Discovery Princess – Design & Feel

Discovery Princess debuted in 2022 and is the last in the Royal Class of ships.  She is the culmination of Princess design and innovation to date.  Since the class first debuted in 2012 this class has gone from strength to strength with guests, with their lavish designs, exciting venues and a number of firsts at sea.

Discovery Princess is very similar to both Enchanted and Sky Princess.  All three feature a different aesthetic compared to the initial ships in the class, Royal and Regal Princess.  So, expect much lighter interiors with different materials and woods used throughout the ship, together with a more neutral palette which gives the ship a contemporary feel – while not losing everything people love about the class.

The Piazza

Let’s start with the heart of the ship, The Piazza.  This is a lively three-storey space that spans Decks 5,6 & 7 and has a signature Italian feel with mosaics, art and sculptures.  Whatever the time of day, this space is always buzzing with activity, whether that’s entertainment taking place, events/activities, or from the from all the various bars, cafés, venues and shops that surround it – it truly gives it a really lively Dolce Vita vibe all day long.

Just off of The Piazza on Deck 5 and 6 you’ll find a number of the restaurants, guest services, the casino, internet cafe and other spaces on board.  Also adjoining The Piazza is one of my favourite venues on any Princess ship, Take Five.  This is a cool and contemporary jazz club that really comes to life in the evening and is perfect for enjoying live music and grabbing a night cap (or two).

On Deck 7 as you move away from the Piazza you’ll find the majority of the entertainment venues on board, whether that’s the large theatre right at the front of the ship, the Vista Lounge (at the aft) or Princess Live.  This is where many of the game shows and other activities take place on board and is an open space that spills into the promenade to draw in passers by with its open cabaret lounge design.  Over the years all these spaces have been reimagined with a contemporary vibe and it truly shows on Discovery Princess.  You’ll also find a number of bars through the deck to grab a drink, enjoy the entertainment or just people watch.

Outdoor spaces

Heading to the outside space on the top decks, Discovery Princess follows the same aesthetics found on board Enchanted and Sky Princess.  The main pool space has been reimagined with more spa tubs, two large pools linked by sunken, communal seating, adjacent to the top-deck bar.  More space has been given over to seating compared to other ships as well so there’s always somewhere you can find a seat.  Old favourites such as the Seawalk also make a return, where you are suspended over the sea on a glass walkway.

Heading to the front, the Retreat adults-only space has also been updated to give it more of a miami-esque vibe with two-tiered seating.  This is another one of my favourite venues to spend time in – it’s quiet, comfortable and relaxing. Also making a return on Discovery Princess, is the popular Aft wake pool which is a gorgeous space to take in the day and enjoy a sunset or sail-away with a good cocktail.

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