All about the Princess Cruises Discovery Princess

The Princess Cruises Discovery Princess is a fairly new ship, being built in 2022. It's considered a medium size ship. Coming in at 1,083 ft long and 126 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 3 football fields, as wide as 2.4 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 19-story building.

Princess Cruises Discovery Princess Ship

The Discovery Princess can hold 3,660 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Discovery Princess has a space ratio of 40. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship's space-to-person ratio is about average.

Princess Cruises
Discovery Princess
Gross Tonnage145,000
Passenger Decks19
Passengers (double occupancy)3,660
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.7
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)40

The Discovery Princess is one of six Royal-class ships currently sailing with Princess Cruises. Royal-class ships are known for the Seawalk. This 60 feet long glass walkway is cantilevered over the side of the ship, 128 feet above the ocean. On the other side of the ship, you can stop by a bar with a glass floor. The Discovery Princess is very similar to its sister-ships; Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess, Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess, although each ship may have some differences.

Discovery Princess Restaurants

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Princess Cruises Discovery Princess. You have 14 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 6 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 8 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. Only 43% of the dining options are included meaning you might spend more while on the ship due to the additional fees.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
Bistro Sur La MerSit downFlat feeFrench
Chef's Table LumiereSit downFlat feeFine dining
Crown GrillSit downFlat feeSteakhouse
GelatoQuick serveA la cartIce cream
Gigi's PizzeriaSit downIncludedPizza
International CafeQuick serveA la cartCoffee
Main Dining RoomSit downIncludedMain dining room
Ocean Terrace Seafood BarQuick serveA la cartSushi
Sabatini'sSit downFlat feeItalian
Swirls Ice Cream BarQuick serveIncludedIce cream
The Pastry Shop / The BakeryQuick serveIncludedPastries
The Salty Dog GastropubSit downFlat feeBar food
The Salty Dog GrillQuick serveIncludedBurgers
World Fresh MarketplaceBuffetIncludedBuffet

In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Princess Cruises serves the Coca-cola family of products. That means Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Barqs Root Beer, although the selection can vary by ship.

There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. Alcohol is not included in the base price of this cruise ship. To see if you would save money with a drink package, try our Drink Package Calculator.

Pools and Hot Tubs on Discovery Princess

The main pool on the Discovery Princess
The main pool on the Discovery Princess

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Princess Cruises Discovery Princess has a total of 4 pools and 10 hot tubs. 1 of the pools and 1 of the hot tubs are exclusive access, which means there's either an extra charge to access them or you need to book a certain class of cabin to have access to them.

Princess Cruises
Discovery Princess
Total Pools4
- Pools - General Access3
- Pools - Adults Only
- Pools - Exclusive1
Total Hot Tubs10
- Hot Tubs - General Access9
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive1

Discovery Princess Features

There are quite a few things to do on the Discovery Princess. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Princess Cruises
Discovery Princess
Adults-only area (additional fee)Flat fee
Afternoon TeaIncluded
Art AuctionsIncluded
CasinoA la cart
Fitness CenterIncluded
Jogging TrackIncluded
Mini golfIncluded
Pool-side MoviesIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaA la cart
Sports CourtIncluded

Cruise Costs

Princess Cruises is a premium cruise line. Premium cruise lines typically offer upscale food, accommodations, and service. These typically cost about $150 - $400 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year. Typically newer ships cost more, so a cruise on Princess Cruises Discovery Princess will likely cost more than other ships in the fleet.

Discovery Princess Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Princess Cruises ship.

Princess Cruises
Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
Tip added to drinks & services18%
Soda Price$2.50
Domestic Beer Price$6.25
Drink Package Price$59.99
Internet Plan$9.99 per device per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

Princess Cruises offers two packages to bundle onboard expenses. The Princess Plus package includes daily gratuities, the basic beverage package, and internet for $95 per day per guest. The Princess Premier package upgrades to the premiere beverage package, wifi for up to 4 devices per guest, two specialty dining meals, and a photo package for $75 per guest per day.

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