The Stena Hollandica is the largest combined freight and passenger ferry in the world. It is the first of two Ropax ships built at the Nordic Yards shipyard in Wismar, Germany. The Hollandica was handed over to Stena Line in May 2010, while its sister ship, the Stena Britannica, was delivered in October 2010. About £375m was invested in the construction of the ferries.

The Hollandica cruises from Harwich in the UK to the Hook of Holland and returns the following day.

Design and construction

The Hollandica has a gross tonnage of 62,000t and a deadweight of 11,600t. It is 240m long and has an overall beam of 240m and a draught of 6.4m.

The ship was built in accordance with Stena Line’s energy savings programme. The hull design was optimised using an advanced coating system. Catalytic converters and engines with better combustion rates help to lower the vessel’s environmental impact.

“The ship was built in accordance with Stena Line’s energy savings programme.”

The Hollandica’s interior, including the public and crew areas, was designed by Figura. The company created the general layout, colour schemes and elevations of the bulkheads.

The vessel has facilities to recycle cardboard, glass and food waste. To reduce the energy used by the ship’s cooling system, all windows are superimposed with solar film that blocks 82% of the sun’s radiant heat.


The Hollandica has inside and outside cabins. The outside cabins have sea views and can be booked for one or two people. The cabins are furnished with bunk beds with boxspring mattresses, quilts and linen. Room amenities include a sofa, table, flatscreen satellite television, wardrobe, telephone and bathroom.

Other accommodation options include outside cabins for three or four people, outside cabins for two people and a child, outside cabins for five people, comfort-class outside cabins for two, captain-class outside cabins for two and captain suite outside cabins for two.


The Hollandica is a smoke-free ferry. Guests can smoke in a special smoking lounge on the outside decks.

“The Stena Hollandica is the largest combined freight and passenger ferry in the world.”

Free Wi-Fi internet is available throughout the ship. In the absence of a laptop, guests can use internet terminals in the internet room. The ship has a cinema where three films are screened during the night and one during the day.

The Stena Plus lounge has a selection of complimentary snacks and beverages. The ship has a shopping centre called Stena Shopping which offers gifts, sweets, liquor, tobacco and clothes. Children can spend their time in Teen Town and the Kids Playroom.

The Hollandica has three bars and two restaurants, namely Riva Bar, Taste Wine Bar, Barista Bar, Metropolitan á la Carte Restaurant and Taste Restaurant.


The ship is powered by two 7,200kW MAN 6L48/60CR and two 9,600kW MAN 8L48/60CR diesel mechanical engines. The two CP Alpha propellers allow the ship to cruise at a service speed of 22kt. For auxiliary power requirements, the ship is fitted with three 1,320kW MAN 6L21/31 and one 1,540kW MAN 7L21/31 diesel gen sets. Two 3.1MW shaft generators are also provided.

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