No More 'Fun Day' Cruises? South Florida-Based Line to Shutter

July 27, 2011
(12:25 p.m. EDT) -- Discovery Cruise Line, which catered to day-trippers in Fort Lauderdale looking to spend a few hours in the Bahamas, is reportedly shuttering operations in early September.

A spokeswoman for the company told the Miami Herald that it's selling its sole ship -- which includes a buffet, casino and sun deck -- for an undisclosed price, and that the 1,200-passenger Discovery Sun would continue operating in some capacity. She didn't know where or when the ship would resume service after Discovery shuts down its Port Everglades-to-Grand Bahama Island route September 6. We reached out the line, but our call was not returned by press time.

Thus far, the Web site for the line doesn't reflect the line's imminent demise, continuing to proffer Fun Day Cruises (from $79.99) and cruise-and-stay deals (from $139). Still, it should come as no surprise to Discovery followers, which, according to the Herald, had announced previously that the line would be discontinuing its itinerary.

Not to kick a ship when it's down, but Cruise Critic members have not been kind to the vessel in the past. Creichert described Discovery Sun thusly in a 2009 posting on the boards: "It is a ferry -- not a cruise ... and it is old, smelly, dirty, moldy, and just not worth the money. Food is horrible. We were grateful to see Wendy's at 12:15 am after getting off the boat in Ft Lauderdale."

--by John Deiner, Managing Editor

--Photo appears courtesy of Cruise Critic member KINGBOBOFTHENORTH.