Danielle Casanova ferry

Former name: Mediterranee

Danielle Casanova ferry current position

Danielle Casanova ferry current location is at West Mediterranean (coordinates 43.33664 N / 5.34281 E) cruising en route to Marseille. The AIS position was reported 28 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Danielle Casanova ferry

Year of build2002  /  Age: 21
Flag state France
BuilderFincantieri (Ancona, Italy)
Classcruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsMarseille-Algiers, Marseille-Tunis, Marseille-Corsica (Ajaccio)
Building costEUR 150 million
Speed24 kn / 44 km/h / 28 mph
Length (LOA)176 m / 577 ft
Beam (width)30 m / 98 ft
Gross Tonnage41447 gt
Freight vehicles60
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2019
Former namesMediterranee
Christened byAndre Lacrampe
OwnerSNCM Maritima Ferries

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HSF Danielle Casanova ferry is a Ro-Pax passenger vessel (HSF=high-speed ferry) owned by SNCM Maritima Ferries and operated under charter by the France-based company CORSICA LINEA. The ship has a max capacity of 2400 passengers and 700 cars (or 90 cars plus 60 trucks/trailers). The vessel was launched in 2002 and currently operates on the France-Algeria ferry route Marseille-Algiers (crossing time 23 hours), on the France-Tunisia route Marseille-Tunis (La Goulette) (crossing time 22,5 hours), and on the France-Corsica route Marseille-Ajaccio (crossing time 12 hours).


As cruise ferry, Danielle Casanova has 470 cabins (188 Inside and 268 Outside, accommodating up to 4 passengers). All staterooms are located on decks 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 forward. All staterooms are air-conditioned, soundproof, with en-suite bathrooms (toilet/shower/washbasin, hairdryer), lower and upper bunk beds (wall-mounted), bedside table/cabinet with stool or chair, mirrored vanity (small writing table with chair or stool), phone, wall-mounted reading lamps, wardrobe. The ferry company provides bed linens, towels, and toiletries.

  • Of all interior cabins, 107 (decks 6-7-8) are with en-suite facilities and 81 (deck 5) are with washbasin only (no WC).
  • A total of 14 "Luxury" staterooms (2-Room Suites) are located on Deck 9. Each Suite has max capacity 4 passengers, separate bedroom (large double bed) and living room (2 bunk beds).
  • All cabins and hallways are carpeted. All cabins on decks 5 and 7 are with green doors, while cabins on decks 6 and 8 are with red doors.
  • Stateroom access is electronic (via boarding cards) which codes are changed for each cruise.

Outside cabins are with bay window. Suites additionally offer as amenities HDTV (satellite reception), mini-bar, double bed, 2-seater sofa. Some staterooms are wheelchair-accessible (cabins adapted for disabled passengers). The boat additionally offers a total of 320 reclining seats (aircraft-type seats in reserved seating lounges Gibraltar and Bosphorus on Deck 5) available for pre-booking.

TNT television is available in all staterooms and in the bar lounge. All passengers must vacate their staterooms 30 min prior to homeport arrival.

SNCM Danielle Casanova ferry ship (CORSICA LINEA)

Shipboard dining and entertainment options

As facilities (most of which located on Decks 10 and 11), the Jean Nicoli ship offers:

  • The ship has two main restaurants - A La Carte Restaurant Les Calanques (open 7 - 9:30 pm), and Self-Service (Buffet) Restaurant named Les Arbousiers (both on Deck 9). Both venues feature panoramic (floor-ceiling) windows and are suitable for quick meals prepared by French master chefs. Personalized menus are also available, offering dishes made with gluten-free products.
  • The Girolata / Snack Bar (Cafeteria / Patisserie) open year-round and sells sandwiches, cakes, pastries, fruit salads, yoghurts, ice cream, hot/cold drinks.
  • Children's Room is a kids-dedicated indoor playground equipped with a large HDTV (for watching cartoons), bean bags, small tables with chairs, toys, games, ball pool pit, supervised activities.
  • The Sun Deck has Solarium area with La Crique (indoor heated swimming pool), sunbathing area (sun loungers, deckchairs), outdoor seating (small tables and chairs). It is served by La Crique (outdoor pool bar) serving fast food, snacks, cocktails, beer, soft drinks. As highspeed ferry, the ship's sundeck area is protected from winds by transparent glass walls.
  • The ship also has Disco named Cape Canaille (glass-dome covered nightclub on Deck 10), Video Games Room (arcade machines, football table), Indoor Bar / Internet Cafe, The Alhambra / Piano Bar (main bar-lounge for live music performances), Marina (meeting room / seminar area midship on Deck 9).
  • The Reserved Seating Lounges Gibraltar and Bosphorus on Deck 5 have combined capacity 320 seats and are fitted with comfortable Pullman seats (fully-reclining armchairs) and large HDTVs. There are also two exclusive Truck Driver lounges (restaurant, bar lounge).
  • Onboard shopping options include a Shopping Arcade (on Deck 10) with several retail shops (boutiques and Mini Market) selling at discount prices alcohol (spirits, wines), tobaccos, premium-brand perfumes and cosmetics, designer jewellery, fashion clothing and accessories, footwear, designer watches, handbags, sunglasses, personal hygiene products, travel essentials, confectionery, snacks, toys, books, magazines, electronics and gadgets, special occasion gifts and souvenirs.
  • (Lobby Deck) ATM/cash machine is located next to the Reception (Information Desk). Onboard Wi-Fi service is paid and available at the restaurants and bars onboard. WiFi packages can be purchased online (upon ferry bookings) or on the ship (at the Reception). WiFi service is available on all CORSICA LINEA ships.
  • The top-deck is a Heli Deck with a helipad (helicopter landing area used in cases of emergency).
  • The vessel offers plenty of outdoor deck space. Infirmary (ship hospital) provides 24-hour nursery service.
  • There are also 6 large closed rescue boats designed for the evacuation of around 900 people, 2 semi-rigid boats, liferafts.

All onboard emergency instructions are displayed in staterooms, on the TV screens and at the ship's assembly stations (aka muster stations). Life jackets are issued at the assembly stations. In cases of emergency, the use of elevators/passenger lifts is forbidden.

SNCM Danielle Casanova ferry ship (CORSICA LINEA)

Pets on the ship

Travelling with pets/domestic animals are allowed on all CORSICA LINEA ships. For dogs and cats are available dedicated onboard lodgings. Other animals (rabbits, birds, hamsters, etc) must be in passenger-owned carriers.

  • Animals are not allowed in staterooms, seating lounges, bar lounges, and all public rooms. Animals are allowed only on outer decks, where they can be walked by their owners.
  • During ferry booking, passengers have to select "Pet up to 6 kg" for animals travelling in pet cages and not requiring kennels. The "Pet over 6 kg" option is for animals needing onboard kennel (which must be booked in advance).
  • During the crossing, animals are nourished by the owners. Water is provided by the crew. Animals must be maintained by the owners, who are obliged to remove excrements or any other uncleannesses produced by the animal.
  • Visually impaired passengers travel with their guide dogs at no extra cost. Guide dogs are allowed in the cabin. Disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility can also be accompanied by assistance dogs.

Car decks

As freight, CORSICA LINEA ships allow transportation of semi-trailers, lorries (with or without drivers), cars, motorcycles (only as freight, without drivers), caravans, camper vans (without drivers), cargo containers, mobile machinery, boats (on cradle), industrial products.

Follows a list of car decks-related safety procedures:

  • Disabled passengers or those requiring specific assistance should visit the ship's Information Desk (open 24-hours).
  • Apply handbrake and place the vehicle in park or 1st gear position. Switch off the ignition, alarm, electrical equipment, headlights. Gas cylinders, if any, must be switched off. Lock the vehicle.
  • From your vehicle take only valuables and essential hand baggage.
  • Make a note of your vehicle's location and garage deck number/stairway before leaving the car deck.
  • Access to the ship's vehicle (cargo) decks during the voyage is prohibited.
  • Smoking on vehicle decks, as well as in cabins and passenger lounges is forbidden.
  • Wait for the onboard announcement before returning to your vehicle.

In order to avoid air pollution, don't start the engine until instructed.

ferry company Corsica Linea logo - CruiseMapper

The shipowner Corsica Linea (fleet, 2016-founded, headquartered in Ajaccio, Corsica) is a French shipping company operating exclusively on Mediterranean Sea routes connecting mainland France (Marseille) with Corsica Island (France), Sardinia Island (Italy) and North Africa (Arab Maghreb - Algeria and Tunisia).

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The ship is named after Danielle Casanova (originally Vincentelli Perini / 1909-1943) - Ajaccio-born French communist, member of the French Resistance. She was tortured and killed in Konzentrationslager Auschwitz (German concentration camp complex) where were killed at least 1,1 million people.

The vessel was ordered on March 23, 2000. Its construction officially started on February 28, 2001, with the keel-laying ceremony held at Fincantieri's shipyard in Ancona Italy. The ship was launched (floated out from drydock) on November 28, 2001, and delivered to the shipowner SNCM (Societe Nationale Maritime Corse Mediterranee) on June 26, 2002. Launching ceremony's godmother (madrina) was Christina Monini (yachtswoman). The ship left Ancona on June 29 and on July 1 arrived in homeport Marseille, where was greeted by the fleetmates Mediterranee, Paglia Orba and Monte d'Oro. The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) was on July 2 (Marseille to Bastia Corsica crossing). On July 5 started the inaugural Marseille-Ajaccio (overnight crossing 9 pm - 6:45 am) under Captain Didier Oberlin.

The cruiseferry was officially christened on July 5 (2002) by godfather Andre Lacrampe (1941-2015) at the time bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese o'Ajaccio

The vessel was transferred from SNCM to MCM (Maritime Corse Mediterranee / CORSICA LINEA) on January 5, 2016. On May 13, the ship left Marseille towards Bizerte (Tunisia) for general maintenance and repainting in Corsica Linea's new colors and livery (white superstructure and red hull). The EUR 5 million drydock refurbishment project (May 14 - June 14) also included renovation of the engines, stabilizers and bow thrusters. It resumed the regular ferry service France-Tunisia (3 weekly roundtrip crossings) on June 22.

In 2017, MS Danielle Casanova started (in February) the weekly service Marseille-Corsica (Bastia and Ajaccio) with 3 roundtrips per week during the summer season. During ship's drydock in 2019 (March-April) was installed the Wartsila EnergoProFin (propeller cap with hydrofoil fins). The device was mounted on the stern propellers (on their post-swirl side) to reduce the water flow on the rudders, thus reducing fuel consumption and CO emissions.

The cruise ship is powered by four Wartsila marine diesel engines (model 9L46C) with combined power output 37,8 MW (50,000 hp). The propulsion system is based on two Lips CPPs (controllable pitch propellers, diameter 5 m / 16 ft) and two Lips bow thrusters (in-hull units with combined output 3,2 MW). The stabilizer has 2 folding (in-hull) fins stabilizing roll motions. The vessel is France-flagged (Port Ajaccio Corsica). Ferry's cargo capacity is 1000 lanemeters, allowing storage for 700 cars (or 90 cars plus 60 trucks/trailers).

Fun fact is that the liner's principal equipment was manufactured in different European countries - Finland (machinery), Denmark (boilers), Holland (propellers), Czech Republic (propeller shafts), Spain (car-deck bridges).