‘Cruise Europa’ was launched at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia shipyard on March 14.
‘The vessel is the third of a series of four cruise ferries ordered by Grimaldi Group of Naples, Italy. The ferries are co-financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB). Godmother to the ship was Iliana Grimaldi, wife of Emanuele Grimaldi, Chairman of Minoan Lines. After delivery, scheduled for next October, ‘Cruise Europa’ will be employed on the route Ancona – Igoumenitsa – Patras operated by Greek shipping company Minoan Lines, owned by Grimaldi Group. ‘Cruise Europa’ is the largest cruise ferry covering Mediterranean routes measuring 225 metres in length and 31 metres at the beam. The 54,310GT vessel has a loading capacity of 250 cars and 3,000 lane metres for coaches, trucks, campers and trailers. The ship will be able to operate at a 28-knot speed. The cruise ferry will be capable of accommodating up to 3,000 passengers in 413 cabins and will feature a range of on-board entertainment including a wellness centre, fitness area, restaurants, a casino, shops and special children’s areas. ‘Cruise Europa’ will also be awarded the “Green Star” certificate by RINA.