Source: Grimaldi Group, 2021-06-02
The Grimaldi Group boosts its transport links to and from Italy’s largest islands and finally sails “home”. In fact, on 1 June evening the Neapolitan company started the Naples-Cagliari-Palermo Ro-Pax service, having won the relative tender published by the Italian Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility for services of territorial continuity.
The vessel deployed is the Ro-Pax ferry Corfù, which has a carrying capacity of 956 passengers as well as 2,256 linear metres of rolling freight – cars, vans, trucks, trailers and more. Available to guests are inside and oceanview cabins (which can accommodate up to 464 passengers), all with air conditioning and en suite facilities, some equipped for passengers with reduced mobility and pets traveling in tow, as well as a comfortable lounge with reclining seats. Several facilities are offered on board, such as self-service restaurant, cafeterias and a play area for children.
The Ro-Pax vessel Corfù is equipped with ultra-modern exhaust gas cleaning systems for cutting sulphur and particulate emissions. Furthermore, her hull is coated with state-of-the-art silicone paint to reduce friction and, consequently, fuel consumption and emissions.
The new service will operate twice a week from all ports, departing from Naples (Pier 15/C - Immacolatella Vecchia Landing stage) every Monday and Friday at 19:00 and arriving in Cagliari the next day at 08:00. From Cagliari to Naples, the Group has scheduled departures every Thursday at 19:00 with arrival in the Campania capital the following day at 08:00, and on Sundays at 23:00 with arrival in Naples on Monday at 12:00. On the other hand, departures from Cagliari to Palermo are scheduled every Tuesday and Saturday at 19:00, with arrival the following day at 06:00. Finally, from Palermo to Cagliari there will be departures every Wednesday at 19:00 with arrival in the Sardinian capital the next day at 06:00, and every Sunday at 09:00 with arrival in Cagliari at 20:00.
"The Naples-Cagliari-Palermo Ro-Pax line is a great novelty for our Group, which thus confirms its commitment to territorial continuity between mainland Italy and the country’s largest islands, as well as to improving connections between Sicily and Sardinia,"stated the Neapolitan group’s Managing Director Emanuele Grimaldi. "We will be greatly satisfied and proud in finally seeing a vessel with the Grimaldi Lines livery calling at the port of the city of Naples, where our Group has always had its headquarters."