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Replacing Ocean Countess, which returned to its owners Maximus Navigation, the 700-passenger MV Discovery is C&M’s latest acquisition and began sailing in February 2013 after an extensive refurbishment. Like its predecessor, Discovery will offer budget cruising on 5- to 18-night voyages and depart from UK ports of Bristol, Harwich, Hull, Liverpool, and Newcastle. A long list of value-priced itineraries is available highlighting voyages to the Norwegian fjords, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, Baltic capitals, St. Petersburg, the British Isles, and Black Sea, as well as Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Egypt.

Discovery debuted in early 2013, replacing Ocean Countess, when C&M entered into a joint venture with All Leisure Voyages. Passengers can expect a sparkling renovated interior after a multimillion-dollar dry dock and face-lift. The ship's numerous lounges, leisure facilities, restaurants, and entertainment options have been upgraded to add modern touches to her original 1972 shape and interior configuration. Sixteen categories of staterooms and suites cater to all budgets with eight decks of thoughtfully designed creature comforts to please both newcomers and experienced cruisers alike. Blending high-end features that include a full-service spa, modern fitness center, and performance theater.

The Northern Lights itinerary is anticipated to be one of the Discovery's perennial favorites. Russia's remote White Sea counters the Black Sea route for sailings in the autumn months. Staffed with a primarily British and international crew, the new vessel also sails to Oporto, Valencia, and Barcelona for intense tours of the Iberian coast. Her other signature voyages showcase historic destinations in the Baltic and more exotic passages towards Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. Attracting a more mature crowd, expect fellow travelers to be a mix of mostly British, Americans, Canadians, and Europeans.

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