Discovery Cruise Line revamps fares to include food

Discovery Cruise Line, which operates same day, roundtrip cruises from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale to Grand Bahama Island, has abandoned its coach fares and restructured its three existing fare categories to include food in the ticket prices.

The line's previous coach fare was a ticket-only price, "but there was overwhelming demand by the public for the return to the inclusion of food in the ticket prices. Excellent food is something that Discovery has been known for during its 20 years of operation," according to Hanns Hahn, general manager.

Under the new structure, which takes effect Oct. 17, the $99 roundtrip fare (same-day return) includes three all-you-can-eat buffet meals on the cruise as well as a tropical drink and match play at the Isle of Capri Casino on Grand Bahama.

An upgrade to the Grand Bahama Grill level, for $29 more, includes a champagne breakfast and a seven-course dinner in the a la carte restaurant onboard. The champagne breakfast is available by itself for $7.

Discovery Plus service, offered with Cruise 'N Stay resort packages, includes priority embarkation and debarkation, use of a private lounge on board, island transfers, a champagne breakfast, a buffet lunch en route to Grand Bahama and a gourmet dinner in the Grand Bahama Grill on the return cruise. This fare is priced at $49 in addition to the cruise.

Cruise fares are slightly higher on weekends and holidays. Additional fees and surcharges include a $39 per person Bahamas departure and harbor fee and fuel surcharge ($26 for kids under 6) plus a $10 security surcharge and U.S. Customs and Border Protection user fee.

Onboard amenities include a Las Vegas rules-style casino, entertainment, games, a show, a disco and a Kids' Club.

Discovery departs daily from Fort Lauderdale at 7:45 a.m.; the return trip leaves Grand Bahama at 4:45 p.m. The trip takes roughly five hours each way. The line offers stayover vacation packages at six resorts on Grand Bahama as well.

For details, visit www.discoverycruiseline.com.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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