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Former names: MS Artemis, Royal Princess

Artania Review and Specifications

Specifications of Artania

Year built1984  /  Age : 35
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 namesMS Artemis, Royal Princess
Christened byDiana Princess of Wales

Current itinerary / position of Artania

Artania current cruise is 17 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Malaga. The itinerary starts on 09 Oct, 2019 and ends on 26 Oct, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
09 Oct 19:00    Departing from Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany hotels
10 Oct 13:00 - 23:00    IJmuiden, Holland
11 Oct 13:00 - 20:00    Antwerp, Belgium
12 Oct 07:00 - 19:00    Dover, England
13 Oct 08:00 - 18:00    Isle of Portland, Dorset, England
15 Oct 13:00 - 23:00    Vilagarcia de Arousa, Spain
16 Oct 08:00 - 18:00    Porto-Leixoes, Portugal
19 Oct 08:00 - 23:00    Praia da Vitoria, Terceira Island, Azores
20 Oct 08:00 - 18:00    Horta, Faial Island, Azores
21 Oct 08:00 - 18:00    Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
23 Oct 08:00 - 23:00    Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
24 Oct 07:00 - 16:00    Porto Santo Island, Madeira, Portugal
26 Oct 09:00    Arriving in Malaga, Spain 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.

Artania wiki

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 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
2019 Sep 24 15 days, round-trip Sonnige Aussichten an Westeuropas schonsten Kusten Bremerhaven
2019 Oct 09 3 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Dover Bremerhaven
2019 Oct 09 17 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Malaga Bremerhaven
2019 Oct 16 10 days, one-way from Porto-Leixoes to Malaga Porto-Leixoes
2019 Oct 26 22 days, one-way from Malaga to Hamburg Malaga
2019 Dec 12 9 days, round-trip Vorweihnachtliche Entspannung mit MS Artania Hamburg
2019 Dec 21 25 days, one-way from Hamburg to Cape Town Hamburg
2019 Dec 21 140 days, one-way from Hamburg to Bremerhaven 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 Feb 23 19 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 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
2021 Mar 20 18 days, one-way from Dakar to Marseille Dakar

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