Stena Line - Celebrating 50 Years
by Bruce Peter
Today, Stena Line is one of the best-known and admired names in the ferry world. From humble beginnings, operating tax free shopping cruises with ... Show synopsis Today, Stena Line is one of the best-known and admired names in the ferry world. From humble beginnings, operating tax free shopping cruises with chartered small passenger ships, Stena Line grew exponentially into one of the largest and most innovative ferry companies. Stena Lines ships have always embodied the latest design thinking in terms of their size, hull forms, machinery, vehicle deck arrangements, passenger facilities and crew accommodation. Stenas ferries have also reflected up-to-date fashions in their interior design and in the types of marketing material devised to promote them. From the 1960s until the 1980s, Stena Lines focus was within Scandinavia but since then, they have expanded into the British market through their acquisitions of the Zeeland Steamship company and Sealink British Ferries. recently, Stena Line have introduced their most advanced ships on routes from Britain the magnificent Harwich-Hook of Holland super ferries Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica and the new cairnryan-Belfast vessels Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII. With their spacious vehicle decks and stylish Swedish-designed interiors, these state-of-the art ferries make travelling a great pleasure. In this book, we take a photographic tour through the history of Stena Lines fleet from their first excursion ships, through the elegant ferries of the early 1970s, the jumbo ferries of the 1980s, the HSS fast craft and ro-pax ships of the 1990s to the most recent vessels.