Artania is the latest incarnation of a much-loved ship.
This ship first entered service as Royal Princess for Princess
Cruises. After being named by Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1984, the ship quickly established a reputation as being an innovative large cruise ship, serving primarily the American market.
Over the years, as bigger and bigger cruise ships came on the scene, this ship came to be regarded as a relatively small cruise ship. However, she found a new role - - long cruises to exotic locations carrying people who preferred a more intimate cruise experience.
In 2005, she switched to the British market, where she attracted a considerable following as Artemis of P&O Cruises.
In April 2011, she left P&O Cruises to become the Artania of the Phoenix Reisen cruise line. She continues to roam the world but her customer-base is now the German market.
Artania is not simply Artemis with a new name written on the side. Before she entered service for Phoenix Reisen, the ship underwent an extensive refurbishment at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany. 96 balconies were added. Her interior public areas saw the addition of a new restaurant, new bars and other public spaces. Certain features, such as the casino, which were felt not to be of interest to the German market were eliminated. Thus, while there is still much that
those familiar with the ship will remember, her new cruise line has invested in her future by continuing to evolve the ship.
The cruise experience presented by Artania is sophisticated and seeks to continue the tradition of elegant cruising.
As noted above, the ship is targeted towards the German market. The vast majority of passengers are from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Announcements and written materials are in German. The onboard currency is the Euro.
ONNAGE: 44,588 gross tons
LENGTH: 230 meterst
BEAM: 32 m
DRAFT: 26 feet
SPEED: 15 to 18 knots
POWER PLANT: 4 diesel electric engines
PROPULSION: 2 controllable pitch propellers
BOW THRUSTERS: 2 transverse controllable pitch
LINE: Phoenix Reisen
FORMER NAMES: Royal Princess; Artemis
CAPACITY: 1,200 (double occupancy)
ENTERED SERVICE: 1984 as Royal Princess;
2005 as Artemis;
2011 as Artania
Above: Artania when she was P&O Cruises' Artemis.
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