STENA HORIZON was launched as CARTOUR BETA as the 14th in the series of 24 Visentini RoPax vessels designed by NAOS design and launched between 1997 and 2011. She is the 3rd of the more efficient “flex-bow” generation. She 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. STENA HORIZON is the closest sister ship to STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY (although both of these ships have been more thoroughly refurbished than STENA HORIZON, which is not owned by Stena Line or its related companies), and is a direct sister of Caronte and Tourist’s CARTOUR GAMMA. STENA HORIZON is currently on charter to Stena Line, initially as part of a 5 year charter agreed by Celtic Link which commenced in October 2011 which was later renewed. Like STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY, STENA HORIZON operates on a reduced passenger certificate to guarantee passenger comfort (660).
Title image Stena Horizon 28/02/16 with The Skerries abeam. Copyright © Gordon Hislip.
NAOS Ship and Boat Design S.R.L, Trieste, Italy
Cantiere Navale di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy
RINA C ro-ro Passenger ship
Unrestricted Navigation; AUT-UMS Ice Class -1C-
Levantina Transport S.r.L.
|In service (original)|
Messina – Salerno
|In service (Stena Line)|
Rosslare – Cherbourg
|Previous names and operators (oldest first)|
Cartour Beta (Caronte & Tourist / GNV)
Celtic Horizon (Celtic Link)
|Power(Max/Pme @ 75%)|
|Operational speed (Max/Normal)|
|Capacity (current Stena)|
|Onboard Facilities in use|
Title image: Stena Horizon 28/02/16 with The Skerries abeam. Copyright © Gordon Hislip.