MS Artemis

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Artemis departing Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Name: 1984—2005: Royal Princess
2005—present: Artemis
Namesake: The goddess Artemis
Owner: P&O Cruises
Operator: P&O Cruises
Port of registry: 1984—2005: London,  United Kingdom
2005—present: Hamilton, 22x20px Bermuda[1]
Builder: Wärtsilä, Helsinki New Shipyard, Finland
Cost: $165 million (1984)[2]
Yard number: 464[1]
Launched: 18 February 1984[1]
Christened: 15 November 1984
by Princess Diana[1]
Acquired: 30 October 1984[1]
Maiden voyage: 19 November 1984[1]
In service: 19 November 1984[1]
Identification: IMO number: 8201480
Status: In service
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 44,348 gross register tons (GRT)
Displacement: 5,580 metric tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 230.61 m (756.59 ft)
Beam: 29.60 m (97.11 ft)
Draught: 7.80 m (25.59 ft)
Decks: 8 (passenger accesible)[3]
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä-Pielstick 6PC4-2L diesels
combined 23200 kW
Speed: 22 knots
Capacity: 1188 (normal)
1260 (maximum)[3]
Crew: 537[3]
Royal Princess off the US West Coast

MS Artemis (previously Royal Princess), is a cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship was built by Wärtsilä at the Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland. At 45,000 tonnes, Artemis is the smallest of seven ships currently in service with P&O Cruises. She officially entered service with the company in June 2005 and was named by Prunella Scales. [4]


Artemis is currently the smallest ship in the P&O cruises fleet. However on 22nd September 2009 it was announced that she has been sold to Artania Shipping and will leave the P&O fleet in April 2011.[5]

In 2010 the British woman Sarah Breton took charge of Artemis, becoming only the second female in the world to captain a major cruiseliner and the first for P&O, following the Swedish woman Karin Stahre Janson, who took charge of MS Monarch of the Seas of Royal Caribbean Cruises in 2007.[6][7]


She was built in 1984 for Princess Cruises as Royal Princess, and inaugurated by Diana, Princess of Wales, at Southampton in 1984. She was transferred to the P&O fleet in April 2005 and renamed Artemis by Prunella Scales. Artemis is one of the few cruise ships that do not to have any inside cabins. On 22 September 2009, after numerous rumours, it was announced by P&O Cruises that the ship has been sold to Artania Shipping for an undisclosed sum of money. Although the sale is expected to be completed by 6th October 2009, she will continue to sail for P&O Cruises until she returns from her world cruise on 12th April 2011, when she will be passed to Phoenix-Reisen as mv Artania. [5] [8]

On board

  • 8 passenger decks
  • 594 passenger cabins
  • 4 bars
  • 2 restaurants
  • 1 show lounge
  • 2 outdoor swimming pools
  • Child free
  • All outside staterooms and above (no inside)


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