Are cruises the right vacation choice for you? How will you know?
And where can you get the best cruise vacation deal?
to all of our visitors from Brian and Carol. We live in a small community in
southwestern Ontario, Canada. My (Brian’s) background is in the construction
industry having worked up the ranks from summer help through most positions
in the business to having owned and operated a small construction company.
Carol’s background is in the banking industry as a teller through to her
current position as a Senior Manager in the Mortgage Administration
My wife and I are basically “beach bums” when it comes to vacations. So much
so that we just installed a pool last summer to keep the feel of the beach
close to us. She likes to sun-bathe on the beach and take the occasional
dip. I enjoy being on, in or around the water – constantly. We both grew up
in families that had a cottage on a small inland lake.
We weren’t sure that vacation cruises would appeal
to us. Don’t get me wrong. We do like to travel and see new and exciting
places. But vacations to us mean fun-in-the-sun… warm sun.
When we were asked to accompany Carol’s parents on a cruise we at first were
hesitant but soon pushed that feeling away and started to get excited about
the coming experience.
The anticipation became a feeling of awe when we arrived at the cruise
terminal. What a magnificent site to see the huge floating hotels waiting to
Upon entering the ship (the Carnival Legend) we were amazed at the décor
(that was a number of years ago now). We wandered around in wonder until we
got to our stateroom. Our stateroom had a balcony and was situated right on
the stern of the ship.
This was to be a Caribbean cruise where
one of the ports-of-call was St. Maarten which is still one of our favorite
stops. The beaches there are fantastic and the people very friendly.
We went to a beach on every stop we made that trip. (Did I mention that we
were beach bums?) Of course we did spent a little time site-seeing and
The food on board was great. There was always a large variety whether you
chose the dining room, the buffet or the pizzeria (which was open 24 hours a
The service on board was great. Friendly and attentive staff looked after
our every need and desire.
And having a balcony for a little private time to sip
fine wine and watch as the world passed by was fantastic!
To put it mildly we were hooked. Hence this website. We have done extensive
research on cruises, cruise ships and cruise destinations for our own
vacations and have compiled some of our efforts into the articles and pages
on this website.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us at
help[at]a1-discount-cruises.com (replace the at with @).
Please enjoy our website!
Brian and Carol Schmidt
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