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Discovery for Families

53% of cruisers loved it
Why Go?
  • Sister to the original "Love Boat"
  • Passenger capacity limits: 800-guest ship is never full
  • Regionally focused enrichment lectures
  • Explores exotic destinations
  • Underwent a superb refit in 2003
  • Modern comforts and amenities
  • Passengers are mature and well-traveled

Discovery Family
This was the easiest category to rate because the company's written policy is direct and unambiguous: "There are no recreational facilities for children aboard the MV Discovery, and reservations for those under eleven are not advised." The interesting itineraries and varied activities present an opportunity for an out-of-the-ordinary multigenerational bonding experience for adult family groups -- if the younger members have time for the longer-than-average voyages -- but this definitely did not seem to be a crowd that would appreciate the presence of O.P.K. (other people's kids) acting their ages.

We did get an opportunity to talk with 12-year-old Ryan and his father. Ryan was one of the few young passengers on the voyage, and while he assured us (none too convincingly) that the lectures were "alright," it was evident he really did enjoy the Antarctic Zodiac and shore excursions. He was particularly well behaved and unobtrusive around the adults on the voyage. ("He's an only child," his dad told us), but I had to wonder if he felt an isolation these two weeks that had nothing to do with the remoteness of the continent we were visiting.


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Discovery Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
3.0
3.8
Public Rooms
4.0
3.8
Cabins
3.0
3.5
Entertainment
3.0
3.5
Spa & Fitness
2.0
3.1
Family & Children
1.0
0.0
Shore Excursions
5.0
3.9
Enrichment
5.5
NA
Service
2.0
4.2
Value-for-Money
5.0
3.4
Rates
3.0
3.4

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Ship Stats
Crew: 364
Launched: 1971/2003
Decks: 8
Tonnage: 20,216
Passengers: 650
Registry: Bermuda
CDC Score: 89
 
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