Artania Review and Specifications

Specifications of Artania

Year built1984  /  Age : 34
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderWartsila Hietalahti shipyard (Helsinki, Finland)
Building costUSD 165 million
OwnerArtania 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 Refurbishment2017
Former namesRoyal Princess, MS Artemis
Christened byDiana Princess of Wales

Current itinerary of Artania

Artania current cruise is 28 days, round-trip Grose Kanaren- & Kapverden-Reise. The itinerary starts on 24 Nov, 2018 and ends on 22 Dec, 2018.

Date / TimePort
24 Nov 20:00      Departing from Genoa, Milan, Italy   
26 Nov 12:00 - 18:00     Cartagena, Spain   
27 Nov 09:00 - 20:00     Malaga, Spain   
28 Nov 09:00 - 18:00     Cadiz, Spain   
29 Nov 12:00 - 20:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
01 Dec 08:00 - 02 Dec 13:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
03 Dec 09:00 - 17:00     Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands   
04 Dec 08:00 - 16:00     La Gomera, Canary Islands   
04 Dec 19:00 - 05 Dec 12:00     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
05 Dec 18:00 - 06 Dec 23:00     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
07 Dec 08:00 - 14:00     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
09 Dec 13:00 - 21:00     Sal Island, Palmeira, Cape Verde   
10 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   
11 Dec 07:00 - 15:00     Santo Antao Island, Porto Novo, Cape Verde   
11 Dec 17:00 - 12 Dec 17:00     Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde   
15 Dec 08:00 - 22:00     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
16 Dec 08:00 - 15:00     Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands   
17 Dec 07:00 - 20:00     Agadir, Morocco   
20 Dec 08:00 - 14:00     Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain   
21 Dec 13:00 - 19:00     Ajaccio, Corsica, France   
22 Dec 09:00      Arriving in Genoa, Milan, Italy   

Review of Artania

Launched in 1984 as ms Royal Princess, Artania is one of the Phoenix Reisen ships, together with Albatros and Amadea.

History - construction & ownership

Phoenix Reisen cruise company began operating cruises under its own brand in 1988. It was then when the firm chartered the West German-built cruise vessel SS Maxim Gorkiy from the Soviet Union-based Black Sea Shipping Company on a twenty-year charter contract. In 1993 a second vessel joined the Phoenix Reisen fleet - SS Albatros was chartered from V-Ships. Unlike the Maxim Gorkiy, that retained the colours of her owners in Phoenix service, the Albatros cruise ship was painted in Phoenix Reisen's own colours with a turquoise funnel displaying the company logo.

MS Artania cruise ship

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, Icealnd-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 on board 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/bath tub 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 and 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

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MS Artania has went 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 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.

Artania wiki

  • MV Artania cruise ship was built built in Helsinki Finland for Princess Cruises as Royal Princess and chirstened 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 new sewage plant, new ballast water treatment plant, new tenders.
  • At the time of her launch in 1984, the ship was the world's most innovative, 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.

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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
2018 Oct 28 17 days, one-way from Genoa to Venice Genoa
2018 Nov 14 10 days, one-way from Venice to Genoa Venice
2018 Nov 24 28 days, round-trip Grose Kanaren- & Kapverden-Reise Genoa
2018 Nov 24 12 days, one-way from Genoa to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Genoa
2018 Dec 06 16 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Genoa Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2018 Dec 22 116 days, one-way from Genoa to Marseille Genoa
2018 Dec 22 44 days, one-way from Genoa to Puerto Vallarta Genoa
2018 Dec 22 25 days, one-way from Genoa to Progreso Genoa
2018 Dec 27 20 days, one-way from Funchal to Progreso Funchal
2019 Jan 04 12 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Progreso Philipsburg
2019 Jan 16 19 days, one-way from Progreso to Puerto Vallarta Progreso
2019 Feb 04 25 days, one-way from Puerto Vallarta to Callao Puerto Vallarta
2019 Feb 04 20 days, one-way from Puerto Vallarta to Puntarenas Puerto Vallarta
2019 Mar 01 22 days, one-way from Callao to Buenos Aires Callao
2019 Mar 23 25 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Marseille Buenos Aires
2019 Mar 23 12 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Recife Buenos Aires
2019 Apr 17 11 days, one-way from Marseille to Trieste Marseille
2019 Apr 28 18 days, one-way from Trieste to Bremerhaven Trieste
2019 May 16 8 days, round-trip Fjorde, Schareninseln und schmucke Kustenorte Bremerhaven
2019 May 24 8 days, round-trip Fjorde, Schareninseln und schmucke Kustenorte Bremerhaven
2019 Jun 01 12 days, round-trip An Pfingsten rund um Grosbritannien Bremerhaven
2019 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Erlebnis Fjordnorwegen Bremerhaven
2019 Jun 20 4 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Kiel Bremerhaven
2019 Jun 24 15 days, round-trip Ostsee intensiv mit Kieler Woche Kiel
2019 Jul 09 13 days, one-way from Kiel to Bremerhaven Kiel
2019 Jul 22 13 days, round-trip Norwegens Traumkusten und Fjorde Bremerhaven
2019 Aug 04 15 days, round-trip Norwegens Natur uber den Polarkreis nach Spitzbergen Bremerhaven
2019 Aug 19 14 days, round-trip Die grose Reise rund um Grosbritannien Bremerhaven
2019 Sep 02 8 days, round-trip Fjorde, Schareninseln und schmucke Kustenorte Bremerhaven
2019 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Erlebnis Fjordnorwegen Bremerhaven
2019 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Erlebnis Fjordnorwegen Bremerhaven
2019 Sep 24 15 days, round-trip Sonnige Aussichten an Westeuropas schonsten Kusten Bremerhaven
2019 Oct 09 17 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Malaga Bremerhaven
2019 Oct 26 22 days, one-way from Malaga to Hamburg Malaga
2019 Dec 21 140 days, one-way from Hamburg to Bremerhaven Hamburg
2019 Dec 21 25 days, one-way from Hamburg to Cape Town Hamburg
2020 Jan 16 14 days, one-way from Cape Town to Port Louis Cape Town
2020 Jan 30 21 days, one-way from Port Louis to Singapore Port Louis
2020 Feb 20 22 days, one-way from Singapore to Sydney Singapore
2020 Mar 13 28 days, one-way from Sydney to Callao Sydney
2020 Apr 10 29 days, one-way from Callao to Bremerhaven Callao