Thursday, January 17, 2013

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates January 17 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 January 17th 2013 through January 23rd 2013 - 1 USD = 88.44 JPY

JR Pass prices are updated for the current exchange rate every Thursday.

See http://www.nakastrav … 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).

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Norwegian Cruise Line Freestyle Dash Sale January 2013

ncl_logo.jpg FREESTYLE DASH SALE - 1/21 - 1/25

Book an amazing Norwegian cruise from January 21-25 and get up to $250 to spend on board, along with free balcony upgrades and more! See the world The Norwegian Way™ and you may find yourself taking surfing lessons on Waikiki Beach sailing Hawaii on Pride of America. Exploring the ancient ruins on the island of Delos near Mykonos sailing the Mediterranean on Norwegian Jade. Or searching deep into Denali for bear, moose and caribou sailing Alaska on Norwegian Sun. Dash to Norwegian for your best vacation ever.

  • Up to $250 to spend on board
  • FREE balcony upgrades
  • Up to $1000 in air credits
  • Kids fares 50% OFF in Europe


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

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

About Norwegian Cruise Line

Since 1966, when we pioneered the very first Caribbean cruise, Norwegian Cruise Line has been the industry leader for innovation. From the first cruise line private island to Blue Man Group to our award-winning Freestyle Cruising, we do things differently. You’ll feel it with the passion and dedication of every team member you meet, you’ll see it in our commitment to the environment and you’ll know it when you experience the best cruise vacation you’ve ever had. Come aboard our fleet and let us show you what Freestyle Cruising is all about.

Program Code: DASHSALE Booking Window: 1/21/13 - 1/25/13 11.59 PM EST. *1 & 2 Day sailings are excluded from the offer. Offer is for New Individual FIT Reservations and New Group Delegates. Qualifying New Individual FIT reservations can be moved into existing Group and count towards Tour Conductor Credits. Offer is combinable with existing group block rates. Reduced Deposit is 50% off the standard deposit. Reduced Deposit does not apply to The Haven and Suite categories. Onboard credit has no monetary value and is non-transferable. It may not be used toward onboard service charges or prepurchased activities. Onboard credit is per stateroom, based on cruise length and category booked. Onboard Credit is applied to the 1st and 2nd guest on the reservation. Singles paying 200% are entitled to full onboard credit value. Guests who cancel and rebook must accept this promotion’s Terms and Conditions. For reduced deposit reservations cancelled during deposit fee period, fee amount will be assessed in line with terms of booked promotion Government taxes & fees, and onboard service charges are additional. Not applicable to Chartered Dates and Group Types: INCREG & INCLARGE IMPORTANT NOTICE: Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $65 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, Norwegian Cruise Line will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $10.00 per passenger per day Offer is capacity controlled, subject to availability, subject to change without notice, may be withdrawn at any time, and will be applied to select sailings/ select categories. Offer combinability with other promotional offers is subject to change at any time per Norwegian Cruise Line discretion. Other restrictions may apply. Applicable to NCLMIAMI and NCLINTL. Not applicable to CE and UK offices. Norwegian Cruise Line is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. Ships’ registry: BAHAMAS and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ©2013 NCL Corporation Ltd

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2013 Mekong River Cruising with AMAWaterways


Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong

$1000 Off plus Complimentary Upgrade (value $1,898)*
Starting from $1,199 per person

Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong
7-nights Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
La Marguerite
Embarkation Dates: March 18, April 1 & 15, August 19, September 16, 2013
Embarkation Dates: April 22, July 29, August 26, 2013

Cruise only programs starting from $1,199 per person

Optional land program in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Siem Reap & Ho Chi Minh City available for additional cost

AmaWaterways is proud to offer the best ships on the Mekong, the AmaLotus and La Marguerite, both recipients of Travel Weekly Gold Magellan Awards in 2011 and 2012.

  • The only Mekong ships with private balconies in most staterooms
  • Our “deluxe floating hotels” offer extra spacious staterooms & suites (226-624 sq. ft)
  • Complimentary, imported, free-flowing wines with every lunch & dinner
  • Complimentary house spirits, local beer, soft drinks & bottled water available throughout the day
  • Exquisite western-style cuisine as well as regionally-inspired dishes
  • The only Mekong ships with swimming pools, perfect for a refreshing dip
  • Convenient interior access to all facilities and decks - an AmaWaterways exclusive
  • English-speaking staff and friendly, personalized service
  • Professional English-speaking guides & state-of-the-art VOX audio system

Ancient temples, lush landscapes, tranquil villages…experience the fascinating centuries-old cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia, and the friendly people who call the Mekong home.

Must book by February 28, 2013!

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: Offers are valid on new FIT reservations booked by Feb. 28, 2013. All prices listed are in U.S. dollars and are based on double-occupancy in a Category C stateroom. Complimentary upgrade is for one category upgrade only, excluding Suites (Suites to Luxury Suite) and is based on availability. Port charges, visa, gratuities and incidental expenses are not included in the price listed. Promotion is limited to availability; not combinable with any other offers; and is subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Other restrictions may apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40

Monday, January 14, 2013

Save up to $956 on Great Britain Tours!

insight.jpg Tour with Insight in 2013 and

Save up to $956* Per Couple

on Great Britain Tours!

For a limited time, you can save up to $956* per couple on our Great Britain itineraries when you book and pay in full before February 28th!

Don’t delay as space is limited for this offer!

Elegance of Great Britain
15 days from $3650
While you might not meet Mr. Darcy on this tour, it certainly evokes a bygone age, imbued with archetypal villages, stately homes, historic castles and beautiful gardens.
Book Early and Save up to $956 per couple.

Scenic Britain
11 days from $2465
In order to showcase Britain’s most charming towns and natural beauty, each day is filled with wonder and excitement, history and tradition, all set against Britain’s most scenic landscapes.
Book Early and Save up to $680 per couple!

Contact Naka’s Travel to book now, or see the Tour With Naka’s page for more escorted vacations around the world!

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 February 28th, 2013 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’ 7.5% Early Payment Discount combined with the 5% Frequent Traveler Discount for past Insight guests. First-time guests with Insight can save up to 7.5% or $574 per couple. *$956 savings based on both discounts applied to the 8/12/13 departure of Insight’s Elegance of Great Britain. 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. CST No. 20687545-20

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

River Cruise with AmaWaterways and Stay for free in Amsterdam or Prague!

amawaterways.jpg Stay for free in Amsterdam or Prague!

Up to $1,380 value*

Cruises starting from $2,099 per person

There is no better time of year to visit Europe than in the spring, when the flowers are in spectacular
full bloom. Extend your vacation with 2 free nights in Amsterdam or 3 free nights in Prague. This offer
includes centrally-located accommodations, free hotel-to-ship transfers, free breakfast daily, and
a complimentary excursion. Limited space available - book today!


7-night cruise through Holland & Belgium
aboard the AmaLyra or AmaCerto
Starting from $2,099 per person
Embarkation Dates: March 25, April 1 & 2, 2013
Complimentary Land Program: 2 nights pre- or post- cruise
(depending on departure date) at the Moevenpick in Amsterdam

7-night Vilshofen-Budapest cruise aboard the AmaDolce
Starting from $2,499 per person
Embarkation Date: April 11, 2013
Complimentary Land Program: 3 nights pre-cruise
at the Old Town Hilton in Prague


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: All prices listed are in U.S. dollars. Offers are valid on new Tulip Time or Romantic Danube cruise bookings made between January 2 and January 31, 2013. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions or discounts. Rates may vary per departure date. Guests must purchase one of the above mentioned 7-night cruise to receive complimentary land program. *Complimentary land program is based on double occupancy with a maximum of 2 persons per hotel room and applies to the hotels selected and contracted by AmaWaterways. **Valid for new FIT bookings made and deposited between January 1 and January 31, 2013. Agents can book a free cruise when all 3 bookings have traveled. The agent and traveling companion can travel on any AmaWaterways “In Celebration of Wine” sailings in November 2013. Complimentary stateroom is for a 7night cruise, based on double occupancy, in a Category E stateroom. Port charges of $147, pre and post packages and roundtrip airfare are additional. Upgrades to higher categories available for 50% of normal upgrade charge. Maximum of 1 cabin per agent. Applicable to FIT bookings only, not applicable to groups, does not apply to block programs. Incentive is combinable with offers on the market place at the time of booking. Cabin is not transferable and has no cash value. Availability is limited on these cruises, capacity controlled and subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Some restrictions may apply. AmaWaterways is registered as a seller of travel in the State of California. CST#2065452-40