In January 2022, Princess Cruises received delivery of their latest newbuild, Discovery Princess, from Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. Discovery Princess is the sixth and final vessel in the Royal-Class fleet. She shares similar characteristics to her sister ships, offering both a contemporary and traditional style of cruising on board. In this article, we explore the beautiful interiors and features of this enchanting new vessel before she sets sail for her maiden voyage on 27th March 2022. In her inaugural sail, she will carry 3,660 guests and 1,346 crew across the gorgeous Mexican Riviera.
Discovery Princess will feature the latest OceanMedallion wearable technology, making her the 15th MedallionClass vessel. However, she is only the third Princess Cruises newbuild vessel to be designed from the ground up with Princess MedallionClass technology. This technology-led design includes keyless staterooms, contactless embarkation, vessel-wide Princess Cruises’ wifi service MedallionNet, and more! As a result, Discovery Princess passengers can expect a truly touchless and personalised experience on board.
Rooms with a view
Discovery Princess spoils its passengers for choice with 1,834 cabins to choose from. These include beautifully designed staterooms, suites, and two luxury Sky Suites, new to Princess Cruises. The Sky Suites measure 1,873 square feet in total and include two bedrooms and two bathrooms. This allows them to sleep up to five guests. Located at the top of the ship, their design focuses on bringing the outside in. Guests can enjoy the scenery as they cruise, with 270-degree panoramic views and the largest balconies on the vessel! The 1,000 square-foot wraparound balconies are perfect for stargazing, hosting gatherings, or settling down on the comfy balcony furniture to watch a film on Discovery Princess’ top-deck Movies Under the Stars screen. Sky Suite passengers will also be treated to a life of luxury, with complimentary onboard experiences and a dedicated Suite Experience Manager to attend to their every needs.
One thing all guests in every type of cabin will benefit from is ultimate restful sleep on board Discovery Princess. Princess Cruises consulted with sleep expert Dr Michael Breus to optimize staterooms and the entire onboard experience to provide guests with a sleep-friendly sensory experience. This includes blissful bedding and “sleep friendly” light meals in the evenings.
Not just a pretty ship
Discovery Princess boasts many stunning interior spaces that provide the perfect backdrop to the many activities it has to offer. Guests can unwind at the Lotus Spa, a Princess Cruises favourite. This space features the cruise line’s largest ever thermal suite, The Enclave. The tranquil spa also features a cascading rain shower, hydro-therapy pool, and The Hammam – a Turkish-style steam bath. Alternatively, passengers can take a trip to The Sanctuary, a serene private getaway that plays home to eight cabanas – twice as many as other Royal-class ships.
The top deck offers plenty of opportunities to catch some rays with hot tubs, two deep main pools, an open-air poolside amphitheatre, and the infinity Wakeview pool. Found at the aft of the ship, the infinity Wakeview pool and bar provide guests with an opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the horizon while sipping on a cocktail.
Entertainment is also a priority on board Discovery Princess. Original show productions and performances will take place in its multiple venues including the Princess Theatre, Vista Show Lounge, the glamorous new Princess Live! Café, and specialised jazz bar Take Five. Discovery Princess will also debut Princess Cruises’ newest original production show, Spotlight Bar, in April. Here, guests can connect with local storytellers sharing their lives through popular songs in a vibrant bar atmosphere.
Luxury dining experiences
Choice is key on Discovery Princess, as seen in Princess Cruises’ newest dining option, Dine My Way. This allows guests to choose to eat anywhere with anyone, make reservations, or even order food with the OceanNow app. To suit many dining styles, Discovery Princess also provides passengers with a variety of specialty restaurants and dining experiences. These include The Salty Dog Gastropub serving crafted burgers and gourmet creations, and Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria, where guests can enjoy unique, handmade pasta courses made from family recipes, as well as specialty dining experience, The Chef’s Table Lumiere.
The design of The Chef’s Table Lumiere is one befitting of the most luxury restaurant found on board Discovery Princess. The Chef’s Table Lumiere is an extraordinary dining experience. Here, guests are served a multi-course dinner created and hosted by the ship’s executive chef. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres, followed by high quality, opulent dishes can be enjoyed at a private circular table surrounded by a glittering golden curtain for an added touch of elegance.
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