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.
First, just to be accurate, the site doesn't allow selection of our cruise, which was Portugal, Spain and Morocco, and it doesn't allow selection of our embarkation port, Avonmouth. Please also note that I couldn't select two of our ports ...
With relief we found Discovery waiting for us at Bristol Avonmouth (last time we turned up she was at Weymouth - another story entirely!)
We were off to the Azores and Madeira via Spain and Portugal. It's a long way and we had to cross ...
Our first cruise to Norway was 50 years ago and our recent voyage to Shetland & Norway aboard Discovery was our sixth cruise, so we are neither novices nor frequent cruisers.
We were aware of the vessel's age and some comments about ...
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