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Cruises for retirees

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As baby boomers reach retirement age, they find their disposable income and spare time is the highest it’s been since before children and mortgages. The beauty of this is that it opens up opportunities to seek out new experiences and places to explore. And with all the cruise options available, there’s never been a better time to get out on the open ocean.

This article details some of the different options and operators available to help you plan your next cruise.

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  1. World Cruises

Cruising the world for three months or more has been a tradition for seniors since the first world cruise sailed on Cunard’s RMS Laconia in 1922[1]. Since then however, more money, creativity and energy has been injected into this form of cruising making it more appealing and available than ever.

World cruises don’t in fact sail exactly around the world. What they do offer is an opportunity to view a layered assortment of diverse cultures and countries. And even if you cannot commit to the full length of the trip, a popular option is to buy segments which range from a week to over a month.

For example, Cunard offer world cruises with their Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria liners. And in 2015, Cunard is celebrating its 175th anniversary, which involves celebrations in Sydney harbour and sailing past Gallipoli on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

  1. Expedition Cruises

As the name suggests, expedition cruising offers those with a penchant for exploration the opportunity to visit obscure and often inaccessible places. The ships are small, with shallow hulls allowing them to visit and dock in the less visited places. This also means that a lot of time is spent onshore and therefore the use of Zodiac inflatable crafts is commonplace and the destination is often a beach or rocky shoreline, requiring people to wade to shore from the shallows.

Obviously this isn’t a style of cruising for everybody however with the opportunity to see places such as Alaska, The Arctic, The Amazon or The Galapagos Islands, getting a bit wet and missing out on bingo and karaoke can be worth it.

Lindblad-National Geographic is arguably the most experienced and esteemed operators of expedition cruising. They pride themselves in their extensive knowledge and experience with world-renowned scientists, naturalists and researches accompanying passengers on board.

  1. Food and Wine Cruises

If you’re the type of traveller whose destinations are often chosen based on the variety, abundance and distinctiveness of food then you should consider a food and wine themed cruise.

There is growing demand for cruises offering foodie experiences such as cooking classes, wine tastings, celebrity chef dinners and onshore food or wine excursions and this has resulted in an increase in the variety of operators.

Celebrity Cruises offer Savor your Destination culinary cruises that include competition cook-offs, cooking classes and food and wine pairing dinners. And if Paella, Jamon Imberico and Gazpacho sends your tastebuds wild then have a look into Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf: an eight-night Spain cruise stopping off at ports such as Seville, Malaga and Granada.

  1. Luxury Cruises

Sometimes all we want to do on a cruise is enjoy the quieter pleasures of life. And as seniors enter their ‘golden years’ where time and money is no longer the issue it once was, luxury cruise lines offer the opportunity to entertain these pleasures in an environment that’s both personalised and exclusive. You can expect the stewards to know your name and remember your favourite drink and for the chef to personally recommend menu items based on your previous likes and dislikes.

Obviously these services, and the overall holiday style, are determined by the cruise ship you choose and its size. For example, the luxury cruise operator SeaDream differentiates itself from the larger ships stating: “It’s yachting, not cruising.” They limit the guest number to 112, with 95 staff (that’s almost a 1:1 ratio) to boast a 5-Star service. However, even the larger ships do luxury well. For example, Crystal Cruises offer the standard luxury cruise pampering like personalised service and speciality dining but on some cruises passengers can also partake in enrichment programs such as speaker sessions or photography.

  1. River Cruises

If you’ve seen enough of Europe’s coastal cities including Barcelona, Stockholm or Athens why not explore the rest of Europe via its extensive river ways. Inland cities such as Paris, Vienna or Bratislava have waterways that aren’t large enough to accommodate big cruise ships, so river cruising is as much about the places you will see as it is about the experiencing of smaller, niche ships. Of course, river cruising isn’t limited to Europe with operations in Asia, Africa and South and North America leaving much to be explored.

One well known player in Europe is Viking River Cruises, whose ships accommodate between 120 and 260 guests for a more intimate experience. This operator also offers guided walks at destinations, including food shopping trips to local markets with the ship’s chef.

Just remember that when you book your cruise, unexpected situations can arise such as personal illness, cancellation of plans by a travel companion, airline delays, lost baggage or even a cruise line going out of business. For ease of mind, protect yourself and purchase a travel insurance policy that best covers you.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

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Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage

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Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water

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Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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