Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Portugal and Spain River Cruises for 2013

amawaterways.jpg Discover the Dramatic Douro

Two New 2013 River Cruises in Portugal & Spain

Save $1,000 per stateroom
Cruises starting from $2‚299 per person

AmaWaterways has two exciting river cruises debuting on Portugal’s Douro River in 2013. Experience one of Europe’s most unspoiled and undiscovered rivers on a journey filled with ancient monasteries, sleepy fishing villages, centuries-old wineries and vibrant cultural centers. With its ruggedly beautiful terrain and laboriously terraced hillsides, no wonder the locals boast, “God made the earth, but man made the Douro.”

Limited-Time Savings - Book by January 31, 2012!

7-night roundtrip Porto cruise on the brand-new AmaVida
Optional 3 nights in Lisbon available for $690 per person
U.S. departure dates: April 12, July 26, August 2 & 9, 2013
Starting from $2,299 per person

7-night cruise from Vega Terrón to Porto on the brand-new AmaVida
Optional 3 nights in Lisbon & 3 nights in Madrid
available for $1,380 per person
U.S. departure dates: April 19 & July 19, 2013
Starting from $2,399 per person

Contact us to book an AMA Waterways river cruise or see the Cruise with Naka’s page for more cruises and cruising information.

Terms and conditions: All prices listed are in U.S. dollars and do not reflect promotional rate. Offers are valid on new Enticing Douro and Port Wine & Flamenco cruise bookings made by January 31, 2012. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions or discounts. Rates may vary per departure date. $1,000 Savings is per stateroom, based on double occupancy in a Cat. E stateroom; single bookings receive $500 off per stateroom. 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

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Viking River Cruises 2013 Early Booking Discount Extended


2013 Early Booking Discounts Extended

Offer expires Monday December 31st 2012 - 9pm PST

Up to 2-FOR-1 cruise pricing plus up to 2-FOR-1 roundtrip international air*

New, improved air discounts for select 2013 cruises! Get your first choice of departure date and stateroom category—including veranda and French balcony suites and staterooms on the sensational new Viking Longships—and take advantage of the limited-time Early Booking Discount offer. Receive up to 2 -for-1 pricing* on your favorite journey plus much more.

Complimentary beverages on board

Viking is the most all-inclusive of all river cruise lines. And starting this year, Viking provides complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service to enhance your dining experience.

Book a Viking River Cruise online now or see the Cruise with Naka’s page for online booking and information: http://www.nakastrav … eatured-cruises.html

Offer applies to new bookings only as of December 20, 2012. Air prices are per person based on cruise/cruisetour check-in date, and include transfers plus all government taxes and fees of approximately $160 and air fuel surcharges. Paid Business or Premium Economy Class may require travel in economy on flights within the United States and Europe. Air seats are limited; airfares are subject to change until full payment of air is received. If air is not purchased from Viking transfers may be purchased separately. Forced overnight/transit hotel may be included with purchase of roundtrip international air from Viking in which flights arrive/depart on ship/hotel check-in/check-out day (not combinable with custom air, stopovers or deviations). All transfers, included with airfare or purchased separately, must be with flights arrive/depart on ship or included hotel check-in/check-out day only. Additional airline-imposed baggage charges may apply; click here to learn more about airline baggage allowances and fees.

*2013EBD: 2-FOR-1 cruise and up to 2-FOR-1 international air (on Ukraine & Egypt itineraries; on Nov-Dec departures in Europe, March departures of Tulips & Windmills, aboard Viking Helgi, Viking Truvor, Viking Ingvar for Russia or MS Vienna from BOS, EWR, NYC, PHL or PIT for Danube Waltz and Romantic Danube; and on China’s Cultural Delights; March departures and Cats C and above of other China itineraries and Jan departures of Magnificent Mekong from LAX, PDX, SFO or SEA; all other gateways slightly higher) are considered a single offer. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise/tour offer. Business Class Upgrade offer with purchase of Jr. Suites and above on China itineraries. No custom air, deviations, stopovers, frequent flyer programs or extensions. Footsteps of the Cossacks itinerary also receives $200 in shipboard credit per stateroom. Must request offer 2013EBD and pay in full at time of booking. Offer expires December 31, 2012. Other restrictions may apply.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Vietnam and Cambodia Mekong River Cruises Starting from $1,199

amawaterways.jpg Mekong River Cruises
in Vietnam and Cambodia

Big savings! Sailings starting from $1,199!

Cruise the Mekong aboard the deluxe 124-passenger AmaLotus or the 92-passenger La Marguerite. This unforgettable 7-night cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City showcases the ancient cultures, temples, rural villages and thriving capitals of Vietnam and Cambodia.


$1,000 off per stateroom and a complimentary upgrade*
Book by January 31st 2013*

Mar. 18, 2013 - La Marguerite: $2,499 $1,999
Apr. 1, 2013 - La Marguerite: $2,199 $1,699
Apr. 8, 2013 - AmaLotus: $1,999 $1,499
Apr. 15, 2013 - La Marguerite: $1,799 $1,299
Apr. 22, 2013 - AmaLotus: $1,699 $1,199

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: Offers are valid on new FIT reservations booked by January 31, 2013. All prices listed are in U.S. dollars and are based on double-occupancy in a Category C stateroom; upgrades to other categories are available at additional cost unless otherwise stated. Complimentary upgrade is for one category upgrade only, excluding Suites (Suites & Luxury Suite) and is based on availability. Dates listed are embarkation dates. Land program, intra-Asia airfare, air taxes, fuel surcharges, 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.

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates December 20 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 … 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: Baggage Policy Change for Asia


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