P&O Artemis leaves Southampton in July, 2009.
Photo © Aaron Saunders
Our Photo of the Week for June 26, 2010 showcases P&O Cruises venerable Artemis as she departs Southampton, England on July 30, 2009. 
Originally built for Princess Cruises and christened Royal Princess in 1984 by Diana, Princess of Wales, she is widely regarded as being ahead of her time: she was one of the first cruise ships to feature balcony cabins and one of the few to be built with no inside staterooms – a trend that is becoming more popular on ships being built twenty-six years later.
In 2005, Royal Princess was transferred to P&O and re-named Artemis by Prunella Scales – perhaps better known as ‘Sybil’ of Fawlty Towers fame.  After sailing for the line for four years, P&O announced in 2009 that Artemis was to be transferred to Phoenix-Reisen upon completion of her last world cruise for P&O on April 12, 2011.
In the meantime, cruisers can look forward to ten more months of Artemis in her current livery. 
Up Close & Personal: Artemis enters the River Test in
Photo © Aaron Saunders

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