While P&O's splashy new-build Ventura, due out in spring 2008, has been monopolizing much of the line's attention, Artemis, the smaller, older fleetmate, has been the beneficiary of a significant sprucing up.
The 20-plus-year-old ship just completed a 15-day facelift in the German seaport of Bremerhaven. The refurb saw the public rooms outfitted with new carpeting and furnishings, and the Horizon Lounge and Coral Dining Rooms were both given an updated look (see photo of Coral Dining Room).
Staterooms were also updated to include brand new eight-inch "slumberland" mattresses, Egyptian cotton linen, new bed presentation with stylish bed runners and scatter cushions.
The refurbishment came just in time for its 84-night South America cruise, which departed on 17 December.
Originally built in 1984 as Princess Cruises' Royal Princess, the ship was transferred to the P&O fleet in 2005, and now serves as the line's pathfinding vessel, featuring itineraries in South America, Europe and the Caribbean.