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More on Artemis…

… or Artania as we should call her now.

She left Southampton at 6pm or so on the 27th and sailed to the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven. She’s now  undergoing conversion and modernisation work. The Lloyd Werft website lists these jobs:

  • Installation of 96 new balconies
  • redesign & modernisation of bars, restaurants & the spa;
  • modernisation of the cabins;
  • structural modification for a new escalator;
  • application of new logos on the funnel;
  • general repainting, maintenance & repair works.

The whole job is due to take just under 4 weeks, beginning on 28 April and finishing on 25 May.

When I read about the 96 new balconies my assumption was that they were going to be inserted into her fantail aft terraces, but in fact that’s not the case. They’ll be added to the cabins between the lifeboats on what has been B & C decks. Here’s a link to a page on the Phoenix Reisen website showing the new deck plans. I can’t spot the new escalator on them, however.

It looks as if Phoenix Reisen is putting a lot of money into Artania, and making substantial but worthwhile changes. Certainly, the record of German cruise lines doing a good job with older ships is impressive: many people felt that the work that was done to Galaxy (at Lloyd Werft, as it happens) to turn her into Mein Schiff was better than what Celebrity did when they modernised her sister-ship, Century. So I think there’s every reason to believe that the ship that many people have enjoyed as Royal Princess and Artemis will continue to delight new passengers as Artania.

Update, 14 May: P&O have now removed all references to Artemis from their “Cruise Ship webcams & Tracking” page.

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