Project Breakaway

Well the hype of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Project Breakaway appears to have hit a peak today, with CruiseCritic interviewing NCL CEO Kevin Sheehan about what might and might not be carried over from Norwegian Epic. You can find the link at the bottom of this post.

To create additional hype NCL was using the twitter hashtag #nclpb to keep people updated, but it is set be a busy night with #cruisechat occurring at the same time.

Before this announcement there has been alot of speculation about these vessels, which are to be smaller than Norwegian Epic, is that they will be built at Meyer Werft in Germany.

NCL is returning to Meyer Werft having built Epic in STX France, Meyer Werft has a large amount of new build orders from a variety of lines, including Disney, NCL, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity.  The last vessel Meyer Werft built for NCL was the Norwegian Gem. They will be the largest cruise ship ever built in Germany, taking the title away from Disney’s Disney Dream.

The Project Breakaway vessels will have approximately 4,000 passenger berths. At 143,500 gt these vessel will be large ships indeed, significantly bigger than the other ships in the NCL fleet (other than EPIC). In his interview with CruiseCritic NCL CEO Kevin Sheehan commented how this was appearing to be a standard size with Royal Caribbean’s Project Sunshine being of this size.

This announcement showed us some of the staterooms for the vessels, which are being described as a Boutique Hotel at Sea, the ship is expected to have over 1000 Balcony Staterooms. It has also been confirmed that the toilets that have been so heavily criticized on Epic will not be making it onto the new vessels, but from the pictures it would appear that ‘new-wave’ cabin design will be making a reappearance (we believe), thought more refined. We really do like them and think they look very contemporary.

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A re-invented Princess.

The original Royal Princess has re-emerged as Artania for the German Market under operator Phoenix Reisen. The vessel appears to have had a significant makeover with addition balcony cabins being added.

The ship was original built by Wartsila in Finland, in 1984. She carries 1,200 passengers.
According to ‘P&O PRINCESS: The Cruise Ships by Roger Cartwright’ She was the first ship since the Wilhelm Gusloff of the Nazi ‘Strength through Joy’ movement to offer all outside accommodation.

This was a ship which made balconies, atriums and public rooms at the bottom of the ship, cabins above layout which is so popular now. With the significant amount of balconies and the forward thinking design, it interests me why Carnival were still building the fantasy class in the late 90’s, with so few balconies.

While this ship is now 27 years old, its design, well ahead of the competition has meant it has not required such drastic action as Mein Schiff 2, Carnival Fantasy and Costa Victoria, which have all been retrofitted with balconies which varying levels of aesthetic success.

In 2004 it was announced that in the following year she would transfer to P&O Cruises serving the UK market under the name ‘Artemis’ – named after the Greek goddess of Hunting. While serving as Artemis she was an adults only cruise ship,

In 2009 it was announced she was to be sold to Artania Shipping, However she continued to serve P&O as Artemis til April 2011. Now she is moving to Phoenix Reisen, and is having additional balcony cabins added for many years of additional service!

Phoenix Reisen has provided an excellent photo journal of the refurbishment, and I do recommend you check it out. Royal Princess now has legendary status for Princess Cruises who have announced their new cruise ship will be named Royal Princess. The second Royal princess has followed in her elders footsteps and has joined P&O as their new Adonia.

As a name Artania is interesting choice, sounding like a Cunard vessel from the past, I myself was never a fan of Artemis, it always sounded a bit drab, and false., abit like the over-the-top named The Portunus Club, Thanksfully being renamed P&O Cruises Peninsular Club, Greek must have been a theme at P&O at the time! All too Poseidon for my taste! 

This is truely a ship before its time! Have you been onboard, what did you think? Let us know! Facebook, Twitter, Email and Comment!
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Excellent Photo Journal from Phoenix Reisen –