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Ship Visit to Artania
Phoenix Reisen
Dover - 4th September 2014

Report & Photos ©2014 Nigel Briggs
Additional Photos ©2013/2014 Ian Boyle




OLS Visit to ASTOR - CRruise & Maritime Voyages - ©2014 Pam Massey
ARTANIA arriving at Portsmouth - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle - Image links to larger copy


   

2014 Visit Reports
Revisited ships will not be shown unless significantly revised since previous visit

Artania (Phoenix)

Astor (CMV)




2013 Visit Reports

Celebrity Infinity

Deutschland (Deilmann)

Discovery (CMV)

Ryndam (HAL)

Voyager (V-of-D)



 
OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA from Dover Western Heights
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OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA - bow
Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs



OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA - bow
Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs



OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA - funnel
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OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA - funnel
Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs



OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA - bridge wing
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OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA - Atrium
Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs



OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA - Atrium
Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs



OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA - Atrium
Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs



OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA - Bodega Bar
Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs



OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Harry's atrium bar
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OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA - stairway
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OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA - art
Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs



OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs
ARTANIA - art
Photo: ©2014 Nigel Briggs



OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Pazifik lounge
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OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Lido restaurant
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OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Open Decks
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OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Open Decks
Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle - Image links to larger copy



OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Open Decks
Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle - Image links to larger copy



OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Open Decks
Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle - Image links to larger copy



OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA
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Being on a cruise around the UK the Artania was lying at Dover Cruise Terminal somewhat resembling a pagoda arising from the early morning mist. Her clean, simple lines in white with a pale blue waistband seemed to have a correctness of scale and order about them.


OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Atlantik Show Lounge
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We were met by Karin Auras, our bubbly guide who hosted us aboard and led us through the lobby on Deck 2 with its’ spiralling stainless steel bird sculpture beneath a circular multicoloured glass ceiling. Thence into Harry’s Bar on deck 3 for a welcome drink. The range of carpet designs used in these public areas was stunning both in variety of design and colour, a theme that was to continue throughout our visit. Alongside the sign for Harry’s Bar was a photo of Princess Diana, a touching and apparently unintentional placing next to her son’s name.


OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Atlantik Show Lounge
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Built in 1984 at Wartsila Werft, Helsinki as Royal Princess, her ‘godmother’ being Lady Diana, in June 2005 she became Artemis for P & O, then was acquired in May 2011 by Phoenix Reisen, being renamed Artania. Some present on this OLS visit fondly remember sailing on her as Artemis. Flagged in Bermuda, of tonnage 44,656 tons, she is currently powered by four Pielstick diesel engines but will be going to Bremerhaven in October for an engine replacement to overcome problems with noise and vibration. She can accommodate 1200 passengers in 600 cabins. To aid passengers’ movements around the ship she is zoned into three areas, zone A being forward, B amidships and C is aft. Staff are on long term contracts of nine months on and three months off.


OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Atlantik Show Lounge bar
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The three ships in the Phoenix Reisen fleet, Artania, Amadea (the flag ship) and Albatros (the subject of another OLS visit) were recently in Bremerhaven together. The headquarters staff from Bonn also visited the ships, an event that the ships’ staff found challenging whilst having to deal with disembarking and embarking passengers.

Phoenix Reisen does not spend money on marketing, relying instead on word-of-mouth publicity. The company philosophy is to buy older ships with ‘style’ potential. Their policy is that these are German-speaking ships for the German market. One wonders how the multinational crews cope but they do. When Phoenix Reisen acquired the ship they removed the Casino, as Germans apparently are not so interested in gambling. The space gained was used to create a new restaurant and the Casablanca Bar.

Her normal annual routine would be to spend summer in the northern latitudes, autumn in the Mediterranean, winter on a World cruise followed by South America, Panama and the Caribbean. The next World cruise already has 200 passengers booked for the full duration. Last year some 450 passengers booked for the circumnavigation.
Back to Deck 3, known as the Party Deck because just about everything happens here, occupied a good proportion of our visit.


OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Atlantik Show Lounge bar
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The Restaurant Artania, an elegant, tasteful venue with only one service is a new concept to Phoenix Reisen. The dark wood framed dining chairs featured an intriguing knob on the back frame which was of course for ladies to hang their handbags. An attractive wall display of art by Suzanne Hinnricks, an artist from Hamburg, lined the entrance to the restaurant. As with the carpeting, the variety and quality of artwork displayed on the walls throughout the ship made for a very attractive décor.


OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Atrium
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The other restaurants are on Deck 2, the Four Seasons Restaurant where there are two sittings and on Deck 8 where there is the Lido-Buffet-Restaurant, self-service with open seating from 6pm to 8.30pm. In all restaurants, table wines are inclusive. The dress code is displayed and enforced at all times. 


OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Harry's atrium bar
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We continued to the businesslike Conference Room on the Boat Deck and thence to the small library on the deck below. The Boutique below that was small but well-stocked. On-board currency is the dollar. 


OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Bodega bar
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We visited the Artania Lounge, which serves as the ship’s theatre, and other bars and public rooms. Two things were evident. One was the careful choice of very comfortable seating: cane work chairs in the Gallery Arcade. Secondly, in all the public rooms, there were anthuriums (flamingo flowers), looking plastic but definitely alive! When we came to the photo shop we found an innovation. On other cruise ships pictures taken by the photographers are usually displayed on racks, but here they were on LED screens. 


OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Artania restaurant
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Deck 4, Saturn Deck is the promenade deck. Washing machines for passengers’ use are also to be found on this deck. The stern is tiered being open to Decks 5, 6, 7 and 8.  


OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Four Seasons restaurant (Vier Jahreszeiten)
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Cabins on all passenger accommodation decks, Decks 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 are outside cabins there being no inside cabins. There are balcony cabins on all but Decks 2 and 4. Regrettably due to the ship being fully booked we were unable to officially view any cabins but a quick glance through an open door revealed spacious accommodation in neutral whites and cream colours with curtains and carpet of chocolate brown.
The luxury cabins on Decks 7 and 8 are the Union Suites varying from 20 to 40 sq. metres with sofas and TV corners to the Royal Suites, the largest, at 50 sq. metres.
Deck 6 has a small fore deck being a Sun Deck with sports and shuffleboard to be found aft. 


OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Promenade Deck
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Deck 8 is the Bridge Deck, with open wings, being observable from Deck 9 above. Contained within the Sun Deck forward of the ‘funnel’ was the Kopernikus Pool and Bar with an appropriate steel planetary sculpture forming the centrepiece. Somewhat surprisingly the pool rules were in English.
Deck 9, with its’ panoramic Pacific Lounge at the stern, featuring a brown colour scheme and piano is a nice subdued area from which to pass the time of day. A lingering smell of cigarette smoke was evidence of it being split into smoking and non-smoking areas with nothing in between. All facilities for those wishing to improve their looks and physique can be found on Deck 9.There is also an external carpeted Lounge and Sundeck area and the compact Artania Pool. The clean visual lines of rectangular tables with slatted tops and wicker-effect chairs make this a very pleasant outside area.
Unfortunately our limited time was over all too quickly. It would have been nice to have lingered longer on a sunny afternoon overlooking Dover Harbour and Castle. 


OLS Visit to ARTANIA -  Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA - Open Decks
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Summary of ‘Artania’ – Timeless style and décor both internally and externally, complemented by spacious deck terraces and sublime naval architecture. A good incentive to master the German language and enjoy a cruise on her. 



OLS Visit to ARTANIA - ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA at Dover on the day of the OLS visit - Photo: ©2014 Ian Boyle - Image links to larger copy




OLS Visit to ARTANIA - ©2014 Ian Boyle
ARTANIA arriving at Portsmouth - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle - Image links to larger copy









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