MS Cruise Ausonia

MSCruise Ausonia is a fast Ro-Pax jumbo ferry owned by the Grimaldi Lines and sails on the Livorno-Olbia route. She was built in 2002 for Superfast Ferries as MS Superfast XII by a shipyard in Lübeck, Germany, and is the last vessel of 12. It is a sister ship of Superfast XI.

Superfast XII in the port of Piraeus
Name: Superfast XII
Owner: Attica Ferries Maritime Co.[1]
Operator: Superfast Ferries
Port of registry:
Route: PiraeusSyros-Patmos-Leros-Kos-Rhodes (2015–)
Builder: Flender Werft, Germany
Yard number: 683
Laid down: 23 November 2000[2]
Launched: 7 December 2001[2]
Completed: 2 October 2002[2]
In service: 2012–present
Status: In service
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Superfast XI class fast ropax ferry
Type: Ro-pax ferry
Tonnage: 30,902 GT
Displacement: 6,678 DWT
Length: 200 m (660 ft)
Beam: 25 m (82 ft)
Draft: 6.40 m (21 ft 0 in)[3]
Decks: 10
Installed power:
  • 2 propellers
  • 3 bow thrusters
  • 1 stern thruster
Speed: Service 28.6 knots (52.97 km/h; 32.91 mph)[3]
  • 1639 passengers
  • 774 berths
  • 653 cars
  • 1920 Lane meters[3]

Superfast XII was on the route PatrasAncona until March 2009. From March 2009 it is on the route PiraeusHeraklion (Crete).From 25 May 2015 it is on route Piraeus-Syros-Patmos-Leros-Kos-Rhodes. Since 2017 she has also been making calls in Kalymnos.

In June 2018 her sale to Grimaldi Group was completed as part of Attica Group takeover of Hellenic Seaways shares from Grimaldi lines.


  1. "Superfast XII (9227429)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  2. "Superfast XII (02112194)". ABS Record. American Bureau of Shipping. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  3. Asklander, Micke. "M/S Superfast XII (2002)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2014.

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