The Catania ferry carries up to 840 passengers and 160 cars and offers an array of onboard facilities to keep you entertained during the crossing including a self-service restaurant, a choice of bars, a casino, a shop, a children’s play area and a choice of cabins.
Onboard you'll find comfortable air conditioned en-suite cabins with a choice of both inside and sea view (outside). The Catania also has 2 luxury suites with double beds as well as 2 cabins designed for disabled passengers. Each cabin contains 2 standard beds, 2 foldaway beds, a writing desk, a 4 door wardrobe, a mirror and a small armchair. In addition, the 2 Luxury suites feature a bedroom with a double bed, a TV set and a living room with a divan with double bedding.
For those who prefer not to book a cabin there are 62 reclining seats available.
Meals are available in a spacious and elegant self-service restaurant with a choice of many different dishes on offer. The Vesuvio Club bar features a comfortable cafe room while in the outdoor sun deck bar (open in summer) you can have a drink and relax on one of the deckchairs in the sun.
You’ll find the onboard shop selling numerous products and souvenirs on the Catania.
Children are well catered for with Grimaldi Lines and the Catania features a dedicated child’s play area to keep younger passengers occupied during the trip.
Assisted can be provided if required however you will need to inform the staff on arrival at the port. The Catania contains 2 cabins designed for disabled passengers.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Catania 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.
63% of our customers recommended this ship
"Goin' on a Grimaldi"
Always fun sailing with Grimaldi - food is great, staff are friendly and helpful. Better than going from Ancona!
Reviewed 17 October 2014 by Korky Paul illustrator who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
"Very good trip"
Very good and comfortable journey.
Reviewed 20 September 2014 by Georgi who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
"Brindisi - igoumenitsa"
Very pleasant. Good food. Everything went smoothly!
Reviewed 10 September 2014 by Richard who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
İn spite of checking in late the port staff were extremely helpful and we were loaded in plenty of time for a prompt departure. The purser and his staff were a delight to deal with. The cabin was excellent - clean and comfortable. The only let down was the dining department with the food a disappointment and the staff giving the impression they were doing a duty shift more than they wanted to.
Reviewed 02 September 2014 by Leonora who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
Brindisi is a lovely town however the boat Catania is truely awful.
Reviewed 28 August 2014 by Mark who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
"Pleasant stay "
I had a relaxing overnight journey from Patras to Brindisi - the facilities are slightly dated, but fully functioning. Disembarking is a nightmare and should be better organised but other than that I would highly recommend this ferry service!
Reviewed 26 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
"Grimaldi Lines can't touch Moby Lines"
We have travelled several times on board various ships. This year, we travelled with Grimaldi Lines from Brindisi to Igoumenitsa. This crossing is only recommended for freight. We had to book a cabin because there was no other accommodation left. The cabin was ok. On deck, there were no seats or chairs available. The restaurant was overcrowded and did not have enough food. We all had to leave early because apparently it had to be cleaned, so everyone had to leave the restaurant and find somewhere else to sit. We headed for our cabin booked and discovered that we were supposed to check out at 22:30. The arrival time was 01.30, meaning we were stuck with our luggage, and in the crowded hallway. Worthless trip.
Reviewed 25 August 2014 by Marian who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
Good accommodation, great service, I would always use them!!
Reviewed 21 August 2014 by Marie Claire who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
"Car ferry Brindis-Igoumenitsa-Brindisi and travel booking "
My first booking with direct ferries and first crossing from Italy to Greece (back in 2013, back in January 2014). Booking and reservation was not a problem. Thank directly ferries also for the timely notification (3 days before trip) that the return trip been delayed by 2 hours This is despite the Internet service reservation, I commend me 5 little tips.: Allow 1) on additional bookings (food, etc) is cheaper than paying on board 2) refer to the additional costs for Credit Card Payment 3) strongly emphasize the words in the Reserv confirmation to pick up the ticket at the terminal, 4) indicate the opening times of the switches in the ferry ports To achieve 5) direct ferries 24 hours by phone All in all I was surprised that everything (!) Went well, if you are used to fly ... Both ships are identical. The Sorrento was in better condition than the Catania. The problem was the arrival of Bari in the Brindisi harbor. It started already with the fact that the highway toll (Brenner Bari) in Bari (exit to Brindisi) could only be paid in cash (no card only cash ~ 71 EUR). Despite good description in the reservation confirmation I had to Brindisi Ferry found without navigation only after several attempts. Until Brindisi the signs went, but after missing the signs or was totally overgrown with bushes. When I arrived at 7 clock in the morning there were not many people I could have asked for in this remote area. The ticket desk in the port terminal of Grimaldi Lines opened at 9 clock and I got the Embroidered problems based on the confirmation of direct ferries. The terminal itself is m. E. a bleak and barren place, waiting for the ferry is not relieved here. The ferry itself (Sorrento) was good and I was well briefed by both the vehicle deck as well as from the on-board reception and other personnel on board. It was on the parking deck just very close to, but that was okay. Bodverpflegung the quality and price was a department store restaurant par. I was able to strengthen me with 2 meals good for later ride. In addition to a casino, there was no Zersträungsmöglichkeiten, the instructed seat, an airplane chair similar, does not offer much opportunity to lie " long " to - back problems are announced. Great, I found that one to two ferries for the car has to lie down (mitnemen ceiling, otherwise it will be very cold in winter). The return ferry (Catania) had only two toilets for all passengers and had been otherwise prepared only provisionally. I saw it this way, that this ship had renovation work and was recalled at short notice. The food went, but was not as good as on the Sorrento. The travel times were more or less on time. The ferry port in Igoumenitsa was first class (!) Compared to Brindisi, both on arrival and on the return trip. The terminal is a real residence where you can expect the exit with restaurants, cafes and even the Fährschalter are clearly arranged. A very different picture than in Brindisi. The highway leads directly into the port, petrol stations are right on the harbor there, because there are only 3 stations on the A2 to Ipsala (Turkey), of whom two were closed and at night next to the highway just a few Takstellen have opened in Greece (Thessaloniki are it again at night open gas stations, with Navi POI's duty should be be night driving). The new A2 motorway in Greece (Igoumenitsa-Ipsala) I liked very well, good covering (still new), well secured, small picnic areas, clear speed data, toll 7x2, 50EUR located (up Ipsala) and very scenic. Since I will stay next time in a few places longer. All police, immigration and customs checks went hassle free and were were reasonable. It was for mi
Reviewed 19 January 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
"Fine transfer "
Had the pleasure to take the ferry from Cagliari to Palermo Which was a good experience!
Reviewed 09 November 2013 by Dirk who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
"Wonderful sea journey"
Arriving to Greece at this way is something I really can recommend. So many times you take the plane and you can't see that Greece is so much sea.
Reviewed 04 November 2013 by Majgreth who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
.. "Never again Grimaldi The ship had four hours late, but there was no information to travelers through reason and duration of the delay, we sat on the deck and had to wait -., Without information The staff - including reception - was inkompetetent and disinterested . There was only shrug. Upon my complaint mail was not responded. The food expensive and miserable. Never again Grimaldi. I can only advise. Hans-goods storm "
Reviewed 02 November 2013 by Hans-günter who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
"Car ferry Igumimitza-Brindisi "
When we booked car ferry, it was a,-down already getting old ship. The staircase in the lower car deck was undisguised and dirty. Climbing the stairs with hand luggage (5 - 6 floors) to the cabin deck was extremely laborious and cope for older passengers hardly. The rooms were not very clean and the shower was missing everything. Our cabin was stuffy and hot. Upon entering the cabin once had to be turned on the air conditioning. For the upper beds there were only a conductor. I got only a table and a chair in my bed. Three days before this crossing we took the Blue Star of Patmos to Piraeus. What a luxury compared to the ship. For us (4 people) comes a booking with this ferry out of the question again. In the morning we drunk a coffee(??) Drunk, that you could not even call a coffee. Drink could be described. The best thing about our crossing was really fresh and tasty croissant.
Reviewed 08 October 2013 by Hedwig Maria Jansen who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
"Motorcycle Touring Holiday"
We booked with Grimaldi with little knowledge of the ships. Both ships turned out to be efficient vessels with sufficient facilities for an overnight sea voyage. On each leg of our journey our outside cabins were clean, well equipped and with good beds (had a double bed in the return trip cabin. We were travelling by Ducati and found the whole check-in and boarding procedure quick and straight forward. Only downside was arriving at Igoumenista at 3.00am and having to disembark as the ferry was travelling on to Patras. I presumed that the journey end was in Igoumenitsa and that we could sleep on until 7.00am. I was so wrong and it lead to a hurried disembarkation.
Reviewed 30 September 2013 by Stephen Parker who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
I had a very good journey, thanks also to the weather, the trip was long but peaceful, we left Patras at 5 and in the ferry there were few people, all afternoon was quiet. When we arrived at Igoumenitsa in the evening the ferry started to became crowded, we had the cabin so it wasn't really a problem for us, we could manage to sleep quite good, the only negative aspect was the disembarking procedure which was a little bit slow, I think that in order to improve the service they should create more entertainment on board.
Reviewed 14 September 2013 by Angelo who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
"High and low"
The outbound trip on board of the "Catania" ship was normal, the ferry was on time and also the boarding and disembark operations were quite fast; The return, with the "Sorrento" ferry, was ruined because schedules weren't respected (the ticket shows that passengers have to be at the port h2 prior departure, but they started to board just h1 before departure) and the disembark operations lasted over h1. The negative experience has been mainly caused by the return trip on board of the ferry "Sorrento".
Reviewed 12 September 2013 by Luigi who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
"Greek Journey with Grimaldi lines "
I have nothing bad to say a part from the toilets which were not so clean.
Reviewed 10 September 2013 by Anonymous who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
I have travelled in August 2013, I have booked the ticket on line, the price wasn't 'so cheap, but still good in compare with the other companies, I found the customer service excellent, the ferry was punctual and it was clean, the embarking / disembarking was really fast, the cabin was really good also, the only negative aspect was that the air- conditioning too high and noisy. I didn't eat at the restaurant, but the service at the bar was excellent at very convenient price.
Reviewed 07 September 2013 by Francesco Sangiovanni who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
I don't understand why they weren't selling liquors and sigarette. The TV in the lounge had 2 channels only.
Reviewed 06 September 2013 by Anonymous who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania
"A disappointing experience"
We travelled on the deck during the day without knowing that there weren't enough seats on the boat for everyone. It meant that there were people spread everywhere, toilets that were unusable after an hour… it wasn't a good experience.
Reviewed 02 September 2013 by Michel who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Catania