Volcan de Tamadaba ferry Review and Specifications
Specifications of Volcan de Tamadaba ferry
|Year built||2007 / Age : 12|
|Builder||Barreras Shipyard (Vigo, Spain)|
|Class||cruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)|
|Ferry route / homeports||Las Palmas-Morro Jable-Arrecife (Gran Canaria-Fuerteventura-Lanzarote)|
|Speed||25 kn / 46 kph / 29 mph|
|Length (LOA)||154 m / 505 ft|
|Beam (width)||26 m / 85 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||20500 gt|
|Sister-ships||Volcan de Tijarafe|
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MS Volcan de Tamadaba ferry is a Ro-Pax passenger vessel operated by the Canaries-based company NAVIERA ARMAS. The ship has max capacity 1000 passengers and 300 cars (or 88 trucks/trailers). The vessel was launched in 2007 and currently operates the Canaries inter-island service Gran Canaria-Lanzarote on the ferry route Las Palmas-Arrecife (crossing time 5 hours) via Morro Jable (Fuerteventura).
As cruise ferry, Volcan de Tamadaba has 56 cabins (max capacity 4 passengers) and a total of 206 berths. All staterooms are air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms. The ferry company provides bed linens, towels, toiletries. The ship has one Penthouse Suite (with all meals included), as well as double and quad cabins. Baby cot beds are available on request (at ship's Reception Desk).
All standard cabins are fitted with a mirror, separate bathroom (WC /shower/washbasin), bedside table-cabinet, wardrobe, TV, seating area (1 round table, 2 armchairs). One stateroom is wheelchair-accessible (adapted for disabled passengers). Naviera Armas ferries also have the so-called "Pet Cabins". Travelers with pets must book a whole cabin (double/triple occupancy). The animals must be in pet cages. Dogs (even service dogs) must be leashed and muzzled while in public.
The boat additionally offers a spacious Reserved Seating Lounge (VIPs Armchair Hall). The salon has 90% reclining seats (aircraft-type seats) available for pre-booking and offers free water and juice service, private locker rooms, complimentary blankets.
All passengers must vacate their staterooms 30 min prior to homeport arrival. Passenger registration ends 1-hour prior ferry departure.
Shipboard facilities, dining, and entertainment
As facilities, the Volcan de Tamadaba ship offers:
- Buffet / Self-Service Restaurant offers hot dishes, cold appetizers, desserts, soft drinks. High chairs are available for children. The ferry company offers a dining bonus available to purchase both in its land offices and on the ship. The bonus includes all breakfast, lunches, and dinners in the Buffet Restaurant. Lunch and dinner consist of 2 courses (first and main), beverages (water/soda) and dessert. Other drinks are not included.
- The 24-hour open Cafeteria serves beverages, cocktails, coffee, light snacks, sweets.
- The 24-hour open Pool Bar serves drinks, coffee, sweets, fresh fruits/juices, premium ice-cream.
- Children's Play Room is an indoor playground for kids. The lounge is specially designed and fitted with ball pool, large TV (for watching cartoons), kids art tables (for drawing).
- Daytime entertainment and nightly shows are available, as well as a mini disco for kids, and other animation activities.
- Sun Deck's Swimming Pool is open 24 hours per day.
- Hammock Area, Outdoor Fitness Center, Disabled WCs
- Tax-Free Sea Shop is a duty-free priced boutique / convenience store selling special occasion gifts and souvenirs, alcohol (brand spirits, wines), tobaccos, luxury-brand perfumes and cosmetics, jewelry, watches, sunglasses, leather goods, confectionery, fashion clothing and accessories, toys, electronics and gadgets, gourmet sweets, handmade teas and spices. Special offers (shopping promotions) are offered on each ferry crossing. Payments can be made in cash or via bank cards VISA, ServiRed, MASTERCARD (minimum amount EUR 6). For operational reasons, EUR 200 banknotes are not accepted. Among the premium brands represented onboard are Versace, Elizabeth Arden, Tommy Hilfiger, Moschino, Paco Rabanne, Carolina Herrera, Hugo Boss, Gucci, L'Oreal, DKNY, Givenchy, Dolce-Gabbana, Face Inc.
- Wi-Fi service (free of charge), ATM / cash machine (next to Information Desk / Reception - midship on Lobby Deck)
- Reserved Seating Lounge is fitted with comfortable Pullman seats (fully-reclining leather armchairs).
- The ship's top-deck is Heli Deck with a forward-located helipad (helicopter landing area used in cases of emergency).
- All seating areas are fitted with large TVs (satellite reception) for watching live sports and music programs.
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.
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.
The shipowner Naviera Armas (headquartered in Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands) is a Spanish ferry company operating mainly inter-island shipping services in the Canaries. Outbound routes connect the Canary Islands with mainland Spain (via North Africa). Naviera Armas current fleet includes the large ships Volcan de Tamasite, Volcan de Timanfaya, Volcan de Tijarafe (sistership), Volcan de Tamadaba, Volcan de Tinamar, Volcan del Teide, plus several HSCs (high-speed catamaran ferries). All Naviera Armas ships are Spain-flagged (registered in Canary Islands ports).
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The vessel Volcan de Tamadaba's previous owner was Barlovento Agencia Maritima SA (between 2007-2008). The company Naviera Armas SA acquired it in 2008. Its cargo capacity is 1500 lanemeters, allowing storage for 300 cars or 88 trailers/trucks. The cruiseferry is named after the Tamadaba National Park on Gran Canaria Island.
The NAVIERA ARMAS Tamadaba ship was built by Barreras Shipyard (Vigo, Spain). Its powerplant is based on two WARTSILA marine diesel engines (model 12V46B / 12-cylinder) with combined power output 24 MW. The propulsion system is based on two controllable pitch propellers.
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