Artemis & Black Prince (II)
P&O's Artemis (formerly Royal Princess (I) and Fred Olsen Lines' 11,209grt Black Prince in Southampton on the 25th October 2005.  Black Prince entered service as a ferry on the 19th October 1966 before being converted to cruising in 1987.  On the 16th October 2008 it was announced she would be retired due to a combination of SOLAS and high fuel costs.  
Black Prince returned to Southampton after an absence of several years on the 22nd September 2009.   Her final cruise was on the 2nd-16th October that year before she left on the 6th November be become Ola Esmeralda doing Venezuelan coastal cruises.  To see photos of her sailing on her penultimate cruise, click here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 25th October 2005 & 1st April 2006
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7th November 2009