P&O Cruises sells ARTEMIS
Sep 28, 2009
Author: Terry Hutson
Carnival Cruises has announced that the P&O Cruises ship ARTEMIS (44,588-gt, built 1984, 1260-passengers) has been sold to a European tour operator.
Artemis was built in 1984 by Wartsila in Helsinki as the Royal Princess.
The sale was reportedly mainly for cash and the ship is to be leased back until the buyer takes delivery in the northern spring of 2011.
In a statement Carnival initially announced, “P&O Cruises can confirm that it has signed contracts for the sale of its 45,000 ton ship Artemis to MS Artania Shipping, for an undisclosed sum. The sale will be completed on October 6, 2009 but P&O Cruises will continue to operate Artemis and her series of cruises as published until April 12, 2011.”
The American company later issued a second statement advising that on delivery from P&O, MS Artania Shipping will charter the ship to the German tour operator Phoenix Reisen.
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