MV Artania

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MV Artania in Trondheim.jpg
MV Artania
  • Royal Princess (1984-2005)
  • Artemis (2005-2011)
  • Artania (2011-present)
Port of registry:
Builder: Wärtsilä Helsinki Shipyard, Finland
Cost: $165 million (1984)[1]
Yard number: 464[2]
Launched: 18 February 1984[2]
Acquired: 30 October 1984[2]
Maiden voyage: 19 November 1984[2]
In service: 19 November 1984[2]
Status: In service
General characteristics [2]
Type: Cruise ship
Length: 230.61 m (756.59 ft)
  • 29.60 m (97.11 ft)[2] 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 and was renamed 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. 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]


MS Artemis in Trondheim in August 2009.

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 command 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.

Artania sailed the South Pacific, New Zealand and Oceana for the first part of 2017, docking at Wellington Harbour 27 February.

Artania sailed under the flag of Bermuda until October 2016, her port of registry having been Hamilton. From 26 October 2016 Artania, as all other ships of Phoenix Reisen, has sailed under the flag of the Bahamas.

On 26 October 2017, Artania docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, sailing north from New York as part of the autumn New England cruising schedule, departing 27 October to St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada, which was its last North American port of call before making a transatlantic crossing to Europe. Cork in Ireland will be her first port of call on her way to Hamburg Germany to commence the remaining 2017 cruise season with ports of call in Europe, Africa and the Indian Ocean.



  1. ^ Frank O Braynard & William H. Miller, Fifty Famous Liners 3, (W W Norton & Co Inc 1985), 219
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Micke Asklander. "M/S Royal Princess (1984)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d "About Artemis: Ship statistics". P&O Cruises official website. Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  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". Archived from the original on 2 October 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Artemis to Leave P&O Fleet". Retrieved 22 September 2009.


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

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