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Royal Princess 

The Royal Princess was the first P&O Princess Cruises purpose-built cruise ship was built in 1984, the largest new British passenger ship in a decade, and one of the first, if not the first, ships to completely dispense with interior cabins. The ship now serves in P&O Cruises fleet as the Artemis.


Gross Tonnage: 45,000 tons 

Length Overall: 230 metres (754 feet) 

Breadth: 32.2 metres (106 feet) 

Draught (full): 7.9 metres (26 Feet) 

Service Speed: 20 Knots 

Passenger Capacity: 1,188 Reg, 1,260 Max 

Passenger Cabins: 594 

Passenger Decks: 8 

Crew: 537


Courtesy of Mike Hawkesworth

Floating out the ship in Helsinki on 17th Feb 1984.


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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

Above and below is part of the broadcast/entertainment system complete with television equipment. 


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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

Contrast this technology with the 'steam hi-fi' installation on Canberra!


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Courtesy of Avis (Robyn) Newby

Avis (Robyn) Newby is the late Charlie Newby's daughter and she writes;

I found this P&O Wavelength magazine with Captain John Young and Deputy Captain David Brown and my father in it. I have scanned and attached. It was a Wavelength special in relation to the launching of The Royal Princess… not sure why they changed the name but she will always be the Royal Princess to me. I have more of the document that can be scanned in, let me know if you would like any more.


Please send anything you have Robyn, all gratefully received as is the treasure above. Thanks!


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