MV Artania in Trondheim
|Name:||1984—2005: Royal Princess
|Owner:||1984-2005: Princess Cruises
2005-2011: P&O Cruises
2011-present: Artania Shipping
|Operator:||1984-2005: Princess Cruises
2005-2011: P&O Cruises
|Port of registry:||1984—2005: London, United Kingdom
2005—present: Hamilton, Bermuda
|Builder:||Wärtsilä, Helsinki New Shipyard, Finland|
|Cost:||$165 million (1984)|
|Launched:||18 February 1984|
|Christened:||15 November 1984
by Princess Diana
|Acquired:||30 October 1984|
|Maiden voyage:||19 November 1984|
|In service:||19 November 1984|
IMO number: 8201480
MMSI number: 310456000
|General characteristics |
|Length:||230.61 m (756.59 ft)|
|Beam:||29.60 m (97.11 ft) or
32.2 m (105.64 ft)
|Draught:||7.80 m (25.59 ft)|
|Decks:||8 (passenger accessible)|
|Installed power:||4 × Wärtsilä 12V32
combined 27840 kW
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
Royal Princess was named by Diana, Princess of Wales at a ceremony in Southampton, Hampshire on 15 November 1984. The ceremony was attended by members of the public, employees of the P&O Princess Group and local and international dignitaries including Mauno Koivisto, President of Finland. The Bishop of Southampton performed a blessing prior to the naming.
She was transferred to the P&O fleet in April 2005 and renamed Artemis by Prunella Scales. Artemis is one of the few cruise ships that do not have any inside cabins. Artemis was the smallest and oldest ship in the P&O cruises fleet.
In 2010 British woman Sarah Breton took charge of Artemis, becoming only the second female in the world to captain a major cruise ship and the first for P&O, following Swedish woman Karin Stahre Janson, who took charge of MS Monarch of the Seas of Royal Caribbean Cruises in 2007.
On 22 September 2009, after numerous rumours, it was announced by P&O Cruises that the ship has been sold to Artania Shipping for an undisclosed sum of money. She continued to sail for P&O Cruises until 22 April 2011, when she passed to Phoenix Reisen as mv Artania.
The vessel has been fitted with new Wärtsilä main engines and an additional auxiliary engine during Q4/2014 at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven.
- 8 passenger decks
- 594 passenger cabins
- 7 bars
- 3 restaurants
- 1 library
- 1 whirlpool
- 1 show lounge
- 1 boutique
- 1 spa
- 2 internet-cafes
- 1 cinema
- 2 outdoor swimming pools
- Child free
- All outside staterooms and above (no inside)
- Micke Asklander. "M/S Royal Princess (1984)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
- Frank O Braynard & William H. Miller, Fifty Famous Liners 3, (W W Norton & Co Inc 1985), 219
- "About Artemis: Ship statistics". P&O Cruises official website. Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
- Hamilton, Alan (16 November 1984). "Two royal princesses share a day in the limelight". The Times (London). p. 36.
- Tisdall, Simon (31 October 1984). "Royal Princess a day early". The Guardian (London).
- "Q&A: World's first female captain of a major cruise ship". USA Today. 5 November 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- "Sarah Breton:The first female cruise ship captain". Daily Express. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- "P&O Artemis Press Statement". Retrieved 2009-09-22.
- "Artemis to Leave P&O Fleet". Retrieved 2009-09-22.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Artemis (ship, 1984).|
- Phoenix Reisen official site for Artania (German) (mirror)
- Former P&O Cruises official site for Artemis
- Professional photographs from shipspotting.com
- "Artania (8201480)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. http://www.equasis.org/EquasisWeb/restricted/ShipList?fs=ShipSearch&P_PAGE=1&P_IMO=8201480. Retrieved 2013-04-22.(registration required)
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