Enjoy the amenities of a longer cruise in one fun-filled day as well as visit the Grand Bahama island. This cruise includes ... More
Discovery Cruise Line
Enjoy the amenities of a longer cruise in one fun-filled day as well as visit the Grand Bahama island. This cruise includes all-you-can-eat breakfast and dinner buffets, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, spacious sundecks, entertainment, games, bars, clubs, video arcade, dancing, live music, slot machines, shopping, casino with live table games, and more. The cruise leaves Port Everglades at 10:00am, leaves Grand Bahama at 6:00pm, returns at 10:30pm.
This was is my third trip with Discovery cruise. I am from Croatia.Every time we were 5-6 days in Bahamas.You must know that one day travel facilities are not worth it, because you'll mostly be on board.
For me the price is good and stay in hotels that offer at least a few days.
We were looking forward to visit Bahamas and an all inclusive cruise. As the others here have written - drinks are not included!!! You get coffee or juice to the breakfast and dinner, and nothing else...
We were also unlucky with bad weather, so we couldn´t enjoy the decks! We ended up playing poker and other casinogames... It was nothing else to do than drink or play casinogames! When we came to Bahamas it was only two hours until the boat left again, so we didn´t see much! I can´t say I feel like I´ve been to the Bahamas... just on a boring and terrible cruise (water leeking from the seeling...), a really ugly port (with containers all over) and a white beach...
I don´t think I would recomend this to any of my friends... But maybe things would have been better if the weather was nice!? But still - it´s NOT all included!!!
I’m writing to express my strong dissatisfaction about a cruise package we bought at the travel agency located at Wyndham Royal Vista Hotel and Discovery Cruise Line.
After seeing and ad offering a cruise to Bahamas for $ 99,99, On June 15th, I purchased an all-inclusive package to go to Bahamas for the day but at $ 170 p/p because the travel agent said that it included food and drinks. However, when we arrived at the port, the Discovery Cruise Line agent gave us a white paper saying that as of June 14th drinks and food were not included (?), so we had to pay for every single drink on the ship. In addition, at the hotel we thought we had paid for the package because we gave our credit card to the agency, including security code number, and we were given a voucher with all the information regarding the tour (names, date, price, tax), but again, when we arrived at the port we had to pay since they didn’t have any information regarding the payment. In that situation, I tried to look for an explanation, nevertheless the Discovery Cruise Line personnel were very rude and impolite and we had to board the ship in a flash.
I’m writing to draw your attention to this problem to avoid other people suffer for this uncomfortable situation again.
The receptionist at the ship said to me that this situation is frequent when people buy at travel agencies and she suggested we had to buy the package at the cruise line web site.
I read a ton of horrible reviews about this cruise and decided to try it anyways. Let me tell you something, I will never recommend this trip to anyone because you should wake up too early in the morning, spend almost 8 hours on board in an old and so dirty ship just to stay a couple of hours on the beach on the island. Also the smell in certain parts of the ship was horrible. The other reviews you may read about the smell are true! It’s a mixture of mildew and possibly rotten food. If anyone wants to find out what hell is like, just go on a Discovery Cruise Line Ship. Definitely it was a bad deal.
I hope this review would be useful and valuable for you.
Please note if you are looking for a good time and a few hours in the Bahamas; don't take this cruise. Now I know what happens to ships that are retired. They end up being a ferry for the Miami to Bahamas cruise.
Although the ship left promptly on time from Miami and arrived at the expected time, we only had 2 hours and 15 minutes to spend in the Bahamas. Why?, supposedly waiting on Customs. We were led to believe ithat we would have 4 hours on land. Breakfast was mediocre, but dinner was great. Entertainment was mediocre also. But I will say this, they may have had more participants for the games and etc., if everyone wasn't trying to stay warm. Besides halls and cabins smelling rank with old age or a gasoline odor and other smells - the ship was cold. The Starlight room and other areas were freezing. We survived during the day because we were able to sun ourselves outside on deck; but once it began to get dark, it was a wrap. We froze. The only area that was tolerable was the movie theater. After the movie was over, the lights were turned on; it found passengers huddled up in blankets or what-have-you, sleeping away. I am still wondering who watched the movie or for that matter, do we know what was playing? I bet not many people knew. That's another thing, it would have been great if lockers were supplied so passengers would not look like a bunch of homeless persons holding on to all their belongings, while they were trying to catch some sun and shut-eye. Please refund our monies back.
Ship is up for sale. No wonder they are going out of business. WORST DAY OF MY VACATION There is nothing I can say good about my return experience. Gate closes at 4 PM Sharp, BULL, leaves port at 5:15 BULL. At 5:05 we were watching as taxi's pulled up loaded with people running late. Gate wasn't closed at 4 and people were late becasue they had to stop and get food to bring on board (so much for the NO FOOD & BEVERAGE PAST THIS POINT. We were late getting out and there was NO BOTTLED WATER on board. None of the bars or snack shops or gift shop had bottled water. They would give you a small glass of pink tinted water if you asked. Unbelievable. Why have rules if no one has to abide by them. Most of the people that were late were the day trippers. Last on, first off. Wonder why that is the case. WOULD NEVER use the Discovery again and I highly recommend that you don't either.
What a joke, food isn't very good, ship is not nice in any way and smells very bad, activities are terrible, excursions is a joke (you get 2 hours at most off the ship). Then just as your expectations couldn't get any lower, debording back into the US. Imaging 250 anger and upset people waiting in a smelly cramped room waiting for hours. I would highly recommend this trip to all the people I like the least. I WOULD NEVER DO THIS TRIP AGAIN!!!!!!
If you're looking for a Royal Carribean or Carnival Cruise experience, Discovery is NOT for you lol :-) I read reviews before I went and was a little nervous, most were far fetched and few were true. I don’t think some of them realized, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! You’re not going to receive 5 star services for $99. I'm here to share my experience, the good and the bad.
We departed 4/17. Myself and 2 children. I purchased the cruise and stay package, 2 nights at the all inclusive Viva Wyndham in Grand Bahama Island for a total $955,this included of course the round trip cruise on Discovery and a cabin both ways, all visa fees and to/from shuttle service from the resort in the Bahamas. Amazing, amazing price for what was included (I'll mention below). We arrived at 7am, going through security was a breesze, the check-in was confusing but we had a staff member assigned to us to help us, he was the epitome of a great customer service employee should be, all of the staff was so helpful and nice. I will tell you this - **people who bought the cruise and stay package received VIP service.**
Once of the ship, we were shown to our cabin (only $50 both ways) and then we went to a breakfast buffet. Pretty good just your basic eggs, bacon, sausage, cereal etc...The boat left at exactly 8am as advertised. The ship is older, so expact the fixtures and furniture to make you feel like it's 1976 :-) We laid out by the pool which doesn't get filled until 15 miles off the coast - fyi. We went to the top deck for "entertainment", which consisted of one limbo contest and it kind of died out after that. They played reggae, soca, salsa - cool music to get you in the mood for the islands.
Drinks as you know are all inclusive - they weren't watered down or too strong, they were good. I liked the strawberry margarita! Food for purchase was okay, moderately priced. We watch a movie onboardm here'sthe kicker: It was advertised in the theater at 10am. We're there at 10 however there was no movie - just staff members asleep in the darkly lite room in the theater chairs. Apparently the movie was relocated to a lounge which was very nice - we viewed "Tangled", in the lounge with nice flat screen televisions. Afterwards we went to our cabin. It was small but had a bathroom and was clean. My only major complaint was the smell in certain parts of the ship! The other reviews you may read about the smell are true! It’s a mixture of mildew and possibly rotten food. The cabins especially reaked of it! We also spent some time in the VIP lounge which consists of couch seating areas, a plethora of lifestyle magazines – if you’re into Life & Style and US like me! Also a large flat screen television. A staff member escorted the cruise and staff folks off, helped us through security and filling out paperwork and then to our shuttle.
On the day of departure 4/19 – our shuttle that took us back to the boat was a bit late. Once we arrive at the cruise port = again the guys on the boat were right there to help us get checked again. As I mentioned earlier because of the package I purchased, we were able to skip allllllllllllllllll of the other passengers which was a lot and board the ship first! The boat was about 20 minutes or so late departing. The dining experience was great. Instead of the dinning buffet apparently I made reservations for the dining room and forgot. Nice formal dining setting – food was good, service was great.
Debarking was a breeze; taxis were out front to take you to your destination. If you’re looking to go on a “cruise” Carnival has good rates this time of year. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to airfare to your Bahamian destination and would like to have some fun and have time to kill for 4 hours, DISCOVERY CRUISE LINE IS FOR YOU!!! Look at it as a ferry to your final destination! I hope my review is helpful!!
I read a ton of horrible reviews about this cruise and decided to try it anyways. I am very happy i did. No lie the ship is older but was very clean and maintaned. The crew was very nice and the food was excellent. As for the drinks........ they did not short you at all. My only complaint was that somtimes the drinks were a little strong(even though thats really not a complaint). If you expect a big brand new luxery cruise liner you will be disappointed. But for 99$ to the bahamas and back and food and drinks it is the best deal you can get. I can honestly say i love this ship and want to return to take another cruise on it soon.
I find the reviews funny from people who think they are going on a cruise ship. What do you think you are going to get for $100? A Princess cruise with a waterslide and shows? The Discovery is like going on a bus, but bigger with food and drinks. Getting through customs is a hassle, but they have no control over that. We took it for a 3 day trip to Freeport. The staff was friendly, the food was "okay." At least the drinks weren't watered down like at our resort! I would think for a sameday roundtrip, I wouldn't enjoy it... But if you think of it as what it is, a ferry, you won't have a problem...
I'm trying to plan my 40th birthday and was trying to plan an innovative vacation....Now, it's surely a NO go for Discovery Cruises..I knew something was wrong when it did not have a big picture of the ship.I'm so grateful that i'm doing all the research to make my Bday special. Thanks to all that spared me the pain..LOL
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