April 16, 2020

Brittany Ferries

At the end of an announcement on their website, Brittany Ferries say the newbuilt HONFLEUR will not enter service in 2020.

CTMA Cancels its 2020 Cruise Season

CTMA decided to cancel its 19th cruise season (Montréal – Îles de la Madeleine), which was scheduled to take place from June 12 to September 25, 2020 with veteran ferry CTMA VACANCIER.

DFDS Preparing for Re-opening of Cruise Ferry Routes

Kasper Moos, Head of Short Routes and Passenger, has already put together a team to start work with planning the  reopening of the Copenhagen – Oslo and Amsterdam – Newcastle routes. More in DFDS News

Greece: Fleet Reshuffling on the Piraeus-Crete Lines

Since 13 April, the Attica Group- ANEK Lines joint venture will serve the Piraeus-Crete lines with 3 vessels.

Ropax HELLENIC SPIRIT left her Adriatic service. She replaces ELYROS on the Piraeus-Heraklion-Chania route.

It is the first time that HELLENIC SPIRIT serves the Crete route. ELYROS has been laid up at Souda port (Crete).=

Likewise, Blue Star Ferries’ BLUE GALAXY has been be replaced by NISSOS RODOS on the Piraeus-Chania line.

Also, on 14 April, BLUE HORIZON was replaced by KRITI II on the Piraeus-Heraklion line.

Minoan Lines withdrew KNOSSOS PALACE from the Piraeus-Heraklion line and left active the close sisters MYKONOS PALACE and KYDON PALACE which served the Piraeus-Chania Line until recently.

All vessels will serve those lines for as long as required.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

Since April 15, fast craft MANANNAN carries out daytime sailings to and from Heysham.

In addition, the roro ARROW will provide the overnight freight service to the Island.

The timetable, which will remain in place for a fortnight until 29th April, will ensure all lifeline freight and passenger services are maintained.

The scheduled dry docking of ropax BEN-MY-CHREE has now been postponed.

More info on website.


After the Easter weekend, the ferries of the Bornholmslinjen, Alslinjen, Langelandslinjen and Samsølinjen started to sail again according to the regular schedule and frequency.

On the Kattegat, between Aarhus and Odden, Express 2 will double the return trips (from 2 to 4) in the coming weeks. A second fast ferry is expected to start as from 27 April. In May a third vessel might join.

Common to all the routes is that only every other place on the ferry is for sale in April and May. People are also allowed to stay in their car.

Stena Offering STENA SAGA as Hospital Ship

Stena RoRo has prepared the design and a project manager has been appointed to convert the ferry STENA SAGA into a hospital ship with space for 520 patients. Stena RoRo can convert the ferry within just a few weeks and have it ready to provide additional healthcare capacity in a corona-affected region. Contact has been established with authorities in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany. (press release)

Transmanche Ferries

Having already stopped carrying passengers, the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry is now limiting the remaining freight service to one round-trip per day each weekday and one each weekend.

The ferry will leave Dieppe at 1800h and return from Newhaven at 2300h from Monday to Friday. The boat will leave Dieppe on Saturdays at 1800h and return from Newhaven at 23h on Sunday.

Passengers are carried only exceptionally. Bookings for delayed repatriation or similar circumstances can be requested by telephone only.

The decisions have been taken by the Département of Seine Maritime in the light of severely reduced traffic over recent weeks.