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Discovery Departs Liverpool in Search of The Northern Lights

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2014

DISCOVERY (20,216grt / 1971) was constructed by Rheinstahl Nordseewerke, Emden, Germany as the ISLAND VENTURER for Norwegian Cruise Ships. She was chartered to Princess Cruises in 1972 and renamed her ISLAND PRINCESS. On acquisition of Princess Cruises by P&O in 1974 she passed to Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company. She was sold to Ringcroft investmets in 1999 and renamed HYUNDAI PUNGAK for a charter to Hyundai Marine for cruises from South Korea. She became the PLATINUM in 2001 after sale to Orient Lines and was renamed DISCOVERY in 2002 operating for Gerry Herrod under the Voyages of Discovery brand. In 2004 Herrod retired and Voyages of Discovery became part of the All Leisure Group. She is currently operating under charter to Cruise and Maritime Voyages, however, her 2014 season is expected to be her last as in February 2014 All Leisure confirmed that "the loss making MV Discovery will be disposed of at the end of this summer." All Leisure hope that disposal of DISCOVERY will benefit the company's trading position with the elimination of the ship's trading losses which are in the region of 4m per annum.

DISCOVERY is seen here departing Liverpool at the start of the 2014 Cruise Season at Liverpool Cruise Terminal shortly after 17:00 on March 11, 2014 on  the "Land of The Northern Lights" cruise to Norway calling at Lerwick, Alesund, Alta, Honningsvaag, Tromso, Narvik, Bodo, Svartisen Glacier, Andalsnes, Bergen and terminating at Hull on March 26.


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