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A cruiseferry is a ship that combines the features of a cruise ship with a Ro-Pax ferry. Many passengers travel with the ships for the cruise experience, staying only a few hours at the destination port or not leaving the ship at all, while others use the ships as means of transportation.
Cruiseferry traffic is mainly concentrated in the seas of Northern Europe, especially the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. However, similar ships traffic across the English Channel as well as the Irish Sea, Mediterranean and even on the North Atlantic. Cruiseferries also operate from India, China and Australia.
In the northern Baltic Sea, two major rival companies, Viking Line and Silja Line, have for decades competed on the routes between Turku and Helsinki in Finland and Sweden's capital Stockholm. Since the 1990s Tallink has also risen as a major company in the area, culminating with acquisition of Silja Line in 2006.
The term "cruiseferry" did not come into use until the 1980s, although it has been retroactively applied to earlier ferries that have large cabin capabilities and public spaces in addition to their car- and passenger-carrying capacity.
|1975||MS Belorussiya||16,331 GRT||Black Sea Shipping Company||Black Sea||Soviet Union||Alongside five identical sisters build 1975-76|
|1976||MS Napoléon||20,079 GRT||SNCM||Mediterranean||France||Send to Comarit in 2002.|
|1977||GTS Finnjet||24,605 GRT||Enso-Gutzeit (Finnlines traffic)||Baltic Sea||Finland||Gas turbine-powered. Also fastest and longest|
|1981||MS Finlandia||25,905 GRT||Effoa (Silja Line traffic)||Baltic Sea||Finland||Alongside identical sister MS Silvia Regina|
|1982||MS Scandinavia||26,474 GRT||Scandinavian World Cruises,
later DFDS Seaways
|1985||MS Svea||33,829 GRT||Johnson Line (Silja Line traffic)||Baltic Sea||Sweden|
|1985||MS Mariella||37,799 GRT||SF Line (Viking Line traffic)||Baltic Sea||Finland|
|1989||MS Athena||40,012 GRT||Rederi AB Slite (Viking Line traffic)||Baltic Sea||Sweden|
|1989||MS Cinderella||46,398 GRT||SF Line (Viking Line traffic)||Baltic Sea||Finland|
|1990||MS Silja Serenade||58,376 GRT||Silja Line||Baltic Sea||Finland|
|1991||MS Silja Symphony||58,377 GRT||Silja Line||Baltic Sea||Sweden|
|1993||MS Silja Europa||59,914 GT||Silja Line||Baltic Sea||Finland||Ordered by Rederi AB Slite for Viking Line traffic|
|2001||MS Pride of Rotterdam||59,925 GT||P&O Ferries||North Sea||Netherlands|
|2001||MS Pride of Hull||59,925 GT||P&O Ferries||North Sea||Netherlands|
|2004||MS Color Fantasy||75,027 GT||Color Line||Kattegat, Skagerrak||Norway|
|2007||MS Color Magic||75,100 GT||Color Line||Kattegat, Skagerrak||Norway|
|2010||MV Stena Britannica||64,039 GT||Stena Line||Harwich, United Kingdom||United Kingdom|
|2010||MV Stena Hollandica||64,039 GT||Stena Line||Hook of Holland, Netherlands||Netherlands|
|1May be specified in gross tonnage (GT) or gross register tons (GRT).|
M/S Silja Europa, the largest cruiseferry in the world 1993-2001.
M/S Color Fantasy, the largest cruiseferry in the world 2004—2007.
MS Galaxy in Helsinki West Harbour.
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