MV Artania

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MV Artania
  • 1984–2005: Royal Princess
  • 2005–2011: Artemis
  • 2011–present: Artania
  • 1984–2005: Princess Cruises
  • 2005–2011: P&O Cruises
  • 2011–present: Artania Shipping
  • 1984–2005: Princess Cruises
  • 2005–2011: P&O Cruises
  • 2011–present: Phoenix-Reisen
Port of registry:
Builder: Wärtsilä Helsinki Shipyard, Finland
Cost: $165 million (1984)[2]
Yard number: 464[1]
Launched: 18 February 1984[1]
Acquired: 30 October 1984[1]
Maiden voyage: 19 November 1984[1]
In service: 19 November 1984[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics [1]
Type: Cruise ship
Length: 230.61 m (756.59 ft)
  • 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:
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
  • 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 Shipyard, 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]

Artania as the Royal Princess on her maiden voyage.

Royal Princess was named by Diana, Princess of Wales at a ceremony in Southampton, Hampshire on 15 November 1984.

Artania as the Royal Princess off the US West Coast

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]


Artania as the Artemis in her P&O livery leaving Brest.

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.

Artania as the Artemis in Trondheim.

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]

Artemis is being refitted into the Artania at the Lloyd shipyard.

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]


Artania in Trondheim.

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

As of 27 Feb 2017 Artania was in the South Pacific and was docked at Wellington Harbour this morning, presumably as part of her New Zealand cruising itinary

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 j 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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