Posted March 3rd, 2013, 07:13 AM
We too were on the Discovery for the last two days. We experienced dirty bed linen, cold water, poor drainage in the toilets as well as the experiences already quoted. For those who know the old Belgian airline, SABENA. You may know what my feelings are from its other quoted meaning of the letters that make up the word. For those that don't; Such a B Experience NEVER again. As for the 40% off another cruise with C&M I didn't speak to anyone who was willing to take up such an offer after their experience. When I spoke personally to the Cabin Services Director at 6:20 on the Friday he told me that the inspectors were still checking out the ship and it was likely that we would miss the Stavanger port of call. As it turned out we missed them all. He also hinted at problems with safety checks and as the bridge had been calling life boat personnel all afternoon my suspicion is that it had something to do with them. I had previously looked at the boats and I have to say it looked like they had not been moved for years.
There was a good side though. The food was good and served well and the entertainment first class. what we saw of it. However, anyone booked on the trip for March 15th I would advise that you cancel it. The ship is tatty and obviously now not sea worthy after it's safety review.
My wife & I were booked on this cruise. We arrived at Avonmouth on 28th only to fine that car parking was at Avonmouth but Discovery was at Portland. Various rumours circulated indicating possible problems with the refit in Genoa not being completed in time and bad weather in the bay of Biscay. Passengers were transferred by coach to Portland where we joined the ship at 2030hrs after a very long days travelling. The crew were loading all the ships stores throughout the night and into the following day. Many more rumours now circulating and speculation that the ship would leave Portland and make up time by sailing up the channel and North Sea. A news sheet was issued on Thursday night stating the itinerary would remain unaltered and the ship would reach Stavanger on the following Sunday. Lack of information from ships senior crew all through Friday with official announcements being promised at various times but not being made.Finally at 2000hrs the Captain made an announcement that the cruise had been cancelled due to technical problems. A statement has been posted on the C & M website.
As far as I know the ship is still scheduled for the next cruise but I would suggest you contact C & M or your travel agent to confirm. We spent about 40 hours aboard in Portland before disembarkation. During that time I walked around the ship and saw several areas where work had not been completed but I have no ide of the full extent of the work required as no indication of this has been made official as far as I am aware.
This was to be our first cruise but we are trying to remain positive and have talked about another as my wife has always wanted the chance to see the Northern Lights.
I wish you well for your cruise and look forward to reading your comments on your return.