MV Discovery, Past and Present

MV Discovery

Ex Platinum, Hyundai Pungak, Island Princess, Island Venture

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1972 by Rheinstahl Nordseewerke, Emden, Germany (Yard No 414) for Norwegian Cruiseships, Oslo, Norway. 

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $25 million
  • Length on deck: 168.74m
  • Breadth of hull: 24.59m
  • Depth: m
  • Draught: 7.40m
  • Tonnage: 19,907 gross/3,390 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 10-cylinder Fiat geared diesels
  • Power/Propellors: 13,240kW/2
  • Speed: 21.5 knots
  • Capacity: 767 passengers (1971), 600 (1974)710 (2009)
  • Crew: 317/350
  • Passenger Decks: 8
  • IMO Number: 7108514
  • Registry: London, Hamilton
  • Sister Ships: Sea Venture


March 6th 1971: Launched.

November 20th 1971: Trials.

December 14th 1971: Christened in Oslo.

January 4th 1972: Delivered. Cruising between New York and Hamilton under the management of Flagship Cruises.

September 1972: Taken over by Fernley & Eger, Oslo having been previously under the joint ownership of Lorentzen and Fearnly & Eger. Renamed ISLAND PRINCESSCruising from US ports.

© Carsten Dettmer  © Raisuke Numata

© Carsten Dettmer (left) © Raisuke Numata (right)

August 1974: Sold to P & O Line, London. Continued cruising from US ports.

1986: Transferred to Princess Cruises, London.

May 1999: Sold to Hyundai Merchant Marine Co, Panama and renamed HYUNDAI PUNGAK.

2001: Sold to Fiducia Shipping Co. S.A., Panama and renamed PLATINUM.

2002: Renamed DISCOVERY.

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (both)

May 2003: Cruising for Voyages of Discovery.

© Ken Lubi  © Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi (both)

We would like to thank:  Carsten Dettmer, Aleksi Lindström, Ken Lubi and Raisuke Numata for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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