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MV Artania – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8201480

MV Artania

ex Artemis, Royal Princess

© Derek Sands

© Derek Sands

Steel twin-screw motor vessel built in 1984 by Oy Wärtsilä Ab, Helsinki, 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: 23200kW/2
  • Speed: 22.0 knots
  • Capacity: 1,260 passengers
  • Crew: 520
  • Passenger Decks: 9
  • Call Sign: GBRP, ZCDM7, C6CY5
  • IMO Number: 8201480
  • MMSI Number: 311000608
  • Registry: London/UK 🇬🇧, Hamilton/Bermuda 🇧🇲, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸

Current AIS 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 

© Ted Ingham (Tilbury, United Kingdom)(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 

© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping )(Departing Dover on the 07/05/15)

April 17th 2020: Having completed a 14 day quarantine in Freemantle (COVID-19 virus) she sailed for South East Asia with 403 crew members most of whom are from the Philippines and Indonesia. In order to bring them back to their families, the Artania will call at Bali and Manila.

Forty-one crew members from Europe were able to fly home on April 19, from Perth to Frankfurt on a Condor charter plane.  There were also 18 passengers on the flight who had completed their quarantine period after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.

May 1st 2020: Arrived at Manila Anchorage

May 6th 2020: Arrived at Singapore Anchorage 1.

May 7th 2020: Arrived Port Klang Anchorage.

June 8th 2020: Arrived in Bremerhaven and laid up.

© Aleksi Lindström (Rotterdam, 21/09/2021)

December 19th 2021: Recommenced cruise sailings.

August 30th 2022: Called at Dover.

© Mike Jackson (Dover Strait Shipping) (Dover, 30/08/2022)

May 11th 2023: Due at Dover.


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: Brian Fisher, Cedric Hacke, Ted Ingham, Mike Jackson, Aleksi Lindström, Mikkel, Willem Oldenburg, Derek Sands, Bob Scott, Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping), Robert J Smith and Glenn Towler, for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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