Cruise ship tour: Phoenix Reisen’s Artania

If you speak German and would enjoy cruising on a midsized, classic ship with character and charm, then Phoenix Reisen’s Artania could be a perfect fit.

Before this eye-catching vessel hit the scene in 1984 as Princess Cruises’ first Royal Princess with no fewer than 152 balcony staterooms, verandas were limited to just a few top-tier suites, if any, on most premium-market cruise ships. Princess Cruises’ first newbuild also featured all outside staterooms with picture windows (versus portholes), a full deck of public spaces at the bottom of the ship (which is how most of today’s ships are designed) and more open deck space than any other ship to date. It further had the distinction of being christened by Princess Diana and was even featured in the prime-time television series “The Love Boat.”

More: Inside the Princess ships that made cruising history

Having enjoyed two successful incarnations, first in the American cruise market, then as P&O’s Artemis for the British cruise market, the former Royal Princess now caters to a very devoted German-based clientele. Kept in immaculate condition and given a recent mechanical overhaul, the Artania often cruises on long, globe-trotting itineraries. The official language (printed programs, menus and announcements) is German, and that is how the ship is marketed, although many members of the staff and crew speak English.

Scroll through the gallery above to see what the former Royal Princess looks like today.

The Artania photo tour is part of our ongoing series of cruise ship galleries. For an inside look at dozens of other passenger vessels sailing the world’s oceans and rivers, click on the links below:

Adventure Canada: Ocean Endeavour 
AmaWaterways: AmaViola; AmaCerto 
American Cruise Lines: American Constellation  
American Queen Steamboat Company: American Queen; American Empress
Azamara Club Cruises: Azamara Quest  
Avalon Waterways: Avalon Myanmar; Avalon Visionary; Avalon Passion 
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line:  Grand Classica; Grand Celebration 
Carnival Cruise Line: Carnival Imagination; Carnival Inspiration; Carnival Miracle; early icons of the Carnival fleet; Carnival Vista 
Celebrity Cruises: Celebrity Solstice 
Celestyal Cruises:Celestyal Olympia
Costa Cruises: Costa Diadema; Costa Atlantica; Costa Luminosa 
CroisiEurope: Elbe Princesse 
Cruise & Maritime Voyages: Astoria 
Crystal Cruises: Crystal Symphony; Crystal Mozart; Crystal Mahler 
Cunard Line: Queen Mary 2 
Disney Cruise Line: Disney Wonder; Disney Fantasy; Disney Magic; Disney Dream, Fantasy compared 
Emerald Waterways: Emerald Sky; Emerald Radiance 
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises:  Europa 2; Bremen 
Hebridean Island Cruises:  Hebridean Princess 
Holland America Line:  Amsterdam; Koningsdam; Maasdam; Nieuw Statendam; Oosterdam; Rotterdam; Volendam; Westerdam; Zaandam 
Hurtigruten:  Midnatsol; Lofoten; Nordstjernen; Fram; Trollfjord 
MSC Cruises: MSC Meraviglia; MSC Seaview
Norwegian Cruise Line:  Norwegian Getaway; Norwegian Escape; Norwegian Sky; Norwegian Joy; Norwegian Bliss; Pride of America 
Oceania Cruises:  Nautica; Sirena; Marina; Insignia 
Paul Gauguin Cruises:  Paul Gauguin
P&O Cruises:  Britannia
Ponant:  Le Soleal; Le Boreal 
Princess Cruises:  Regal Princess; Diamond Princess; early icons of the Princess fleet; Star Princess; Golden Princess 
Regent Seven Seas Cruises:  Seven Seas Mariner; Seven Seas Explorer; Seven Seas Voyager; Seven Seas Navigator 
Royal Caribbean International:  Quantum of the Seas; Anthem of the Seas; Freedom of the Seas; Harmony of the Seas; Symphony of the Seas 
Scenic Cruises:  Scenic Gem; Scenic Sapphire 
Seabourn Cruise Line:  Seabourn Encore
Silversea: Silver Galapagos; Silver Cloud; Silver Cloud (before 2017 makeover); Silver Muse 
Star Clippers:  Royal Clipper 
Tauck: Inspire; Savor; Emerald 
UnCruise Adventures: Safari Endeavour; Safari Voyager 
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection: S.S. Maria Theresa; River Countess
Viking River Cruises: Viking Skirnir; Viking Herja; Viking Hild 
Viking Ocean Cruises: Viking Star; Viking Sea; Viking Sky; Viking Sun; Viking Orion 
Windstar Cruises: Star Pride; Star Breeze; Wind Spirit

Retired and/or preserved ocean liners, cruise ships and yachts:  SS Rotterdam; Royal Yacht Britannia; the nuclear-powered Savannah

Theme galleries: 10 cruise ship suites that will blow your mind; the last of the great ocean liners; ship christenings with Queen Elizabeth II; Royal ship christenings through the years; 9 most amazing megaships; 25 most beautiful cruise vessels; the world’s 25 biggest cruise ships 

Defunct and/or dismantled ships: Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Discovery; Offshore Outpost Expeditions’ Pacific Provider

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