Before entering service with Voyages of Discovery in 2003, the MV Discovery underwent a multimillion dollar refit. She is the former sister ship to the old ‘Pacific Princess’ which featured in the famous ‘Love Boat’ TV series; she was often used as an alternative filming venue. The ship is very small compared with today’s huge super liners; however she is large enough to tackle worldwide itineraries and small enough to enter harbours where many larger ships cannot reach. The ship actually has a capacity of over 800 but never carries more than 650.
Traditional Dining and other facilities
On board there is a selection of different sizes of cabins and suites, several elegant bars and lounges and two small swimming pools (one can be covered). A fully equiped Health and Beauty Centre and Gym is spread over two decks at the stern offering clear views. Dining in the main dining room is split between two sittings. The Yacht Club, situated forward on sun deck, offers an alternative dining venue with marvellous views. Themed menus are served and reservations are by ‘invitation only’ giving guests the opportunity of dining there at least once a week.
A good selection of public rooms on board with entertainment quite low key
Entertainment is of good quality but quite low key; a show in the Carousel Lounge, have a quiet drink in the Explorer Bar, or visit the Hideaway Bar with Satellite TV. Play cards in the Bridge Club or take in a quiz. Enjoy a feature film in the Cinema which is used for lectures and talks at other times.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages operate Discovery from February 2013
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is operating All Leisure Holidays’ ship Discovery under a long-term partnership between the two cruise lines. Started in February 2013, the ship will operate under the CMV brand sailing to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Discovery replaced CMV’s Ocean Countess.
MV Discovery Refurbishment
MV Discovery goes into dry-dock in November 2012 for three months and will go through an extensive refurbishment programme, which will include upgrades to the decks, new furnishings in public areas as well as extending these areas, cabin improvements and improvements to the dining areas.
Introducing MV Voyager – a new addition to the Voyages of Discovery Fleet
New to the Discovery fleet is Voyager formerly the Alexander von Humboldt. After being extensively upgraded, she commenced her cruising programme in November 2012 offering a wide choice of itineraries. Originally built in 1990, she is described as a spacious and well appointed vessel offering 278 cabins, 30 of which have outside balconies and 35 are suites. The ship holds 550 guests and 90% of cabins are outside. Open seating dining is offered in three restaurants. Voyager has all the facilities of a larger liner but also has the convenience and flexibility that a smaller ship can offer; having the ability to visit destination_blogs that larger vessels have to pass by. Facilities on board will include two open seating dining restaurants and one intimate grill restaurant. There will be four bars and two lounges, a lecture theatre, library, bridge and show lounge.
No Hidden Extras
- All Gratuities included – many other cruise lines charge around £250 per couple and add it to your bill
- All service charges onboard included – some cruise lines add up to 18% on your bill for drinks and other onboard services …guests are still responsible for purchasing drinks
- Everything on board is in Sterling
- · Free car parking or coach transfers are normally offered for no-fly cruise. Coaches from Birmingham and Manchester carry a small supplement.
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The company was originally founded by cruise entrepreneur Gerry Herrod in 2002 before being bought in 2005 by the All Leisure Group PLC who also owns Swan Hellenic and Hebridean Island Cruises. Mr Herrod has more recently launched Voyages to Antiquity (see separate section).
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