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seven-day cruise ship departs once a week, with a single group of passengers generating one set of paperwork, laundry, programming schedule, dirty dishes, etc. On the other hand, Discovery I, the sole ship of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Discovery Cruise Line, sails 11 times weekly. That means 11 different passenger groups -- to book, ticket, embark, entertain, serve, feed, clean up after and generally cater to, with fresh linens, sparkling cutlery, starched uniforms, bright smiles, and a sunny Caribbean attitude. "It's our philosophy that no matter how big the job it's a piece of cake," said Martin Salzedo, who wears two Discovery hats -- that of president/CEO as well as vice president of operations.
 Departing from Port Everglades, the second largest cruise port in the United States, Discovery I currently accounts for an unbelievable 48 percent of the port's cruise traffic. To sail every day of the week, with two cruises on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, takes a shipboard crew of 465 and shoreside staff of 144, doing everything a seven-day crew and staff does, only 11 times more efficiently and professionally. It's a job that requires around-the-clock attention to detail. "I live with a beeper on my belt, a telephone in my car and portable phone in my hand in order to remain in constant communication with ship and office," said Salzedo, who stays on top of sales, administration, operations, maintenance, accounting and customer service at all times.
 Since its inception, Discovery has carried more than 1.5 million passengers, far outdistancing the passenger count of any other single cruise ship in the industry. To accomplish this, while most other cruise lines book passengers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Discovery's reservations office is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. With state- of-the-art equipment, reservation agents handle approximately 150 calls a day, booking a maximum of 13,200 passengers weekly as compared to the largest seven-day cruise ship, which has a passenger capacity of only 2,500. This volume of traffic generates a similar volume of paperwork, processing credit card payments, agency bookings and travel agent commissions.
 Discovery I takes on fresh water, linens and food daily, including 18,000 lbs. of meat, 36,000 lbs. of fruits and vegetables, 14,000 lbs. of fish and seafood, 7,000 lbs. of bread, and almost 14,500 lbs. of desserts and pastries. The ship, which refuels every three days, is serviced and maintained on a 24-hour basis, with stewards and deck hands that have the capacity to clean 300 crew and passenger cabins, 21 public bathrooms, seven lounges, three dining rooms, and six decks in as little as two hours. The nonstop challenge of keeping the ship in continual service requires that crew members live on board and work in shifts around the clock.
 Like any cruise line, Discovery's shipboard staff oversees the following departments and areas of responsibility: decks, engine room, medical department, radio/communications, purser's office, cruise/entertainment, stewards department, dining rooms, galley, bars, casino, gift shops and photography.
 According to Salzedo, it is the shoreside staff's job to support and execute the orders of the shipboard crews. "From the moment of embarkation, the crew should have only one concern -- the safety and enjoyment of our passengers."
 How does Discovery rate among cruise lines? Just ask the company's more than 1.5 million passengers, 37 percent of whom have become repeat passengers. And, with the broadening of Discovery's marketing effort to include international markets worldwide, Salzedo expects to board 500,000 passengers in 1992 alone.
 Will a half-million passengers keep Discovery's crew and staff hopping? You bet. Is it worth it? Said Salzedo, "It's always worth it to be the best at what you do, and we are."
 Discovery I departs daily from Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades, featuring Bahamas Day Cruises, Fun Day Cruises, Dinner Party Cruises and Late Night Party Cruises starting at $29 per person plus port charges. For further information or reservations, call a travel agent or Discovery at 305-525-7800 or 800-937-4477 (800-93-SHIPS).
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