Review: Princess Cruises’ Discovery Princess - Cruise International

Review: Princess Cruises’ Discovery Princess

By Cruise International | 23 Sep 2022

eview: Princess Cruises’ Discovery Princess

The Sanctuary on board Princess Cruises’ Sky Princess. Credit: Christopher Ison

Al fresco dining, endless activities and state-of-the-art technology await on the final ship to join Princess Cruises’ Royal class, writes Melanie May

At the International Café, the barista glances at his screen, smiles and says: “Good morning, Melanie, same as last time?”

Remembering your preferences is just one of the time-saving features of Princess Cruises’ Ocean Medallion, a small wearable device that enables everything from quicker embarkation to locating your shipmates. It’s all very clever and convenient.

This cutting-edge technology fuses seamlessly with Princess’s elegant design. Previous guests will recognise much of the new Discovery Princess, the sixth and final Royal-class new-build, but exploring further reveals subtle but impressive enhancements.

What to expect on Discovery Princess

Enchanted Princess

Enchanted Princess Picture: Fiippo Vinardi

The Piazza, resplendent in gleaming gold and glass, is still the focal point of the interior and is surrounded by shops, as well as places to eat and drink. In total, there are 25 bars and restaurants, including six speciality dining options and the most al fresco eateries of any Princess ship.

When it comes to al fresco facilities, spread across three decks are mini golf, a jogging track, sports court and children’s play area. For aqua fanatics, there are 10 hot tubs and four pools, including two deep-tank options and an infinity-style pool aft of the ship.

Cruising with children? There are kids’ clubs for three to 17-year-olds. Once they’re safely dropped off, you can book a lounger or private cabana in the adult-only Sanctuary and enjoy the signature drinks, meals, massages and tranquillity. On the other hand, those seeking stimulation can head to the colourful, cacophonous casino.

Spa and wellness on Discovery Princess

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Sky Princess. Credit: Princess Cruises

Wonderful wellness spaces include a gym with sea views, a spa and the impressive Enclave – Princess Cruises’ largest-ever thermal suite – where you can revive in the hydrotherapy pool and relax in the hammam and caldarium steam chamber.

Recharged, there’s no excuse to miss out on the non-stop events and activities. From sunrise yoga to movies under the stars, art auctions to Zumba action, you can choose to make your cruise as wild or as mild as you like.

Entertainment on board includes original musical productions in the Princess Theatre and live performances in the ship’s many lounges. Once you’re ready to rest, a plush bed awaits in the staterooms, beautifully decorated in calming tones of teal and silver.

What’s the best suite on Discovery Princess?

Sky Princess Stateroom, Mini-Suite

The 3,660-guest ship has accommodation to suit a range of budgets, but the jewel in the crown is the Sky Suite, featuring 270-degree panoramic views from the largest balcony in the Princess fleet.

From April until September, Discovery Princess operates a season of seven-night Alaska cruises from Seattle. The ship then heads south to begin a series of Mexican Riviera and California coast voyages from October until April 2023.

Book a cruise on Discovery Princess

A seven-night round-trip Alaskan cruise from Seattle departing September 11, 2022, starts at £416 per person (excluding taxes, fees and port expenses), based on two people sharing an Interior stateroom. More details at princess.com.

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