I saw this new story earlier last month about the bankruptcy of a small cruise line called Discovery Cruise Lines. They sailed 1 ship almost every day from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Bahama. It was just a small, ship, a fun time, and a cheap price. Well here is the news article…
Discovery Cruises has reported that it will be ceasing operations on September 6th due to high operating costs and their inability to increase passenger fares based on the economic situation. Passenger tickets were issued as low as $79.00 roundtrip, and the cruise line offered free birthday cruises. The cruise line previously had an all-inclusive alcohol policy that was standard with the $79.00 rate, which they stopped in June.
The Discovery Cruise Line operated daily ferry services from Fort Lauderdale to the Grand Bahaman Islands since 1987. It was a popular way for passengers to take a trip to the Bahamas for short visits, including daily shopping trips. The cruise line also offered the passengers an option of staying at a hotel in the Grand Bahama Island, and returning on a subsequent Discovery cruise.
I will say this is a very sad (small) loss to the cruise industry. I noticed earlier today on the Port Everglades Webcam Facebook page that they had recorded the last departure on video. It can be found HERE. Personally, to me I thought this was one of those “scam cruises” where you win a cruise for free, and then they steal your credit card info., and drain your bank accounts, but that is another line who will not be mentioned, but I can give you a hint in song form, “CELEBRATEion CRUISE LINES C`MON!” I have heard many different stories about this cruise line, and apparently it’s almost 2 faced, with one side actually selling cruise lines, and the other side scamming people. I gotta say though, I would NEVER sail either of these cruise lines. I am used to the major’s and I do not plan on leaving that league ever. I just don’t trust Celebration, and well I can’t sail on Discovery anymore. I don’t mean to offend anyone who has sailed these 2 cruise lines, but if I did you can write me an angry email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will make responding to it my utmost priority. Goodnight everyone, and RIP in Discovery Cruise Lines.