19 April 2014

Discovery in Helsinki, 9 July 2013


IMO 7108514
Previous names: Island Venture, Island Princess, Hyundai Pungak, Platinum
Built 1972, Rheinstahl Nordseewerke Emden, West Germany
Tonnage 21 186 GT
Length 168,74 m
Width 24,64 m
Draugth 7,49 m
796 passengers
4 Fiat diesels, combined 13 240 kW
2 controllable pitch propellers
1 bow thruster
Speed 18 knots

Ah, the Discovery. For a history of the ship, see the first entry on her. Since that entry was penned, the ship has spent most of her time sailing under charter to Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), as also seen on the photos here. Earlier this year the Discovery's owners, All Leisure Group, stated that they would be selling the ship. To whom still remains to be seen. CMV, who have expanded their operations recently with the acquisition of Transocean Cruises, might be interested... although it should be kept in mind that the Discovery is over 40 years old, and as such definately nearing the end of her usable lifespan. Having appeared in The Love Boat will, unfortunately, not change that.

The photographs below show the Discovery departing Helsinki in the afternoon of 9 July 2013, photographed from Kustaanmiekka. Click on the images to see them in larger size.

The Discovery together with JT Line's little Suomenlinna ferry Chapman.
A bit of a boring photo, but the attractive ship makes up for the lack of photo knick-knacks.
Next time: The Silja Symphony.

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