Corsica Ferries flagship Mega Smeralda is 171 metres long and can carry up to 2000 passengers and 560 vehicles. Formerly the Color Festival, this ship was purchased from the Norwegian Company Color Line in 2008 and renamed Mega Smeralda.
Mega Smeralda is equipped with a selection of restaurants, bars, dedicated children's play areas, video games room, shops, a swimming pool, disco, cinema, a selection of cabin accommodation and much more!
The Mega Smeralda has 539 cabins, both inside and outside (sea view) ranging from standard 2 berth bunk bed cabins to luxurious suites with double beds. All cabins are en-suite.
The Mega Smeralda serves Mediterranean and international cuisine across 5 magnificent restaurants, each offering a unique setting with something to suit all tastes and budgets.
In the spaghetteria/pizzeria you’ll find pasta, pizza, a delicious selection of starters, main courses and desserts. In ‘la Trattoria Riviera’ you’ll find all the flavours of Italy served in an authentic setting. The self-service ‘Buffet Veranda’ offers salads, starters, speciality pasta, meat, fish, a selection designed with children in mind and a large choice of deserts. The Captains Grill restaurant is affiliated with the famous ‘Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’ – a guarantee of quality and offers a choice of set menu and a la carte.
The ship also features 4 bars with varied themes in which to relax in and enjoy. These include the Sailors Pub, the Panorama bar, Bar Smeralda and the outdoor deck bar 'Il Chiosco'. On deck 1 you’ll find the 92 capacity 'Dancing Palace' disco.
In the onboard shop you’ll find a choice of popular perfumes, cosmetic products, clothes, sweets and more.
Mega Smeralda has a swimming pool, 2 cinema rooms, and an information/reception desk to assist you during the crossing.
Children are well catered for onboard the Mega Smeralda with their own dedicated play area. There is also a video games room for the older children.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Mega Smeralda 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.
91% of our customers recommended this ship
"Ajaccio to Toulon"
Did this trip overnight recently, a great experience. Had dinner in the Italian restaurant, great food and good service, couldn't have asked for more.cabin was clean and comfortable, arrived in Toulon on time. Would use this service again, beats flying!!
Reviewed 22 September 2015 by Peter, Perth, Western Australia. who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
We had a cabin upgrade and it was clean and comfortable. There was plenty of food options and even wifi.
Reviewed 11 July 2015 by Katherine who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
""It does what it says on the box!""
Mega Smeralda is a big ship, and we found ourselves parked on one of the lowest car decks - not the easiest to access for anyone with mobility difficulties. The facilities on board were very good, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, but we had difficulty hearing the PA announcements - until we discovered the discreet volume control! The crossing was comfortable, but there seemed to be quite a lot of vibration, which we thought strange given how high above the engine room we must have been. All-in-all, a good crossing with everything going smoothly and to time.
Reviewed 11 June 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
"Mega Smeralda is a nice ferry!"
This is a really nice 'old school' ferry with a variety of places to eat and drink, plenty of outside space, very reminiscent of the much lamented Pride of Bilbao that sailed between the UK and Spain for many, many years. Ours was a daytime crossing so didn't get to see any entertainment or sample the cabins but I could imagine a night crossing would be a pleasant experience. The crew are a happy bunch too which adds to the good atmosphere on board. The loading/unloading procedure was perhaps a little frantic and the tying down of motorcycles a little haphazard (I was left to sort out my own as the guys seemed to lose interest after the first few), but all in all, as ferry crossings go, very enjoyable.
Reviewed 29 May 2015 by Peter who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
"Superb way of crossing to Corsica."
After a long drive the length of France, it was very welcoming to be on a mini cruise ship to Corsica. The ship may have been old but the facilities were excellent, and the food good. The cabin was quiet and pretty comfortable. The only issue I found was that the cars were very tightly squeezed together on the vehicle deck, which led to a couple of scrapes with people's cases as they passed. Also we both had to exit from one side of the car. It was good to have a long sleep and wake refreshed ready to enjoy our holiday.
Reviewed 08 May 2015 by Peter who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
Nice trip. nice cabins and food. Just noisy neighbors... I would do trip again without hesitation. One fault was in The cafe,it had only one cashier working so food was cold by the time it was paid for as the line was so long. This is quite bad and people were annoyed, so improvement needed here. So I would tell people to take there own snacks & food.
Reviewed 13 October 2014 by Kerrie who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
"Why does it have to be so cold?"
The ferry left Toulon two or three hours late so I was very tired when I went on board and it didn't occur to me I'd need a sleeping bag to keep warm. I've very seldom felt so cold - I had to take a walk around the ferry every hour through the night to keep my blood circulating. It's good value, but I can't see why it needs such intense air conditioning.
Reviewed 26 August 2014 by Nicola who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
"Very good trip!"
The journey from Livorno to Bastia was impeccable. Departure and arrival on time and clean facilities. Highly recommended.
Reviewed 02 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
The Express 2 was very noisy, it was impossible to sleep (I booked an outside cabin). De mega Esmeralda was way better, even the meals in the Trattoria were excellent. The service on this ship was very good. Am very satisfied!
Reviewed 26 July 2014 by Augustijn who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
"Very good "
We take the ferry every year and generally it's good, but this year especially was nice cheap price and impeccable service.
Reviewed 21 July 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
"A return crossing from Livorno to Bastia with the car"
The outbound journey was certainly nicer, because the Mega Smeralda is more recent and more comfortable. Moreover, the disembarkment was quick and problem free. The inbound journey with Corsica Marina however, the boat was more ancient, people were laying on the floor and the disembarkment was more chaotic. Plus, I thought that the crossing was only lasting for 4 hours, between 2pm and 6.15pm. I don’t understand why you can’t lay down on the numerous deck chairs and sunbathe on the deck or resting inside on the seat with the air conditioning. Who knows? Maybe the staff was more tired or deflated during the inbound journey (translation: not interested in their jobs and rude). Well, you can’t have everything. I will use this company again.
Reviewed 07 July 2014 by Roberto who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
"To do again"
The staff is pleasant and you are not harassed to buy drinks (we were at the paronamic bar). We were able to appreciate the view without any problem. They were able to answer our questions and to give us directions. The place is clean, we departed on time. I must admit that parking the car is a bit challenging. Overall, we are satisfied with both crossings.
Reviewed 03 July 2014 by Laurent who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
"Livornio - Bastia - Livornio"
Both crossings went well, the only thing lacking are deck chairs aboard the Mega Smeralda. We enjoyed laying on the deck chairs during the 4 hours of the crossing aboard the Corsica Marina.
Reviewed 03 July 2014 by Olivier who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
"a journey to Corsica"
I confirm that I will use your company Corsica again. I have nothing bad to say about you. It's well organised and friendly.
Reviewed 30 June 2014 by Hervé who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
The cabin is clean and fairly nice and supposedly with a lounge sofa area on. However, once onboard, we're told that it's not available on this boat. We departed 15 minutes early and arrived 30 minutes late. There are no shuttle at arrival for pedestrians. I had to walk for minutes under a pouring rain with a young child, a pregnant women and 2 big suitcase...
Reviewed 21 June 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
"Excellent crossings om both occasions"
We enjoyed beautiful weather on our return journey and very calm crossings both ways. The ferry was wonderful. We were upgraded without asking on our return to cabin with porthole.En suite was excellent. It was a very enjoyable experience and I would recommend without hesitation. WIll definitely do the same booking next time.
Reviewed 19 June 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
I am satisfied with the crossing. The berths and the food were very good.
Reviewed 14 June 2014 by Gilbert who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
"THIS IS NOT A FERRY…"
…THIS IS A CRUISE ! THANKS
Reviewed 10 June 2014 by Bernard who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
The quality of the first class cabin was different during two crossings, while the pricing was the same. Why is that?
Reviewed 04 June 2014 by Anthony who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda
We travelled from Livorno to Bastia and return recently, and the trip was extremely comfortable. There were four in our party and we paid a little extra to have a day cabin. That was well worthwhile as it was possible to have a private space to relax, have a shower if required or even have a nap. The add-on price was not huge and is recommended, especially if you have had to make an early start to board the ship. The passenger advice is to be at the ship 90 minutes before sailing, but this seems to apply only to those boarding with a car. Pedestrians can, and do, walk up minutes before sailing.
Reviewed 02 June 2014 by Ken who travelled with Corsica Sardinia Ferries on Mega Smeralda