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Minoan Lines is a well-known provider of ferries in Greece and has one of the most modern and well-equipped fleets in the Aegean. Based in Heraklion on Crete, it sails frequently to Athens and the Cyclades, as well as between Northern Greece and Italy.
Minoan’s fleet consists of three car-passenger ferries - built to the same standards as cruise ships - and three high-speed catamarans. All are well-equipped with modern facilities including à la carte and self-service restaurants, bars, cafes, spas, swimming pools, shopping centres, and onboard Wi-Fi.
Minoan Lines is one of the four largest ferry companies operating in Greece alongside Anek Lines, Hellenic Seaways and Attica Group. Founded in 1972, the company established its first route between Heraklion and Piraeus in 1974. In 1998, it invested in seven new ships, three built by Samsung in South Korea and four by Fincantieri in Italy.
In 2018, Minoan abolished plastic straws and bags from its ferries. In the same year, it was named ‘Best Greek Coastal Shipping Company’ at the Greek Hospitality Awards. It recently announced a plan to install exhaust gas purification systems on all its ships.