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Thursday, May 18, 2006

SeniorDiscounts, Recommended by Consumer Reports Money Adviser
March 2006


Senior Special Section:
We hope all of you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. This week we are reviewing senior discounts available on cruises throughout the world.

SeniorDiscounts Card News:
SeniorDiscounts has partnered with organizations to bring you low cost vision, dental and other medical services. We are finalizing some features on our site and will have them ready for you next week. Please contact us at if you have any questions, or would like to be contacted as soon as the information is available.

Over 5,000 business locations now offer exclusive discounts for members of the SeniorDiscounts Card. For more information on becoming a member of the SeniorDiscounts Card program, click here:

Senior Discounts Section:
We highlight SeniorDiscounts Card Member discounts available on cruises, senior shops and medications, among others.

Challenge Section:
SeniorDiscounts announces a new winner for the Add A Discount Challenge and Weekly Newsletter Challenge every week. Check out our Challenge Section below for more details, this week's winner and for other ways to win a free SeniorDiscounts Card Membership.

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Cruise Lines

Taking a cruise is not just for the wealthy anymore. Cruise vacations have become financially affordable and cruise lines recognize seniors as important customers, resulting in promotions and discounts to attract them. A cruise can be a great way to see some new and exotic places, spend some time with a loved one, or to meet new people. Below are some things to look for while booking a cruise, as well as discounts you can expect to find.

Think about what you would like to do on your cruise. Do you want a cruise that offers in-depth sight seeing and education about the locations you are visiting? Or are you looking for a relaxing getaway where you can simply pamper yourself? Would you enjoy an expedition cruise to exotic and rugged places, or a theme cruise with topics that can range from dancing to bridge tournaments? There are also yacht cruises, river cruises, senior cruises or singles cruises. Almost anything you can imagine is available, so spend some time thinking about what you want from your cruise vacation.

Consider also what size ship you would like to go on. There are intimate, small, medium and large cruise ships. Size can affect the social atmosphere as well as the service and convenience. Larger ships tend to have more conveniences and services, while smaller ships may provide a more intimate setting and access to smaller ports and out of the way locations.

Before you book a cruise make sure you ask the correct questions. Find out if formal dress is required for dinners and what other clothes are necessary to bring. Ask about extra costs and tipping. Does it cost extra to do certain activities? Are meals included in the cost of the trip and when are meal times? Check to see if tipping is customary. Whom do you tip and how much? If you need prescription medication, make sure you bring enough for the entire trip and inquire about any regulations you may need to follow.

There are many senior discounts available in the cruise line industry, but they can be difficult to locate and compare to other deals. The senior discounts tend to change often and can have many rules and regulations. Most cruise lines will not advertise the senior specials online, so you must ask a travel agent or reservations department for it. The good news is that many of the cruise lines will offer a senior discount to a companion of any senior traveler, regardless of age.

Some of the Cruise lines that do offer senior discounts are: Carnival, Celebrity, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Windstar. Discounts can range from $25 to hundreds of dollars depending on the type of cruise. Age requirements usually start around 55 years of age.

Two companies SeniorDiscounts is currently working with are Travel Value Center and Anchors Away Discount Cruise Travel. Both companies are premier cruise agencies offering a multiple number of cruises and senior discounts. See our Senior Treasure section for more details.


Donna, from Manchester, CT reminds us that Shop-Rite Grocery Stores in Connecticut provide a 5% discount on Tuesdays for shoppers 55 and older.

Denise, in Dallas, TX lets us know that Roy's Natural Market offers customers 50 and older a 10% discount.

Steve, of Anaheim, CA tells us that Anaheim Feed and Pet has a 5% discount for people over 55 and the 11th bag of cat, dog or bird food is free for seniors.

Thanks for all of your submissions.

Let us know about senior discounts, click here:


This week we are bringing you some of the discounts available in our SeniorDiscounts Card program ( The following discounts and over 130,000 more can be found at Included in each listing is the phone number, address, map of the location and more. Remember - we add more discounts every week.


SeniorShops offers over 1,000 products and gifts for seniors, including amplified phones, magnifiers, games, bathroom aids, orthopedic support, seat cushions, loud alarms and much more. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive 5% off all merchandise with coupon code SD506. Order online or by phone.
Click below for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retailers category.

Superior Living Products LLC

Superior Living Products LLC offers walk-in bathtubs with hydrotherapy and an easy access door. Superior's tub transforms a potentially unsafe environment to a perfectly safe and therapeutic one. They guarantee the lowest price and best service in the United States. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a $500.00 discount on any of their walk-in bathtubs.
Click below for more details about this discount. Search our Online Retailers category.

Save Now Discount Pharmacy

Save Now Discount Pharmacy offers low everyday prices on prescription drugs. They currently carry over 1,100 products. If you don't see the item you're looking for on the web site, please call (888) 640-3880 for a free price quote or to register with their pharmacy. All orders will ship within 24 hours of the receipt of a valid prescription. SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive an additional 10% off the advertised cash price on generic drugs with cash or credit card orders.
Click below for more details about this discount. Search our Medical/Pharmacy category.

Travel Value Center

Travel Value Center is a premier cruise agency offering trips by more than 70 cruise lines, (over three times as many cruise lines as Orbitz). SeniorDiscounts Card Members receive a special discount that is guaranteed to be lower than any other price available with Travel Value Center. Here is what one member had to say: I booked a cruise on Holland America using SeniorDiscounts and Travel Value Center and saved over $400 off what Holland America wanted for the cruise. I also checked other "discount" travel sites for the same cruise and none of them could match the price I got through SeniorDiscounts.
Click below for more details about this discount. Search our Cruise category.

Anchors Away Discount Cruise Travel

Anchors Away offers group cruises for single people over 50. You must be age 55+ and a SeniorDiscounts Card Member to receive the senior discount. Set sail with Celebrity Cruises to Alaska. Next cruise aboard the Celebrity Mercury is on August 25, 2006, sailing round trip from Seattle.
Click below for more details about this discount. Search our Cruise category.

Do you know of a senior discount that we don't? Tell us and you could win $100. Click Here:


Facts about Mom

The Sun travels at a speed of 155 miles per second, but it still takes 230 million years for it to complete a single revolution of the galaxy.

Each day some forty-five thousand thunderstorms occur worldwide, resulting in as many as one hundred lightning strikes every second.

Lightning strikes the earth about seventeen million times every day, or about two hundred times every second.

A bolt of lightning travels at speeds of up to one hundred million feet per second, or seventy-two million miles per hour.

A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun's surface.

The night sky appears full of stars, but actually only about 3,000 stars are visible to the naked eye.


Through information and education, advocacy and service, NAWS seeks to enhance the quality of life for all senior workers by promoting independence, dignity and purpose. NAWS provides resources and strength to help working seniors make their own choices, reach their goals and dreams, and make the most of their careers after 50. For more information about NAWS, please visit its web site.


Add a Discount Challenge
We are announcing a new winner every week in this newsletter for the Add A Discount Challenge, so let your fellow senior discounters know about any new discounts you find and keep those discounts coming.

We are looking for any and all NEW Senior Discounts. This means discounts that we don't already have on our web site. Ask at your favorite place of business and find out if it offers a senior discount. If it does, simply submit it on our web site. Click here:

You can also tell us about businesses you think would be interested in offering a senior discount. Provide us with the business' information and we will contact that business and invite it to offer a senior discount. The more discounts you enter, the better your chances of winning. Click here:

As always, we greatly appreciate your participation in adding value to our service.

Our winner this week, Denise Myers of Dallas, TX, will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Card membership. Denise, please e-mail us at: to claim your prize.

Weekly Internet Challenge
Answer the trivia question and you will be entered to WIN a complimentary SeniorDiscounts Card Membership with included SeniorDiscounts Guide Book.

This Week's Challenge:
During World War II, the US Military used a language for encoding messages. What was that language?

To answer, go to:
Good luck!

Last Week's Challenge Question:
In what year did US Congress pass legislation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day?
Last Week's Challenge Answer:

Our winner this week, Donna R. Lopez of Henderson, CO will receive a one year SeniorDiscounts Card membership. Donna, please e-mail us at: to claim your prize.

Corrections Challenge
We can always use help keeping our database of discounts current and our web site free of errors. If you find a discount that is not correct, no longer valid, or an error on our web site, let us know and we will send you a gift. Just e-mail us at: with the mistake you have found and please include a correction if applicable. We appreciate your help.

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