MV Artania

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MV Artania in Trondheim.jpg
MV Artania in Trondheim
Name: 1984–2005: Royal Princess
2005–2011: Artemis
2011–present: Artania
Owner: 1984–2005: Princess Cruises
2005–2011: P&O Cruises
2011–present: Artania Shipping
Operator: 1984–2005: Princess Cruises
2005–2011: P&O Cruises
2011–present: Phoenix-Reisen
Port of registry: 1984–2005: London,  United Kingdom
2005–present: Hamilton,  Bermuda[1]
Builder: Wärtsilä, Helsinki New Shipyard, Finland
Cost: $165 million (1984)[2]
Yard number: 464[1]
Launched: 18 February 1984[1]
Christened: 15 November 1984
by Princess Diana[1]
Acquired: 30 October 1984[1]
Maiden voyage: 19 November 1984[1]
In service: 19 November 1984[1]
Identification: Callsign ZCDM7
IMO number: 8201480
MMSI number: 310456000
Status: In service
General characteristics [1]
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 44,348 GT
5,580 DWT
Length: 230.61 m (756.59 ft)
Beam: 29.60 m (97.11 ft)[1] or
32.2 m (105.64 ft)[3]
Draught: 7.80 m (25.59 ft)
Decks: 8 (passenger accessible)[3]
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 12V32
combined 27840 kW
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 1188 (normal)
1260 (maximum)[3]
Crew: 537[3]

MV Artania (previously Royal Princess and Artemis) is a cruise ship chartered since 2011 by Phoenix Reisen, a German-based travel agency and cruise ship operator. She was built for Princess Cruises by Wärtsilä at the Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, and was launched on 18 February 1984.

At a ceremony in Southampton, England, on 15 November 1984, the ship was named Royal Princess by Diana, Princess of Wales. After entering service on 19 November 1984, she cruised as Royal Princess until April 2005, when she was transferred to the control of P&O Cruises, and was renamed Artemis. In 2011, she moved to Phoenix Reisen's fleet, under the modified name Artania.

Royal Princess[edit]

Royal Princess off the US West Coast

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.[4][5]


MV Artania as the Artemis in her P&O livery

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.[6][7]

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.[8][9]

The vessel has been fitted with new Wärtsilä main engines and an additional auxiliary engine during Q4/2014 at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven.

On board[edit]

  • 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)



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Micke Asklander. "M/S Royal Princess (1984)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  2. ^ Frank O Braynard & William H. Miller, Fifty Famous Liners 3, (W W Norton & Co Inc 1985), 219
  3. ^ a b c d "About Artemis: Ship statistics". P&O Cruises official website. Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  4. ^ Hamilton, Alan (16 November 1984). "Two royal princesses share a day in the limelight". The Times (London). p. 36. 
  5. ^ Tisdall, Simon (31 October 1984). "Royal Princess a day early". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ "Q&A: World's first female captain of a major cruise ship". USA Today. 5 November 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sarah Breton:The first female cruise ship captain". Daily Express. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "P&O Artemis Press Statement". Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  9. ^ "Artemis to Leave P&O Fleet". Retrieved 2009-09-22. 


  • Sassoli-Walker, Andrew; Poole, Sharon (2010). Artemis: The Original Royal Princess. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: Amberley Publishing. ISBN 9781445600949. 

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