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Stena Horizon | Stena Line

Overview of Stena Horizon

Stena Horizon Fast Facts

Current Name: Stena HorizonPrevious Names: CELTIC HORIZON, CARTOUR BETA
Shipyard: Cantiere Navale di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada [IT] #214, IMO Number: 9332559
Current Operator: Stena LineCurrent Route: Rosslare [IE] - Cherbourg [FR]
Length Overall: Beam:
Passenger Capacity: 972 (limited to 660 by Stena)Vehicle Capacity: 186 cars and 2,224 lane metres of freight
Tonnage: Sister-ships: N/A

STENA HORIZON currently operates the route between Rosslare in Ireland and Cherbourg in France for Stena Line, having previously operated the route for Celtic Link ferries before Stena Line took that company over in early 2014. Initially, this was as a result of a 5-year charter agreed by Celtic Link which commenced in October 2011, but this was later renewed by Stena.  

STENA HORIZON was launched as CARTOUR BETA and is the 14th in the series of 24 Visentini Diesel-powered Ro-Pax vessels designed by NAOS design and launched between 1997 and 2011.  She is the 3rd of the more efficient “FlexBow” generation. STENA HORIZON is the direct sister of Caronte and Tourist’s CARTOUR GAMMA.  STENA HORIZON is currently on charter to Stena Line and as-built was based on the modified design of STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY. Both of the latter vessels have been more thoroughly refurbished than STENA HORIZON, which is not owned by Stena Line or its related companies.


Like STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY, STENA HORIZON operates on a reduced passenger certificate ‘to guarantee passenger comfort’ (660). She retains more of her Studio Ancora designed as-built interior than STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY, however, but has had some Stena touches added over the years such as reupholstered seating and branded facilities. This includes a ‘Barista’ coffee shop, and separate ‘Met Bar’ and ‘Met Grill’ counters. STENA HORIZON also differs from her Belfast based fleet-mates by having an additional lounge aft in an area which is occupied by crew cabins on the Birkenhead sisters.

STENA HORIZON leaves Belfast on the morning of New Years Day 2019 while providing dry dock cover for STENA LAGAN. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
STENA HORIZON leaves Belfast on the morning of New Years Day 2019 while providing dry dock cover for STENA LAGAN. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

Technical Data

side profile drawing of Stena Lagan/Mersey. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
Side profile drawing of STENA HORIZON as she appeared in 2018/19. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

 Technical Specification


IMO Number



NAOS Ship and Boat Design S.R.L, Trieste, Italy


Building Yard

Cantiere Navale Visentini logoCantiere Navale di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy

Hull Number


Keel Laid


Year Completed



RINA C ro-ro Passenger ship 

Unrestricted Navigation; AUT-UMS Ice Class -1C-


Levantina Transport S.r.L. (Giovanni Visentini)


Stena Line logoStena Line Irish Sea (South)

In service (original)

6/06 Messina – Salerno

In service (Stena Line)

1/4/14 Rosslare – Cherbourg

Call sign


Previous names and operators (oldest first)

Cartour Beta (Caronte & Tourist / GNV)

Celtic Horizon (Celtic Link)

Length overall


Breadth molded




Gross Tonnage





  • MAN logo2 x MAN B&W 9L 48/60B – 10,800 kW each @ 500 RPM
  • 3 x Diesel generators 1800kW each, plus 2 shaft generators 2200kW
  • KaMeWa logo2 x KaMeWa 4.8m diameter CPP type propellers
  • 2 x 1300kW bow thrusters
  • 2 x Fin stabilisers

Power(Max/Pme  @ 75%)


Operational speed (Max/Normal)

24/16-19 kts

Capacity (max)


Capacity (current Stena)


Vehicle decks

  • 2244 total lane metres
  • 186 cars
  • Access is via a stern door opening onto deck 3.  A series of ramps allow access to the other decks.

Interior Design (Original)

Studio Ancora [IT]

Onboard Facilities in use


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Barista coffee shop
  • Shop
  • Cinema
  • Cabins (2 berth, 4 berth, and disabled)
  • Sun deck
  • Free Wi-Fi


Italian civil ensignItaly (Bari)

Original Article Published: 30.12.15
Updated: 30.12.18 (Converted to Gutenberg Blocks and built gallery)

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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