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Voyager
  • Flagship Voyager explores exotic destinations
  • Cruisetours, voyages with land stays last 10 to 48 nights
  • Well-travelled clientele
  • Modern amenities include a pool, hot tubs, small spa and Internet center
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Onboard

Voyager features:

Scott's Lounge: a classic piano bar serving cocktails into the evening

Lookout Lounge: providing panoramic views from the front of the ship.

A new terrace: with all-weather awning added to the Veranda Restaurant to allow guests to dine al fresco style.

Digital media players: allowing guests in all cabins to access and view a large selection of films, classical concerts and documentaries.


About Voyages of Discovery

Voyages of Discovery (previously Discovery World Cruises) was created in 2003 by cruise veteran Gerry Herrod -- a well-known figure in the cruise world who formerly served as chairman of Orient Lines, Ocean Line Cruises and Pearl Cruises. The line seeks to serve a "soft adventure" niche for travellers who not only crave adventure but also love the comforts and amenities of traditional cruising aboard a classic ship. Herrod began the new enterprise after Orient Lines and its ship, Marco Polo, was sold to Norwegian Cruise Lines. (Editor's note: Marco Polo is now operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages).

The cruise line is owned by U.K.-based All Leisure Group, which is also the holding company of Swan Hellenic and Discover Egypt, the chairman of which is Roger Allard. In early 2009, All Leisure acquired Hebridean Island Cruises. In December 2012, it acquired Voyager, which replaced its previous ship Discovery, which went to Cruise & Maritime Voyages.


Voyages of Discovery Fleet

The company's sole ship, Voyager, joined the fleet in December, 2012.

The former Alexander von Humboldt went through a multimillion pound refurbishment, which included major technical upgrades as well as more balcony cabins (30 in total), before being christened in Portsmouth on December 4, 2012.

The 15,721-ton, 540-passenger Voyager, like the ship it replaced, Discovery, is able to access remote, out-of-the-way ports essential for the Voyages of Discovery destination-led cruise offering. The line has also introduced an explorer theme to the whole ship. It has 270 cabins, 87 per cent of which are outside cabins. Open seating is available for dining in two restaurants, plus an intimate prebookable specialty restaurant, The Explorer Club.

The ship was built in 1990 and previous owners were (in reverse order): Club Cruise, Casino ship (based Hong Kong) and Cunard.


Fellow Passengers

Voyager attracts a well-travelled, slightly older-then-average group who care more about interesting destinations and educational talks than lavish facilities. On our 2007 Antarctic cruise, which a spokeswoman for the line said was typical of winter cruises, more than a third of the passengers were British, a third were from the U.S. or Canada, 20 percent were Australian or New Zealanders, and five percent were part of a Japanese tour group. She added that summer cruises tended to be about 60 percent Brits with the remaining balance Anglophones from other hemispheres. According to the cruise line, 30 to 40 percent of passengers aboard are likely to have sailed with the line before.

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Voyages of Discovery Member Reviews

53% Loved It

This cruise was very disappointing. The ports of call were mostly very interesting but the crew were totally unhelpful to the independent ... Read more

by scotpal

Our week on board the 36 cabin Megayacht Variety Voyager started and ended in Salerno, Italy, and included several South Italy, Sicily and Malta ... Read more

by malvinaki

Variety Voyager was advertised as a 'luxury' vessel. It isn't. We did two cruises on this small ship - Venice to Athens and Athens to Istanbul in ... Read more

by Blueberry1

Have recently been on the Voyages of Discovery ship Voyager around the Baltic. As a first time cruiser and a solo traveller I was not sure what to ... Read more

by Karl New Cruiser

Voyages of Discovery - Voyager Cruise 2014

The cruise, ship and staff on board were fabulous - but the administration/information related ... Read more

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