Liveried in Grimaldi owned Minoan Lines colours, the Ikarus Palace is a well-equipped luxurious cruise ferry that can carry up to 1500 passengers. Onboard facilities include a choice of cabins, disco, cinema, internet cafe, shop, restaurants, bar, nursery, children’s play area, swimming pools, slot machines and a shopping arcade.
There’s a choice of cabins onboard including 133 inside, 43 with sea view (outside), 18 suites and 2 specially adapted outside cabins for disabled passengers. For those who’d prefer not to book a cabin there’s also over 180 pre-bookable reclining seats.
You’ll find a selection of places to eat onboard including an a la carte restaurant, a self-service option and a fast food outlet. There’s a choice of places to drink too as well as a nightclub for later evening drinks and entertainment.
The Ikarus Palace ferry features a shopping arcade selling many high street brands as well as magazines, confectionary and travel essentials.
You’ll also find a Swimming Pool (weather permitting), slot machines and internet cafe.
Children are well catered for onboard the Ikarus Palace with a play area to keep them busy throughout the trip. Older children can amuse themselves at the video arcade.
The Ikarus Palace features 2 specially adapted outside cabins for disabled passengers. If assistance is required then please inform staff on arrival at the port.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Ikarus Palace 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.
82% of our customers recommended this ship
"trip thru the Mediterranian"
The overall trip was great. The only problem was to find Sintemar in Livorno Harbor as there are no signs about it and what is written on the web page of Grimaldi Lines is on the one hand not clear, on the other it is not true. Why can't they just insert a map showing the exact location? I tried with google but even there I was not able to find it. I was cruising around the port and it took me more than 40 minutes to find the place where I was supposed to get my tickets, and honestly it was only by accident. The other thing is Sintemar itself. There are two offices open only and when I arrived, well before the departure of the ship, there were at least a hundred passengers - not queueing but whirling in front of them. And not in an European way. It was a truely a shocking experience. It should have been organized in a more efficient way - take note of airport check ins... The trip was smooth, all the members of the crew were kind and polite, so I would recommend this way of travelling to Barcelona for those who wanna take their cars as well.
Reviewed 27 September 2014 by Pál who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
There are not ways to treat people. People lying through the ferry like cats sleeping anywhere. It seems to me an expensive price for the type of trip that is offered ...
Reviewed 24 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
We had a very unpleasant experience on the Ikarus Palace. The ship had come from Tangiers before Barcelona and it was apparent as soon as we got on board that the ship had not been cleaned. Simple things like tables being wiped, bins being emptied and general tidiness. THere was very little choice in the restaurant and I would say the food was of a very low standard. We had reserved seats in the lounge area but I was so appalled by the smell and condition of the seats that we took a cabin. A lot of the seats were missing, those that were not were filthy and covered in stains. There was no air-conditioning, even though they said there was and it was 38 degrees. When i washed my hands on the toilets the drain was obviously damaged and drained onto my feet and there was vomit on one of the decks which had not been cleared up. Having said all of this our cabin was clean and tidy and the air conditioning did work. It was a very expensive trip for such poor service and low levels of cleanliness .
Reviewed 23 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
The ship and the crossing correct, but at the port in Livorno there were not indications at all of how get to Grimaldi boarding point, after an hour and a half going in circle from one side to another and thanks to a taxi driver, we located where the ferry was, but inexplicably the Grimaldi staff informs us that we would have got the tickets at the offices, which are in Livorno, but thank you to a efficient telephone management allows us to board the ferry, a nightmare that I would not recommend ......... I hope that the company take actions to avoid this issue in which we and at least 15/20 passengers more were involved looking where we have to board
Reviewed 23 August 2014 by Victor who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
Good journey but the bad thing is the disorganization with passenger without cabin and they occupied the public áreas
Reviewed 04 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
"An incredible mess to find the point to board"
Impossible to know from where the ferry depart, no indications at all, either on the tickets or on the road ... in Livorno there is more than one port and are separated by large distances. I had to go first to a port for chek-in and then travel by car about 2 kms away to go on board, something really absurd. Other than that, The cabin was great and very clean with shower and everything.
Reviewed 28 July 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
"A crossing between Tanger and Barcelona"
The journey was excellent as it is every year. The suites are extremely confortable and clean. The restaurant is getting better. The only problem is the disembarkment in Barcelona where we have to wait for one hour after vacating the cabin and where people are pushing each other in front of the lift.
Reviewed 08 July 2014 by Jean Pierre who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
"APPRECIATION OF THE CROSSING"
I hadn't taken GRIMALDI for a long time, we used to make the crossing once a year before. We were pleasantly surprised: the boat looked nice compared to the ferries from some other companies, but mostly it was very clean. There are members of staff with a broom and a dustpan, the corridors are not cluttered. The casino is open, so you can have a bit of fun. The lady in charge of the place is very kind. The timekeeping was good as well. Plus we were not evicted from our cabins 3 or 4 hours before arrival like in other places. We'll use surely Grimaldi again next time. Thank you.
Reviewed 24 June 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
"A good crossing"
A problem free crossing. A very nice cabin. The staff was available. The mosque was easily accessible (it would be better if there was a compass to find the direction of Mecca). It would be good also to be able to follow the crossing itinerary on a screen.
Reviewed 08 April 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
"Loading and unloading of vehicles"
Why don't you load large vehicles first (trucks or campervans), so they face the right direction to disembark. It's very difficult to move backwards with a vehicle that large on a the stern
Reviewed 18 March 2014 by André who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
Everything was fine and better than I was expected on the ship!!!
Reviewed 28 January 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
"A crossing between Barcelona and Tanger"
The crossings between Barcelona and Tanger aboard the ikarus palace were wonderful. Nothing bad to report this time. Everything was fine.
Reviewed 14 January 2014 by Moulay Driss who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
I like it and I find it comfortable. Why not give it a go again!
Reviewed 08 January 2014 by Khalid who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
"A good ferry"
I made the mistake of booking a seat. These are dirty and swamped with men travelling alone who use them to eat and sleep for 24 hours. It's better to sleep in a cabin or even in the night club. A whole floor of the boat is dedicated to entertainment and catering. It's light and clean and you can have a good time - although everything has a price. The crossing between Tanger and Barcelona was pleasant in summary.
Reviewed 07 January 2014 by Alexandre who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
"Journey to the land of the camel"
This is the 3rd year making the sea trip from Italy to Morocco and the second time choosing to travel with Grimaldi. The boat is more compact than the alternatives, which lends a more intimate style and personal atmosphere. The time of the journey is longer (but, hey what a beautiful journey!), which ends up suiting my plan well as I arrive early enough in the day to be able to complete an 8 hour journey to my destination without waking everyone up in the middle of the night! Great time :-)
Reviewed 07 December 2013 by Lorenzo who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
"Barcelona Tanger recommendable"
We travelled from Barcelona to Tanger on the Grimaldi departing on November 24, 2013. We were supposed depart at 11.59pm, but didn't leave unti 1.30am. So we sat waiting in the terminal for quite a long time. But it was worth it. We paid €200 for a spacious cabin with bathroom and sea view. Two nights and a full day on board the ship that arrived mid day at Tanger Med on the 26th. We enjoyed the views of the Spanish and Moroccan from the deck. Food at the self service restaurant is not too expensive and pretty tasty. Highly recommended.
Reviewed 05 December 2013 by Veerle who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
"vacation trip "
Check-in office and departure point in Livorno virtually untraceable (no addresses on booking confirmation); loudspeaker-anouncements the ship is not in German and also in poor quality; Cabin tidy; no sitting and reclining option on the sun deck
Reviewed 27 October 2013 by Karl who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
A lot better than GNV: the staff is attentive and speaks French. Disembarkment was a mess.
Reviewed 15 October 2013 by Serge who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
"Crossing Livorno - Barcelona 21/09/2013 "
The chck-in in the harbor is easy to find. Check in is easy. Then passed us a vehicle to the ship, the "Ikarus Palace", a giant strand, about 200 meters long. Entrance to the ship's possible without problems. We have booked a cabin, a suite. The furniture is a bit old, the television is broken; but it is spacious, with two large windows and clean. On this deck 5 it is quiet, down less - there's really hustle, because the ship sails from Barcelona on to Tangier. All the sofas are already occupied and the video space functions as a bedroom. Who did not find anything there, sleeping in the bar or in the hallways. The staff is friendly, the on-board restaurant is highly recommended and quiet. The prices are in the frame. Small drawback: in addition to cloth napkins, good wine glasses and appropriate crockery makes not a good espresso in a plastic cup. Seen over everything recommended, but a cabin should be.
Reviewed 08 October 2013 by Peter who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace
No update information on the arrival of the ferry from Tangier. little quiet zones for European travelers.
Reviewed 25 September 2013 by Erich who travelled with Grimaldi Lines on Ikarus Palace