Finnlines’ second freight-passenger vessel will enter operation in early 2024 connecting Finland, Åland Islands and Sweden on the Naantali–Långnäs–Kapellskär route.
The new ro-pax vessels are part of Finnlines’ €500m (US$547m) investment program. The first vessel entered service on September 15, 2023, and the second will enter service in early 2024.
Finnlines reports strong growth of passengers traveling on its Naantali–Långnäs–Kapellskär route during the two months that have passed since the new Superstar ro-pax vessel Finnsirius was introduced on the route. The new Superstar service concept offers upgraded services on the route for both cargo customers and passengers. The Finnsirius offers panoramic windows, a spa, a duty-free shop, multiple dining venues, as well as seven bars and restaurants.
The number of passengers on the Naantali–Långnäs–Kapellskär route has increased by more than 60% during the first two months of its operation compared to the same period in 2022, Finnlines says. With the new vessel, Ålanders have also discovered Finnlines’ connections, and the number of passengers from Åland to both mainland Finland and Sweden has increased.
Marco Palmu, head of passenger services at Finnlines, said, “I am very pleased to see the passenger development on our route connecting Finland, Åland and Sweden, not the least the figures for Åland, where we are aiming to deliver reliable and comfortable transport solutions. We also want to be a strong partner for the Ålandic hospitality industry.
“With our Superstar vessels, Finnlines has set a new standard for passenger service on this route between Finland and Sweden. At the same time, Finnlines’ fundamentals remain: we provide peace of mind with our reliable timetable, flexible car deck with room for all kinds of vehicles, and focus on relaxation during the journey.”
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