares from $2,295 per guest
Embark in our homeport, Memphis, TN for your 7-night journey on the Lower Mississippi River. Enjoy complimentary tours of historic ports of call, including Vicksburg, MS and Baton Rouge, LA.

New Orleans, LA to Memphis, TN: MaR 31 – Apr 7, 2013

Southern Culture & Spring Pilgrimage
7-Night Voyage
Fares from $2,295 per guest
Explore the worlds of William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Harper Lee and Flannery O’Connor on this timeless adventure through the South.

For information and booking cruises worldwide please contact us or see the Cruise with Naka’s page at:

http://www.nakastrav … eatured-cruises.html

Travel Credit is per stateroom, for new, individual bookings only, and does not apply to special group or negotiated rates. For February 2013 voyages, Travel Credit is $700 per stateroom. For voyages up to 6 nights in length, Travel Credit is $200 per stateroom. For voyages 7 nights in length or greater, Travel Credit is $400 per stateroom. Fares quoted are in U.S. dollars, are per person and do not include air or land transportation. Port Charges of $69 to $159 per person are additional and not included in the fare. Promotional fares and amenities are capacity controlled, may vary by sailing and category of accommodations and may be withdrawn without notice. Additional terms and conditions may apply. The American Queen is owned and operated by the American Queen Steamboat Operating Company LLC, Inc.; is regularly inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard; is of American registry; and employs American officers, crew and staff.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

October 22-29: Princess Cruises Escape Completely Sale

princess-curise-logo.gif If you’re tired of all the negative news in the media, you’ll be thrilled to find relief in Princess Cruises’ Escape Completely Sale!

From Monday, October 22 – Monday, October 29 2012, Princess Cruises is offering FREE balcony upgrades* and 50% off your deposit^ on January – July 2013 cruises to Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean.

Over 200 cruises are on sale (check out some of the sample itineraries below), but these savings last just one week only! So forget about all the negative news and instead, break the good news to your family that you’re all going on a cruise in 2013!

7-day Caribbean
Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale,
Roundtrip Galveston
Fares based on Caribbean Princess® 1/5/13 sailing. Government fees of $85 are included and subject to change.
Interior cabin from $584*

7-day Alaska
Between Vancouver and Anchorage, Roundtrip Seattle,
Roundtrip San Francisco (10-day)
Fares based on Sapphire Princess® 5/18/13 sailing. Government fees of $145 are included and subject to change.
Interior cabin from $894*

12-day Greek Isles
Between Rome (Civitavecchia) and Venice
Fares based on Ruby Princess® 5/12/13 sailing. Government fees of $80 are included and subject to change.
Interior cabin from $1,779*

14-day Hawaiian Islands
Roundtrip Los Angeles,
Roundtrip San Francisco (15-day)
Fares based on Golden Princess® 1/2/13, 1/16/13 and 1/30/13 sailings. Government fees of $95 are included and subject to change.
Interior cabin from $1,094*

14 & 15-day Panama Canal

Between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles
Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale (10-day)
Fares based on Island Princess® 1/9/13 and 1/23/13 sailings. Government fees up to $297 are included and subject to change.
Interior cabin from $1,296*

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

*This promotion is not combinable with select offers. Free Balcony Upgrade refers to reserving a balcony stateroom for the price of an oceanview stateroom and may not be applicable on all cruises. Launch 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. Fares based on Caribbean Princess 1/5/13, Sapphire Princess 5/18/13, Ruby Princess 5/12/13, Golden Princess 1/2/13, 1/16/13 and 1/30/13 and Island Princess 1/9/13 and 1/23/13 sailings only. Fares for other dates and categories may vary. Oceanview stateroom may have an obstructed view. 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. Princess reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement of up to $9 per person per day on all passengers if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70 per barrel, even if fares have been paid in full. This offer applies to new bookings only, is capacity controlled and may not be combinable with any other public, group or past passenger discount, including shipboard credits. 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 the applicable Princess Cruises brochure or princess.com for terms, conditions and definitions that apply to all bookings. Reference promotion code: R8X. Offer expires: October 29, 2012.

^Applicable on new bookings only. Includes a 10% cruise deposit which is a 50% reduction of the standard deposit. Reservations must be made and deposited between 12:01am on October 22, 2012 and 11:59pm PDT on October 29, 2012. Offer is applicable to first/second-berth passengers only. Third/fourth-berth passengers are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law. This promotional piece was created and distributed by an independent travel agency, not by Princess.

Save $600 on Globus North American Vacations

globus.jpg Through October 30th 2012!

Save $600 per couple on select 2013 North America tours*

Nobody can show you the wonders of America’s national parks like Globus. And today, nobody is more committed to keeping them wondrous, either. When you book a Globus GoParks! Tour, we’ll make a significant contribution—at no additional cost to you—to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. It’s our way of showing support for these amazing national treasures…and a further extension of our deep commitment to their preservation. It’s our way of giving back—for all the wonder they’ve given all of us.

The Classic Lodges & Parks of the West
11 Days from Rapid City to Salt Lake City - starting from $2,529

On this fun-filled vacation, discover the majestic parks and historic lodges of the American West. Begin your trip in Rapid City, South Dakota, gateway to the Black Hills. Enjoy an orientation tour and visit to Badlands National Park with its stunning scenery. Spend two nights in Custer State Park at the historic State Game Lodge.

Parks & Canyons Spectacular
14 days from Rapid City to Las Vegas - starting from $3,119

Marvel at the West’s premier natural wonders on this multi-state vacation. Your trip starts in Rapid City, South Dakota, with visits to the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Tour Tatanka and Deadwood, once a wild gold-mining town. Visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana and tour the battlegrounds where Custer was defeated.

Contact us or book Globus vacation packages online. See the Tour with Naka’s page to book package tours around the world.

About Globus

It all began more than 80 years ago when a young man purchased a rowboat to transport visitors across Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Who would have thought that this single rowboat would launch one of the world’s leading travel companies?

Today, the Globus family of brands is a global company reaching every corner of the world, yet remains family-owned and steeped in the values Antonio had when he set out across Lake Lugano—to enlighten travelers by showing them the very best of the destinations we know so well.

Reasons to Travel with Globus

  • A variety of travel styles and specialty travel to meet the desires of today’s traveler.
  • VIP access means no waiting in lines to see major sites throughout your journey.
  • Inside visits to major and must-see sites are included in the vacation price.
  • Expert Tour Directors share their unique stories and knowledge to help you truly experience each destination like a local.
  • First-class and above pre-selected hotels are located right where you want to be.

† Price is per passenger, based on double occupancy and does not include airfare.

*Book one of the following 2013 Globus North America vacations to receive the $300 per person discount: Parks & Canyon Spectacular (AP/APQ) and The Classic Lodges and Parks of the West (AY). Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between September 19 and October 30, 2012 for travel commencing through December 31, 2013. Offers not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and applies to new 2013 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates October 18 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 October 18th 2012 through October 24th 2012 - 1 USD =79.94 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).