Princess Cruises names sixth royal-class ship Discovery Princess

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Princess Cruises has named its sixth royal-class ship Discovery Princess. Designed as a Princess MedallionClass ship, and currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, the 143,700-ton vessel will have the capacity to accommodate 3,660 passengers and 1,341 crew.

Discovery Princess will feature an evolution of the design platform used for the cruise line’s previous royal-class ships. That includes the new Sky Suite accommodations which offer more than 800ft² (74m²) of interior space with two bedrooms, two baths, a separate living room and a dining room as well as a 1,000ft² (93m²) continuous balcony with 270° views.

Princess Cruises is carrying out a multi-year, US$450m (€410m) product innovation and cruise ship renovation campaign. This includes the introduction of new onboard amenities, facilities and experiences as well as partnerships with award-winning chef Curtis Stone, Broadway-legend Stephen Schwartz, Discovery and Animal Planet.

Three new Royal-class ships are currently on order with the next new ship under construction, Sky Princess, scheduled for delivery in October 2019, followed by Enchanted Princess in June 2020. Princess previously announced that two new LNG ships – which will be the largest ships in the Princess fleet, accommodating approximately 4,300 guests – are planned for delivery in 2023 and 2025. Princess has five ships arriving between 2019 and 2025.

Discovery Princess will be the first new cruise ship for Princess Cruises to be based on the US West Coast, sailing out of Los Angeles. The cruise line also announced the largest inaugural launch programme in the company’s history for Discovery Princess, with worldwide itineraries offered to Europe, the Caribbean, South America, Mexico and the California coast for the 2021/2022 cruise season.

Discovery Princess is scheduled to debut on 3 November 2021, on a seven-day Mediterranean and Aegean inaugural cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, to Athens, Greece. The ship will then sail to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America before arriving in Los Angeles for her West Coast debut, sailing to Mexico and the California coast.

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