|DISCOVERY (20,216grt / 1971) arrived on the Mersey on Sunday afternoon April 28, 2013 after a short cruise from Avonmouth. This marks the ship's maiden turn around call at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal. Her previous visit was on June 26, 2010. Owned by the UK based company Voyages of Discovery - part of the All Leisure Group which also operate Hebridean Princess. She is operated by V Ships Leisure and is currently on charter to Cruise and Maritime Voyages, replacing that CMV's OCEAN COUNTESS whose charter was ended in autumn 2013. DISCOVERY departed on Sunday evening on a round Britain itinerary calling at Kirkwall, Invergordon, Honfleur, St. Helier, St. Mary's and Falmouth returning to Liverpool on May 07, 2013.|
DISCOVERY was constructed in 1971 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.
The photographs below were taken from the Wirral shore at New Brighton, Seacombe and at Liverpool. With on river shots by Peter Challis from the ROYAL IRIS.