Elling Ellingsen and his swedish Sea-Link AB plan to open a new cruise-style
ferry connection between the cities of Lübeck and Malmö under the name Euroway.
It is planned to open the service in mid 1991. Main target group are cruise and
conference passengers. It is not planned to take trucks onboard, because the
cities Lübeck and Malmö do not want the truck traffic in the city centre. Euroway
was also not allowed to take cars onboard in the city of Lübeck. They were
only allowed to take cars onboard in Travemünde.
The delivery of the first ship is delayed due to the war in croatia. The service
can not be opend as planned.
16. May 1992:
The first ship is delivered as last and is christened as Frans Suell in Malmö.
19. May 1992:
The Frans Suell opens the service between Travemünde and Malmö.
The start of Euroway was very difficult. It was for a long time unclear when
the traffic will start, the marketing was bad and there were problems with
the Buffetrestaurant onboard Frans Suell.
1. September 1992:
The Euroway traffic with m/s Frans Suell is extended to Lübeck - Travemünde -
Malmö until next summer.
1. June 1993:
Sea-Link AB was looking for a partner for Euroway due to management problems
and the economic situation in europe. In June 1993 Silja Line joined Euroway. The
ferry company is now called Silja Line Euroway. Silja Lines Silja Festival is used
as second ship for the Euroway traffic. It was jobless since Silja Line took over a
newbuilding from Viking Line called Silja Europa.
1. September 1993:
The Euroway traffic is extended to Lübeck - Travemünde - Malmö - Copenhagen
for the winter season. The second ship ordered by Euroway in croatia, already
launched as Thomas Mann, is not taken over due to late delivery. It is sold to
DFDS in May 1994 and is now sailing as Crown of Scandinavia for
Scandinavian Seaways between Copenhagen and Oslo.
12. March 1994:
The Euroway service was quit due to low passenger figures and Silja Lines