Discovery announces hurricane policy

Discovery Cruise Line, the largest tour operator from South Florida to Grand Bahama Island, announced its hurricane policy for this year’s hurricane season. Hanns J. Hahn, the General Manager of Discovery, said that “the active hurricane seasons of the past two years make it important to assure those who have booked cruises, or who want to book cruises, that they will not lose their deposits in the event of cancellations caused by approaching hurricanes. In addition,” Hahn said, “Discovery offers travel insurance at a very reasonable cost covering vacation disruptions, lost luggage, and medical emergencies.”

The policy provides that “In the event of a hurricane watch or warning being posted by the National Hurricane Center for Southeast Florida or the Northern Bahamas during the time of your travel, you may cancel or rebook your trip without penalty.” It further says that “Any passengers vacationing on the island during the posting of a hurricane watch or warning who may wish to return from the island earlier than originally booked are welcome to do so without penalty (based on space availability).”

Discovery sails daily from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale to Grand Bahama Island, departing at 7:45 am and returning at 10 pm. Discovery offers same day roundtrip cruises as well as cruise and stay vacation packages at most of the island’s hotels, including Westin and Sheraton at Our Lucaya, Viva Wyndham Fortuna, Port Lucaya Resort and Yacht Club and Pelican Bay at Lucaya, among others.

Except for the all-inclusive Wyndham resort, kids under 6 cruise and stay free at their Bahamas resort and kids under 12 pay only $49 for the cruise and stay free at their Bahamas resort. And, teens under 17 pay only $89.99 for the roundtrip cruise. The cruise prices do not include a $25 per person Bahamian Departure Fee and fuel surcharge or a $10 per person security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Fee.

Discovery has been named the “Best One-Day Cruise” by readers of Porthole Magazine, and has carried over 4 million passengers between the two destinations.