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Discovery Cruise Line Wins Prestigious Award

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Discovery Cruise Line Wins Prestigious Award Again

Friday December 3, 10:00 am ET

MIAMI, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Porthole Cruise Magazine announced that for the third consecutive year Discovery Cruise Line, the largest tour operator to Grand Bahama Island from Ft. Lauderdale, has received its 2004 Readers' Choice Award as the "Best One-Day Cruise." Hanns J. Hahn, the General Manager of Discovery, said that "it is indeed an honor to receive this award from such a prestigious publication, and it is even more important to us that it comes from its readers."

Discovery sails daily from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahama Island, departing at 7:45 a.m. and arriving back at the pier at 10 p.m. Each year Discovery carries over 200,000 passengers between the two destinations.

The cruise features all the amenities of a longer cruise in one fun-filled day, including three lavish buffet meals on board, exciting casino action, live entertainment, outdoor games and activities, contests, spacious sun decks, a swimming pool, duty free shopping, and more.

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Maybe the reason that Discovery was first in this category, one-day cruises, is that they are the ONLY one-day cruise operating out of South Florida...

We used to have several, a few years ago, but the market isn't very strong for one-day cruises, since the cost is not a bargain! Discovery charges between $99.00 and $129.00, pp, for the one-day cruise, depending on the season. for this, they give you passage to Grand Bahama (not a great destination...) and three buffet meals. No cabin (locker rooms!).

Now, don't get me wrong. I have sailed on Discovery, and would do so again. It's a great get-away if you only have one day. The food is, surprisingly, good, even though it's buffet-style. the entertainment is mediocre, but acceptable, with the exception of the "island band," which is excellent. great for sitting around the pool.

But, compare this to Imperial Majesty's two-night, three-day cruise to Nassau, for $129.00 to $149.00, pp, which gets you a real cruise. Inside cabin, food around the clock, etc.

Even Carnival's three-night cruise, starting at $249.00, pp, is a bigger bargain..

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