Voyages Of Discovery Cruise Line
Voyages of Discovery was founded in 2002 by recognized travel industry entrepreneur Gerry Herrod to offer cruise vacations to exotic destinations at affordable prices. The 20,000-ton MV Discovery was built in 1972 in Germany by Rheinstahl Nordseewerke, a builder of ships since1903. Before entering service as Discovery in 2003, she underwent an extensive, multi-million dollar refit creating, in effect, a brand new ship. The vessel retains its handsome, classic exterior profile, but now features every modern safety feature and amenity. At 650 passengers - small in comparison to today's mega liners - Discovery is big enough for cruising to faraway places yet small enough to enter remote harbors that larger vessels must pass by. Facilities include 351 cabins and suites, equipped with televisions and built-in hairdryers; three restaurants; five elegant lounges;a well-stocked library;modern health club and beauty center; two swimming pools, one with a retractable dome; two Jacuzzis; and duty-free boutiques. Senior officers are Scandinavian, British and Dutch; the cruise staff is American and European; while the service staff - perhaps the ship's biggest asset - is from the Philippines. In 2005, the cruise line was acquired by UK-based All Leisure Group Plc. All Leisure Group Plc is the holding company of All Leisure Holidays Limited, an established cruise holiday company which owns the Voyages of Discovery, Swan Hellenic and Hebridean Island Cruises brands. Voyages of Discovery has established its U.S. headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, while its operations center is based in London. mv Discovery specializes in exploring exotic and faraway places in comfort and style. It offers a compelling collection of cruise vacations to Scandinavia, Russia & The Baltic; Iceland, Faroes & Northern Waters; British Isles & Ireland; Mediterranean & Adriatic; and Aegean, Black Sea & North Africa are featured Summer itineraries. Red Sea, India, Southeast Asia, Far East, Indian Ocean, South Africa, East Africa, Black Sea, Mediterranean, South America and the Caribbean are featured in the Winter season. Voyages of Discovery specializes in "cruisetour" vacations that include hotel before and/or after the sailing for a complete vacation package. Most cruisetours are non-repeating itineraries, so world travelers can combine voyages into extended cruise vacations. The port intensive itineraries of Voyages of Discovery's Unique Ocean Voyages are complemented by an exceptional roster of distinguished lecturers, including former diplomats, academics, research scientists and other authorities on natural history, science and anthropology. Pioneering men and women who have made exploration their life's work.