MV Artania – Past and Present

MV Artania

ex Artemis, Royal Princess

© Derek Sands

© Derek Sands

Steel twin-screw motor vessel built in 1984 by Oy Wärtsilä Ab, Helsingfors, Finland (Yard No. 464) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Princess Cruises, London, England

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $165 million
  • Length: 230.61m (overall), 193.17m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 29.2m
  • Depth: 19.33m
  • Draught: 7.8m
  • Tonnage: 44,348 gross/19,646 net/4661t deadweight
  • Engines: Four Pielstick-Wartsila 6PC4-2L diesels
  • Power/Propellers: 23,200kW/2
  • Speed: 22.0 knots
  • Capacity: 1,260 passengers
  • Crew: 520
  • Passenger Decks: 9
  • Call Sign: GBRP, ZCDM7
  • IMO Number: 8201480
  • MMSI Number: 311000608
  • Registry: London/UK, Germany, Hamilton/Bermuda

Current Location

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February 17th 1984: Floated out of building dock.

February 18th 1984: Officially launched.

October 30th 1984: Delivered to Princess Cruises, London, England. Manager; Howell Shipping.

© Bob Scott  © Robert J Smith

© Bob Scott (left) and © Robert J Smith (right)

November 15th 1984: Christened in Southampton.

© Ted Ingham  © Ted Ingham

Tilbury, United Kingdom © Ted Ingham (both)

November 19th 1984: Maid her maiden positioning cruise Southampton – Miami.

© Brian Fisher  © Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (both)

November 1991: Registered under the ownership of Howill Shipping Ltd. Hire purchased back.

© Mikkel

© Mikkel

June 2005: Transferred to P&O Cruises, Hamilton, Bermuda and renamed ARTEMIS.

© Cedric Hacke  © Cedric Hacke

© Cedric Hacke (both)

© Glenn Towler

© Glenn Towler

November 2009: Sold to MS Artania Shipping, Hamilton, Bermuda and chartered to P&O Cruises.

© Gena Amfimov   © Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov (both)

April 2011: Charter completed and renamed ARTANIA.

April 30th 2011: Arrived at Bremerhaven for refit/rebuild.

May 26th 2011: Left Bremerhaven and chartered to Phoenix Reisen, Germany.

© Willem Oldenburg   © Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg (both)

© Nigel Scutt  © Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt

Departing Dover on the 07/05/15 © Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina)

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Cedric Hacke, Willem Oldenburg, Mikkel, Brian Fisher, Ted Ingham, Glenn Towler, Derek Sands, Bob Scott, Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina) and Robert J Smith for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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