GNV Aries ferry

Former names: Pride of York (P&O), Norsea

GNV Aries ferry current position

GNV Aries ferry current location is at West Mediterranean (coordinates 40.84316 N / 14.26666 E) cruising en route to ITNAP. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

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Specifications of GNV Aries ferry

Year of build1987  /  Age: 37
Flag state Italy
BuilderGovan Shipbuilders (Glasgow, Scotland)
Classcruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsNaples-Palermo (Sicily)
Speed19 kn / 35 km/h / 22 mph
Length (LOA)179 m / 587 ft
Beam (width)25 m / 82 ft
Gross Tonnage31785 gt
Passengers930 - 1250
Freight vehicles180
Last Refurbishment2021
Sister-shipsPride of Bruges
Former namesPride of York (P&O), Norsea
OwnerMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)

GNV Aries ferry Review

Review of GNV Aries ferry

GNV Aries (fka "Pride of York") ferry is a Ro-Ro passenger vessel owned and operated by Italy-based company GRANDI NAVI VELOCI. The ship has a max capacity of 1250 passengers, 850 cars or 180 trucks (semi-trailers). The vessel was launched in 1987 (as Norsea) and currently operates the Italy-Sicily ferry route Naples-Palermo (crossing time 10-11 hours).

In mid-February 2021, both deployed in the North Sea ships Pride of York and Pride of Bruges were put up for sale. Both vessels (1987-built/34-years-old) were among the largest passenger ships in the UK. This followed P&O FERRIES' decision to terminate the England-Belgium route Hull-Zeebrugge (crossing time 13 hours) in early January 2021. The service was described as "loss-making" after a significant drop in demand, mainly due to COVID/Brexit-related travel restrictions and complications.

In mid-April 2021, P&O announced the sale of both ferries (Pride of York and Pride of Bruges) to GNV.

In 2019, the vessel's flag state/registry was changed from UK (MMSI 235001426/London) to Bahamas (MMSI 311063300/Nassau). Following the acquisition by GNV, the cruise ship (IMO number 8501957) was reflagged to Italy (MMSI 247435700) and registered in Napoli/Naples.


As cruise ferry, GNV Aries has cabins (passenger staterooms), all of which are air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms. The ferry company provides bed linens, towels, and toiletries. The ship offers 2-berth and 4-berth (with bunk beds) standard cabins, which can be outside or inside with sea view.

Premier-class cabins are also outside or inside with sea view, offered as 2-4-5-berth (also with bunk beds). All Club-class cabins are with sea view and best deck location. They are also larger and with extra amenities, such as TV, phone, fresh fruits, tea/coffee making facilities.

The ship also has a number of wheelchair-accessible cabins (adapted for disabled passengers).

Shipboard dining and entertainment options

The ship's main passenger-accessible facilities include:

GNV Aries ferry ship (Pride of York/P&O FERRIES)

The Kitchen (on Green Deck 4, casual restaurant serving international cuisine and fresh-made traditional British fare)

The Brasserie (on Green Deck 4, a French restaurant serving gourmet food and fine wines), patisseries (coffee shops serving light snacks, pastries, hot and cold drinks)

Starbucks Coffee Bar (on Red Deck 5)

The Flying Dutchman Bar (on Blue Deck 6)

Casino (on Red Deck 5) - closed on the Hull-Zeebrugge route

Show Lounge (on Red Deck 5)

Cinema (on Blue Deck 6) - tickets can be purchased from Information Desk

The Lounge (on Blue Deck 6)

There is a Reserved Seating Lounge (luxury Club-class bar lounge furnished with comfortable leather couches). Reserved seats are available for pre-booking. These deals are inclusive of complimentary beverages (champagne, tea, coffee, soft drinks) and newspapers.

The ship has a dedicated family lounge with comfortable seating. The lounge is served by its own bar (light snacks and beverages - tea, coffee, soft drinks). During summer months opens an outdoor/open-air alfresco bar.

Shopping at the onboard shops offers a wide choice of brand products at discounted prices in comparison to UK high street prices. Up to 40% discounts are offered on luxury perfumes, skincare, cosmetics. Up to 30% discounts are offered on alcohol (spirits, wines, beers). The shops (on Red deck 5) also sell bestseller books, newspapers, magazines, toys, games,

The cruise ferry GNV Aries has children-dedicated onboard areas, including a playroom (indoor playground) and movie room (for watching videos). During summer holidays family breaks, the ferry company provides onboard kids entertainment program with specially trained staff and supervised activities (painting, drawing, treasure hunts, arts, and crafts).


As on cruise ships, all GNV ferries offer passenger cabins with modern amenities, individually controlled air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. Some suites are with private balconies.

Occasionally, the largest GNV ships are also used for Mediterranean mini-cruises - especially during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

  • Onboard food includes a huge variety of options. A la carte restaurants provide a combination of international, regional and Mediterranean food with a range of signature dishes for the 3 courses. The self-service/buffet dining provides passengers with an array of different choices in an informal setting. Snack Bars serve fast-food classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Pizzeria is open during high season and offers fresh-baked Neapolitan pizzas with a variety of toppings. On the routes between Italy and Tunisia-Morocco are also available Halal meals - permissible by traditional Islamic law food and drinks.
  • Ships' boutique shops sell at discount prices tobacco and alcohol (budget and premium wines and spirits), as well as luxury brand perfumes and cosmetics, designer jewelry, watches, fashion clothing and accessories, sunglasses, souvenirs, toys.
  • The shipboard Conference Centre serves the company's "GNV MICE and INCENTIVE" program and offers 5 different formats for group meetings, conventions and corporate events at sea and in port - Charters (full), Part Charters (dedicated onboard areas), Mini-Cruises, Floating Hotel (ship hotel) and Corporate Events (onboard aperitifs, lunches and dinners).

Children under 4 years of age travel free of charge on all GNV ships. Kids under 2 years of age travel free of charge on Tunisia and Morocco routes.

Cots, high chairs, bottle warmers, changing tables and cot sides are provided on request and free of charge.

Car decks

Follows a list of car decks-related safety procedures:

  • 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 case of emergency, the use of elevators/passenger lifts is forbidden.
  • 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 GNV Grandi Navi Veloci logo - CruiseMapper

The shipowner Grandi Navi Veloci (fleet, 1992-founded, headquartered in Genoa, Italy) is an Italian ferry company operating on shipping routes between mainland Italy, Sardinia, Sicily, Albania, France, Morocco, and Tunisia.

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