What is a casual cruise?

POINT

Each passenger ship offers a wide variety of facilities including restaurants and rooms for freshening up.
The grand appearance of each passenger ship sailing through the ocean means that potential passengers may be spoilt for choice over which one to choose.

Introduction to Passenger Ships

Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry	Line: Hakodate - Aomori Line details

Blue Mermaid

Blue Mermaid
DATA

Total length: 144 m (472.4 ft)
International gross tonnage:8,820t
Passenger capacity: 583 people
Speed: 20 knot
Vehicle capacity: 71 trucks or 230 passenger vehicles

Origin of name: Fairy-tale-like cruising… With the hope of providing more enjoyable cruises to more people, this ship has been named after Mermaid, a popular character from a fairy tale. In addition, the word “blue” comes from the corporate color of Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry and Blue Dolphin, a ship representing the beginning of the company’s “casual cruise” service.

Blue Dolphin

Blue Dolphin
DATA

Total length: 144 m (472.4 ft)
International gross tonnage:8,850t
Passenger capacity: 583 people
Speed: 20 knot
Vehicle capacity: 71 trucks or 230 passenger vehicles

Origin of name: The name Blue Dolphin comes from the corporate color of Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry combined with the dolphin in the company’s logo, reflecting the chance to see dolphins on the route via the Tsugaru Straits from April to May.


Venus

Venus
DATA

Total length: 136.6 m (448.2 ft)
International gross tonnage:7,198t
Passenger capacity: 590 people
Speed: 20 knot
Vehicle capacity: 65 trucks or 200 passenger vehicles

Origin of name: The daughter of Zeus and Dione, Venus was an Olympian and the goddess of beauty (Greek name: Aphrodite). The planet of the same name is commonly known as the Morning Star or the Evening Star.

Esan 2000

Esan 2000
DATA

Total length: 110.3 m (361.9 ft)
International gross tonnage:2,367t
Passenger capacity: 78 people
Speed: 17.5 knot
Vehicle capacity: 30 trucks or 70 passenger vehicles

Origin of name: The ship started service in 2000 following on from the operation of the Esan. As its name (meaning “blessed mountain”) suggests, the mountain is rich in blessings from nature.


MOL Ferry co.,Ltd. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines: Oarai - Tomakomai Line details

Sunflower Sapporo

Sunflower Sapporo
DATA

Total length: 192 m (629.9 ft.)
Total tonnage: 13,654 t
Passenger capacity: 632 people
Speed: 24 knot
Vehicle capacity: 180 trucks, 100 passenger vehicles

This ferry departs in the evening. A variety of cabin types ranging from economy rooms to suites are available. The restaurant on the top floor offers fine meals as magnificent views unfold outside the windows.

Sunflower Furano

Sunflower Furano
DATA

Total length: 192 m (629.9 ft)
Total tonnage: 13,539 t
Passenger capacity: 705 people
Speed: 24 knot
Vehicle capacity: 180 trucks, 100 passenger vehicles

This ferry departs in the evening. As with the Sunflower Sapporo, a range of cabin types (from economy rooms to suites) are available to meet passenger needs. A variety of onboard facilities allow passengers to enjoy their time on the ferry to the fullest.


Sunflower Shiretoko

Sunflower Shiretoko
DATA

Total length: 190 m (623.4 ft)
Total tonnage: 11,410 t
Passenger capacity: 154 people
Speed: 25 knot
Vehicle capacity: 160 trucks, 62 passenger vehicles

Origin of name: The vessel is named after Mt. Esan, an active volcano located in the city of Hakodate. Esan stems from the Ainu word Iesan (meaning “blazing away as lava streams down”).

Sunflower Daisetsu

Sunflower Daisetsu
DATA

Total length: 190 m (623.4 ft)
Total tonnage: 11,401 t
Passenger capacity: 154 people
Speed: 25 knot
Vehicle capacity: 160 trucks, 62 passenger vehicles

This ferry departs late at night. As with the Sunflower Shiretoko, cabins including single beds are available. There is a vending machine area and a shop selling unique Sunflower goods.

PanStar Cruise PanStar Line: Osaka - Busan Line details

PanStar Dream

PanStar Dream
DATA

Total length: 160 m (524.9 ft.)
Total international tonnage: 21,535 t
Passenger capacity: 680
Speed: 25.16 knot
Cargo capacity: 220 TEU

A long-distance ferry connecting Osaka and Busan in 18 hours three times a week.

No other ferry service provides such a wide range of services as PanStar Dream. A variety of information is displayed at the front desk as needed, including sunrise and sunset times, the business hours of on-board facilities and travel speeds. Brand-name products are also available through duty-free shopping, and a variety of events are offered.

Passengers can enjoy a luxurious time in the cafe while savoring the views. Our staff's warm hospitality ensures a safe, comfortable voyage.