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!
Excellent Photo Journal from Phoenix Reisen –