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We are travelling on Artemis the end of October 2008. I too was concerned about some of the bad reviews this ship has recieved. However, if you read the latest reviews of this ship on this site it doesn't look too bad. A breakdown of the latest twenty reviews reveal that 11 reviewers awarded the ship a 5 star rating (the best possible), six a 4 star and the remaining three a 3 star, 2 star and 1 star rating. Reading some cruise past passengers reviews I have noted they have rated a ship 2 to 4 stars in all areas but the final rating was marked down to 1 star because they didn't have any horlicks available in the evening! I suppose this proves that some people will find fault with anything and ignore the good points. PS I will post my impressions of the ship when I return.
Artemis is a small ship and is just the thing for the sailing in the Fjords.
It has many advantages over larger ships such as ease on and of the ship when in port.
If the quality of the food is not important you will enjoy Artemis. The food and its quality, certainly in May of this year; was no where near the quality of the Navigator of the Seas last year.
Just returned from Artemis the food was a lot better quality than Navigator.April 08.
Artemis is a bit like Marmite you either love it or hate it. It is a friendly little ship and Captain David Box is a wonderful captain, both informative and visible around the ship. As John of Ryde so rightly said if the food is not of great importance to you then there is no reason why you shouldn't enjoy your cruise. I too was on Artemis in May of this year for the third time and did notice a decline in the quality of the food, it was adequate but not very exciting, my husband chose fish most nights as the meat did tend to be a bit on the tough side, especially the lamb. However, Artemis is a charming little ship and I don't think you will be disappointed in her, the staff are friendly and attentive despite being a little overstretched at times. Try a meal in the "Grill" there is a supplement to pay but the food is excellent and the service second to none. Have a lovely cruise.
Thank you for your response to my question. The quality of food is important to us. We have just returned from the QE2 where we found the food to be good. Would anyone who has travelled on both QE2 and Artemis like to make a comparison please?
I hope you enjoy your October cruise and I will seek out your impressions. Please let them be positive for both of us!
May I suggest you register on the P&O website and look at their Community section. You will find that Artemis has a devoted following, and they are not all ancient! We are going on Artemis to the Eastern Med next year and we have read a lot about the ship from different people who have travelled on her. We are really looking forward to our cruise. On the Community section there is one part devoted to the different ships. Have a look at that and hopefully you will be reassured.
Thanks for your advice about looking at P&O's Community section. I found it very interesting reading and would not have found it without your suggestion. Enjoy your curise next year. All the best.
I know the feeling! I sailed with Artemis last year, and really worried about it too, after reading some of the reviews. I am 45 and my husband 53, and we had a great time. There was a really good mix of ages on board, and the ship itself was just a mini version of others we have travelled on such as Oriana and Aurora. The fjords are stunning and Artemis will be a perfect ship for cruising in them due to her smaller size. Have a great time!
Thank you for your reply to my question. I have been feeling rather unnerved and your reply, together with the others, have somewhat allayed my concerns. It is such a lot of money to spend on aa holiday, particularly in the current financial climate. We have previously travelled on the QE2 and enjoyed that very much. I hope The Artemis will match our positive experiences of the QE2.