HSF Festos Palace

Festos Palace is a Ro-Pax high speed ferry, built in 2001 at the Sestri Ponente shipyards by Fincantieri and owned by Minoan Lines. It can accommodate up to 2,500 passengers and 700 cars, and has 758 beds plus 742 airseats for passengers. The vessel is powered by four Wärtsilä 16V46C diesel engines[1] with a combined power of 67,517 kW,[2] which give her a top speed of 31,6 knots.[3][4][5]

Name: Festos Palace
Namesake: Ancient palace of Phaistos
Owner: Minoan Lines
Port of registry: Heraklio,  Greece
Route: Piraeus–Heraklio
Builder: Sestri Ponente shipyards
Yard number: 6060
Completed: 19 April 2001
Identification: IMO number: 9204568
Call sign: SYNR
MMSI number: 237611000
Status: In service
General characteristics
Type: Ro-pax ferry
Tonnage: 24,352 GT
5,493 DWT
Length: 214 m (702 ft)
Beam: 26.4 m (87 ft)
Height: 7.10 m (23 ft)
Ramps: Two
Installed power: Four diesel engines, 67,517 kW (combined)
Speed: 31,6 knots
Capacity: 2,500 passengers
700 cars

It is named after the Minoan palace of Phaistos and its sister ship is HSF Knossos Palace.


Festos Palace serves the overnight route Piraeus - Heraklio and Heraklio - Piraeus, except for some rare occasions in which it replaces other ships of Minoan Lines in their routes. During the holiday season, it occasionally operates during daytime, completing her voyage in 6 hours.

Accidents and incidents

On April 3, 2013 Festos Palace hit the Heraklion port dock after high winds and waves pushed the ship to the dock. The ship needed a tug boat in order to dock properly. No injuries were reported.[6][7]


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