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Please not that appropriate attire is required in the dining room, no tank tops or bathing suits .

  What are the sailing times?
  Daily, (except Wednesdays):
Departure:       Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale       9:30 AM (Gates close 8:00am)
Arrival:            Freeport, Grand Bahama                  1:30 PM
Departure:       Freeport, Grand Bahama                  5:15 PM
Arrival:            Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale       10:30 PM
  Can I sail to the Bahamas and return on a different day?
  Yes, if you already have a place to stay in Grand Bahama then you may book our "cruise transportation" option to depart and return on a different day. If you also need a hotel in Grand Bahama, then we suggest that you book a "Cruise 'N Stay® package".
  What are the directions to Port Everglades?
  Take I-595 East straight into the Port(I-595 becomes Eller Drive once inside the port I-595 runs east / west with connections to the Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood Airport, US-1, I-95, State Road 7 (441), Florida's Turnpike, Saw grass Expressway and I-75
Or
US-1 / Federal Highway At the intersection of State Road 84 / Spangler Blvd. East and US-1 (Federal Highway) turn east into the seaport.
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  I am a U.S. Citizen, what travel documents do I need? Do I need a passport?
  U.S. citizens aged 16 and above, are required to be in possession of a valid passport or passport card when traveling with Discovery to or from the Bahamas. Please note that  passport application receipts will not be accepted for travel.
American citizens 15 years of age and under born in the U.S. require either a valid non-cancelled passport or an original state issued birth certificate (issued by the Department of Health & Vital Statistics). Please note that copies of birth certificates are not acceptable.
American citizens 15 years of age and under born outside the U.S. require either an American valid non-cancelled passport or an original naturalization certificate.
  I am a Canadian Citizen, what travel documents do I need?
  Canadian citizens require a Canadian passport
  I am an Alien resident of the United States, what travel documents do I need?
  U.S. legal alien residents must present their non-expired alien resident card. (U.S. legal alien residents that are Bahamian citizens must also present their Bahamian passport).
  I am not a US Citizen or Resident, what travel documents do I need?
  All other travelers must have valid passports from their country of origin in conjunction with a multiple entry U.S. visa and if necessary a Bahamian visa, (please check with the Bahamian Consulate).
  Is there parking at the pier?
  Covered public parking is located in the vicinity of the cruise terminal for a $15 per day ($18 for oversized vehicles). There is no free public parking in the port.

  How many bags may I bring
  Discovery allows one (1) free piece of checked baggage per adult passenger at maximum weight of 70 lbs per luggage. Second piece will be charged $15, additional pieces $25. Adult passengers are permitted to carry two (2) pieces of conventional hand baggage (purse, briefcase, backpack) Children under the age of 12 are permitted to carry one (1) child backpack onboard. This requirement is valid even if you rented a cabin.

Still have questions? Please see selection of questions below:
 

1.    What do the cabins look like?
2.    May I bring my luggage on board for overnight stays?
3.    May I order a cake for a birthday or anniversary?
4.    May I order wine to be sent to our table or cabin?
5.    What if I change my plans and do not take the cake or wine?
6.    May I reserve a table in the dining room in advance?
7.    May we choose a cabin number now?
8.    Are alcoholic beverages included in the fare?
9.    May we change to our bathing suits in the restrooms? 
10. 
Do your waiters speak English?
11. 
May I use traveler's checks on board ship?
12. 
Do you have an ATM machine on board ship?
13. 
I'm a vegetarian, what do you serve to accommodate me?
14.  Do you use MSG in your food?
15. 
Would I be able to store my insulin on board ship?
16.  May I bring oxygen on board?
17. 
I am a police officer; may I bring my gun on board?
28.  Do you have skeet shooting aboard ship?
19. 
Are there non-smoking areas aboard ship?
20. 
Will I receive a refund if I do not use my deluxe dining ticket?
21. 
Are kosher meals available for sale on board?
22. 
Are there any duty free shops in Freeport?
23. 
Are the shops open in Freeport on Sunday and holidays?
24. 
What type of currency is accepted on the island?
25. 
May I use my cellular phone on board ship?
26. 
What are the seas like or what is the weather today?
27. 
Are wheel chair accessible taxis available to transport us from the ship in Grand Bahama?
28. 
What is my US Customs Duty Free Allowance?
29. 
May I travel with my pet?
30.  May I travel while pregnant?
31.  What is the minimum sailing age?

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1. What do the cabins look like?
 

Our standard cabin has one bed. The superior accommodations offer 2  beds and are larger than the standard. We also have a double-bedded cabin, which is the same size as the superior. Deluxe cabins are the largest of our cabins with the configuration of either two twin beds or a queen size bed and a small sitting area, and a shower. All cabins have private facilities for your comfort and convenience.  BACK TO TOP

2. May I bring my luggage on board for overnight stays?
  All luggage must be checked with the exception of up to two carry-on items such as purses, attaché/brief cases and/or beach bags. Any luggage on wheels including roll-along suitcases must be checked and will be accessible upon arrival in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. No food may be taken onboard, including canned or frozen items  BACK TO TOP
3. May I order a cake for a birthday or anniversary?
 

Cakes may be ordered 48 hours prior to the day of sailing. Cake orders and reservations need to be prepaid in full. The standard cake order is for parties of six or less, at a charge of $10.50 plus $2.50 service charge. Large orders may be accommodated at a charge of $1.75 plus .50 cents per person. Certificates will be issued for presentation in the dining room. All certificates will be held at the pier for pick up. Cake orders are available for buffet or deluxe dining.  BACK TO TOP

4. May I order wine to be sent to our table or cabin?
  Wine may be ordered 48 hours prior to sailing. Both wine orders and reservations must be prepaid. A service charge will be automatically added to your check. There is an additional corkage fee of $2.50 for set up in cabin. Certificates are issued and held at the pier for pick up, to be presented to the wine steward aboard ship.  BACK TO TOP
5. What if I change my plans and do not take the cake or wine?
  Special services are not refundable. We inform passengers of this at the time of booking.  BACK TO TOP
6. May I reserve a table in the dining room in advance?
  Table reservations may be made for deluxe dining only. Reservations are on a first come first served basis.  BACK TO TOP
7. May we choose a cabin number now?
  Cabin numbers are assigned by category upon boarding. Passengers holding cabin reservations and cruise tickets should present themselves to the purser's office upon boarding the ship.  BACK TO TOP
8. Are alcoholic beverages included in the fare?
  No   BACK TO TOP
9. May we change to our bathing suits in the restrooms?
  We do not recommend the changing of clothing in these areas. However, cabins are available for additional comfort with a choice of accommodations. Also, lockers may be rented for the day, which offer public showers and changing rooms.  BACK TO TOP
10. Do your waiters speak English?
  Our onboard staff speaks English and most are bilingual or trilingual.  BACK TO TOP
11. May I use traveler's checks on board ship?
  Traveler's checks may be cashed on board at the purser's desk.  BACK TO TOP
12. Do you have an ATM machine on board ship?
  ATM machines are located in the ship's lobby and Lucaya Casino.  BACK TO TOP
13. I'm a vegetarian, what do you serve to accommodate me?
  You will find a variety of foods at our buffet to your advantage. We serve an assortment of fruit and salads, hot and cold vegetables and pasta dishes.  BACK TO TOP
14. Do you use MSG in your food?
  No, we do not use the additive MSG in our food.  BACK TO TOP
15. Would I be able to store my insulin on board ship?
  Our infirmary on board will assist in storing medication. You may also bring a small hand held cooler to store medication and we will provide you with ice if necessary.  BACK TO TOP
16. May I bring oxygen on board?
  Yes, prior notification needs to be made to our reservations department so that arrangements can be made. PLEASE ALSO NOTE LIQUID OXYGEN IS NOT PERMITTED ON BOARD.  BACK TO TOP
17. I am a police officer; may I bring my gun on board?
  No, weapons are not permitted aboard ship.  BACK TO TOP
18. Do you have skeet shooting aboard ship?
  No, we do not offer skeet shooting; However, there are lots of deck activities for you to enjoy.  BACK TO TOP
19. Are there non-smoking areas aboard ship?
  Yes, we have non-smoking sections in public areas, including The Starlite Showroom. Dining rooms are completely non-smoking.  BACK TO TOP
20. Will I receive a refund if I do not use my deluxe dining ticket?
  Yes, if your deluxe dinner coupon is still attached to your ticket.  BACK TO TOP
21. Are kosher meals available for sale on board?
  Kosher meals and available for dinner and are served in our Grand Bahama Grill dining room for a $25 charge per person. Reservations for kosher meals must be made 72 hours prior to sailing.  BACK TO TOP
22. Are there any duty free shops in Freeport?
  Yes, duty free shopping is available in Freeport and aboard the ship. Full advantage may be taken for passengers who stay over night for 48 hours or longer.  BACK TO TOP
23. Are the shops open in Freeport on Sunday and holidays?
  On holidays some straw market vendors and the gift shop on board the ship are always open. However, the majority of the shops in Freeport are closed on Sundays and holidays.  BACK TO TOP
24. What type of currency is accepted on the island?
  U.S. dollars are accepted by everyone. You will not need to exchange any currency.  BACK TO TOP
25. May I use my cellular phone on board ship?
  Cell phones are generally out of reach after departure, but ,depending upon your service provider, may work in Grand Bahama. For your convenience public satellite phones are available onboard.  BACK TO TOP
26. What are the seas like or what is the weather today?
  We suggest you call the national weather channel or television station for up to date information.  BACK TO TOP
27. Are wheel chair accessible taxis available to transport us from the ship in Grand Bahama?
  Mini Vans are available to transport passengers from the ship in Grand Bahama. However, should you wish to arrange transportation designed to accommodate wheelchairs, we suggest that you arrange this prior by calling Expert Travel at 1-242-351-4004 or experttravel@batelnet.bs  BACK TO TOP
28. What is my US Customs Duty Free Allowance?
  For the latest information, we recommend that you visit the US Customs Website at: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/kbyg/  BACK TO TOP
29. May I travel with my pet?
  Canines and other pets traveling onboard the M/V Discovery Sun will need to have a ticket purchased in order to travel. The charge of the ticket is $49.00 (each way). Seeing-eye dogs will not be charged. Transportation of canine and other pets is always subject to presentation of documentation required  by local and federal authorities in either port, such as: all vaccine certificates must be current. Such certificates are checked prior to boarding by the embarkation supervisor and/or ship management. Except for utility canines (seeing eye dogs, etc.) such animals are to be kept in owner-provided animal kennels or cages at a designated area on the car deck for the duration of the voyage. BACK TO TOP
30.

May I travel when pregnant?

  Guests who are 24 weeks or more into their pregnancy on the date of embarkation will not be allowed to sail. Pregnant women less than 24 weeks must submit, prior to departure, a letter from her attending physician certifying the gestational period and that the expecting mother is fit to sail. BACK TO TOP
31. What is the minimum sailing age?
  Minimum age for sailing is 6 months. This is a company policy which takes into consideration the safety and comfort of the infant as well as the other guests. Discovery understands the legality of this policy and it is not discriminatory and does not violate any applicable laws. Discovery will not make exceptions and does not allow for the signing of waivers or releases to make an exception to the policy. BACK TO TOP

 

 

 

 

 


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