I recently visited ‘Discovery’ at Bristol’s Avonmouth Docks, and was amazed how many spacious public rooms the ship offered, for her relatively small size (20,186 gt, 698 passengers). Although some of her carpets were a little worn, I was generally very impressed with the overall operation.
She is a real ‘classic’ ship with aspects that reminded me of SS Norway, QE2 and even the SS Rotterdam. My slide show below hardly does her justice – you really need to see her in the flesh.
Discovery was originally the ‘Island Princess’, built in 1971, was one of the ships used to film the classic American TV series, the ‘Love Boat’.
For the past few years Cruise & Maritime Voyages have been chartering her. However the owners, ‘All Leisure Group’, have gone into the red so are keen to sell her. CMV will be replacing ‘Discovery’ with ‘Azores’, which they will charter from Portuguese operator Portuscale.
Regular readers will know that I am quite a fan of CMV’s Marco Polo. MV Discovery is about the same size, carries less passengers and has so many more public lounges and bars. She even has a cinema. (Although internally MP seems to have benefitted form a more recent refit).
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