The cruise ship Discovery, 20,216gt, will join the Marco Polo, 22,080gt, in the fleet of Cruise & Maritime Voyages next February after a major refurbishment over the winter.
The Discovery will operate from the UK, sailing from ports such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Harwich. Next year, the company will be increasing its Northern Lights voyages and introduce a number of new cruises.
The Discovery, which was built in 1972, has eight passenger decks and can accommodate 698 passengers. The Discovery will replace the Ocean Countess, 16,795gt, which concluded her 2012 programme with a sailing from Liverpool on Oct 9 on a revised 13-night Canary Islands and Madeira cruise which was to end in Barcelona instead of her returning to Liverpool. Calls at Vigo and Cobh have been replaced by Malaga and Barcelona. This cruise has been renamed a “Celebratory Farewell to the Ocean Countess”.
Of the change, a company spokesman said the Ocean Countess would be handed back to her owners in Greece and “it made sense to route the ship into the Mediterranean.”