One of five cruise ships in Bergen yesterday, it would perhaps be easy to overlook the undestated Artania; but this is a well-loved ship with an interesting history, and one that has had a significant influence on modern cruise ship design.
When she launched as Royal Princess in 1984, she represented a major step forward in the standards of the modern cruise ship. Her design included a large interior atrium, and hundreds of private balconies lining the majority of her upper decks - both features that have long since become the industry standard. This perhaps helps explain why Artania retains something of a modern look, despite her 33 years in service.
Christened in a ceremony in Southampton by Diana, Princess of Wales, Royal Princess went on to enjoy a successful career in the Princess Cruises fleet, before being transferred to P&O in 2005 to sail as Artemis. In 2011 she made another transition and name change to become Artania, and joined the Phoenix Reisin fleet, cruising for the German market.
Artania is 230m long, has a gross tonnage of 44,350 and can accommodate up to 1,260 passengers and 537 crew,
The photos below show Artania leaving her berth in Bergen yesterday evening, as viewed from the bathing platform at Nordnes.