Last Princess Royal Class ship successfully completes sea trials


Princess discovery, the newest ship under construction for Princess Cruises, reached a milestone with her successful sea trials this month. The ship has completed the 5-day test and has now returned to the shipyard to complete details for its debut in March 2022.

Princess discovery Complete sea trials

The newest ship to come for Princess Cruises, Princess discovery, recently completed its 5-day sea trials which included tests of its steering, navigation, engines and propulsion. The ship is under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, northeastern Italy, and has shown its footsteps in the Adriatic Sea.

Sea trials are always part of the last phase of a cruise ship’s construction and give the shipbuilder as well as some of the ship’s first officers and crew the opportunity to test all of the ship’s technical systems. Sea trials often involve pushing a vessel to its limits in terms of speed and braking, along with other tests to ensure that the vessel is operating properly in real conditions.

Render: Princess Cruises

This important step brings Princess discovery closer to completion, although interior and exterior details still need to be completed. The ship has returned to the Fincantieri shipyard for this work, and her construction schedule remains on schedule for her maiden voyage in 2022.

Debut planned for California

Princess discovery is now scheduled to debut from the Port of Los Angeles on March 27, 2022, as earlier Initial departures from the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America were canceled due to delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the cruise industry. The ship’s first trip will be a 7-night cruise on the Mexican Riviera, with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.

Until the end of April 2022, the ship will continue to offer coastal cruises on the Mexican Riviera and California from 5 to 7 days, until it leaves Los Angeles on April 29 to reposition itself on Vancouver then to Seattle for a summer of Alaska cruises. His 7-day trips to Alaska are Inside Passage round trips from Seattle, visiting Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway.

Details on Princess discoveryThe christening ceremony and other festivities surrounding his California debut have yet to be announced.

Last Royal Class Ship

Princess discovery is the sixth and final Royal Class ship in the Princess Cruises fleet. She joins her popular sisters, Enchanted princess, Sky Princess, Majestic princess, Princess royal, and Princess royal by providing guests with truly royal treatment for every moment of their cruise vacation.

The 145,000 gross ton vessel has a capacity of 3,660 passengers and will provide ultimate luxury for every guest on board.

Guests will enjoy 270-degree panoramic views from the largest balconies at sea – over 1,000 square feet of balcony space – in the innovative Sky Suites, which also include a private master bath with a tub and shower. separate rainfall, upgraded luxury linens, dedicated service, reserved seating for shows and many other exceptional amenities.

Discovery Princess cruise ship
Rendering Courtesy: Princess Cruises

Passengers can relax in ultimate comfort in the exclusive adults-only area, The Sanctuary, and savor delicious flavors with world-class dining options, from Chocolate Journeys and Salty Dog Grill to a range of specialty dining options.

Comedy shows, live music, guest performers and fascinating new Broadway-style production shows will also be featured on board, providing passengers with multiple entertainment options throughout each cruise.

Princess discovery will also be the newest ship to offer a Princess Medallion class vacation. This high-tech experience begins with a quarter-sized portable device that enables everything from expedited contactless boarding to locating loved ones anywhere on board to onboard deliveries.

Up Next for Princess Cruises

While Princess discovery is the latest Royal Class ship, Princess Cruises is already moving forward with its highly anticipated Sphere class of ships, with the first in the class under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard and is slated to debut in November 2023.

With an expected gross tonne of 175,000 tonnes, the Sphere Class ships will be the largest ships ever built for Princess Cruises and the first in the Princess fleet to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Discovery Princess Sea Trials