Author: Ray Chong

New Years Eve 2016 Holiday Caribbean Cruise Bargains

Are you looking to party like it’s 2016 on a New Years Eve cruise through the Caribbean? If you are looking to celebrate at sea here are a few excellent last minute cruise bargains for 7 to 10-day cruises that I found on Holland America and Norwegian Cruise sailing out of Florida with prices starting from $589US. Check out these cruise deals quickly because I doubt the cheap fares will last long. Similar to airfare prices the cruise industry uses a dynamic pricing model where prices will change with demand. Please note that cruise prices are in US dollars...

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Last Minute and Holiday Season Caribbean Cruise Bargains

Early to mid-December is the best time to find rock-bottom holiday season Caribbean cruise bargains due to a large number of cruise ships sailing out of Florida at this time of year. As promised, I wanted to share some of my findings with you for fabulous last minute cruise bargains for sailings in the next few weeks. There are quite a few deals that should be on your radar but remember that your criteria should also include the type of cabin, itinerary, ship amenities and promotional incentives or spending credits. Do some research with a major online cruise agency,...

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Cruise Deal Alert: Late Nov. to Mid-Dec. 2016 Bargains

Are you looking for a cruise soon? I just booked my Ramon de la Cruise pre-Christmas holiday cruise deal! I thought I’d share a follow-up to my previous article about cruise bargains for this coming low season in 2016. Like airfare, cruise prices will fluctuate because of seasonal demands and my recent research has revealed there are a lot of last-minute cruise deals if you are able to travel within the next 4-6 weeks. The recent hurricane activity is now a memory and warm sunshine on the Caribbean islands can be part of your travel plans soon. Remember that...

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When is the Best Time to Shop for Caribbean Cruise deals?

We are fast approaching the start of another sunny Caribbean cruise season, and many savvy travellers will be carefully searching for a cheap cruise deal. Returning or new passengers can find cruise travel as an affordable way to escape from the frigid winter weather. Since our first cruise in 1997, we have been fortunate enough to enjoy being passengers on over 25 cruises with various major cruise lines. Our cruise travel adventures have included visiting ports in the Central and North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean islands. There are also fond and exciting memories while onboard both small...

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Review: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler RT 35L Outdry Backpack

”A waterproof backpack for keeping your gear dry” It’s been a challenging summer for my usual outdoor adventures because of a sports injury, but I finally got the opportunity to test out the Mountain Hardwear Scrambler RT 35L Outdry Backpack. Due to its one-piece construction, waterproof lining and sealed seams; Mountain Hardwear state that the backpack was “Designed for any journey where you could use roll-top, waterproof construction to keep your gear extra safe and extra dry”. The 35-litre capacity seems ideally suited for daylong all-weather journeys such as hiking, cross-country skiing and kayaking/canoeing. For my purposes, it will...

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History, Sun and Tours in St. Augustine Florida

St. Augustine Florida, located approximately 45 minutes south of Jacksonville, Florida along the I-95 is rich in cultural history, pristine beaches and fun outdoor activities. Through our many road trips to Florida, we’ve seen the road signs pointing to St. Augustine countless times but never stopped because our destination called us further south. We finally made a 2-day visit to the St. Augustine area and now realise how much there is to see and do in this historical city, we are now planning a second trip because two days is not enough time! Initially settled by Spain in 1565...

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Road Trip to Florida: Driving is the Affordable Way

It’s about that time of year, that many of us who live in the chilly Canadian or Northern U.S. regions, get the urge to escape the winter blues and bathe in the warm Florida sunshine. Just thinking about relaxing on sandy beaches, a family adventure in the theme parks, embarking on a cruise ship to the Caribbean islands, hitting the golf courses or March Break celebrations in Florida is enough to make you smile. The struggling Canadian dollar, making it approx. C$1.45 to purchase a US$1.00, has become a major obstacle on whether you can afford to vacation in...

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The Travel Sounds of ZealSound HDE-100 Headphones

ZealSound HDE-100 Headphones. In-ear Noise-isolating Genuine Wood Headphones with Mic and Fiber Cable “The Stunning wood housing of the ZealSound HDE-100 Headphones provides warm rich sound, extreme detail, and pounding bass; elegant design with beautiful wood grain that brings you closer to nature.” Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a few hours carefully listening to the ZealSound HDE-100 headphones on my Sansa mp3 player. The unique feature of these in-ear noise-isolating headphones is that the housing is made from real wood and not the usual plastic found on other earbuds. I found that the medium brown coloured wood...

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Camping with the Mountain Hardwear HyperLamina Spark 35 Sleeping Bag

Once winter ends in Toronto, and springtime temperatures arrive, the gang starts planning our annual spring camping trip to Algonquin Park. With typical cool spring evenings of around 7°C, it was the perfect timing to try the new Mountain Hardwear HyperLamina Spark 35 Sleeping Bag and test out its 3 season rating. Mountain Hardwear HyperLamina Spark 35 Sleeping Bag The lightweight HyperLamina Spark sleeping bag incorporates a lot of smart design features, which is no surprise because the Mountain Hardwear Company is known for their innovative designs and quality camping gear. The sleeping bag has Thermal Q® synthetic insulation...

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The iClever 6-Port USB Travel Wall Charger Review

The iClever 6-Port USB Travel Wall Charger is a great power charger to pack in your suitcase when you know there will be limited power outlets to plug in your USB devices. It may seem strange but for those of you familiar with cruise travel, you’ll know that the stateroom is usually equipped with only 1 or maybe 2 – 120V outlets. This creates a cruel problem for passengers who travel with a lot of USB devices such as cellphones, tablets/e-readers, mp3 players, speakers and cameras. Imagine the WWF smack down scenario, where 2 combatants fight it out for...

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