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 India, 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 major 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
1975MS Belorussiya16,331 GRTBlack Sea Shipping CompanyBlack Sea Soviet UnionAlongside five identical sisters build 1975–76
1976MS Napoléon20,079 GRTSNCMMediterranean FranceSend to Comarit in 2002.
1977GTS Finnjet24,605 GRTEnso-Gutzeit (Finnlines traffic)Baltic Sea FinlandGas turbine-powered. Also fastest and longest
1981MS Finlandia25,905 GRTEffoa (Silja Line traffic)Baltic Sea FinlandAlongside identical sister MS Silvia Regina
1982MS Scandinavia26,474 GRTScandinavian World Cruises,
later DFDS Seaways
New YorkBahamas
1985MS Svea33,829 GRTJohnson Line (Silja Line traffic)Baltic Sea Sweden
1985MS Mariella37,799 GRTSF Line (Viking Line traffic)Baltic Sea Finland
1989MS Athena40,012 GRTRederi AB Slite (Viking Line traffic)Baltic Sea Sweden
1989MS Cinderella46,398 GRTSF Line (Viking Line traffic)Baltic Sea Finland
1990MS Silja Serenade58,376 GRTSilja LineBaltic Sea Finland
1991MS Silja Symphony58,377 GRTSilja LineBaltic Sea Sweden
1993MS Silja Europa59,914 GTSilja LineBaltic Sea FinlandOrdered by Rederi AB Slite for Viking Line traffic
2001MS Pride of Rotterdam59,925 GTP&O FerriesNorth Sea Netherlands
2001MS Pride of Hull59,925 GTP&O FerriesNorth Sea Netherlands
2004MS Color Fantasy75,027 GTColor LineKattegat, Skagerrak Norway
2007MS Color Magic75,100 GTColor LineKattegat, Skagerrak Norway
1May be specified in gross tonnage (GT) or gross register tons (GRT).

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