Mv Discovery will join Cruise & Maritime Voyages in February 2013 following a scheduled re-fit in dry-dock this winter. The 700 passenger ship will replace the Ocean Countess and will offer Cruise & Maritime passengers a welcoming and traditional cruise experience.
Originally the Island Princess, mv Discovery is among one of the most familiar looking passenger ships in the world. Built in 1972, her design reflects an era where staterooms were designed to fit the shape of the ship. A superb refit in 2003 has ensured her surroundings have remained in excellent order thoughout.
Dining on board is always a special event and on Discovery you will experience new levels of gastronomic delight. From breakfast through to midnight snacks you will be impressed by the choice and quality of the superb food our chefs have prepared and by the friendly, attentive service of the stewards.
Full breakfast will be served in the Seven Continents Restaurant or "al fresco" on the Sun Deck. Sitting basis is open. Continental breakfast is also available in your cabin.
Lunch is taken on an open sitting basis in the Seven Continents Restaurant or "al fresco" on the Sun Deck.
Dinner is served at two sittings in the Seven Continents Restaurant. The timings will depend on the day's programme, but usually early sitting is approx 6.15pm and Main sitting is approx 8.15pm. Your preference should be indicated at time of booking, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, but cannot be guarenteed. Occasionally - for example, when we are in the Land of the Midnight Sun there will be the chance to dine "al fresco" on the Sun Deck.
The Yacht Club, situated forward on Sun Deck, offers a superb alternative dining venue with marvellous views on three sides. Speciality themed menus such as Italian, Oriental, Polynesian or Mexican will be served. The Yacht Club is "invitation only", and with seating for approximately 100 people, all passengers will receive an invitation to dine here at least once a week - reservation required.
The fully equipped health and beauty centre and gym is spread over two decks and offers clear views over the stern of the ship. With modern exercise equipment, men's and women's saunas, hairdresser and treatment room for facials and massage, it has all you need to pamper yourself and indulge your senses.
For further relaxation there are two open-air jacuzzis outside the beauty salon. There will also be gentle daily exercise classes either on deck or in the aerobics area of the gym.
Excursions on shore will be a highlight of your cruise. A comprehensive excursion guide will be sent to you before you travel: 10 weeks before departure for Summer cruises or with final documentation for Winter cruises. The guide provides full information on each excursion together with guidelines as to the amount and degree of walking involved.
With Discovery, all of our guides are friendly and English speaking, and have worked with us for many years. At most ports of call there will be a choice of excursions to suit your interests.