Princess Cruises welcomed the newest member of its fleet on its first voyage, with passengers setting sail aboard Discovery Princess.
The ship, coming in at more than 1,080 feet and 145,000 gross tons, departed the Port of Los Angeles on a trip to Mexico. With the sailing, Princess now has its sixth (and final) member of its Royal class of ships at sea.
“Today we celebrate our newest ship, Discovery Princess, as she sets sail on her maiden voyage to the Mexican Riviera from the Port of Los Angeles – the same port our very first cruise departed from in 1965,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “Cruising is back and the elegant Discovery Princess showcases the many reasons why travelers should take a cruise now.”
With 1,830 total cabins onboard and 19 decks, Discovery Princess can carry nearly 3,700 passengers at full occupancy, although it’s likely that figure could be even higher with more than two passengers in some staterooms.
The ship features a staggering 25 bars and restaurants, and Princess says it also features the most “al fresco” options of any ship in its fleet.
Ready to relax? The ship also features four different pools and 10 hot tubs, giving plenty of room for everyone. This includes an infinity pool at the back of the ship, providing an unprecedented view.
And for those who want the highest-end experience possible, Discovery Princess two Sky Suites. What’s so special about these rooms is that they features exclusive service (including your own “Suite Experience Manager”) and a 1,000 square foot balcony that has 270-degree views wrapping around the top of the ship.
Considering a typical cabin on a cruise ship is roughly 160-180 square feet, that means the balcony alone is the size of more than five cabins.
Discovery Princess is also part of the cruise line’s “MedallionClass” meaning that each passenger is provided with a small wearable device that acts as your room keycard on the ship. With the medallion you unlock your door automatically, have practically anything delivered to you wherever you are on the ship, and even make purchases onboard with MedallionPay.
All told, the arrival of Discovery Princess marks the fifteenth ship in the cruise line’s fleet. The ship will be officially named in a ceremony at the end of April in Los Angeles.
If you’re wanting to sail aboard the newest ship in the Princess fleet, Discovery will sail from Los Angeles for just a month before heading up to Seattle/Vancouver to sail Alaskan cruises. This will make her the newest ship from any fleet to sail in Alaska this season.
After the Alaskan season, she will return to LA in the fall to continue trips from Southern California.