Part of the innovative Balearia+ series, Abel Matutes is Balearia's largest ship. Onboard you'll find modern seats, baby changing area, bar-café, cabins, cots, highchairs, left luggage locker, disabled access, reclining seats, self service restaurant, solarium, Wi-Fi, audio visual entertainment, shop.
The Abel Matutes ferry has around 90 4 berth cabins, with air conditioning, wardrobes and fully fitted bathroom. All the cabins feature an anti-allergy cleaning system.
Reserved seating comes in the form of extra comfortable leather recliners in the Neptune lounge while the lobby bar lounge consists of chairs and sofas in a communal area.
You'll find a bar/cafeteria and self-service restaurant located in the bow. There is also an outside bar.
The Abel Matutes features an onboard shop where you can buy a range of cosmetics, perfumes, sweets and gifts.
There is a solarium for you to relax in during the trip and if you want to surf while you sail then you can use the onboard Wi-Fi (for a small fee). For those travelling on foot there are luggage lockers which you can access throughout the crossing.
Baleària’s staff members, both on board and on land, are available to assist passengers with reduced mobility however it is advised to mention if assistance is required both when making the reservation and when checking in.
Escalators and lifts link the car deck with the passenger area too.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Abel Matutes guide as accurate as possible, onboard facilities, services and entertainment may vary depending on the date and time of year that you travel, facilities mentioned may change without notification and ferry companies reserve the right to operate vessels other than those mentioned at time of booking without prior notification.
88% of our customers recommended this ship
Having travelled on both companies, the Neptune class is the most comfortable way to go. The food however is a bit limited unless you want to go for the full traditional Spanish meal. Many people take a picnic on board which is probably the best option. The bus to / from the terminal is painless.
Reviewed 20 August 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
Sunshine, smooth seas, minimal passengers, friendly and helpful staff. Bathrooms clean, hygienic and well supplied. An excellent voyage. Be at the terminal min 90 mins before departure"..
Reviewed 18 July 2015 by Deborah who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
It was a quiet and safe travel. Food services could be better. Good value for the price.
Reviewed 16 July 2015 by Lucaciu Adrian who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Trip Barcelona-Palma and retur"
Reviewed 16 July 2015 by David who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Overall a reasonable alternative to flying "
Travelled Barcelona to Palma as foot passengers overnight, with a booked cabin for 4. After checking in at the Estacio Maritima we were directed to queue for a bus as the ship was berthed about 5 km away. No explanation for this was offered. The ship was OK but parts of it were crowded with cabin-less youth groups but the cabin we had was clean and comfortable and larger than expected. We didn't use the catering except for a quick drink at the bar (OK) and coffee in the morning (pretty awful). Apart from the bussing -which we could have done without- the boat was efficient and on time. Overall, a good alternative to flying but the service overall was not as good as ferries we have used on the North Sea and English Channel (DFDS and Brittany Ferries).
Reviewed 05 July 2015 by Keith from Scotland who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Barcelona to palma"
Would not hesitate to book via direct ferries again. Never had any problems on this or previous trips. Book baleria and be aware that the terminal in Barcelona is "over the bridge" near end of pier and just looks like a random yard. It is better signed now but still not obvious/allow a bit of time. as you are not issued a ticket do not be phased when you have to queue at a portacabin to be issued with your actual ticket. Bit of a wait but looks more of a fuss than is. Don't book a cabin but book a first class seat as is huge and comfortable. Eat paella and booze with the lorry drivers and have fun.
Reviewed 19 May 2015 by Mark who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Ferry trip from Palma to Barcelona"
Ferry was OK, well worth ensuring to have a first class seat, they are very comfortable and have access to power sockets. The restaurant service on board is not great and the restaurant is shut for a significant proportion of the voyage.
Reviewed 10 May 2015 by Mark who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Night ferry to palma"
Directions to the ferry were very poor and we met two groups of people in cars waiting in the wrong place. All very organised, all clean and quite quiet. Food was only available for a short time in the evening and even shorter in the morning. Pity a drink at night..not necessarily alcoholic would have been nice. A good trip.
Reviewed 08 May 2015 by Nigel who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
It was pleasure to travel with Balearia. Great service. If I have chance to travel again to Ibiza, I would make a same choice and do it with Balearia...
Reviewed 29 April 2015 by Dzenan who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Ferry to Palma by Balearia"
Having by both Acciona & Balearia I would recommend Balearia. The chairs are far more comfortable and recline, however I still find it impossible to sleep. If you can bring a pillow and eye shades as the lights remain on all night. You will be bussed to & from the ship so make sure you leave time at the end of your journey to take account of this.
Reviewed 14 April 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Trip to Caen"
We had a lovely trip with you. Everything was prestine and the Ship was beautifully designed. Punctual and organised. Thank you.
Reviewed 11 April 2015 by Robert who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Eat before you board!!"
We used this service last week from Barcelona to Palma, boat was fine and cabin was really good and clean, we were even given bottled water! all I would say is try to eat before you board there was a long queue and when we got the food it was stone cold and not very good, we had a go at warming it in the microwave but they didn't seem to be working well.
Reviewed 02 April 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Calm sea and comfortable voyage"
We were very lucky to have a very calm sea for our crossings both ways between Barcelona and Palma. The ship was very well run and comfortable, and the staff were very efficient and pleasant. Muchas gracias!
Reviewed 17 January 2015 by John who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Palma to Barcelona with Balearia"
I have been doing this road back and forth for about 20 years with other compagnies but I have only recently switched to Balearia and I am really happy I have done so. The quality of Balearia compagny has gone from low average to excellent in only a few years and I admire such a positive change in every aspect of the vessel, the quality of the services, the kindness of the staff, the comfort of the place. Bravo and good continuation.
Reviewed 09 January 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Barcelona - Palma"
Very pleasant trip across overnight. Cabin comfortable enough and had ensuite shower/bathroom.
Reviewed 28 October 2014 by Ian who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Palma to Barcelona"
The facilities on board are a bit limited. If it is not high season, don't book the First Class seats as there will be lots free and you will not have to pay for them. The prices of drinks and coffee are v expensive, but the canteen is great value of €13 for 3 course lunch, and tasty too. The advertised times are optimistic. Add an hour for unloading - all the freight leave first then the cars. This is quite annoying if you have planned something according to the published times. If you want to use internet onboard buy the voucher from reception, I bought it using the online payment and then it didn't work, and I had the mother of a job getting them to credit me €3 - which they finally did it took forever. So, but it at reception is my advice.
Reviewed 30 September 2014 by Victor who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
Spent a pleasant trip travelling from Mallorca to Barcelona. Relaxing atmosphere.
Reviewed 23 September 2014 by Ralph who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
To be honest it was the first time that we made this kind of journey. And everythig ended very nice, the ship was beautiful, very good quality of the food, friendly and kind staff on board, and the facilities, quality and maintennace in general excellent and recomendable 100%
Reviewed 31 August 2014 by Ariel Hernan who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Good service - absolutely recommendable"
Everything from booking, to answering questions by phone, to online check-in went smooth. Ship is clean and sober.
Reviewed 18 August 2014 by Jens Hansen who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"nice basic acomodation"
I can recommend everyone the small cabin for 4 people you can book ! Nice to lay down i a small bed and take a fresh shower with a fresh towal ! also the food was basic and nice ! also VIP seats were very comfortable !
Reviewed 11 August 2014 by Dirk who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes