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Former names: MS Artemis, Royal Princess

Artania Review and Specifications

Specifications of Artania

Year built1984  /  Age : 36
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderWartsila Hietalahti shipyard (Helsinki, Finland)
Building costUSD 165 million
OwnerMS Artania Shipping Company GmbH
OperatorPhoenix Reisen GmbH
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)230 m / 755 ft
Beam (width)29 m / 95 ft
Gross Tonnage44656 gt
Passengers1188 - 1260
Passengers-to-space ratio37
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2019
Former namesMS Artemis, Royal Princess
Christened byDiana Princess of Wales

Current itinerary / position of Artania

Artania current cruise is 140 days, one-way from Hamburg to Bremerhaven, themed as "Easter". The itinerary starts on 21 Dec, 2019 and ends on 09 May, 2020.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
21 Dec 17:00    Departing from Hamburg, Germany hotels
25 Dec 12:00 - 20:00    Lisbon, Portugal
27 Dec 13:00 - 22:00    Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
28 Dec 09:00 - 23:00    Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
31 Dec 08:00 - 16:00    Santo Antao Island, Porto Novo, Cape Verde
01 Jan - 18:00    Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde
02 Jan 08:00 - 17:00    Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde
08 Jan 08:00 - 20:00    Saint Helena Island, Jamestown, St Helena UK
12 Jan 07:00 - 19:00    Walvis Bay, Namibia
13 Jan 14:00 - 21:00    Luderitz, Namibia
15 Jan 08:00 - 17 Jan 23:00    Cape Town, South Africa
19 Jan 07:00 - 20:00    Port Elizabeth, South Africa
20 Jan 07:00 - 13:00    East London, South Africa
21 Jan 08:00 - 22 Jan 22:00    Durban, South Africa
23 Jan 07:00 - 20:00    Richards Bay, South Africa
26 Jan 08:00 - 18:00    Tolagnaro, Fort-Dauphin, Madagascar
28 Jan 08:00 - 18:00    Saint-Denis, Reunion Island
29 Jan 08:00 - 31 Jan 18:00    Port Louis, Mauritius Island
01 Feb 08:00 - 18:00    Saint-Denis, Reunion Island
04 Feb 09:00 - 05 Feb 18:00    Mahe Island, Victoria, Seychelles
06 Feb 07:00 - 22:00    Praslin Island, Seychelles
07 Feb 07:00 - 13:00    La Digue Island, Seychelles
11 Feb 13:00 - 22:00    Male, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
13 Feb 06:00 - 20:00    Colombo, Sri Lanka
16 Feb 10:00 - 16:00    Pulau Weh Island, Sabang, Aceh Indonesia
17 Feb 12:00 - 23:00    Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia
18 Feb 07:00 - 17:00    Pulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia
19 Feb 08:00 - 18:00    Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
20 Feb 09:00 - 21 Feb 19:00    Singapore
23 Feb 08:00 - 17:00    Jakarta, Java Indonesia
24 Feb 10:00 - 23:00    Semarang, Java Indonesia
26 Feb 06:00 - 18:00    Probolinggo, Java Indonesia
27 Feb 08:00 - 20:00    Benoa, Bali Indonesia
01 Mar 13:00 - 02 Mar 20:00    Darwin, NT Australia
06 Mar 07:00 - 19:00    Cairns, Queensland Australia
07 Mar 09:00 - 20:00    Townsville, Queensland Australia
08 Mar 08:00 - 18:00    Hamilton Island, Queensland Australia
10 Mar 08:00 - 20:00    Brisbane, Queensland Australia
12 Mar 08:00 - 14 Mar 22:00    Sydney, NSW Australia
18 Mar 08:00 - 20:00    Auckland, New Zealand
19 Mar 07:00 - 17:00    Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
22 Mar 07:00 - 12:00    Dravuni Island, Fiji
23 Mar 14:00 - 20:00    Vavau Islands, Neiafu, Tonga
26 Mar 08:00 - 18:00    Bora Bora Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
27 Mar 08:00 - 17:00    Moorea Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
27 Mar 20:00 - 28 Mar 17:00    Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia
29 Mar 10:00 - 16:00    Fakarava Atoll, Tuamotus, French Polynesia
01 Apr 08:00 - 13:00    Pitcairn Island, Adamstown, UK
04 Apr 08:00 - 20:00    Easter Island, Hanga Roa, Chile
10 Apr 08:00 - 11 Apr 13:00    Callao, Lima, Peru
13 Apr 09:00 - 20:00    Guayaquil, Ecuador
14 Apr 12:00 - 18:00    Manta, Ecuador
16 Apr 09:00 - 17 Apr 05:00    Panama City, Fuerte Amador, Balboa
18 Apr 08:00 - 18:00    Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
20 Apr 09:00 - 17:00    Falmouth, Jamaica
22 Apr 12:00 - 18:00    Nassau, Bahamas, New Providence Island
23 Apr 08:00 - 20:00    Miami, Florida
26 Apr 12:00 - 27 Apr 18:00    New York, Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ-NYC
29 Apr 09:00 - 18:00    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
01 May 08:00 - 17:00    St Johns NL, Newfoundland-Labrador Canada
06 May 10:00 - 17:00    Cobh-Cork, Ireland
07 May 13:00 - 19:00    Guernsey Island, St Peter Port, Channel Islands
09 May 09:00    Arriving in Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany hotels

Review of Artania

Launched in 1984 as Royal Princess, MS Artania cruise ship is one of Phoenix Reisen's chartered ocean liners, together with the fleet mates AlbatrosAmadea and Amera (ex Prinsendam).

History - construction and ownership

The German cruise tour company Phoenix Reisen (shipowner) started cruise operations under its own brand in 1988, with the chartered for 20 years liner TS Maxim Gorkiy (1969-2009 scrapped, owned by USSR's Black Sea Shipping Company / later privatized and renamed Sovcomflot). In 1993, Phoenix Reisen added a second cruise liner - SS Albatros (1957-built as RMS Sylvania, 2004-scrapped as SS Genoa). The vessel was chartered from V-Ships for 10 years (1993-2003). Today, Phoenix Reisen (travel agency and cruise brand) has a large fleet of chartered and owned ocean ships and riverboats.

MS Artania cruise ship (Phoenix Reisen)

The 44,656-ton, 1,200-passenger cruise ship Artania was built in 1984 (in Helsinki) as the MS Royal Princess for Princess Cruises and christened by Lady Diana. She was transferred to P&O Cruises fleet in 2005 and renamed Artemis. The ship sailed with P&O Cruises until Apr 2011, when she was moved to the fleet of Phoenix Reisen as Artania.

At the time she was launched, Artania was the most innovative vessel in the world introducing public space on the lower decks with blocks of staterooms over them. This made her the first cruise vessel with all outside rooms and the first one to secure standard cabins with balconies. The vessel is kid-free.

Cruise itinerary program

Artania itinerary program is based on Norwegian Fjords, Iceland-Greenland and Baltic Sea cruises leaving from Kiel and Bremerhaven, Germany. The ship cruises to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands, and also in the Caribbean, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.


Artania has 8 passenger decks and a total of 600 cabins (all Outside, 152 Balcony, 4 cabins for disabled) in 27 grades. All staterooms onboard ms Artania are exterior cabins and half of them are Suites or Junior Suites with private balconies. The smallest cabins are 16m², and the Royal Suite is 50m². All rooms are equipped with individually controllable air-conditioning, sat-TV, radio, telephone, safe, fridge/mini-bar, shower/bathtub and hairdryer.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

MS Artania has two Dining Rooms: Four Seasons and Artania. There are two different breakfast seatings offered, lunch is served buffet-style while dinner is a-la-carte. After-dinner snacks are also served, as well as coffee during evening hours. The dining venues' menu is international, and might or might not include some local kitchen. Other options include Lido Buffet with outdoor seating. 

MS Artania cruise ship (Phoenix Reisen)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MS Artania has gone through a variety of modernizations since she sails for Phoenix Reisen. Though built in 1984, she’s still modern and beautiful. Her classic stern with calm shielded places to sit and the promenade deck are very popular features of the unique Artania ship.

The only language used officially on ms Artania is German, and therefore most of the passengers are from German-speaking countries. There is usually personnel who speaks English, but no services in English (tours, menus, etc.) are provided. It’s strongly recommended to know a bit of German if you decide to travel on MS Artania.

MS Artania cruise ship (Phoenix Reisen)

MS Artania entertainment options include: Panorama Lounge (Pazifik), Phoenix Lounge & Bar, Sun Deck Lounge, Casablanca Lounge, Kopernikus Bar, Lido Bar, Bodega Bar, Harry's, Atlantik Show Lounge, Wellness Area, Fitness Center, Beauty Salon, Artania Spa, sauna, steam bath, table tennis, shuffleboard, Sport Deck, whirlpool, Artania pool, Kopernikus pool, all-around promenade, Library/Jamaika Club (Internet), lobby, Fitness Center, Boutique, cinema, Theater, Disco, Photo Gallery.

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MV Artania cruise ship was built in Helsinki Finland for Princess Cruises as Royal Princess and christened on November 15, 1984, by HRH Diana Princess of Wales, in Southampton England.

In April 2005, the vessel was transferred to the fleet of P&O Cruises UK and renamed "ms Artemis". On September 22, 2009, it was announced that the ship had been sold to the Artania Shipping Company, but continued sailing for P&O UK. This is a privately owned vessel (asset of Artania Shipping Company), currently operated under time charter by Phoenix Reisen GmbH (major German travel agency and tour operator company).

On April 22, 2011, the ship was renamed "Artania" and chartered to Phoenix Reisen. In 2014, Artania was fitted with Wartsila marine diesel engines and an auxiliary generator during the refurbishment at Lloyd Werft (Bremerhaven Germany). The ship's 3-week drydock refurbishment in 2017 (December 1-21, at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven) cost Phoenix Reisen EUR 16 million. Drydock works included spa renovations, outdoor deck areas (new coverings), stateroom upgrades (bathrooms were updated with new bathtubs and showers), public rooms renovations (Harry’s Bar, Atlantik Show Lounge). Technical updates included a new sewage plant, new ballast water treatment plant, new tenders.

At the time of its launch in 1984, the cruise liner was the world's most innovatively designed, with public areas on lower decks and blocks of cabins above. It was the first cruise vessel with all outside cabins (oceanview categories), as well as the first to provide standard/cheap staterooms with private balconies.

In 2010, the British captain of mv Artemis, Sarah Breton, became the second female captain in the world, following the Swedish Karin Stahre Janson (ms Monarch, 2007).

German is the only language that is officially used on board. This is why most Phoenix Reisen cruise passengers are from German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland). There is personnel speaking English, but no services in English are provided.

Phoenix Reisen Artania refurbishment 2019 review

In 2019 (November 17 through December 6) the ship entered drydock in Bremerhaven Germany. During the 3-week refurbishment (drydocking at Lloyd Werft Shipyard) were conducted general maintenance works (by the shipyard) and interio renovations (by the shipowner MS Artania Shipping Ltd). Interior renovations included nearly half of all staterooms (257) completely renovated, major lounge overhauls (Pacific Lounge, Jamaica Club), new carpets-wallpapers-furnishings in the rest of the cabins and in all interior public spaces.

The USD 25 million drydocking project involved ~120 shipyard employees in addition to the subcontractor workers.

Artania Itineraries

The below listed Artania cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Phoenix Reisen fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Dec 21 140 days, one-way from Hamburg to Bremerhaven Hamburg
2020 Feb 20 22 days, one-way from Singapore to Sydney Singapore
2020 Feb 27 15 days, one-way from Benoa to Sydney Benoa
2020 Mar 13 28 days, one-way from Sydney to Callao Sydney
2020 Apr 10 29 days, one-way from Callao to Bremerhaven Callao
2020 May 09 7 days, round-trip Auszeit in Norwegens traumhafter Fjordwelt Bremerhaven
2020 May 16 7 days, round-trip Auszeit in Norwegens traumhafter Fjordwelt Bremerhaven
2020 May 23 7 days, round-trip Zauber der Fjorde und Scharen Norwegens Bremerhaven
2020 May 30 2 days, round-trip Party- und Schnupperreise mit den Raubern Bremerhaven
2020 Jun 01 12 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Kiel Bremerhaven
2020 Jun 13 13 days, round-trip Weise in der Ostsee & »Kieler Woche« Kiel
2020 Jun 26 3 days, round-trip Party- und Schnupperreise mit »Kieler Woche« Kiel
2020 Jun 29 10 days, one-way from Kiel to Bremerhaven Kiel
2020 Jul 09 17 days, round-trip Auf Traumkurs: Island, Spitzbergen, Norwegen Bremerhaven
2020 Jul 26 14 days, round-trip Das Beste rund um Grosbritannien Bremerhaven
2020 Aug 09 23 days, round-trip Gronlandabenteuer mit MS Artania Bremerhaven
2020 Sep 01 20 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Montreal Bremerhaven
2020 Sep 01 38 days, round-trip Grose Island-Gronland-Kanada-Reise Bremerhaven
2020 Sep 21 18 days, one-way from Montreal to Bremerhaven Montreal
2020 Oct 09 19 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Palma de Mallorca Bremerhaven
2020 Oct 28 16 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Venice Palma de Mallorca
2020 Nov 13 14 days, round-trip Hohepunkte im Östlichen Mittelmeer Venice
2020 Nov 27 8 days, one-way from Venice to Valletta Venice
2020 Nov 27 16 days, one-way from Venice to Genoa Venice
2020 Dec 05 8 days, one-way from Valletta to Genoa Valletta
2020 Dec 13 21 days, one-way from Genoa to Dubai Genoa
2020 Dec 13 115 days, one-way from Genoa to Marseille Genoa
2021 Jan 03 16 days, one-way from Dubai to Colombo Dubai
2021 Jan 19 17 days, one-way from Colombo to Port Louis Colombo
2021 Feb 05 21 days, one-way from Port Louis to Cape Town Port Louis
2021 Feb 26 22 days, one-way from Cape Town to Dakar Cape Town
2021 Mar 20 18 days, one-way from Dakar to Marseille Dakar
2021 Apr 07 10 days, one-way from Marseille to Venice Marseille
2021 Apr 17 20 days, round-trip Die grose Reise ins Schwarze Meer Venice
2021 May 07 8 days, one-way from Venice to Genoa Venice
2021 May 15 18 days, one-way from Genoa to Bremerhaven Genoa
2021 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Fruhsommer in den Fjorden Bremerhaven
2021 Jun 09 18 days, round-trip Die grose Nordlandreise zur Mittsommernacht Bremerhaven
2021 Jun 27 13 days, round-trip The very best of Great Britain Bremerhaven
2021 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Sommertorn und Kurzurlaub in Norwegen Bremerhaven
2021 Jul 17 13 days, round-trip Norwegens Kustenabenteuer bis nach Kirkenes Bremerhaven
2021 Jul 30 12 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Kiel Bremerhaven
2021 Aug 11 9 days, round-trip Ostsee vom Feinsten Kiel
2021 Aug 20 2 days, one-way from Kiel to Bremerhaven Kiel
2021 Aug 22 11 days, round-trip Die schonsten Seiten der Britischen Inseln Bremerhaven
2021 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip 7-Tage-Torn ins Fjordland Norwegens Bremerhaven
2021 Sep 09 13 days, round-trip Kaptn´s Lieblingsziele an den Kusten Westeuropas Bremerhaven
2021 Sep 22 24 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Miami Bremerhaven
2021 Sep 22 50 days, round-trip Grose Herbstreise nach Amerika Bremerhaven
2021 Oct 16 26 days, one-way from Miami to Bremerhaven Miami
2021 Nov 11 19 days, round-trip Auf groser Fahrt zu den Kanaren Bremerhaven
2021 Nov 30 19 days, round-trip Auf groser Fahrt zu den Kanaren Bremerhaven
2021 Dec 23 143 days, one-way from Hamburg to Genoa Hamburg
2021 Dec 23 23 days, one-way from Hamburg to Colon Hamburg
2022 Jan 15 18 days, one-way from Colon to San Francisco Colon
2022 Feb 02 30 days, one-way from San Francisco to Yokohama San Francisco
2022 Mar 04 24 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong Yokohama
2022 Mar 28 25 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Dubai Hong Kong
2022 Apr 22 23 days, one-way from Dubai to Genoa Dubai

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