Minoan Lines – Cruise Ferries – Excellence, Comfort and Safety

In the vast expanse of the maritime industry, where every journey holds the promise of adventure and discovery, MINOAN LINES emerges as a beacon of sophistication and service excellence. With a legacy spanning over five decades, MINOAN LINES has redefined luxury travel, setting the standard for maritime opulence and environmental stewardship. What does each journey signify for MINOAN LINES? – a voyage marked by elegance, innovation, and a steadfast commitment to safety.

Since its establishment in 1972, MINOAN LINES has sculpted its distinct presence within the maritime sphere, harmonizing tradition and innovation to craft indelible voyages. Originating in Heraklion, Crete, MINOAN LINES has matured into a titan of coastal shipping, celebrated for its steadfast commitment to excellence, comfort, and safety. Bolstered by a contemporary armada of cruise ferries, including the iconic KNOSSOS PALACE, FESTOS PALACE, and KYDON PALACE, MINOAN LINES epitomizes opulent travel, presenting passengers with an effortless fusion of luxury and convenience.

The instant you step onto MINOAN LINES’ cruise ferries, you’re embraced by lavish interiors, flawless hospitality, and an array of amenities meticulously crafted to fulfill your desires. Whether you’re reclining in its expansive lounges, savoring a gourmet feast at the onboard eateries, or luxuriating in a plush cabin with sweeping vistas of the sea, every second on board MINOAN LINES exemplifies its dedication to perfection.

Traveling to Crete with Cruise Ferries KNOSSOS PALACE and FESTOS PALACE

Now your trip to enchanting Heraklion becomes more enjoyable than ever with the quality and luxury of MINOAN LINES. With its spacious lounges, bars, à la carte & self-service restaurant, shopping outlets, and incredibly comfortable cabins… before you realize it, you’ll already be looking out over the Venetian harbor of Heraklion, Crete. An island with a rich historical heritage and a modern, lively character.

MINOAN LINES is committed to honoring the vibrant cultural heritage of Crete and has teamed up with beloved Cretan chef Nektaria Kokkinaki to curate an authentic Cretan menu, a culinary masterpiece warmly embraced by passengers. This collaboration has garnered acclaim, earning the prestigious Gold Award at the 2024 Greek Tourism Awards in the category ‘Greek Inspired Gastronomy Restaurant’.

Twelve dishes crafted with pure ingredients sourced from Cretan producers, authentic culinary delights featuring fresh produce from the land and sea of Crete have been curated by the chef. Inspired by Nektaria’s and MINOAN LINES’ shared roots, this menu pays homage to the essence of Minoan culture. Passengers experience a symphony of flavors that transports them to the heart of Crete even before the ship docks at Heraklion. This new à la carte Cretan menu is available at the restaurants of FESTOS PALACE and KNOSSOS PALACE, offering a delightful array of choices on the Piraeus-Milos-Heraklion routes, certified with the ‘Cretan Cuisine’ quality mark by the Regional Government of Crete.

Not only does this partnership elevate the onboard dining experience, but it also serves as a platform to spotlight the culinary richness and traditions of Crete to passengers hailing from all corners of the globe.

Milos: An iconic Cycladic MINOAN Destination

If you have decided to spend your holidays on a Cyclades island with its uniquely beautiful coasts, choose MINOAN LINES to transport you with comfort and speed. For Milos there is a direct connection from Piraeus and from Heraklion, in just a few hours, with the floating palaces KNOSSOS PALACE and FESTOS PALACE, year-round.

Cruise Ferry KYDON PALACE on Adriatic Lines

Set sail for Italy with MINOAN LINES’ Cruise Ferry KYDON PALACE. Operating on the Igoumenitsa – (Corfu – summer connection) – Brindisi Line, this floating palace offers daily sailings, manned by Greek crews under the Greek flag. In partnership with Grimaldi Euromed S.p.A., the KYDON PALACE ensures smooth voyages to our neighboring country.

We Travel with a Green Purpose

At MINOAN LINES preserving the natural beauty of the seas for future generations is a top priority. That is why environmental stewardship takes precedence, with a focus on implementing innovative technologies and practices to minimize the ecological footprint. From investing in eco-friendly propulsion systems to strictly adhering to environmental regulations, the commitment, ensures that operations are both luxurious and sustainable. As pioneers in green shipping, MINOAN LINES leads the way towards a more environmentally friendly future for the maritime industry.

MINOAN LINES sails with a green ethos, rigorously following MARPOL 73/78 standards.

It is worth noting that the cruise ferries KNOSSOS PALACE, FESTOS PALACE and KYDON PALACE are among the first ships to fully comply with the new regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) with the installation of exhaust gas cleaning devices (SCRUBBERS), confirming the commitment of MINOAN LINES to reducing the environmental footprint and protecting the environment.

In a recent push for sustainability, Minoan Lines has launched a series of eco-conscious initiatives. Across offices and vessels, recycling bins have been strategically placed, accompanied by the installation of sleek solar panels atop office buildings, reflecting a commitment to renewable energy sources. Energy-efficient LED lighting has been introduced both on ships and in offices, delivering not only cost savings but also improved performance. Furthermore, the company car fleet is steadily shifting towards hybrids and electric vehicles, demonstrating our dedication to responsibility and a more environmentally friendly future.

We Travel with a Social Cause

Aligned with its dynamic development, MINOAN LINES remains committed in upholding the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), engaging in innovative initiatives and significant social endeavors. Rooted in a human-centered philosophy, the company consistently fosters and rewards commendable initiatives and endeavors. Key pillars such as society, culture, health, education, and sports form the foundation of MINOAN LINES’ CSR efforts and contributions. The company maintains a close connection with the local community and is attuned to the needs of vulnerable social groups. Through targeted actions across various levels, MINOAN LINES remains intimately connected with people and their values, ensuring a positive impact on society at large.

As MINOAN LINES sets its sights on the horizon, its dedication to delivering safe, efficient, and environmentally sustainable transportation services remains unwavering.

With a legacy built on excellence and a forward-thinking vision, MINOAN LINES is positioned to lead the way in shaping the maritime industry for years to come. Connecting continents and surpassing expectations, the company strides forward with resolute determination and unparalleled assertiveness.

Because at MINOAN LINES… the journey starts on board! More information is available online: www.minoanlines.gr.


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