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Cruise Europa delivered to Minoan Lines

  19.10.2009    

On 9th October the Fincantieri shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia delivered the Cruise Europa, third in a series of four innovative cruise ferries ordered by the Grimaldi Group (Napoli), the biggest Italian shipping group, and
co-financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB).
Soon after, the Cruise Europa sailed with destination the Port of Patras to take up service on
the daily Ancona-Igoumenitsa-Patras route, served in only 22 hours by Minoan Lines, a Greek
shipping company, member of the Grimaldi Group.
With a length of 225 metres and a width of 31 metres, a gross tonnage of 54,310 tonnes, a
cruise speed of 28 knots, the Cruise Europa can carry 3,000 linear metres of trucks, trailers,
coaches and vans, 250 passenger cars, and can host up to 3,000 passengers in 413 cabins,
of which 18 owner’s suites and 50 junior suites, in addition to 542 reclining seats.
The Cruise Europa is the best cruise ferry of the Mediterranean and has been set with high
standards similar to those of a cruise ship, both regarding the furniture of the public areas and
the cabins, as well as for the entertainment services on board: an à la carte and a self service
restaurant, wellness and fitness areas, a pleasant swimming pool and a gym, what is
considered the best onboard casino, a discotheque, a supermarket, two lounges for truck
drivers, a conference centre, an entertaining piano bar, shops, internet point, a rich variety of
videogames for grown up passengers and a children’s playground are among the various
amenities offered onboard.
The Cruise Europa, although being a sister vessel to the Cruise Barcelona and Cruise Roma
launched by our Group in 2008 and operating on the Motorways of the Sea route Civitavecchia
/ Porto Torres / Barcelona every day, represents a further significant improvement in terms of
design, comfort and also capacity intake. Similarly to the two previous cruise ferries, the
Cruise Europa has the smallest environmental impact and the maximum energetic efficiency:
transporting on the Motorways of the Sea hundreds of trucks and millions of passengers each
day, the road congestion will be reduced thus producing a clear cut of the emissions of CO2 in
the atmosphere.
“The deployment of the Cruise Europa celebrates the start of a new era in the maritime links
between Italy and Greece” said Emanuele Grimaldi, President of Minoan Lines. The Cruise
Europa can supply an unrivalled service both to freight transporters and travellers. Thanks to
the economies of scale and scope generated, she can offer extremely competitive rates for
rolling freight and low cost policies for passengers while still offering onboard services similar
to a cruise ship, ends Emanuele Grimaldi.
Antonis Maniadakis, managing director of Minoan, asserted: “We are proud of our
commitment to innovation and excellence with the delivery of the state-of-art Cruise Europa, a
magnificent high speed floating palace, the best, most beautiful, and most comfortable and
environmental-friendly cruise ferry in the Mediterranean region”.


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