Review of Ferries
This is CruiseMapper's hub page for all the world's newest and largest cruise ferry ships. Our list of ferries currently includes passenger vessels operated by the world's largest ferry line companies - VIKING LINE, Silja Line, STENA LINE, DFDS SEAWAYS, P&O FERRIES, Tallink, FINNLINES, COLOR LINE, BALEARIA, MOBY LINES, Grimaldi Lines, BC Ferries, BRITTANY FERRIES, IRISH FERRIES, GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci), SNCM (Maritima Ferries), TRASMEDITERRANEA, MINOAN LINES, HELLENIC SEAWAYS, NEL Lines, ANEK Lines, Corsica-Sardinia Ferries, Eckero Line, Fjord Line, BLUE STAR FERRIES, Superfast Ferries.
All the above listed links are internal and redirect to the company's review on this page. Some of the vessels are owned by one company and operated under time charter by another company. Often, during the ship charter period, the ship's name is changed.
RoRo vessels (roll-on / roll-off) as types can be ferries, cruise ferries (with passenger cabins), cargo ships and freight barges. Ro-Ro ships used exclusively for vehicles transportation (cars and trucks) are categorized as PCC ("Pure Car Carriers") and PCTC ("Pure Truck and Car Carriers").
ROPAX ("roll on / roll off passenger" is a RoRo ship built for vehicle transport and passenger staterooms (inside and outside). RoRo vessels with capacity over 500 passengers are categorized as "cruise ferries".
Unlike other cargoes measured in metric tons, ro-ro cargoes are wheeled and measured in lanemeters (LIMs). LIMs per ship are calculated by multiplying vehicle length (in meters) by the number of cargo decks and by the width in lanes (differs from ship to ship). Most common types of wheeled cargoes on ferries are automobiles, lorries, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, railroad cars. These vehicles are driven on / off the ferry on their own wheels, and some use a platform vehicle (tugmaster).
Ferries as vessels can be categorized as:
- Fast-speed catamaran ferries are generally operated as passenger ships, but the largest of them also carry cars.. The most famous catamaran ferry services are in the UK.
- Car ferries are wheeled cargo ships operating on short routes between islands and the mainland. In the USA, car ferries can also carry railway carts.
- RoRo ferries are mainly used in the UK. Most of them are ROPAX ships, and larger vessels are advertised as "cruise ferries" having dedicated bar and seating lounges, as well as passenger cabins.
All RoRo ships have built-in vehicle ramps allowing the wheeld cargo to be rolled on and off the ship when docked in port. Generally, the term "RORO vessel" is reserved for larger ships. Their ramps and entry doors are either stern-only (aft) or bow and stern (forward and aft, for quicker loading).
- The currently largest Ro-Ro passenger ferry is the owned by owned by COLOR LINE ship Color Magic (launched in 2007, GT tonnage 75,100 tons, LOA length 223,7 m, width 35 m, capacity 550 cars and 1270 lanemeter wheeled cargo).
- The currently largest car capacity Ro-Ro passenger ferry (cruiseferry) is theowned by IRISH FERRIES ship Ulysses launched in 2001, GT tonnage 50,938 tons, LOA length 209 m, width 32 m, capacity 1342 cars and 4101 lanemeter wheeled cargo).
Cruiseferry is a Ro-Ro passenger vessel that combines a passenger ship with a car ferry ("roll-on / roll-off" / RoRo vessel). As all cruise ferries have passenger cabins, restaurants and lounges, many travelers book such ships for multi-day ferry cruises. The ferry's itinerary allows port stays of only a few hours, but you can also stay onboard and never leave the ship until disembarkation day. However, most passengers book ferries as means of transportation - inside one country or between neighbouring countries.
Cruiseferry shipping traffic is mainly concentrated in Northern Europe (Baltic Sea and North Sea), also in the English Channel (between UK and France), Irish Sea, Mediterranean (including between the Italian and French islands, also between Europe and North Africa) and in the North Atlantic (serving Canary Islands, Azores Islands, Faroes, Iceland, Greenland). Numerous cruiseferries also serve the passenger shipping traffic of China, India, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.
Ferries are extremely popular among holiday travelers and private car owners. These ships are among the largest contributors to the vacation tourism growth in Europe, USA and Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Ferry cruise deals
As cruiseferry vessels, all these ships have cabins (passenger staterooms) that can be booked for overnight stays onboard. Most ships offer wheelchair-accessible cabins (for disabled passengers). Some ships even have dedicated pet-friendly cabins (for pet owners) and are equipped with kennels (located on garage decks).
- Ferry cruise deals could also include land stays (hotel accommodation or campsite chalets).
- Baggage allowance is limited to what passengers can pack in their vehicles.
- Passenger cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with en-suite bathrooms. Cabin types include Inside (4-berth, 2-berth) and Outside (2-4-berth).
- Many hotels offer free stays for kids under 12. Onboard children entertainment programs are often available (usually during peak season) with supervising staff. Newest and larger ferries have dedicated kids playrooms, as well as video games rooms for teens. even swimming pool.
- All large cruise ferries have buffet restaurants, bistros, reserved seating lounges, cocktail bars, patisserie (bakery / coffee shop), boutiques (premium brand shops), elevators (passenger lifts), sundeck areas.
- Golf ferry breaks are also popular. Golf tournament breaks are also offered.
- Ferry cruise fares are based on departure date, route (itinerary) and time (season). Deposits are required to secure peak season bookings. Prices are higher during peak season (summer), also at weekends and on onovernight crossings. Early booking usually offers discounted fares.
Next are our reviews of the world's biggest ferry lines, which fleets have the world's largest ferries as both size and capacity.
Viking Line (vikingline.com, founded in 1959, headquartered in Mariehamn, Aland Finland) is a Finnish ferry company operating on shipping routes that connect Finland-Aland Islands-Sweden-Estonia. The company was formed via merger of three Finnish ferry lines - Rederi Ab Vikinglinjen, Rederi Ab Slite, and SF Line.
In the period 1970-1974, Viking Line became Northern Baltic Sea's largest shipping consortium, overtaking Silja Line. Back then were lounched five sister-ships (by the German shipbuilder Meyer Werft / Papenburg shipyard). In 1973, the line started operations on the ferry route Turku-Mariehamn-Stockholm, competing with Silja Line directly. In 1974, was opened the Helsinki-Stockholm service. In 1985 was launched the world's largest (at the time) ferry MS Mariella, serving the Helsinki-Stockholm route.
- In January 2010 was announced that Viking Line has plans to order a series of two 60,000 GT (LNG-powered) vessels for the Turku-Stockholm route, replacing there Amorella and Isabella. The newbuilds would include many standard for cruise liners features. The projected deliveries were May 2012 and February 2013.
- In December 2010, the company signed the official shiporder with STX Turku for one cruiseferry (57,000 GT) planned for the route Turku-Stockholm. The new ship (Viking Grace) was launched in August 2012 and started operations in January 2013. The second (optional) sister-vessel from the series was not ordered.
- In November 2016, the company signed a letter of intent with the shipyard Xiamen Shipbuilding (China) for building one cruiseferry (63,000 GT) that will replace Viking Amorella. The new ship will be LNG-powered.
Stena Line (stenaline.co.uk, founded in 1962, headquartered in Gothenburg Sweden) is a Scandinavian ferry company the world's largest ferry shipowner and operator. The company provides freight and travel services on the Northern Europe's routes that connect UK, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Poland.
- Stena's first operations were Goteborg-Frederikshavn (Sweden-Denmark).
- In 1972, Stena introduced a computer-based booking system for its cruise ferries. In 1978, the innovative system was implemented for the freight ferries.
- In 1981, Stena acquired Sessan Line, including its 2 newbuilds (Kronprinsessan Victoria, Prinsessan Birgitta) - the largest ships Stena ships by that time.
- In 1983, Stena acquired Varberg-Grena Linjen (operated separately under the Lion Ferry brand until 1997).
- In 1989, Stena acquired the company SMZ (Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland) operating as Crown Line.
- In 1990, Stena acquired Sealink British Ferries (owned by Sea Containers), which was rebranded to Stena Line UK and currently operates all Stena ferries on the routes Ireland-UK.
- In 1996, Stena launched its 3 high-speed newbuilds (pax capacity 1500) on the routes Belfast-Stranraer, Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire and Hoek van Holland-Harwich. One smaller high-speed ship (pax capacity 900) was launched on the route Goteborg-Frederikshavn.
- In 1998, Stena merged its Dover-Newhaven operations with P&O European Ferries and formed the joint venture P&O Stena Line (40% Stena, 60% PandO). In 2002, PandO bought out Stena's shares and became sole owner of of the company, which was renamed to "P&O Ferries".
- In 2000, Stena acquired Scandlines.
- In November 2006, Stena placed a shiporder for 2 "super ferries" (company's largest, GT 62,000 tons). In 2010, the shipbuilder Aker Yards (now STX Europe) delivered the sisterships Stena Hollandica (May 16) and Stena Britannica (October 9). The new ferries were deployed on the North Sea route Hoek van Holland-Harwich.
- In 2010, Stena acquired the Northern ireland operations of DFDS Seaways on the routes Belfast-Heysham-Birkenhead
- In 2012 Stena launched the ships Superfast 7 and Superfast 8 on the route Belfast-Stranraer.
- In 2014, Stena acquired Celtic Link's service Rosslare Europort-Cherbourg.
- Stena Line's curretn fleet includes the ships Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Scottish Viking, Stena Adventurer, Stena Baltica, Stena Britannica, Stena Europe, Stena Flavia, Stena Germanica, Stena Hollandica, Stena Horizon, Stena Jutlandica, Stena Lagan, Stena Mersey, Stena Nautica, Stena Saga, Stena Scandinavica, Stena Skane, Stena Spirit, Stena Superfast VII, Stena Superfast VIII, Stena Superfast X, Stena Vision.
- On its Irish Sea routes, Stena ferries approx 3 million passengers annually - more than its rivals combined.
- In July 2010, the DFDS company acquired Norfolkline (Maersk-owned ferry shipping and logistics company) and merged its other divisions (DFDS Tor Line and DFDS Lisco) into "DFDS Seaways".
- Norfolkline (founded 1961) provided cargo ferry services in Northern Europe (English Channel, Irish Sea, North Sea), as well as passenger ferry shipping (English Channel, Irish Sea) and logistics services. Upon acquisition, Norfolkline had over 2200 employees and offices in 13 European countries. Norfolkline's fleet consisted of 18 vessels, plus hundreds of trailers (including refrigerated, dry-cargo, swap-body). In 2006, the company handled over 1,5 million ferry passengers on the routes Dover-Dunkirk, Liverpool-Belfast and Liverpool-Dublin.
- In February 2012 was launched the route Dover-Calais.
- In 2015, DFDS changed its logo. The first ships on which hulls it was introduced were Cote des Dunes and Cote des Flandres. All other fleetmates will soon lose their current names' suffix 'Seaways' and will be renamed.
Brittany Ferries (brittanyferries.com, founded in 1972, headquartered in Roscoff France) is a French ferry company operating on the shipping routes France-UK and France-Spain. Brittany Ferries is among the largest ferry and cruise tour operators from UK to France and Spain. Deals are bookable through travel agents and directly online (except golf breaks). The company sells the following 4 main products (all are ferry travel-inclusive):
- Land Accommodations (cottages and villas in France and northern Spain)
- Hotel Breaks (to France, Spain and Portugal, including the hotel chains Paradores and Pousadas, car tours, breakfast included, apartment rentals in Portugal and southern Spain)
- Family Holidays (apartments, chalets on 5 campsites in northern Portugal, holiday resorts in France and northern Spain)
- Golf Breaks (courses in France and northern Spain).
- Brittany Ferries fleet includes the ships Armorique, Baie de Seine, Barfleur, Bretagne, Cap Finistere, Etretat, Honfleur, Mont St Michel, Normandie, Pont Aven.
- On October 24, 2016, the company announced plans to build a new LNG-powered cruiseferry for the UK-France route Portsmouth-Caen. On December 21, 2016, was released the vessel's design (project "Mont St Michel 2") - capacity 1680 passengers and 550 cars (or 130 freight vehicles) and gross tonnage 42,000 tons. The shipbuilder is Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (shipyard Flensburg Germany) - scheduled delivery April 30, 2019.
P&O Ferries (poferries.com, founded in 2002, headquartered in Dover England) is an UK ferry company operating on the shipping routes UK-France, UK-Ireland, UK-Holland (mini-cruises), UK-Belgium (mini-cruises) and Scotland-Northern Ireland.
- In 2006, P&O Group (that includes PandO Ferries) was sold to DP World - Dubai-based company that owns and operates inland and port terminals worldwide, also specializes in maritime services and logistics.
- In September 2010, PandO closed the ferry route Portsmouth-Bilbao, which coincided with the Pride of Bilbao (now Princess Anastasia) ship charter's ending. This was the last PO service from Portsmouth, following the closures of the routes Portsmouth-Cherbourg and Portsmouth-Caen (in 2004) and Portsmouth-Le Havre Paris (in 2005).
- The cheapest PandO mini cruise ferry deals are 3-day / 2-night voyages from UK to Holland and Belgium. Themed as "city breaks", PO mini cruise deals offer rountrip departures from Hull to either Rotterdam (Amsterdam) or Zeebrugge (Brugge). Longer city breaks (duration up to 7-days / 6-nights) offer roundtrips to Hamburg (Germany), Bilbao (Spain), and La Rochelle (France). On mini cruises from UK, PandO ferry passengers receive boarding cards (doubling as meal vouchers), cabin keycard and booklets with vouchers (for return check-in and bus transfers / if any). Boarding card with a suitcase icon on it means passengers can leave their luggage in the stateroom while disembarking the ship. This feature, however, must be confirmed at check-in.
- PO Ferries current fleet includes the ships European Causeway, European Highlander, Pride of Bruges, Pride of Burgundy, Pride of Canterbury, Pride of Hull, Pride of Kent, Pride of Rotterdam, Pride of York, Spirit of Britain, Spirit of France.
Finnlines (finnlines.com, founded in 1947, headquartered in Helsinki Finland, part of Grimaldi Group) provides passenger and ro-ro ferry services predominantly in Northern Europe (Baltic Sea and North Sea). Finnlines ferries connect the countries Finland, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, UK, Spain.
- The company was founded as a Merivienti Oy ("Sea Export Ltd") subsidiary for Transatlantic freight (mainly forest industry products) service between Finland and USA. The passenger ferry service started in 1962 on the -Finland-Sweden-Germany route Hanko-Visby-Travemunde.
- In 1973 was ordered the Wartsila Helsinki shipyard-made ship GTS Finnjet - at the time the world's largest and fastest ship (GT 24605 tons, length 213 m, speed 31 kn / 57 kph / 36 mph). The vessel entered service in May 1977 on the route Helsinki-Travemunde (crossing time was 22 hours). In 2004, the brands Finnlink and NordoLink were merged into Finnlines. Also in 2004 were placed shipbuilding orders for 5 large Star-class ferries (from Fincantieri, Italy - shipyards Ancona and Castellammare di Stabia) delivered in 2006 and 2007.
- In August 2007, Finnlines ordered 6 new ice-classed ships (from CSC Jinling Shipyard, Jiangsu China), with planned deliveries in 2010 and 2011.
- In the period 1999-2001 were delivered the 4 Seapacer-class ships (built by Astilleros Espanoles in Cadiz / Puerto Real shipyard) - Finnclipper, Finneagle, Stena Britannica (Finnfellow) and Stena Germanica - all with ice-strengthened hulls.
- In January 2007, Grimaldi Group, as the company's largest shareholder, expressed its intention to purchase the entire company. Grimaldi completed Finnlines acquisition (100% ownership) in August 2016.
- Finnlines current fleet includes the ships Finnclipper, Finnfellow, Finnlady, Finnmaid, Finnpartner, Finnstar, Finntrader, Nordlink.
- Color Line is Norway's largest cruiseferry operator (as fleet capacity) and also one Europe's leading companies in terms of fleet age (all newbuilds / year 2000 onward) and shipboard amenities (staterooms, shops, bars, restaurants, lounge entertainment). The company has offices in Norway (Oslo / main, Kristiansand, Sandefjord, Larvik), Germany (Kiel), Denmark (Hirtshals) and Sweden (Stromstad).
- The company was established following the 1990 merger of the Norwegian ferry companies Jahre Line and Norway Line. Jahre Line operated on the route Oslo-Kiel since 1961. Norway Line operated since 1986 on routes connecting Norway with the UK and Holland Also in 1990, the newly formed Color Line acquired Fred Olsen Lines along wit hits operations between Norwa and Denmark.
- In the 1990s the company expanded its fleet by buying larger second-hand ferries In October 1996. Color Line acquired Larvik Line and its Norway-Denmark services. In September 1998 were acquired the companies Color Hotel Skagen and Scandi Line (operating on short Norway-Sweden routes). In the end of 1998, Color Line sold its Norway-UK operations to Fjord Line. In 1999 was acquired the Scandi Line and renamed Color Scandi Line.
- The 2000s were Color Line's fleet renovation period when were launched the newbuilds Color Fantasy (2004), Color Magic (2007), Superspeed 1 (2008) and Superspeed 2 (2008).
- In May 2008 the Oslo-Hirtshals route was officially closed
- In January 2017, Color Line signed a letter of intent with the shipyard Ulstein Verft (Ulsteinvik Norway) for building a new cruiseferry (Color Hybrid, scheduled delivery in 2019) for the route Sandefjord-Stromstad.
- Color Line's current fleet includes the ships Color Fantasy, Color Hybrid (2019), Color Magic, Color Viking, Superspeed 1, Superspeed 2.
Moby Lines (mobylines.com, founded in 1959, headquartered in Milan Italy) is an Italian ferry company operating on shipping routes that connect mainland Italy and France with the Mediterranean islands Corsica, Elba and Sardinia. The company is best known for using for its ships' interior decorations Warner Bros pattented Looney Tunes characters.
- Since 1996, Moby Lines fleet was radically expanded with newbuilt, larger and faster vessels.
- In 2003, the company entered an agreement with the Warner Bros (division of Time Warner Corporation) to paint largest Moby ships' hulls with Looney Tunes-themed liveries.
- Moby Line's current fleet includes the ships Moby Aki, Moby Corse, Moby Dada, Moby Drea, Moby Kiss, Moby Niki, Moby Otta, Moby Tommy, Moby Vincent, Moby Wonder, Moby Zaza.
Irish Ferries (irishferries.com, founded in 1992, headquartered in Dublin Ireland) is a division of ICG (Irish Continental Group) operating passenger and freight shipping on routes between Ireland, UK and Europe.
- ICG (founded in 1972 as Irish Continental Line) also operates terminal facilities in Dublin (Ferryport Terminals) and Belfast (Container Terminal). Until 1992, when ICG acquired the state-owned B&I Line (British & Irish Steam Packet Company), ICG operated only on routes between Ireland and Europe. Following the acquisition of B&I Line, the services were expanded to include short links Ireland-UK. ICG's container shipping and port operations were also extended. The company's fleet was fully modernized by replacing all existing vessels with newbuilds (an EUR 500 million investment project).
- In 2016, ICG signed an agreement with the shipbuilder FSG (Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft) for a future cruise ferry building order. At contract price EUR 144 million, the new ship (scheduled delivery May 2018) is designed with pax-crew capacity 1885, 435 cabins (4 cabin decks, balcony suites), 165 freight vehicles (2800 lane metres), additional car deck (total capacity 300 cars). The new ship will have bars, restaurants (a la carte and self-service), Club Class passengers dedicated lounge (direct access from car decks), 2 cinemas, freight drivers-only facilities, retail shops, pet facilities. The ship will be powered by 4 diesel engines (total power output 33,6 MW.
- Irish Ferries' current fleet includes the ships Isle of Inishmore, Oscar Wilde, Ulysses, Epsilon, WB Yates, HSC Jonathan Swift (fast catamaran ferry, aka Dublin Swift). The ferry Isle of Innisfree is currently chartered to Interislander (KiwiRail, New Zealand) under the name "Kaitaki".
Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas (balearia.com, founded in 1998, headquartered in Denia Spain) is a Spanish ferry company operating on Mediterranean shipping routes that connect mainland Spain with Balearic Islands. Departures are from Barcelona, Denia and Valencia. The company also operates routes passing Strait of Gibraltar, with departures from Algeciras to Ceuta (Spanish Morocco) and Tangier (Morocco).
- In 2011 was introduced the "Balearia Caribbean" brand operating regularly scheduled cruise ferry service between USA and Bahamas (roundtrips from Fort Lauderdale Florida to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island). In March 2015, the high-speed catamaran Pinar del Rio (launched 1992) was replaced by the bigger Bahama Mama (launched 2010). The Florida-Bahamas service was terminated in 2017.
- In 2016, the company signed a shipbuilding contract (value EUR 320 million) for a series of 3 LNG-powered smart ships combining ferry and cruise vessel amenities. The shipbuilder is LaNaval Shipyard (Bilbao, Spain). The first 2 ships will be delivered in 2018, the 3rd one - in 2019. Additional EUR 130 million were allocated for terminal upgrades and fleet refurbishments.
- In 2016, Balearia started the services Valencia-Mostaganem (Algeria) and Melilla-Malaga-Almeria.
- Balearia's current fleet includes the ships Abel Matutes, Bahama Mama, Denia Ciutat Creativa, Martin i Soler, Napoles, Nissos Chios, Regina Baltica, Sicilia, Visemar One.
Trasmediterranea (trasmediterranea.es, founded in 1916, headquartered in Madrid Spain) is a Spanish company (part of Acciona Group) operating ferries on the routes between mainland Spain and Canary Islands, Balearic Islands and Morocco (northern Africa).
- In 1978, the company became state-owned company, until 2002 when was privatized by the Government. Then the company was acquired by a private consortium (majority shareholder is Acciona Logistica / 60%) and renamed to "Acciona-Trasmediterranea".
- Since 1997, Trasmediterranea has its own offices and terminals in Barcelona, Valencia and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
- In 2000, the superferries Sorolla and Fortuny were deployed on Spain-Balearic routes. Also in 2000 were opened the Spain-Africa routes Almeria-Nador (Morocco) and Almeria- Ghazaouet (Algeria).
- In January 2002, Trasmediterranea was awarded a 5-year contract for ferry services to Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and Spanish Morocco (Ceuta and Melilla).
- In 2009 was inaugurated the new Barcelona Ferry Terminal (operated by Trasmediterranea in concession until 2029). In 2011 was inaugurated the Trasmediterranea Terminal in Cadiz.
- In August 2012 was created the Trasmediterranea Cruise division to promote ferry cruises leaving roundtrip from homeport Valencia.
- Trasmediterranea current fleet includes the ships Albayzin, Almariya, Dimonios, Fortuny, Forza, Juan J Sister, Sorolla, Tenacia, Zurbaran.
Minoan Lines (minoan.gr, founded in 1972, headquartered in Heraklion Greece) is a Greek company (part of Grimaldi Group) operating ferries on the routes between Crete and Piraeus (mainland Greece), as well as in the Adriatic Sea (between Greece and Italy / Patras to Igoumenitsa, Ancona, Trieste).
- Minoan is one of Europe's largest passenger ferry companies and among the largest in Greece. The company has stakes in Minoan Cruises (80,28%) and Hellenic Seaways (33,31%).
- In 2004, Minoan sold its Aegean Airlines stake.
- Since 2008, Grimaldi Group owns 45% of the Minoan stocks.
- In 2012 was closed the ferry route Venice-Igoumenitsa-Patras.
- In 2013, the existing daily service Patras-Igoumenitsa-Ancona-Patras was extended with Trieste. The new port was connected with 3 departures a week, leaving from both Italy and Greece.
- Since January 2017, Minoan's Adriatic line started again to call at Venice (twice weekly). Both arrivals and departures are during the night hours.
- Minoan Lines current fleet includes the ships Festos Palace and Knossos Palace. Minoan also operates under charter the Grimaldi ferries Cruise Europa (2009) and Cruise Olympia (2010). The Minoan ships Olympia Palace and Europa Palace are currently chartered to TIRRENIA.
Hellenic Seaways (hellenicseaways.gr, founded in 2005, headquartered in Piraeus-Athens Greece) is a Greek ferry company operating on shipping routes in Central and Eastern Mediterranean (Adriatic Seas, Aegean Sea). Its parent company is Minoan Lines (majority stake owner). Hellenic Seaways is the largest Greek ferry company. Its current fleet consists of 21 vessels, of which 12 are high-speed ferry ships. The company's ferry routes link 35 seaports and connect mainland Greece with the Greek islands in the Cyclades, northeast and southeast Aegean Sea, Argo-Saronic Gulf, Thessalian Sporades, Crete Island.
- In August 2009, Hellenic Seaways acquired EasyCruise (budget cruise line founded in 2004) for EUR 9 million. EasyCruise had a fleet of 2 vessels (EasyCruise 1, and EasyCruise Life / Ocean Life) and ceased operations in early 2010. Passengers booked on future cruises received full refunds. Later in 2010, the fleet's only ship EasyCruise Life was chartered to Blue Ocean Cruises (as Ocean Life). and after ending the charter was scrapped.
- In January 2011, Minoan Lines cancelled the planned sale of the company's 33,35% stake in Hellenic Seaways to ANEK Lines.
- On October 26, 2017, Attica Group (Attica Holdings) signed an agreement for acquiring 48,53% equity stake (37,667,504 shares for total EUR 78,5 million) in Hellenic Seaways Maritime (HSW). The ship Superfast XII was purchased separately (from Grimaldi Group for EUR 74,5 million), as well as Highspeed 7 (from Minoan Lines for EUR 25 million). With the 2017 acquisition, Attica Group now holds a total of 98,83% equity stake in HSW.
Blue Star Ferries (bluestarferries.com, founded in 1965, headquartered in Athens Greece, is the largest Greek ferry company, part of Attica Group (together with sister-company Superfast Ferries). It provides shipping services from mainland Greece to the Greek Islands (Cyclades, Dodecanese, North Aegean) and to Crete. Blue Star Ferries serve more than 20 island destinations.
- The company was founded under the name "Strintzis Lines" by the Kefalonia-based Strintzis family. In 2000, it was rebranded to "Blue Star Ferries", following the Attica Group's acquisition of a minority share (48% stake) in Blue Star.
- In 2006, Blue Star Maritime aquired the Dodecanese Islands based company DANE Sea Lines.
- The company's newest and largest ships were built in South Korea by DSME Daewoo Shipyards and delivered in October 2011 (Blue Star Delos) and July 2012 (Blue Star Patmos).
- The parent company Attica Group is an European holding. Its main ferry operations started in 1995 with the subsidiary Superfast Ferries. The company also has a minority share in Blue Star Ferries which operates ferries in the Aegean Sea to the Greek islands.
Small-fleet ferry companies
- DESTINATION GOTLAND (destinationgotland.se, founded in 1998, headquartered in Visby, Gotland Island Sweden) is a domestic ferry company operating in Sweden exclusively. Destination Gotland's current fleet includes the conventional ferries MS Visby and MS Gotland, and the high-speed HSC Gotlandia and HSC Gotlandia 2. The company has 2 shipbuilding contracts (signed November 2014 and June 2015) with GSI (Guangzhou Shipyard, China) for the construction of 2 LNG-powered ships. Each vessel has max capacity 1650 passengers and costs USD 135 million. Deliveries were scheduled for 2017 and 2018.
- CONDOR FERRIES (condorferries.co.uk, founded in 1964, headquartered in St Peter Port, Guernsey, owned by Commodore Group / part of Macquarie Group) offers passenger and freight ferry services between UK-France and Channel Islands - Jersey (St Helier Port) and Guernsey (St Peter Port). Condor Ferries current fleet includes the fast ferries Condor Rapide (high-speed catamaran) and Condor Liberation (high-speed trimaran) and the ships Commodore Clipper and Commodore Goodwill on the routes Poole England-Channel Islands, Portsmouth England-Channel Islands, St Malo France-Channel Islands and the inter-island service Guernsey-Jersey.
- MARINE ATLANTIC (marineatlantic.ca, founded in 1986, headquartered in St John's, Newfoundland) is a Canadian federal (state-owned) corporation operating ferries between the provinces Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Marine Atlantic's current fleet includes the ships Atlantic Vision, Blue Puttees, Highlanders, Leif Ericson.
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Itinerary of Ferries
Here are listed all CruiseMapper's ferry lines with their cruiseferry fleets, homeports (routes) and crossing times. Our list of ferries currently includes passenger vessels operated by the world's largest ferry companies - VIKING LINE, Silja Line, STENA LINE, DFDS SEAWAYS, P&O FERRIES, Tallink, FINNLINES, COLOR LINE, BALEARIA, MOBY LINES, Grimaldi Lines, BC Ferries, BRITTANY FERRIES, IRISH FERRIES, GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci), SNCM (Maritima Ferries), TRASMEDITERRANEA, MINOAN LINES, HELLENIC SEAWAYS, NEL Lines, ANEK Lines, Corsica-Sardinia Ferries, Eckero Line, Fjord Line, BLUE STAR FERRIES, Superfast Ferries.
Currently, VIKING LINE ships operate on the following ferry routes:
- Viking Rosella (Mariehamn-Kapellskar)
- Viking Mariella (Helsinki-Mariehamn-Stockholm)
- Viking Amorella (Turku-Mariehamn-Stockholm)
- Viking Cinderella (Stockholm-Mariehamn)
- Viking Gabriella (Helsinki-Mariehamn-Stockholm)
- Viking XPRS (Helsinki-Tallinn)
- Viking Grace (Turku-Mariehamn-Stockholm)
Currently, STENA LINE ships operate on the following passenger ferry routes:
- (Ireland-Wales UK, crossing time 3,5 hours) Rosslare Europort-Fishguard (Irish Sea) Stena Europe
- (Ireland-Wales UK, crossing time 3 hours) Dublin-Holyhead (Irish Sea) Stena Adventurer, Stena Superfast X
- (Northern Ireland-Scotland UK, crossing time 2 hours 15 min) Belfast-Cairnryan (Irish Sea) Stena Superfast VII, Stena Superfast VIII
- (Northern Ireland-England UK) Belfast-Heysham (Irish Sea, freight only) Stena Hibernia, Stena Precision
- (Northern Ireland-England UK, crossing time 8 hours) Belfast-Birkenhead (Irish Sea) Stena Lagan, Stena Mersey, Stena Performer
- (Ireland-France, crossing time 17 hours) Rosslare Europort-Cherbourg (Stena Horizon)
- (Holland-England UK, crossing time 6,5 hours) Hook of Holland-Harwich (North Sea) Stena Britannica, Stena Hollandica
- (Holland-England UK) Hook of Holland-North Killingholme Haven (North Sea, freight only) Stena Transit, Stena Transporter
- (Holland-England UK) Rotterdam-Harwich (North Sea, freight only) Capucine, Severine
- (Holland-England UK) Rotterdam-North Killingholme Haven (North Sea, freight only) Stena Scotia
- (Sweden-Denmark, crossing time 3 hours) Goteborg-Frederikshavn (Baltic Sea) Stena Jutlandica, Stena Danica, Stena Gothica
- (Sweden-Denmark, crossing time 5 hours) Varberg-Grena (Baltic Sea) Stena Nautica
- (Sweden-Germany, crossing time 9 hours) Goteborg-Kiel (Baltic Sea) Stena Germanica, Stena Scandinavica
- (Norway-Denmark, crossing time 9 hours) Oslo-Frederikshavn (Baltic Sea) Stena Saga
- (Sweden-Poland, crossing time 10 hours) Karlskrona-Gdynia (Baltic Sea) Stena Spirit, Stena Vision, Stena Baltica
- (Sweden-Latvia, crossing time 8,5 hours) Nynashamn-Ventspils (Baltic Sea) Scottish Viking, Stena Flavia
- (Sweden-Germany, crossing time 6 hours) Trelleborg-Rostock (Baltic Sea) Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Stena Skane
- (Sweden-Germany) Trelleborg-Sassnitz (Baltic Sea, freight only) Sassnitz
- (Germany-Latvia) Travemunde (Lubeck)-Liepaja (Baltic Sea) Urd, Stena Nordica
Currently, DFDS SEAWAYS ships operate on the following passenger ferry routes:
- Denmark-Norway (Copenhagen-Oslo)
- UK England-France - Dover-Dunkirk, Dover-Calais
- UK England-Holland (Newcastle upon Tyne-IJmuiden)
- UK England-France (Newhaven-Dieppe)
- Lithuania-Germany (Klaipeda-Kiel)
- Lithuania-Sweden (Klaipeda-Karlshamn)
- Estonia-Sweden (Paldiski-Kapellskar)
- Estonia-Finland (Paldiski-Hanko)
Currently, BRITTANY FERRIES ships operate on the following routes:
- Pont Aven (Roscoff-Cork Ireland-Roscoff) - crossing time 11 hours
- Normandie Express (Cherbourg-Portsmouth England-Cherbourg) - crossing time 3 hours
- Armorique, Bretagne and Pont Aven (Roscoff-Plymouth-Roscoff) - crossing time 6 hours
- Cap Finistere, and Baie de Seine (Portsmouth-(Roscoff)-Bilbao-Portsmouth) - crossing time 24-36 hours
- Baie de Seine, and Etretat (Portsmouth-Le Havre Paris) - crossing time 8 overnights, 5,5 days
- Pont Aven (Plymouth-Santander Spain-Plymouth) - crossing time 20 hours
- Barfleur (Cherbourg-Poole England-Cherbourg) - crossing time 4 hours
- Pont Aven, and Bretagne (Saint Malo-Portsmouth-Saint Malo) - crossing time 11 overnights, 8 days
- Mont St Michel, and Normandie (Caen-Portsmouth-Caen) - crossing time 6 hours
- Pont Aven, Etretat, Cap Finistere, and Baie de Seine (Portsmouth-Santander-Portsmouth) - crossing time 24 hours
- freight ferry Pelican (Bilbao-Poole England-Bilbao)
Currently, P&O FERRIES ships operate on the following routes:
- UK to France (Dover-Calais) - European Seaway, Pride of Burgundy, Pride of Canterbury, Pride of Kent, Spirit of Britain, Spirit of France
- mini cruises England UK to Belgium (Hull-Zeebrugge) - Pride of Bruges, Pride of York - crossing time 13 hours
- mini cruises England UK to Holland (Hull-Rotterdam) - Pride of Hull, Pride of Rotterdam - crossing time 10 hours
- England to Ireland (Liverpool-Dublin) - European Endeavour, Norbank, Norbay
- Scotland UK to Northern Ireland (Cairnryan-Larne) - European Causeway, European Highlander
- freight ferry service UK to Belgium (London Tilbury-Zeebrugge) - Norsky, Norstream
Currently, FINNLINES ships operate on the following passenger ferry routes:
- Finland-Germany (Helsinki-Travemunde, crossing time 27-29 hours) - Finnstar, Finnmaid, Finnlady
- Finland-Sweden (Naantali-Kapellskar via Langnas (Aland Islands, crossing time 8-9 hours) - Finnfellow, Finnclipper
- Sweden-Germany (Malmo-Travemunde, crossing time 9 hours) - Finnpartner, Finntrader, Nordlink
- Freight-only services are offered on the routes Finland-Poland (Helsinki-Gdynia, with 3-4 weekly departures) and Finland-Denmark (Helsinki-Aarhus, with 2 weekly departures).
Currently, COLOR LINE ships operate on the following passenger ferry routes:
- (Norway-Germany / Oslo-Kiel) - Color Fantasy, Color Magic (crossing time 20 hours)
- (Norway-Sweden / Sandefjord-Stromstad) Color Hybrid, Color Viking (crossing time 2,5 hours)
- (Norway-Denmark / Kristiansand-Hirtshals) Superspeed 1 (crossing time 3 hours 15 min)
- (Norway-Denmark / Larvik-Hirtshals) Superspeed 2 (crossing time 3 hours 45 min)
Currently, MOBY LINES ships operate on the following ferry routes:
- MS Bastia (Santa Teresa di Gallura-Bonifacio Corsica Island)
- MS Giraglia (Piombino-Cavo Elba Island)
- Moby Ale, Moby Baby, Moby Love, Moby Lally, and Moby Niki (Piombino-Portoferraio Elba Island) - crossing time 1 hour
- Moby Kiss and Moby Vincent (Livorno-Bastia Corsica Island) - crossing time 4,5 hours
- Moby Drea ((Livorno-Olbia Sardinia Island, Olbia-Genoa) - crossing times 6-6,5 / 10,5 hours
- Moby Otta ((Genoa-Olbia Sardinia Island) - crossing time 10,5 hours
- Moby Tommy (Civitavecchia (Rome)-Olbia Sardinia Island) - crossing time 5,5-6,5-8 hours (day and night crossings)
- Moby Aki (Livorno-Olbia, Piombino-Olbia Sardinia Island) - crossing times 6 / 5 hours
- Moby Wonder (Livorno-Olbia Sardinia Island) - crossing times 6 hours
- Moby Corse (Genoa-Bastia Corsica Island) - crossing time 5 hours
- Moby Zaza and Moby Dada ((Nice France-Bastia Corsica Island) - crossing time 5 hours
Currently, IRISH FERRIES ships operate on the following routes:
- Ulysses (Ireland-Wales UK) Dublin-Holyhead (crossing time 2 hours)
- Isle of Inishmore (Ireland-Wales UK) Rosslare Europort-Pembroke Dock (crossing time 4 hours)
- Oscar Wilde (Ireland-France) Rosslare Europort-Cherbourg (crossing time 18,5 hours), Rosslare Europort-Roscoff (crossing time 17,5 hours)
- Epsilon, WB Yates - Ireland-France (Dublin-Cherbourg, on weekends, crossing time 19 hours) and Ireland-Wales UK (Dublin-Holyhead, workweek, crossing time 2 hours)
Currently, BALEARIA ships operate on the following ferry routes:
- Algeciras to Ceuta and Tanger
- Almeria to Melilla and Nador
- Barcelona to Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca
- Ceuta to Algeciras
- Denia to Ibiza, Mallorca and Formentera
- Formentera to Ibiza and Denia
- Ibiza to Barcelona, Denia, Mallorca, Formentera and Valencia
- Malaga to Melilla
- Mallorca to Barcelona, Ibiza, Menorca, Denia and Valencia
- Melilla to Almeria and Malaga
- Menorca to Barcelona and Mallorca
- Mostaganem to Valencia
- Nador to Almeria
- Tanger to Algeciras
- Valencia to Mallorca, Ibiza and Mostaganem
- In the period 2015-2016, the ship Bahama Mama operated daily scheduled service between USA Florida and Bahamas (Fort Lauderdale to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island).
Currently, TRASMEDITERRANEA ships operate on the following routes:
- (roundtrip from Barcelona to) Ibiza, Mahon (Menorca), Palma de Mallorca, Formentera
- (roundtrip from Palma de Mallorca to) Ibiza, Mahon (Menorca)
- (roundtrip from Valencia to) Ibiza, Mahon (via Palma), Formentera
- roundtrip from Cadiz to Arrecife
- Cadiz- Las Palmas (via Arrecife), Cadiz- Tenerife (via Las Palmas), Cadiz-La Palma (via Arrecife, Las Palmas, Tenerife), Cadiz-Fuerteventura (via Arrecife, Las Palmas, Tenerife, La Palma)
- (from Lanzarote Island) Arrecife-Las Palmas, Arrecife-Tenerife (via Las Palmas), Arrecife-La Palma (via Las Palmas, Tenerife), Arrecife-Fuerteventura (via Las Palmas, Tenerife, La Palma)
- (from Gran Canaria Island) Las Palmas-Tenerife, Las Palmas-La Palma (via Tenerife), Las Palmas-Fuerteventura, Las Palmas-Arrecife (via Tenerife, Fuerteventura), Las Palmas-Cadiz (via Fuerteventura, Arrecife)
- (from Tenerife Island) Santa Cruz de Tenerife-Las Palmas, Tenerife-Fuerteventura (via Las Palmas), Tenerife-Arrecife (via Las Palmas, Fuerteventura), Tenerife-Cadiz (via Gran Canaria , Fuerteventura, Lanzarote)
- (from San Miguel de La Palma Island) Santa Cruz de la Palma-Las Palmas (via Tenerife), La Palma-Puerto Rosario-Fuerteventura (via Tenerife, Las Palmas), La Palma-Arrecife (via Tenerife, Las Palmas, Puerto Rosario, Fuerteventura), La Palma-Cadiz (via Tenerife, Las Palmas, Fuerteventura, Arrecife)
- (from Fuerteventura Island) Puerto del Rosario-Arrecife, Fuerteventura-Cadiz (via Arrecife)
- Algeciras-Ceuta, Algeciras-Tangier (Morocco)
- Almeria-Melilla, Almeria-Ghazaouet (Algeria), Almeria-Nador (Morocco), Almeria-Oran (Algeria)
- Trasmediterranea current fleet includes the ships Albayzin, Almariya, Dimonios, Fortuny, Forza, Juan J Sister, Sorolla, Tenacia, Zurbaran.
Currently, MINOAN LINES ships operate on the following routes:
- (Greece-Crete) Festos Palace and Knossos Palace (Piraeus-Heraklion) - crossing time 6 hours
- (Greece-Italy) Cruise Europa and Cruise Olympia (Patras-Igoumenitsa-Ancona-Trieste) - crossing time 29,5 hours (22 hours to Ancona)
Currently, BLUE STAR FERRIES ships operate on the following routes:
- Note: All departures to the Greek Islands are roundtrips from Port Piraeus (Athens).
- (Greece to Crete) Blue Horizon (Piraeus-Heraklion)
- (Greece to Crete) Blue Galaxy (Piraeus-Chania)
- (Greece to Cyclades Islands) Blue Star Paros (Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos) - crossing time 6 hours
- (Greece to Cyclades Islands) Blue Star Delos (Piraeus-Syros-Paros-Naxos-Ios-Santorini-Anafi) - crossing time 7 hours 45 min
- (Greece to Cyclades Islands) Blue Star Naxos (Piraeus-Syros-Paros-Naxos-Santorini-Irakleia-Schoinoussa-Koufonisia-Donousa-Amorgos-Astypalaia)
- (Greece to Dodecanese Islands) Blue Star 2 (Piraeus-Samos-Kos-Rhodes-Karpathos) - crossing time 20 hours
- (Greece to Dodecanese Islands) Blue Star Patmos (Piraeus-Kalymnos-Kos-Rhodes, Astypalaia-Patmos-Leipsoi-Leros-Nisyros-Symi-Tilos-Kastellorizo) - crossing time 22 hours 40 min
- (Greece to North Aegean Islands) Blue Star 1 (Piraeus-Psara-Oinousses-Chios-Lesbos) - crossing time 12 hours
Follows a list of small-fleet companies ships and routes:
- DESTINATION GOTLAND (Sweden, Visby-Nynashamn / port to Oskarshamn and Vastervik) - crossing time 3 hours (MS Visby, MS Gotland)
- CONDOR FERRIES operate between UK-France and Channel Islands - Jersey (St Helier Port) and Guernsey (St Peter Port). Fast ferry Condor Liberation serves the route Poole England-Channel Islands. Fast ferry Condor Rapide serves the route St Malo France-Channel Islands. The inter-island service Guernsey-Jersey is 1 hour (on the fast ferries) and 2 hours (on Commodore Clipper). Commodore Clipper and Commodore Goodwill serve the route Portsmouth England-Channel Islands (crossing time 7 hours).
- MARINE ATLANTIC (Canada) operates regular services across Cabot Strait (on the route Nova Scotia-Newfoundland Island) connecting the ports North Sydney-Port aux Basques, and North Sydney-Argentia (Placentia). Crossing times are, respectively, 7 hours (year-round, 7 days a week) and 14-16 hours (summer-only / June through September, 3 days a week).
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