Voyages of Discovery


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Has anyone traveled on Voyages of Discovery? We are interested in a 33 day cruise from Singapore on the 600 passenger "Discovery" It's a British company and has just 2 ships in its fleet.

We took a cruise with them four or five years ago .... from Argentina to Antarctica and ended up in Valpariso ... with a couple of nights both in BA and Santiago .... grand total of 23 days. We were pleased with them and the price including air was
a whale of a deal.

The ship is one of the older R ships; Azamara uses a couple of the R ships, Princess' Ocean Princess is an R ship, too.

Anyway, R ships are, as you know, smaller .... 6 to 7 hundred passengers ... and because of their smaller size, has fewer amentities than those offered by the newer/larger ships ... but all the basics are there .... two or three restaurants, 3 or 4 bars, a casino, pool, etc. etc.

The MV Discovery could use an update but the deficiencies were all minor ... just showing the ship's age.

The company was easy to work with and, as I mentioned, we were pleased with the overall experience. As a matter of fact, I browse their literature and website periodically hoping to find something "different" so we can travel with them again.

We did an incredible 42 days from Hong Kong to Capetown on the Discovery last Jan 2010 - it is a unique ship with modest amenities, superb enrichment lectures, great fellow travellers, very good shore excursions and creative itinerarires that can't be beat. But this is far more an old passenger ship that takes you to wonderful places, than a cruise experience the pampers you on board and doesn't care where you are going. Cabins are small, dining is limited but adequate, but ohhh, the places you will see.

I posted photos of the interior on the Cruise Critic website under "Other Cruise Lines" forum if you do a search for and the name "Swissmyst". We would sail her again, and probably will but one needs to go with ther right expectations. She has a high degree of repeat passengers and these are very well-travelled and interesting passengers who know they have found the right cruising home with her.