Discovery World Cruises has unveiled its first
full-year program of cruise itineraries. The program, which spans
from November 2005 to November 2006, includes 40 cruisetours to
more than 130 ports on all seven continents.
The line’s 650-passenger flagship, MV Discovery,
offers seasoned travelers the chance to explore the world in the
comfort and style of much larger vessels. The Discovery features
351 cabins and suites, three restaurants, five lounges, a
well-stocked library, casino, duty-free boutique, Internet center,
modern health club and spa, two Jacuzzis, and two outdoor swimming
pools one beneath a retractable roof.
The Discovery will call at destinations that
include Antarctica, Iceland, New Zealand, South America, Europe and
Scandinavia. For the first time in 2006, Discovery will call at the
Galapagos Islands, Amazon River ports, Ireland, the Shetland
Islands, Corsica and Sicily.
The itineraries include: Amazon Adventure, a
10-night Christmas voyage departing Dec. 18 from Barbados to
Manaus, Brazil. Travelers can ring in the New Year on Amazon &
South America, departing Dec. 27, a 19-night cruisetour that
combines the mighty Amazon with Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo and
Buenos Aires. Early booking cruise fares begin at $1,995 per
person, double occupancy.
Polynesia, Peru & Galapagos, departing April 7,
is a 26-night voyage from the South Pacific to the remote islands
that inspired Charles Darwin. Galapagos & Panama Canal,
departing April 27, combines the natural wonderland of the
Galapagos with the technological manmade wonder of the Panama Canal
on a 16-night itinerary that ends in the Bahamas. Early booking
cruise fares begin at $3,795 per person, double occupancy.
For the third consecutive season, the Discovery
will also sail to the breathtaking White Continent. Three different
voyages include landings via Zodiac expedition boats. Antarctica
& the Falklands, departing Jan. 9, is a 17-night itinerary that
combines the highlights of Antarctica with visits to the remote
Falkland Islands. The line’s 13-night Antarctica, departing Jan.
21, concentrates on the Antarctic Peninsula. Rounding out the
series is a 20-night Antarctica & Chilean Fjords cruisetour,
departing Jan. 29, that includes Chile’s magnificent fjordlands. An
expert team of naturalists, scientists and field guides accompanies
all Antarctic expeditions. Early booking cruise fares begin at
$3,595 per person, double occupancy.
In the South Pacific, passengers can retrace the
routes of Capt. Cook and Capt. Bligh through Easter Island,
Pitcairn Island, and Tahiti on In the Wake of the Bounty, an
18-night cruisetour departing Feb. 12. South Pacific I, departing
March 1, is a 17-night itinerary that calls at Fiji and other South
Seas island gems along the way to New Zealand. Discover New
Zealand, departing March 11, is a 14-night cruise vacation
spotlighting the twin-island nation’s thriving vineyards, cinematic
scenery and colonial architecture. South Pacific II combines all
the wonders of Polynesia on a comprehensive 18-night voyage,
departing March 21. Early booking cruise fares begin at $2,450 per
person, double occupancy.
A 14-night Baltic Treasures cruise departs July 26,
offering such highlights as Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tallinn, Estonia
and a visit to Berlin, from the port of Warnermünde. Discovery will
also call at St. Petersburg for two full days, allowing passengers
to explore Peter the Great’s Window to the West. Baltic Capitals, a
15-night cruisetour departing on May 31, visits the same ports but
adds a call at Stockholm.
The Norwegian fjordlands are showcased on
Discovering the Fjords, departing on Aug. 24, a 10-night cruisetour
calling at Flåm, Gudvangen, Ålesund, Olden and Bergen. An 11-night
cruisetour Norwegian Explorer departing July 18, adds a maiden call
in Kristiansand, a Renaissance city known for its stunning summer
flowers. Discovery ventures to Norway’s spectacular North Cape on
Land of the Midnight Sun, a 13-night cruisetour departing on June
12. The ship will sail the traditional routes of ancient Viking
mariners on Fjords, Faroes, Fire & Ice, departing on July 6, a
15-night cruise that calls at Bergen, Flåm, and Gudvangen; Lerwick
in the Shetland Islands (a maiden port); Akureyri, Isafjordhur
(another maiden port), Reykjavik in Iceland; and the Faroe Islands.
A 21-night Iceland, Greenland and Ireland itinerary, departing on
Aug. 6, will visit Nuuk, Ilulissat and Narsarsuaq and Sisimiut
(Greenland) and Cobh (Ireland) for the first time. Early booking
cruise fares begin at $1,895 per person, double occupancy.
Discovery rounds out its 2006 summer season with
cruisetours calling at classic ports throughout the ancient routes
of Western Civilization. On the 12-night Mediterranean Odyssey,
departing Sept. 23, passengers cruise from Livorno to Venice,
calling at Civitavecchia, Naples and Sicily, as well as Cephalonia,
Greece; and Kotor Bay, Dubrovnik; and Split, Croatia. On Adriatic
& Aegean Treasures, departing Oct. 4, passengers retrace the
routes of Greek and Roman mythology on a 14-night cruise from
Venice to Istanbul.
Black Sea Discovery, departing on Oct. 17, takes
passengers around the Black Sea and Turkey to Cyprus. Holy Lands
& Pharaohs, departing Oct. 28, is a 12-night adventure through
Biblical lands, crusaders’ quests and Egyptian legacies from Cyprus
to Aqaba, Jordan, via Israel, Egypt and the Suez Canal. Red Sea
Explorer, departing Nov. 5, is an 11-night itinerary with a focus
North African Treasures a 16-night cruisetour
departing Nov. 12 includes calls at three ports in Libya. Early
booking fares for Mediterranean, Red and Black Sea voyages start at
$2,575 per person, double occupancy.
Discovery World Cruises, headquartered in Fort
Lauderdale, is owned and operated by the United Kingdom-based All