We joined MV DISCOVERY late in the cruise program due to air transport delays with the now famous Iceland ash cloud. Having said that, part of of our positive experience was how well the cruise line treated us whilst being held by Euro air traffic control in UK for a week.
The line arranged for us to stay in a four star waterfront hotel in Brighton, provided all meal reimbursements and arranged for us to have day tours to historic areas of Kent, Sussex and the Royal Dockyards at Portsmouth.
Well done !
DISCOVERY is an outstanding alternative to the " Lady Gaga" style of large cruise ships with their all-night discos, climbing walls and passenger groups that look more like refugees at Heathrow than world travelers.
MV DISCOVERY is a more genteel world of older, middle class Brits who value the excellent lecture series and interesting port calls. The ship itself is in the classic " liner" tradition - wide decks and great interior spaces. No balconies, children's areas or other condominium like features !
While the on-board food will never win any awards, it is substantial and available 24/7. The service staff are terrific and eager to please -- a major plus in the mega liner era when cafeteria like service rules the waves. ( See the Queen Mary Two for details on how not to serve passengers !)
Perhaps the most outstanding feature of our cruise north from the Levant into the Black Sea were the lecture series by top UK historians and commentators.
Military analysts and BBC speakers added much context to our shore side visits to Crimea war sites, Gallipoli and former Soviet Black Sea military installations at Sevastopol.
The DISCOVERY lecture series is as good as it gets - 5 Stars !
Community Manager's Note: 'This review was written when the ship sailed for Voyages of Discovery. As of February 2013, it is now sailing under the Cruises & Maritime banner"