7 things to love about Discovery Princess

The Discovery Princess is Princess Cruise’s latest ship in its Royal Class line and first set sail in the spring of 2022. Featuring a sleek, contemporary design, indulgent specialty dining, impressive entertainment and, of course, exemplary service, Discovery offers an enjoyable and complete cruise experience. . I recently sailed to Alaska on Discovery Princess and these are 7 things I loved about this understated yet stylish vessel.

The Discovery Princess docked in Alaska

The Enclave at Lotus Spa (Discovery Thermal Suite)

The most expansive thermal suite in the Princess range includes twelve heated stone beds, four experience showers, a large hydrotherapy pool with massaging jets and cascading rain shower, and three steam rooms and saunas infused with a variety aromas and dynamic mood lighting. .

The rooms include the Hammama Turkish-style steam room with a large hot marble slab set under twinkling lights, the caldariuma lightweight ceramic steam room with seven stool-like seats where the walls, floors and seats are all heated for deep penetrating heat, and the Laconiuma dry sauna-like room that gradually warms the body to promote purification and detoxification.

Passengers can purchase full cruise passes or day passes to access the Enclave. Booking before the cruise will save you on costs, and visiting the Enclave while in port will mean fewer people vying for your desired and limited berths.

The price includes access to a changing room and locker, bathrobe, slippers, refreshing cold towels and self-serve fruit infused water. I spent nearly three hours in the Enclave with a day pass and found the comfortable, modern, and warm space to be an absolutely worthwhile splurge.

Good spirit at sea

Fancy a good drink and a show? Head to Good Spirits at Sea, a cocktail bar off the Piazza on Deck 5. Based on Good Spirits, the popular TV series that traveled the world in search of local ingredients for original cocktails, Good Spirits at Sea offers a large menu of unique drinks. , created in front of you as the talented mixologist explains the process and culture behind the drink. A camera hanging from the ceiling captures the craft and is shown on a large flat screen TV hung behind the bar for all passengers to follow.

The bartender team is entertaining, incorporating Cocktail-esque flips and tricks, creating a lively and captivating experience. To top it off, each concoction is served on a coaster with the recipe for the drink so you can recreate it at home!

retirement pool

The Retreat Pool is Discovery’s free adults only pool and is located on deck 17. It’s a bit tricky to find as you can only access it through the cabin hallways or by using the forward elevator bank. But once there, you’ll find a quiet oasis with a mid-size pool, plenty of lounge chairs, and a full-service bar. If you fancy a drink that’s not offered at the Retreat Bar or need a snack, order them both using OceanNow on your Medallion app and have it delivered directly! There’s also an upper level that overlooks the pool with hot tubs and cabana-style seating facing the ocean. The space’s contemporary atmosphere creates a relaxing environment and is a great place to get away from it all during your cruise.

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Mediterranean lobster cake from The Crown Grill, tarragon mousse

Specialty restaurants

It’s no surprise that my favorite meals have been enjoyed at Discovery’s specialty restaurants. The ship features five distinct pay-to-play restaurants and caters to all palettes.

Sabatini’s Italian trattoria on deck 5 offers a 6-course meal for $25 per person. The house appetizer includes a hot roll, Tuscan zonzelle and prosciutto. Next is the soup/salad course offering a salad or cheese fondue. Next comes your antipasto course where you can choose from lamb skewers, zucchini and squash, roasted peppers or one of the tastiest dishes on the ship, fried calamari. Fresh pasta comes next, followed by a main course including sole piccata, pork tenderloin, veal marsala and more. And if you have room left, let yourself be tempted by a decadent dessert (I recommend the Rocher dessert) or a digestive.

crown grid on deck 7, Discovery’s upscale seafood and chops restaurant offers a 4-course meal for $29 per person. On the menu, you will find beef tartare, sea scallops with salmon caviar, black tiger prawns, prawn and pancetta bisque, goat cheese and tomato salad, king salmon, Chilean sea bass, Maine lobster tails, steaks served with assorted salts, a variety of family-served sides, and rich desserts like salted caramel creme brulee and hot chocolate mousse trifle. Described by our server as the best specialty restaurant with the worst view, the windows usually have the blinds drawn as the view overlooks the many lifeboats directly outside. But don’t be put off by a fabulous meal!

The Salty Dog Gastro Pub on Deck 5 is an upscale casual restaurant that serves gourmet pub fare for $18 per person. The included appetizer of breadsticks with beer cheese fondue and smoked salt leads to a number of entrees including ribs, lobster mac and cheese, chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese, burgers and poutine. For dessert, choose from a pot of chocolate cream, strawberries and cream, donuts or lemon posset.

Bisto On The Sea is Discovery’s French-style bistro located off the Piazza on Deck 7 for $29 per person. The 3-course menu includes specialties such as polenta fries and olives stuffed with goat cheese, lobster bisque, sea bass fillet, seared duck breast and the rich and delicious chocolate bar with coffee sauce for dessert. Bistro seating offers the best view of any of the specialty restaurants with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the boardwalk deck and ocean.

The Seafood bar with terrace on the ocean located amidships on Deck 6 is a small, ultra-casual venue serving sushi, sashimi and rolls at a la carte prices. Seats fill up quickly and service can be slower due to crowds, so choose off-peak dining times for dinner. The wait is worth it for sushi lovers who appreciate fresh and simple dishes like spicy amberjack rolls, sriracha scallop rolls, salmon sashimi and crab rolls.

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Whatever your workout style (cardio, yoga, agility, weightlifting), the fitness center has you covered.

Fitness Center

The clean, large, and well-appointed fitness center aft starboard of Deck 17 shines with state-of-the-art equipment including bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, resistance machines, a Smith machine, and dumbbells up at 75 lbs. Whatever your workout style (cardio, yoga, agility, weightlifting), the fitness center has you covered. It has a collective exercise room and a second, more open space at the back. Large windows line the wall with sweeping views of the passing landscape. You can also make appointments with certified personal trainers or take advantage of nutritional advice and guidance. Complete your workout with the jogging track and sports court just off an outdoor patio.

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The huge 300 square foot LED display can be seen clearly at noon and heard clearly even when the vessel is moving at full speed

movies under the stars

Even with the cold 50° weather, Discovery Princess offered movies under the stars at the Sky Pool most days on my Alaskan cruise. The massive 300 square foot LED display can be seen clearly at noon and heard clearly even when the vessel is moving at full speed. With cozy fleece blankets available, the poolside outdoor amphitheater hosted big-name movies throughout the cruise. Freshly popped popcorn and soft service are also available at Swirls just to starboard and aft of the Sky Pool. My husband and I took prime seats in a hot tub on the Lido deck for our visit to Danny Boyle Yesterday. I can only imagine how crowded the screenings would be on a warm weather route!

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The crew makes your experience on board truly valuable and unforgettable.

Crew

The best customer service I have ever experienced has been at sea and Discovery Princess is no exception. I was warmly welcomed and greeted by all the crew members I met. Even behind the masks, we feel that they have a smile and that their service is irreproachable, the team members constantly anticipating our needs. Many engaged in lively conversations and shared personal stories and details of their life ashore with us. The crew truly makes your experience on board valuable and unforgettable. Their hard work and commitment to exemplary service shines through and it would be impossible to enjoy a cruise without acknowledging it!

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