A cruiseferry is a ship that combines the features of a cruise ship with a Ro-Pax ferry. Many passengers travel with the ships for the cruise experience, staying only a few hours at the destination port or not leaving the ship at all, while others use the ships as means of transportation.
Cruiseferry traffic is mainly concentrated in the seas of Northern Europe, especially the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. However, similar ships traffic across the English Channel as well as the Irish Sea, Mediterranean and even on the North Atlantic. Cruiseferries also operate from China and Australia.
Baltic Sea cruiseferries
In the northern Baltic Sea, two major rival companies, Viking Line and Silja Line, have for decades competed on the routes between Turku and Helsinki in Finland and Sweden's capital Stockholm. Since the 1990s Tallink has also risen as a notable company in the area, culminating with acquisition of Silja Line in 2006.
List of largest cruiseferries of their time
The term "cruiseferry" did not come into use until the 1980s, although it has been retroactively applied to earlier ferries that have large cabin capabilities and public spaces in addition to their car- and passenger-carrying capacity.
Year Name Tonnage1 Company Traffic area Flag Notes 1975 MS Belorussiya 16,331 GRT Black Sea Shipping Company Black Sea Soviet Union Alongside five identical sisters build 1975-76 1976 SNCM Mediterranean France 1977 GTS Finnjet 24,605 GRT Finnlines Baltic Sea Finland Gas turbine-powered, also the fastest, longest and largest 1981 MS Finlandia 25,905 GRT Effoa (for Silja Line traffic) Baltic Sea Finland Alongside identical sister M/S Silvia Regina 1982 MS Scandinavia 26,474 GRT Scandinavian World Cruises,
later DFDS Seaways
Denmark 1985 MS Svea 33,829 GRT Johnson Line (for Silja Line traffic) Baltic Sea Sweden 1985 MS Mariella 37,799 GRT SF Line (for Viking Line traffic) Baltic Sea Finland 1989 MS Athena 40,012 GRT Rederi AB Slite (for Viking Line traffic) Baltic Sea Sweden 1989 MS Cinderella 46,398 GRT SF Line (for Viking Line traffic) Baltic Sea Finland 1990 MS Silja Serenade 58,376 GRT Silja Line Baltic Sea Finland 1991 MS Silja Symphony 58,377 GRT Silja Line Baltic Sea Sweden 1993 MS Silja Europa 59,914 GT Silja Line Baltic Sea Finland Ordered by Rederi AB Slite for Viking Line traffic 2001 MS Pride of Rotterdam 59,925 GT P&O Ferries North Sea Netherlands 2004 MS Color Fantasy 75,027 GT Color Line Kattegat, Skagerrak Norway 2007 MS Color Magic 75,100 GT Color Line Kattegat, Skagerrak Norway 1May be specified in gross tonnage (GT) or gross register tons (GRT).
List of cruiseferry operators
- Acciona Transmedditerranea
- ANEK Lines
- Blue Star Ferries
- Brittany Ferries
- Color Line
- Corsica Ferries
- DFDS Seaways
- Eckerö Linjen
- Endeavour Lines
- Grandi Navi Veloci
- Grimaldi Ferries
- Hellenic Seaways
- Irish Ferries
- Minoan Lines
- Moby Lines
- P&O Ferries
- Silja Line
- Spirit of Tasmania
- Smyril Line
- Stena Line
- Superfast Ferries
- Tirrenia di Navigazione
- () Viking Line
M/S Silja Europa, the largest cruiseferry in the world 1993-2001.
M/S Mariella at the Kustaanmiekka strait
M/S Color Fantasy, the largest cruiseferry in the world 2004—2007.
MS Galaxy in Helsinki West Harbour.
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