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MV Artania (previously Royal Princess and Artemis), is a cruise ship of the Phoenix Reisen fleet. The ship was built by Wärtsilä at the Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland.

Royal Princess

Royal Princess off the US West Coast Royal Princess was named by Diana, Princess of Wales at a ceremony in Southampton, United Kingdom 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 the 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 the 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 April 22, 2011, when she passed to Phoenix Reisen as mv Artania.

On board

*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)

General characteristics

Type: Cruise ship

Tonnage: 44,348 GT 5,580 DWT

Length: 230.61 m (756.59 ft)

Beam: 29.60 m (97.11 ft)

Draught: 7.80 m (25.59 ft)

Decks: 8 (passenger accesible)

Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä-Pielstick 6PC4-2L combined 23200 kW

Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)

Capacity: 1188 (normal) 1260 (maximum)

Crew: 537


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  • Uploaded on November 4, 2012
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