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Discovery Princess

Discovery Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Discovery Princess

Year built2021 new ship
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassRoyal
Building costEUR 650 million (USD 760 million)
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorPrincess Cruises
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)330 m / 1083 ft
Beam (width)47 m / 154 ft
Gross Tonnage143700 gt
Passengers3668 - 4402
Crew1350
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks18
Cabins1834
Decks with cabins10
Sister-shipsEnchanted Princess, Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess, Sky Princess, P&O Britannia
Christened bytba

Review of Discovery Princess

Scheduled for inauguration in November 2021, Discovery Princess cruise ship is the 6th Royal-Class vessel in Princess Cruises fleet, with fleetmates and sisterships Royal Princess (2013), Regal Princess (2014), Majestic Princess (2017), Sky Princess (2019) and Enchanted Princess (2020). In the same series is also the P&O UK's liner Britannia (2015).

History - construction and ownership

Princess Cruises is a US cruise company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (founded 1977), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - the world's largest passenger shipping company. Among Princess Cruises assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 mi) from Nassau.

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The 3600-passenger Discovery Princess is among the world's largest cruise liners. The vessel was built at Fincantieri shipyard, Italy and has 19 decks. Discovery Princess features an impressive number (16) of bars and restaurants and a luxury spa. The ship offers unique features to her guests, such as a glass-enclosed walkway over the ocean known as the SeaWalk.

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Cruise itinerary program

Discovery Princess itinerary program starts with an inaugural cruise season in Europe (Mediterranean), followed by a Transatlantic repositioning crossing to USA (Caribbean) and around South America (relocation cruise) to California for Mexican Riviera cruises in 2022. The vessel is the first-ever newbuild for Princess Cruises to be deployed on the US West Coast, with homeporting in Los Angeles.

The inaugural cruise (November 3, 2021) is a 7-day "Mediterranean and Aegean" itinerary from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens. The inaugural season includes 30 departures on a total of 21 unique itineraries to over 50 destinations in 23 countries.

  • The Mediterranean cruise program includes 8 itineraries to 19 destinations in 8 countries, ranging in length from 7 to 21 days and 3 optional homeports (Athens, Rome, Barcelona).
  • The Caribbean cruise program includes 6 voyages (4-8-16 days) and 8 destinations in 7 Eastern-Southern Caribbean countries).
  • The South American program includes 6 departures to 22 destinations in 11 countries, including the 50-day South America circumnavigation (relocation cruise) from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles.
  • Ship's US West Coast (Mexico and California) program starts on March 1, 2022, from LA. Bookings are offered for 7-day Mexican Riveria and 5-day short-breaks with Cabo San Lucas overnight. The 7-day "Classic California Coast" itinerary offers extended port stays in San Diego and San Francisco.

During summer 2022, the Princess Cruises Discovery ship could be deployed to Alaska or operate Baja Mexico and Hawai cruises from LA.

Cabins

Most Discovery Princess staterooms are 220-sq.foot balcony rooms (724). Almost 80% of ship's outside accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 1539 staterooms in 38 categories. 36 are the wheelchair-accessible rooms. The largest accommodations on Discovery Princess are the Balcony Suites (440 ft2). The ship has no Oceanview cabins.

Sky Suites (new cabin category) are Princess Cruises first staterooms for 5 people and feature 270-degree top-deck views. These are also the fleet's largest cabins and with fleet's largest balconies. Both Sky Suites are located midship on Sports Deck 18, Each Sky Suite has 700 ft2 (65 m2) wraparound terrace providing a private unobstructed view of the outdoor theatre Movie Under the Stars (fleet's biggest LED screen).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

There are many for-fee dining options onboard Discovery Princess, but guests who would rather not pay are offered enough quality and variety to satisfy. Those who prefer tradition will choose between the three main dining rooms: Allegro, Concerto, and Symphony.

Princess Cruises new ship design (Lido restaurant)

Horizon Court and Horizon Bistro are the buffet options, providing a more casual vibe. Passengers who want to have lunch in their swimsuits can take a burger from Trident Grill or a slice at Prego Pizzeria. Indoors, Alfredo's features delicious calzones, salads, and thin-crust pizza. Allegro Dining Room is the only option for free dinner with traditional set dining. Passengers can eat at 5:45 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. Allegro's menus are diverse and offer a soup or salad course, an appetizer, pasta, and an entree. There is also a special dessert menu.

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Follows the complete list of Discovery Princess restaurants and food bars.

  • Sabatini’s Restaurant (Italian speciality restaurant, a la carte: offers 3-course Italian/seafood menu; open between 6 p.m. -11 p.m., reservations recommended). This space blends the spaciousness of a contemporary setting with classic Italian accents, featuring handmade pasta courses via collaboration with LA chef Angelo Auriana which is prepared daily.
  • La Mer by Three-Michelin Star Chef Emmanuel Renaut offers casual, French bistro-style dining with a contemporary twist inspired by the flavours of the French Alps and contrasts from the ocean. La Mer carries a cover charge of US$35 per person.
  • Symphony Restaurant (midship location; offers “Anytime Dining” for Dinner; with “Wine Cellar” area serving “Wine Maker’s Dinner” for $40, capacity 12 guests)
  • Alfredo’s Pizzeria (121-seat; the largest complimentary pizzeria at sea)
  • Concerto Restaurant (forward Dining Room; offers “Anytime Dining” 5:30 p.m. -10 p.m.; serves “Wine Maker’s Dinner” package for $40)
  • Allegro Restaurant (aft Dining Room; offers formal dining and two fixed dinner seatings at 6 p.m. or 8:15 p.m.; “Chef’s Table Lumiere” private dining for $115, 12 guests)
  • Ocean Terrace (speciality seafood bar)
  • Crown Grill (160-seat steakhouse/seafood restaurant, reservations recommended; on select days serves British Pub Lunch, complimentary)
  • Salty Dog Grill & Alfredo's Pizzeria (self-service, complimentary fast food bar). The rustic pub space, Salty Dog Gastropub, is a new venue where passengers can watch sporting events, gather over small bites and drinks, and partake in Ernesto Burger by chef-partner, Ernesto Uchimura, founding chef of the original Umami Burger and owner of the new LA-based restaurant and bar, Electric Owl.
  • Calypso Cabana (food bar offering picnic baskets, desserts, champagne and wine packages)
  • World Fresh Marketplace (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary); Horizon Buffet (indoor sitting) and Horizon Terrace (outdoor seating)
  • Swirls Bar (ice cream).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The bulk of performance action takes place in the 2-level Princess Theater (decks 6 and 7). This is the ship's main show lounge with palladium-style seating and grand-style evening show productions.

Princess Cruises new ship design (Theater Lounge)

Theatre lounge doesn't offer tables or drink holders, so if you order one preshow or come with a drink, you'll have to hold it. The entertainment program is excellent and varied, with a beat that is quite innovative. In addition to the production shows, the Princess theatre hosts other acts including vocalists and instrumentalists.

In comparison to Royal-Class Princess ships, Discovery Princess has the new Wakeview swimming pool (aft-located) plus 2 deep-water top deck swimming pools and Retreat Pool (adults-only), also more Jacuzzis (including 2 cantilevered, over the deep-water pools). The expanded Sanctuary area offers new design and twice as many private cabanas as the sister ships. Vista Lounge is also redesigned. The Princess Live! and Cafe is a new restaurant serving quick bites, speciality teas, and barista-made coffees. The venue offers premium drinks and live performances.

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Follows the complete list of Discovery Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • The Piazza Atrium (3-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
  • Princess Fine Arts Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Limelight photo studio; Platinum Studio
  • International Cafe (24-hour speciality coffee bar and patisserie)
  • Vines Bar (wine/seafood/sushi bar)
  • Gelato (the largest ice cream bar at sea)
  • Library (with Internet stations); Internet Cafe (24-hour)
  • Princess Discovery Theatre (2-level musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, game shows)
  • Celebrations Shop; Calypso Cove Shop; Essence Shop; Meridian Bay Shop; Facets Shop
  • Club 6 Disco & Bar; Churchill’s Lounge & Bar (cigar bar); Bellini’s Bar; Crooners Lounge & Bar; Princess Live Lounge; Vista Lounge; Concierge Lounge (Suite guests only); SkyLight Bar; Seaview Bar
  • Princess Casino (gambling lounge and bar)
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
  • Lotus Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
  • Wedding Chapel
  • Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
  • The Game Lounge (Video Games Arcade); Teen Center; Youth Center; Remix Disco & Lounge (teen club)
  • The Sanctuary (adult-only open-air area)
  • SeaWalk (glass-bottomed cantilevered walkway, 18 m/60 ft long)
  • Fountain Pool area; Retreat Pool area
  • Princess Sports Central - Center Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Tennis Tables, Game Lounge virtual gaming, The Greens golf nets, Golfing Cage, Laser Shooting; Jogging Track
  • "Take 5" (deck 6 midship-portside) is world's only jazz theater at sea. The new jazz-themed bar lounge features a chic setting, live performances by renown jazz musicians (including iconic female singers), hand-crafted premium cocktails (developed by Rob Floyd/master mixologist), guest performers, late-night themed parties, daily enrichment programming (with engaging speakers and workshops). Custom media content is displayed on lounge's TV screens.

The Experience Center (Deck 18 aft-starboard) has max capacity 6 people and no age restrictions. This is ship's Escape Room hosting the "Phantom Bridge" game that combines physical and virtual/digital elements for unique puzzle-solving experiences at sea. The attraction is part of Princess Cruises' onboard enrichment program (Discovery at SEA) and offers interactive (real-world + virtual) adventure gaming experiences with 700+ different outcomes. Phantom Bridge's gaming sessions last 23 min each and allow passengers to navigate the virtual cruise liner, watch as the generated simulations change, uncover the clues and solve puzzles (current game's mystery). The implemented technologies include a physical steering wheel and touch-screen surfaces (in the room), projection mapping, top-notch sound-, lighting- and digital effects, hidden physical elements (throughout the ship).

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In late-January 2017, the shipowner Carnival Corporation announced 2 more shipbuilding orders. The new liners were ordered for the brands Princess Cruises (Royal-Class) and Holland America Line (Pinnacle-class). Carnival signed an MoA (memorandum of agreement) with the shipbuilder Fincantieri (Italy) to construct both vessels, with scheduled deliveries in 2021 (Nieuw Ryndam for HAL, at Marghera yard) and 2022 (Discovery Princess, at Monfalcone yard). By the time when both shipbuilding contracts were finalized (February 2017), Carnival Corporation had a total of 19 new ships scheduled for delivery between 2017 and 2022.

Princess Cruises Royal-Class ship design

The vessel's construction officially started with the steel-cutting ceremony on February 14, 2019. On the same day was launched (floated-out from drydock) Sky Princess and held the keel-laying ceremony of Enchanted Princess. Princess Discovery ship's steel-cutting was broadcasted live to Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard from Fincantieri's shipyard in Naples. Vessel's name (Discovery Princess) was officially announced on October 4, 2019.

The cruise liner's powerplant includes four Wartsila marine diesel engines (model 46F, 2x 12V plus 2x 14V) with combined power output 62,4 MW (83,700 hp). The propulsion system is based on two azipods with combined power output 18 MW (24,000 hp).

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2021-2022

Next tables show the ship's inaugural cruise season (Europe-Mediterranean) and the liner's USA deployment (as homeports, call ports and prices per person) in 2021.

21-day Maiden Voyage (themed "Grand Mediterranean Collection") - from USD 4400 pp. The inaugural cruise (Nov 3 departure) was also available as a 14-day itinerary (Civitavecchia to Barcelona, USD 2950 pp) and 7-day itinerary (Civitavecchia to Piraeus, USD 1550 pp).

Date / TimePort
03 Nov 19:00Departing from Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
04 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Naples, Italy
06 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Heraklion, Crete Island, Greece
07 Nov 07:00 - 14:00Kusadasi, Turkey
08 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Istanbul, Turkey
09 Nov 12:00 - 21:00Mykonos Island, Greece
10 Nov 04:00 - 19:00Piraeus-Athens, Greece
11 Nov 07:00 - 19:00Santorini Island, Greece
13 Nov 07:00 - 15:00Kotor, Montenegro
14 Nov 12:00 - 20:00Messina, Sicily Island, Italy
15 Nov 07:00 - 19:00Naples, Italy
17 Nov 05:00 - 22:00Barcelona, Spain
19 Nov 07:00 - 16:00Gibraltar, UK
21 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Ajaccio, Corsica Island, France
22 Nov 07:00 - 21:00Genoa, Italy
23 Nov 07:00 - 19:00Livorno, Italy
24 NovArriving in Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy

21-day Inaugural Transatlantic repositioning cruise from Europe-Mediterranean to USA-Florida (Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale) - from ~USD 2600 pp. The Transatlantic crossing was also available for booking as a 14-day itinerary (Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale, USD 1300 pp).

Date / TimePort
17 Nov 22:00Departing from Barcelona, Spain
19 Nov 07:00 - 16:00Gibraltar, UK
21 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Ajaccio, Corsica Island, France
22 Nov 07:00 - 21:00Genoa, Milan, Italy
23 Nov 07:00 - 19:00Livorno, Italy
24 Nov 05:00 - 19:00Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
25 Nov 07:00 - 17:00Ajaccio, Corsica Island, France
26 Nov 12:00 - 22:00Barcelona, Spain
28 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Cadiz, Spain
30 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
08 DecArriving in Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

4-day Inaugural Caribbean cruise (themed "Eastern Caribbean Getaway) - from USD 500 pp.

Date / TimePort
09 Dec 16:00Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
11 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Grand Turk Island
13 DecArriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Inaugural 16-day "Caribbean Southern Adventurer" itinerary (Christmas 2021 cruise) - from USD 2450 pp.

Date / TimePort
13 Dec 16:00Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
16 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Tortola Island, Road Town, BVI
17 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Basseterre, St Kitts Island
18 Dec 07:00 - 17:00San Juan, Puerto Rico
19 Dec 12:00 - 19:00Grand Turk Island
21 Dec 06:00 - 16:00Fort Lauderdale, Florida
24 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles
25 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles
26 Dec 07:00 - 17:00Kralendijk, Bonaire Island, Dutch Antilles
29 DecArriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The 8-day itinerary (themed "Eastern Caribbean Explorer", maiden voyage prices from USD 950 pp) visits Tortola, St Kitts, Puerto Rico, and Grand Turk.

In January 2022 starts the "mini-world cruise" (around South America repositioning voyage), priced from ~USD 7400 pp.

Date / TimePort
06 Jan 16:00Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
09 Jan 09:00 - 18:00Basseterre, St Kitts Island
10 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Fort-de-France, Martinique
15 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Fortaleza, Brazil
19 Jan 08:00 - 20 Jan 18:00Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
23 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Montevideo, Uruguay
24 Jan 07:00 - 25 Jan 02:00Buenos Aires, Argentina
27 Jan 07:00 - 18:00Puerto Madryn, Argentina
29 Jan 07:00 - 17:30Port Stanley, East Falkland Island UK
30 Jan 18:00 - 19:00Cape Horn, Chile Antarctica
31 Jan 07:00 - 16:00Ushuaia, Argentina
01 Feb 08:00 - 20:00Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica
04 Feb 08:00 - 20:00Puerto Montt, Chile
07 Feb 05:00 - 18:00San Antonio, Chile
08 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Coquimbo, Chile
11 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Puerto Pisco, Peru
12 Feb 07:00 - 13 Feb 17:00Callao, Lima, Peru
18 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
21 Feb 07:00 - 16:00Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
22 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
25 FebArriving in Los Angeles, California

Inaugural 7-day "Classic California Coast" cruise - from USD 950 pp

Date / TimePort
06 Mar 16:00Departing from Los Angeles, California
08 Mar 07:00 - 22:00San Francisco, California
09 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Monterey, California
11 Mar 08:00 - 22:00San Diego, California
12 Mar 08:00 - 17:00Ensenada, Baja California Mexico
13 MarArriving in Los Angeles, California

Inaugural 7-day "Mexican Riviera" cruise - from USD 900 pp

Date / TimePort
13 Mar 16:00Departing from Los Angeles, California
15 Mar 12:00 - 20:00Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Mexico
16 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Mazatlan, Mexico
17 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
20 MarArriving in Los Angeles, California

Godspeed to the new ship!

Discovery Princess Itineraries

The below listed Discovery Princess cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Princess Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Nov 03 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia $1549
2021 Nov 03 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia $2949
2021 Nov 03 21 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean Collection Civitavecchia $4399
2021 Nov 10 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus $1549
2021 Nov 10 14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus $2949
2021 Nov 17 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona $1549
2021 Nov 17 21 days, one-way from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale Barcelona $2599
2021 Nov 24 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale Civitavecchia $1299
2021 Dec 09 4 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Getaway Fort Lauderdale $499
2021 Dec 13 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Explorer Fort Lauderdale $949
2021 Dec 13 16 days, round-trip Caribbean Southern Adventurer Fort Lauderdale $2449
2021 Dec 21 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1449
2021 Dec 21 16 days, round-trip Caribbean Southern Adventurer Fort Lauderdale $2959
2021 Dec 29 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Explorer Fort Lauderdale $1449
2022 Jan 06 18 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires Fort Lauderdale $2799
2022 Jan 06 32 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Antonio Fort Lauderdale $5299
2022 Jan 06 50 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale $7399
2022 Jan 24 14 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires $2599
2022 Jan 24 32 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles Buenos Aires $4999
2022 Feb 07 18 days, one-way from San Antonio to Los Angeles San Antonio $2499
2022 Mar 01 5 days, round-trip Cabo San Lucas Getaway Los Angeles $599
2022 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast Los Angeles $949
2022 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera Los Angeles $899
2022 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast Los Angeles $949
2022 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera Los Angeles $899
2022 Apr 03 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast Los Angeles $949
2022 Apr 10 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera Los Angeles $899
2022 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast Los Angeles $949
2022 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera Los Angeles $899
2022 May 01 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast Los Angeles $949

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