Discovery Cruise Line Carries 4 Millionth Person to Grand Bahama and Begins Celebratory Campaign

Miami, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Discovery Cruise Line, the largest tour operator to Grand Bahama Island, announced that on January 28, 2005 the cruise line recognized the four millionth person it has carried between Fort Lauderdale and the island destination.

The lucky person, actually a couple, was Mr. and Mrs. Roger Forget from Sunrise, Florida. To celebrate the event, Discovery refunded the winners’ cruise and stay vacation cost, including the cruise and their accommodations at The Westin Beach & Golf Resort at Our Lucaya. In addition, the couple was awarded a certificate entitling them to cruise free on Discovery every year for the rest of their lives. The certificate also includes seven-course dining in Discovery’s award-winning Grand Bahama Grill. Upon their arrival in Grand Bahama, the Forgets were introduced to the Minister of Tourism of The Bahamas, The Honourable Obediah H. Wilchombe, at the conclusion of the National Tourism Conference.

The recognition of the four-millionth passenger also triggered the start of a new advertising campaign by Discovery, which offers passengers traveling now through August 15, 2005, a discount of $40 per couple off the regular published rate for Cruise ‘N Stay Vacation Packages for travel between August 16, 2005 and January 31, 2006. In addition, each passenger will receive a commemorative beaded necklace affixed with a tag that reads “4 Million Passengers and Counting.” Select retailers on the island are offering people wearing the necklace a gift-with-purchase at their stores on island. The promotion is currently under way and expires August 15, 2005.

According to Hanns J. Hahn, the General Manager of Discovery, “Carrying over four million people between Ft. Lauderdale and Grand Bahama is a significant accomplishment and speaks volumes about our service, food and reliability, but it pales in comparison to the economic benefit these visitors have bestowed on the islands and its people.” Using government statistics on the average spend per visitor, Mr. Hahn estimates “that this daily service to Grand Bahama has contributed over $2 billion to the Bahamian economy since Discovery started operations seventeen years ago. And,” he said, “we plan to continue Discovery’s business for many years to come, thereby increasing the economic benefit to the island every year, and indeed every month.”

Discovery has not only been the most reliable means of transportation and hotel bookings to the islands over the years, but it has been a true partner and friend to the residents of Grand Bahama, bringing millions of dollars of water, food and supplies to its population in times of need, as evidenced by its immediate assistance to the island following the hurricanes that ravished the island in 2004.

Discovery sails daily from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahama Island and offers Fun Day Cruises and Cruise ‘N Stay Vacation Packages to most resorts on Grand Bahama, including Westin, Sheraton, Wyndham, Best Western and Pelican Bay at Lucaya.

Discovery passengers enjoy all the amenities of a traditional cruise in one fun-filled day, including lavish breakfast and lunch buffet meals on the cruise to the island. Discovery departs early morning and arrives in the afternoon so passengers can enjoy the rest of the day on Grand Bahama. On the day of the return they can enjoy a full morning and early afternoon on the island before boarding for the return cruise where they will be treated to a lavish buffet dinner, a Las Vegas-style casino, entertainment, shows, and more.

Visit http://www.discoverycruiseline.com/ for details or call one of Discovery’s vacation specialists at 1-800-866-8687. Ship’s registry Bahamas.

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