img_0808For those working on ships, there is a natural curiosity about what ships of other cruise lines look like and what they have to offer.  Foremost, it’s probably the public spaces we are most interested in exploring and is easiest to compare with those on ‘our’ ships. So far, I had a chance to see ships of the Aida Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean.  During my vacation, an opportunity opened up to see the Phoenix Artania cruise ship in its home port Bremerhaven.

Having originally intended to meet with a crew member on behalf of a friend from Carnival, I’ve met the Chief Security Officer who was kind enough to grant me access to the ship, invite me for a coffee and show me around the MS Artania.   The ship has entered services for Phoenix Reisen only in May 2011, but Vijay, so the Chief Security Officer’s name, knew it from top to bottom.  It was impressive to see the atrium, dining room, bars, swimming pools, open areas, the gym, the main show lounge, the library and other places.  Comparing this ship with Carnival was a bit difficult because Carnival’s ships are so much larger, however, there are standard components that make up a ship (such as wall and ceiling panels), and those looked very familiar!

Here is a virtual tour of the MS Artania.