Discovery Extends Its Annual Offer of Free Cruises to Military Personnel Nationwide

MIAMI, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ — For the past few years, Discovery Cruise Line has offered a special program for Florida residents serving in the military overseas. To thank them for their service, Discovery and its participating media partners are offering those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan at any time during 2005 a free Discovery day cruise to Grand Bahama Island.

This year, however, Discovery is expanding the program to include ALL military personnel, not just to those who are residents of Florida.

Hanns J. Hahn, General Manager of Discovery, said, “We launched this program two years ago and it was so popular that we decided to extend it nationwide to include all such personnel wherever they live. Previously, the program was limited to Florida residents. We found that it is a great morale booster and getting a holiday card has meant a lot to our troops.”

The offer, which is valid until December 31, 2007, is for a free roundtrip cruise to Grand Bahama, including the cost of all meals on board, all service charges, taxes and Bahamian departure fees. There are no additional costs involved.

To register a family member, friend or loved one for the free cruise, simply register that person’s name online and Discovery will mail a receipt and a holiday card for them to pass on to the service man or woman. The receipt will entitle the person to his or her complimentary Discovery cruise. The receipt should be presented at the pier at the time of sailing, together with a Military ID and a letter from their unit confirming the places of service during 2005. Advanced reservations are required.

Discovery sails daily from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahama Island, departing at 7:45 am and arriving back at the pier at 10 pm. Each year Discovery carries over 200,000 passengers between the two destinations.

The cruise features all the amenities of a longer cruise in one fun-filled day, including three lavish buffet meals on board, exciting casino action, live entertainment, outdoor games and activities, contests, spacious sun decks, a swimming pool, duty free shopping and more.

For more information about this offer, please e-mail , and for reservations, call 1-800-93-SHIPS or visit Discovery’s web site at .

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