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Destination Gotland’s Visby (2003)

There has been much speculation recently about Destination Gotland’s fast ro-pax the Visby, with her owners announcing the ship will be chartered out from December for a six month period…

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A voyage on the Express Olympia (ex-Viking 4, Earl Granville) in 2003

Back in 2003 the ferry routes from Piraeus to the islands of the Aegean remained largely in the hands of second hand tonnage from northern Europe and Japan. Car carrying…

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The art of the Baie de Seine

Brittany Ferries introduced the Baie de Seine on their ‘économie’ services in Spring 2015; it was immediately clear that, although still a ro-pax rather than a cruise ferry, she featured…

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Patria Seaways on the Humber

It has been a fair few years since P&O/North Sea Ferries brought in really interesting charter ships – back in the ’70s and ’80s there were things like the Stena…

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Jadrolinija’s Ivan Zajc

Repost of a voyage report originally posted here in 2009 but subsequently lost. In 2010 the Ivan Zajc was sold for service in Equatorial Guinea for service to the island…

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Remembering the Egnatia III

Hellenic Mediterranean Lines were probably the most famous Greek ferry company, well-known initially for fairly exotic liner service and latterly for decades of transporting backpackers on Inter-rail tickets from Italy…

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Deckplans

The deckplans page has been updated: http://www.hhvferry.com/deckplans

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Boat Train to Elba

. . . The Freccia dell’Elba (the ‘Elba Arrow’) leaves the Stazione di Santa Maria Novella in Florence every morning at 0535. The departure point is a railway masterpiece that…

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Separated at Birth

… It is unusual in the ferry industry for sisterships to be ordered from the same shipyard by unrelated operators. Whilst there is often a degree of plagiarism in design…

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