ship began operation in 1972 with Flagship Cruises, under the name
Island Venture. In 1974, she was sold to P&O's Princess Cruises
along with sister ship Sea Venture. The pair were renamed Island
Princess and Pacific Princess, the latter, laid up since 2008 at the
San Giorgio del Porto shipyard in Genoa, Italy, and as of early 2013
apparently destined for scrapping at Aliaga, Turkey. Both appeared
in the 1970s television sitcom The Love Boat, although the Pacific
Princess was the main feature of the show. The Island Princess
operated as part of the Princess fleet until 1999, when she was sold
on to Hyundai Merchant Marine of South Korea. Renamed Hyundai Pungak
her role was to transport South Korean pilgrims to religious sites
in North Korea
After a brief stint as the Platinum, the ship went through a major
refit between 2001 and 2003. Since then, the vessel has been sailing
as Discovery under the care of the cruise company Voyages of
Discovery (part of the All Leisure Group Plc) cruising out of
Harwich and Liverpool in England. Voyages of Discovery sells these
cruises predominately to the British, American, Canadian,
Australian, New Zealand and South African markets.
For the most part Discovery could be found in the Baltic,
Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, and North Africa, in
the months April–September (Spring and Summer in the Northern
Hemisphere), and in South America, Antarctica, the Indian Ocean,
India, and the Mediterranean, in the months October–March (Spring
and Summer in the Southern Hemisphere).
In Feb 2013, for 249 days, the Discovery began sailing for Cruise &
Maritime Voyages following a joint agreement with All Leisure Group,
where both companies will operate the ship.
In 2012/13 the owners of "Discovery" replaced her under their
Voyages of Discovery brand with the refurbished ship, "mv Voyager".
In late October / early November 2014 the ship was taken out of
service by parent company All Leisure Group due to losses in
operating. In mid September, Discovery was sold by All Leisure Group
"as is" for $5 million and her service with Cruise Maritime Voyages
terminated two cruises early. For October she was replaced by
Portuscale Cruises' mv Funchal and in 2015 was replaced by mv
Azores, which is currently being refitted in Lisbon for this future
charter. Discovery departed Bristol, Avonmouth for the final time on
October 9th bound to anchor off Falmouth for a few hours the day
after. Following her brief anchorage off Falmouth, she sailed south
to the Strait of Gibraltar. Upon entering the Mediterranean she was
reported to be renamed "AMEN" and flagged in St. Kitts and Nevis.
She sailed directly towards Port Said and days later transited the
Suez Canal. It is believed she like her sister Pacific (ACIF
demolished in Aliaga in 2013) will be broken up but in Alang India.
Beached in December 2014.