La Méridionale operates numerous weekly sailings between the south of France and the island of Corsica, in the Mediterranean Sea.
La Compagnie Méridionale de Navigation was founded in 1931, when Henri and Félix Rastit married the daughters of a ship owner called Gianonni de Cassano in Balagne, rebranding to simply 'La Méridionale' in 1998. First focussing on freight deliveries, the company eventually established a passenger link from mainland France to Corsica in 1988. They became the first French ship-owner in the Mediterranean, running passenger services, to obtain international quality certifications in 1996, while they were also awarded for the implementation of an Environmental Management System in 2009.
The ferries sailing to and from Corsica are named Piana, Girolata and Kalliste, carrying approximately three hundred thousand passengers each year, and over a hundred thousand vehicles to the towns Ajaccio, Bastia and Propriano twelve times a week. On-board you will find all the necessaries for a pleasant voyage, with friendly staff, quality French cuisine prepared from fresh produce, large promenade decks, Corsican music, spacious cabins and a cinema.
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"Great ferry crossing"
Really enjoyed our overnight sailing on the Girolata. Very good looking ship, comfortable cabin, friendly staff and good food and drink. Being able to board and access our cabin 2 hours before we sailed was a bonus.Read More Read Less
"Great in every way apart from the lack of air conditioning in our cabin"
This was lovely and very convenient, food was delicious and the whole trip should have been very relaxing but there was no air conditioning in our 4 person cabin (don't know if it was broken or is always like that) so we roasted and didn't sleep very well.Read More Read Less
"Great way to get to Sardinia"
I took the Kallisto (?) from Marseille to Porto Torres and splurged on a cabin with a double bed. A great view out the back of the boat was appreciated, as was the overall condition of the ship — it was worth the expense. Crew were great, and I appreciated them not ejecting the passengers from cabins too early for those continuing past Corsica to Sardinia (the announcement came about an hour before arrival). Shuttlebusses to and from the terminals (both of which were a bit 'out of the way') were appreciated, and the one at Porto Torres takes you right to the railway station (though it's a 2hr wait for the train so best see the town first!) Recommended.Read More Read Less