Princess Takes Delivery of Final Royal-Class Cruise Ship

Princess Cruises’ newest ship, Discovery Princess, was delivered during a handover ceremony today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

The vessel expands Princess’ fleet to 15 MedallionClass ships, and features an evolution of the design platform that was used for the previous Royal-class vessels.

“Today marks a significant milestone for Princess Cruises as we officially take ownership of the spectacular Discovery Princess,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president.

“We extend our immense gratitude to our long-time and trusted partners at Fincantieri, the shipbuilders of all six of our Royal-Class vessels with Discovery Princess and look forward to welcoming our first guests to experience the beauty of the ship when they embark in just a few weeks.”

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Discovery Princess Captain Gennaro Arma and Princess Cruises President John Padgett and Attend Handover Ceremony in Monfalcone, Italy. (Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises)

The 3,660-guest Discovery Princess is the sixth and final Royal-class newbuild, and shares most of the same elements as sister ships Enchanted, Sky, Majestic, Regal, and Royal Princess.

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Highlights of the ship include the Sky Suites with massive 270-degree view balconies, The Sanctuary adults-only retreat, Crown Grill steakhouse, Broadway-style production shows, two deep-tank swimming pools, an infinity-style aft pool, and Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria.

Discovery Princess features MedallionClass technology, which starts with the quarter-sized, wearable device the Medallion. It enables things like contactless boarding, location friends and family on the ship, and food and beverage delivery service to anywhere on the ship. The vessel is also enabled with MedallionNet wifi, which allows guests to work remotely, quickly post content, and stream movies and TV shows.

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(Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises)

On March 27, 2022, the ship is scheduled to begin sailing a series of Mexican Riviera and California Coast voyages from the Port of Los Angeles through April 24. After that, she will head up the Pacific coast to begin a season of seven-night Alaska cruises from Seattle.

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