Stena Line Ferries - Further Information on Routes Services and Vessels
Along with the Scandlines AB, which they also own, the Stena Group operates Europe's most comprehensive network of routes, with 39 vessels on 18 routes in Europe. Stena Line have an ultra-modern fleet offering facilities second to none. Six new vessels have been taken into service whilst many others have been refitted and updated. Stena Line is a major unit of Stena AB, itself a part of the Stena Sphere, a grouping of Stena AB, Stena Metall AB and Stena Sessan AB.
Stena Line's greatest strength is a route network serving the major traffic flows. The group constantly develops this network by acquiring or establishing new routes. Stena Line enjoys a leading position on most markets.
Stena Line has been voted the best overall ferry operator by many travel organisations across the UK and Europe. No other ferry operator offers more choice of crossing style.
Stena Line have a modern fleet including the Stena HSS (High-speed Sea Service), the world's largest fast ferry, is the ideal choice if time is of the essence when travelling to Ireland or Holland. The HSS, the size of a football stadium, is powered by jet engines and is capable of speeds of up to 46 mph.
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Stena Line Great Britain - Ireland/ Nothern Ireland Routes
Travel by ferry between Fishguard and Rosslare on either Stena Express Lynx 3 or Stena Europe Superferry. This great value crossing is great for a starting point of a holiday or if you use the express service, the perfect day trip.
Travel by fastcraft ferry to Dublin on the HSS Stena Explorer between Holyhead and Dún Laoghaire. Dún Laoghaire is situated just 7miles (11km) south of Dublin City Centre making it the perfect location for a trip to Dublin whilst avoiding the high prices of staying in the city centre.
Ferry travel direct to Dublin, the capital of Ireland onboard one of Stena Line's Superferrys. Dublin is one of the most entertaining cities in Europe. Why not enjoy this character filled city with all it's famous shops, restaurants and bars.
Stena Line offer ferry travel to Belfast from Stranraer onboard one of their high speed fastcrafts, the HSS Stena Voyager. Crossing time onboard the Voyager is just 105 minutes. Alternatively a classic ferry option is offered onboard Stena Caledonia Superferry full of high quality facilities including shops, restaurants and entertainment.
Travel between Fleetwood and Larne in Northern Ireland is offered on any one of 3 stena vessels. The Port of Larne is located on the east coast of Northern Ireland, 22 miles from Belfast and 120 miles from Dublin. A scenic location close to the main capital of Northern Ireland.
Stena offer a direct ferry to Holland from Harwich. The Harwich – Stena offer a twice daily service with the choice of daytime and overnight sailings. As with all Stena's ferries the Stena Britannica and Stena Hollandica are first class vessels offering very high standards of ferry travel.
Stena Line Scandinavian Ferry Routes
Göteborg—Fredrikshavn: Stena Jutlandica, Stena Danica, Stena Carisma, Stena Scanrail
Varberg—Grenaa: Stena Nautica
Göteborg—Kiel: Stena Germanica, Stena Scandinavica
Göteborg—Travemünde: Stena Carrier, Stena Freighter
Oslo - Fredrikshavn: Stena Saga
Karlskrona—Gdynia: Stena Baltica, Stena Nordica, Finnarrow
Stena Line History
Stena Line was founded in, and is still operated from, Gothenburg, Sweden by Sten A. Olsson when he acquired Skagenlinjen between Gothenburg, Sweden and Fredrikshavn, Denmark in 1962.
In 1972, Stena Line was one of the very first ferry operators in Europe to introduce a computer based reservation system for the travel business area. In 1978, the freight business area also started operating a computer based reservation system.
The first freight-only route started between Gothenburg in Sweden and Kiel in Germany. The ship was the MS Stena Transporter.
During the 80s, Stena acquired three other ferry companies. In 1981, Sessan Line, Stena's biggest competitor on Sweden—Denmark routes, was acquired and incorporated into Stena Line. This included Sessan's two large newbuilds, MS Kronprinsessan Victoria and MS Prinsessan Birgitta, which became the largest ships operated by Stena by that date. In 1983, Stena acquired Varberg-Grenå Linjen, and two years later also the right to that company's former name, Lion Ferry. Lion Ferry continued as a separate marketing company until 1997, when it was incorporated into Stena Line. In 1989, Stena acquired yet another ferry company, SMZ (which at the time traded under the name Crown Line). SMZ's Hoek van Holland—Harwich route then became a part of Stena Line.
Stena Line doubled in size in 1990 with the acquisition of Sealink British Ferries from Sea Containers Ltd. This first became Sealink Stena Line, then Stena Sealink Line and finally Stena Line (UK), which now operates all of Stena's ferry services between Great Britain and Ireland.
In 1996, Stena Line introduced its 20,000 tonne HSS (High-speed Sea Service) vessels, which operated from Belfast-Stranraer, Holyhead-Dún Laoghaire and Hoek van Holland-Harwich. In addition to the three 1500-passenger HSS vessels, Stena Line ordered two smaller 900-passengers HSS vessels to operate on the Gothenburg—Frederikshavn route. Due to the bankruptcy of the shipyard, only the first of these vessels was ever completed.
In 1998, Stena's operations from Dover and Newhaven were merged with P&O European Ferries to form P&O Stena Line, 40% of which was owned by Stena and 60% by P&O. In 2002, P&O acquired all of Stena's shares in the company, thus becoming the sole owner of P&O Stena Line, which soon changed its name to P&O Ferries.
In 2000, Stena Line purchased yet another Scandinavian ferry operator, Scandlines AB.
In November 2006, Stena ordered a pair of "super ferries" with a gross tonnage (GT) of 62,000 tons from Aker Yards Germany for delivery in 2010, with an option for two more ships of the same design. The new ferries will be amongst the largest in the world, and will be placed on Stena's North Sea route from Hoek van Holland to Harwich or Baltic Sea route from Gdynia to Karlskrona. Building of these ships starts in April 2008.
The company also moved its Belfast Terminal from Albert Quay to the new VT4 during May 2008. This has reduced the length of the crossing to Stranraer by 10 minutes.
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