The Great Liners (Episode 24)


A Voyage of Maritime Memories to South America

We have had so many requests to produce this programme, so now join us aboard the good ship ‘Discovery’ as we embark on a unique voyage of Maritime Memories.

Built in 1972 and formerly the ‘Island Princess’, the 20,000 gt ‘Discovery’ with her traditional design and wide-open decks is the perfect ship for those wonderful voyages, so come and join us as we hoist the old shipping company house-flags and set sail from Lisbon on a December nigh, bound for the fascinating ports of call both en-route and in South America.

One of the differences between one of these voyages and a normal modern day cruise, is that we all very much part of the ship and it really is just like being back at sea again, just like it was during the golden days when ships really looked like ships. ‘Discovery’s’ Captain Derek Kemp, ex Ellerman Lines, – well no-one’s perfect! plays a huge role in making these unique voyages such a great success and is only too pleased to invite us to join him on the bridge as we once again enjoy the wonders of the open seas and sail in and out of the ports of the world.

Of course, having a ship full of ex seafarers and ship lovers does mean that there is a lot of Swinging the old lamp, and partying going on as people recall their own very special stories of days at sea.

I wish you could have actually been one of the 600 passengers abroad ‘Discovery’ on this most memorable voyage, but at least you can play this, pour a little drink or two and join us as we lucky ones sail beneath warm, starry skies, enjoying the company of special people and listening to the gently sounds of the passing sea. (Perhaps you could be with us next time?)

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