Zeus Palace ferry

Former names: Prometheus, Eurostar Barcelona

Zeus Palace ferry current position

Zeus Palace ferry current location is at West Mediterranean (coordinates 40.10373 N / 12.05018 E) cruising at speed of 19.4 kn (36 km/h | 22 mph) en route to Livorno. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Zeus Palace ferry

Year of build2001  /  Age: 23
Flag state Italy
BuilderSamsung Heavy Industries (Geoje, South Korea)
Classfast cruiseferry (Ro-Ro ship)
Ferry route / homeportsCivitavecchia-Olbia-Tunis, Salerno-Palermo-Tunis, Savona-Porto Torres
Engines (power)Wartsila (50.4 MW / 67588 hp)
Speed32 kn / 59 km/h / 37 mph
Length (LOA)212 m / 696 ft
Beam (width)25 m / 82 ft
Gross Tonnage31730 gt
Freight vehicles122
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2021
Sister-shipsMoby Tommy, Mega Express 3
Former namesPrometheus, Eurostar Barcelona

Zeus Palace ferry Review

Review of Zeus Palace ferry

Zeus Palace ferry is a Ro-Ro passenger vessel operated by the Italy-based company GRIMALDI LINES. The ship has a max capacity of 1706 passengers and 580 cars (or 150 cars plus 122 trucks/trailers). The vessel was launched in 2001 and currently operates on the Italy-Sardinia Island-Tunisia ferry routes Civitavecchia-Olbia-Tunis (crossing time 18,5 hours) and Salerno-Palermo-Tunis (crossing time 16,5 hours). Sicily-Tunisia crossing time is 11,5 hours. Italy-Sardinia crossing time is 6,5 hours.

In 2022 was added the Italy-Sardinia service Savona-Porto Torres (crossing time ~8,5 hours). During low season is added Cagliari Sardinia.


As cruise ferry, Zeus Palace has 202 cabins (including 2 Suites and 2 handicap) with a total of 500 berths. All staterooms are air-conditioned, with en-suite bathrooms (toilet/shower/washbasin, hairdryer), lower twin beds (fixed) and upper bunk beds (wall-mounted), bedside table and reading lamps, chair, mirrored vanity (small writing table with chair or stool), phone, wall-mounted reading lamps. The ferry company provides bed linens, towels, and toiletries.

Outside cabins are with bay window. Superior cabins (Suites) additionally offer as amenities TV (satellite reception), mini-bar, double bed, armchair, 3-seater sofa with low table. Two staterooms are wheelchair-accessible (cabins adapted for disabled passengers). The boat additionally offers a total of 211 reclining seats (aircraft-type seats in reserved seating lounges) available for pre-booking.

All passengers must vacate their staterooms 30 min prior to homeport arrival.

Zeus Palace ferry ship (GRIMALDI LINES)

Shipboard dining and entertainment options

As facilities, the Zeus Palace ship offers:

  • The ship has two main restaurants - A La Carte Restaurant and Self-Service (Buffet) Restaurant. Both are with floor-ceiling windows and suitable for quick meals prepared by Italian master chefs. Personalized menus are also available, offering dishes made with gluten-free products. Booking onboard dining in advance (online) offers up to 50% off the onboard prices.
  • Onboard dining includes 3 restaurant menus (Standard, Business, Premium) each with fixed (per person) prices for Breakfast and Lunch-Dinner.
  • Premium menu is served at the A La Carte Restaurant only. It includes 1 starter, 1 first course meal, 1-second course meal, 1 side dish, 1 dessert (or fruits), 1 drink (0,5 L bottled water or 330 ml domestic beer or 370 ml wine / non-alcoholic beverage).
  • Standard and Business menus are served at the Buffet Restaurant only.
  • Standard menu includes Breakfast (1 hot drink, 1 croissant (or 2 butter and jam sandwiches), 1 glass of fruit juice), Lunch (1 first course, 1 main course, 1 side dish, 1 bread, 1 seasonal fruit, 1 drink / 0,5 L bottled water or 330 ml domestic beer or 250 ml wine / non-alcoholic beverage) and Dinner (1 first course, 1 main course, 1 side, 1 bread, 1 seasonal fruit, 1 drink).
  • Business menu includes Breakfast (1 hot drink, 1 glass of fruit juice, 2 butter and jam sandwiches or 1 croissant + 1 yogurt), Lunch (1 appetizer, 1 first course, 1 main course, 1 side, 1 bread, 1 seasonal fruit, 1 dessert, 1 drink / 0,5 L bottled water or 330 ml domestic beer or 250 ml wine / non-alcoholic beverage) and Dinner (1 appetizer, 1 first course, 1 main course, 1 side, 1 bread, 1 seasonal fruit, 1 dessert, 1 drink).
  • The ship has 3 bars, including Snack Bar (Cafeteria / Patisserie) open year-round and selling sandwiches, cakes, pastries, fruit salads, yogurts, ice cream, hot/cold drinks.
  • Children's Room is a kids-dedicated indoor playground equipped with a large TV (for watching cartoons), bean bags, small tables with chairs, toys, games, ball pool pit, supervised activities.
  • The ship also has Disco (glass-dome covered nightclub), Casino (gambling lounge with slot machines), Video Games Room (arcade machines), Reserved Seating Lounges, Main Lounge, Cinema, Piano Bar (live music), Pool Bar, Card Room, Wellness Center (Spa, Gym), Internet Cafe.
  • There are two Reserved Seating Lounges (Economy-Class, Club-Class) fitted with comfortable Pullman seats (fully-reclining armchairs) and large TVs. There are also two exclusive Truck Driver lounges (restaurant, bar lounge).
  • Onboard shopping includes several retail shops (boutiques) and Mini-Market selling at discount prices alcohol (spirits, wines), tobaccos, premium-brand perfumes and cosmetics, designer jewelry, 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. WiFi packages can be purchased online (upon ferry bookings) or on the ship (at the Reception). WiFi service is available on all GRIMALDI ships.
  • Wellness Center consists of Spa (sauna, locker rooms, jacuzzi pool, relaxation area, massage rooms), outdoor sundeck area (with loungers and tables), Beauty Parlor (Salon and Shop / for beauty products), Fitness (gym with Technogym equipment). Wellness Center can be visited only by adults and teenagers (14 to 18 years old) accompanied by adults.
  • Sun Deck is an outdoor area with swimming pool and whirlpool (jacuzzi), poolside bar, sunbathing area with loungers, deckchairs, 4-seat tables, TVs,

The ship's 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 nurse service.

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.

GRIMALDI ferry and cruise deals

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

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

  • Each crossing can be customized, and specifically themed by travel agencies and event organizers thanks to GRIMALDI ships' large-sized event spaces that can be differently adapted according to specific requests. Among the most popular theme cruises, GRIMALDI offers voyages themed on sports, art, culture, history, music, religion.
  • On the Rome-Barcelona routes, 2-day mini-cruise deals are offered.
  • By the company's "Ad hoc" programs are organized religion-themed cruises for small and large groups of pilgrims. The itineraries allow pilgrimages from Italy (Civitavecchia-Rome and Porto Torres Sardinia) to Spain (Barcelona, tour to Sagrada Familia), ​​France (Lourdes, tour to Grotto of Lourdes) and Carcassonne (Cathedral, Basilica of St Nazaire and St Celse).
  • GRIMALDI FREIGHTER CLUB is reserved for all ferry passengers with minimum 2 crossings on GRIMALDI LINES ships. Club membership allows 5% Freighter Travel discount on the price.
  • The ferry company offers group travel discount rates and for all types of passenger groups (minimum 20 people / with or without vehicles), including students, sports fans, religious groups, campers, music bands, etc.
  • GRIMALDI's "Nave Piu Hotel" ("Ferry and Hotel") packages are offered for the Italian islands Sardinia and Sicily. The program is via partnerships with local hotels, villages, and residences.
  • Shuttle bus service (between Naples and Civitavecchia-Rome) is offered for all daily departures, excepting Sundays. The bus ticket price is EUR 24 pp (each way), added to the ferry ticket price. The shuttle bus ticket can be purchased with the ferry ticket or on the ship. The shuttle service is subject to change and availability. Departure from Naples is at 4 pm (bus boarding starts at 3.30 pm) at Piazza Angioino / in front Stazione Marittima. Departure from Civitavecchia is at 8.30 pm (bus boarding starts at 8 pm) from the port.

GRIMALDI company offers the following discounted ferry travel deals:

  • 20% discount for early bookings and departures (January through April 30th) for Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Greece.
  • 20% discount on the routes to and from Palermo Sicily (bookings and departures, January through April 30th).
  • 20% discount on bookings that include departure within 7 days after booking. The offer is valid on ferries to Sardinia, Spain and the Livorno-Palermo route (January through April 30th).
  • 20% discount for senior travelers (passengers over 60s. The offer includes Inside Cabin with no single supplement. The offer is limited and subject to availability.
  • (Spain) 20% discount on campers is offered on return crossings from Barcelona to Civitavecchia and Porto Torres.
  • (Greece) 20% discount is offered on return tickets (low season departures) on the Italy-Greece routes Brindisi-Igoumenitsa, Brindisi-Corfu and Brindisi-Patras. This low-season discount is also available on the reverse routes (from Greece to Italy).
  • (Tunisia) 20% discount is offered on the return ticket on Italy-Tunisia and Tunisia-Italy routes.
  • (Morocco) 20% discount is offered on the return ticket on Italy-Morocco and Morocco-Italy routes.
  • (Greece) 30% discount is offered on low-season crossings from Italy to Greece with combined Grimaldi Lines and Minoan Lines bookings.
  • 50% discount for kids 2 to from 2 to 12 years old and 100% discount (kids travel for free) for toddlers up to 2 years old. These offers are for a maximum of 2 kids per cabin and can't be combined with the "Superfamily and Friends" offer. Both offers are for roundtrips and subject to availability.
  • 100% discount (kids travel for free) for children up to 12 years old is offered on all lines to and from Sicily Island. The offer is for roundtrips and subject to availability.
  • 100% "SARDI DOC" discount (free car or motorbike in tow) and single cabin (no supplement) is offered for Sardinia Island natives and residents. Same goes for the 100% "SICILIANI DOC" discount (for Sicily Island natives and residents). These special offers are limited and subject to availability.
  • (early booking through April 30th) 100% discount for cars is offered on the routes from Civitavecchia to Sardinia (Olbia and Porto Torres) for year-round departures. The offer can be combined with SARDI DOC (Sardinia resident discount rate).
  • 100% discount on cars and motorbikes are offered on return crossings from Spain to Italy (not on all departures).
  • (Spain) Special rates on Wednesday departures are offered on the Civitavecchia-Barcelona and Barcelona-Civitavecchia routes. The offer is limited and subject to availability.
  • (Spain) Special rates for couples (2 passengers booked in the same stateroom) are offered on routes to and from Spain. The offer is limited and subject to availability.
  • Special rates for kids and children up to 12 years of age are offered on all routes connecting Italy with Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, Greece.
  • (Spain) "Superfamily and Friends" discount rates are offered for 4 passengers booked in the same cabin. The offer is valid for 2 full-paying adults (3rd and 4th passengers travel for free) on return crossings from Spain to Italy. "Superfamily and Friends" rate can be combined with other discounts and special rates on offer.

Note: Fixed fees (port charges, Government taxes) are excluded from discount fares.

The "Week-end a bordo" (Week-end onboard) program gives passengers the opportunity to spend the weekend in Barcelona (Saturday to Tuesday. GRIMALDI's "Hotel on board" formula allows the ferries Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona to be used as hotel ships during the Barcelona port stop on Sunday.

  • Saturday (0 midnight) - a departure from Civitavecchia (Rome)
  • Sunday (8 pm) arrival in Barcelona, free-time city exploration, stateroom (overnight stay on the ferry)
  • Monday - free-time city exploration, Barcelona departure 10:15 pm
  • Tuesday (7 pm) - arrival in Civitavecchia (Rome)
  • While on the ship (during the crossing) passengers can take advantage of all shipboard services and services (including spa, gym, casino, solarium, swimming pool, live music and entertainment, bars, lounges, restaurants).

GRIMALDI also offers honeymoon cruises at most affordable prices.

  • Ferry fares are inclusive of Junior Suite cabin, roundtrip ferry cruise (for 2 passengers and 1 car), free entry to the ship's wellness center (plus 1 free spa treatment per person/"Back and Neck" massage), meals (dinner at the ship's restaurant), port fees and taxes, in-cabin dining (Breakfast, complimentary fruits and sparkling wine).
  • All these price-inclusive services and amenities are available in both directions (outward and return crossings).
  • Honeymoon ferry cruise deals are offered on the ships Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona, with prices per couple EUR 640 (low season), EUR 740 (mid-season) and EUR 920 (high season).

Zeus Palace ferry ship (GRIMALDI LINES)

Pets on the ship

Traveling with pets / domestic animals are allowed on all GRIMALDI 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 traveling 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, GRIMALDI 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 GRIMALDI LINES logo - CruiseMapper

The shipowner Grimaldi Lines (fleet, 1999-founded, headquartered in Civitavecchia-Rome) is an Italian ferry company operating exclusively on Mediterranean shipping routes connecting mainland Italy with Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Greece, Morocco, and Tunisia.

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The vessel entered service on March 14, 2001. It was previously operated under the names Prometheus (2001-2005 by MINOAN LINES, subsidiary of Grimaldi Group) and Eurostar Barcelona (2005-2009 by both GRIMALDI and MINOAN).

The vessel was constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd (Geoje, Korea), under hull/yard number 1279. The powerplant is based on 4x Wartsila marine diesel engines (model 12V46C) with total power output 50,4 MW. The propulsion system consists of 2x driveshafts with Wartsila-made CPPs (controllable pitch propellers). The hull is ice-strengthened (1A-class).

Between 2005-2008, the ferry served the Italy-Spain route Civitavecchia-Barcelona. In 2010 it served the route Sicily-Sardinia. Between 2012-2014 it served the Greece-Italy route Patras-Igoumenitsa-Ancona. In the period 2014-2017 the ship was on the Italy-Tunisia route Civitavecchia-Trapani (Sicily)-Tunis and also Salerno-Palermo (Sicily)-Tunis. The Olbia line was added in 2017.

In 2022 (April 11th thru July 1st, and Sept 19th thru Dec 31st), Zeus Palace operated the new Italy-Sardinia line Savona-Porto Torres with 3x weekly crossings. Departures from Savona were on Tuesdays and Thursdays (at 8.30 pm) and on Saturdays (at 6.30 pm). Departures from Porto Torres were on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (at 8.30 pm). In the summer (July 2nd thru to Sept 18th) the weekly crossings were increased to 6x (in both directions).

Ferry's sisterships are Moby Tommy and Mega Express 3. The other "palace"-named ferries are Mykonos, Festos and Knossos. The ship is powered by four WARTSILA marine diesel engines (model 12V46C, total power output 50,4 MW) and as propulsion has two shafts with controllable pitch propellers.