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.
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.
|Passengers (double occupancy)||3,660|
|Passenger to Crew Ratio||2.7|
|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.
|Restaurant||Restaurant Type||Cost||Type of Food|
|Bistro Sur La Mer||Sit down||Flat fee||French|
|Chef's Table Lumiere||Sit down||Flat fee||Fine dining|
|Crown Grill||Sit down||Flat fee||Steakhouse|
|Gelato||Quick serve||A la cart||Ice cream|
|Gigi's Pizzeria||Sit down||Included||Pizza|
|International Cafe||Quick serve||A la cart||Coffee|
|Main Dining Room||Sit down||Included||Main dining room|
|Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar||Quick serve||A la cart||Sushi|
|Sabatini's||Sit down||Flat fee||Italian|
|Swirls Ice Cream Bar||Quick serve||Included||Ice cream|
|The Pastry Shop / The Bakery||Quick serve||Included||Pastries|
|The Salty Dog Gastropub||Sit down||Flat fee||Bar food|
|The Salty Dog Grill||Quick serve||Included||Burgers|
|World Fresh Marketplace||Buffet||Included||Buffet|
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
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.
|- Pools - General Access||3|
|- Pools - Adults Only|
|- Pools - Exclusive||1|
|Total Hot Tubs||10|
|- Hot Tubs - General Access||9|
|- Hot Tubs - Adults Only|
|- Hot Tubs - Exclusive||1|
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.
|Adults-only area (additional fee)||Flat fee|
|Casino||A la cart|
|Shows - musical review||Included|
|Spa||A la cart|
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.
|Base Daily Gratuities*|
(Per Person Per Day)
|Tip added to drinks & services||18%|
|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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