Operated by Balearia on the Barcelona Palma, Ibiza Palma, Ibiza Valencia & Palma Valencia routes
Part of the innovative Balearia+ series, Abel Matutes is Balearia's largest ship. Onboard you'll find modern seats, baby changing area, baby cribs, bar-café, cabins, highchairs, luggage storage locker, wheelchair friendly, reclining seats, self service restaurant, solarium, Wi-Fi, audio visual entertainment, shop.
The Abel Matutes ferry has around 90 4 berth cabins, with air conditioning, wardrobes and fully fitted bathroom. All the cabins feature an anti-allergy cleaning system.
Reserved seating comes in the form of extra comfortable leather recliners in the Neptune lounge while the lobby bar lounge consists of chairs and sofas in a communal area.
You'll find a bar/cafeteria and self-service restaurant located in the bow. There is also an outside bar.
The Abel Matutes features an onboard shop where you can buy a range of cosmetics, perfumes, sweets and gifts.
There is a solarium for you to relax in during the trip and if you want to surf while you sail then you can use the onboard Wi-Fi (for a small fee). For those travelling on foot there are luggage lockers which you can access throughout the crossing.
Baleària’s staff members, both on board and on land, are available to assist passengers with reduced mobility however it is advised to mention if assistance is required both when making the reservation and when checking in.
Escalators and elevators link the car deck with the passenger area too.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Abel Matutes guide as accurate as possible, onboard facilities, services and entertainment may vary depending on the date and time of year that you travel, facilities mentioned may change without notification and ferry companies reserve the right to operate vessels other than those mentioned at time of booking without prior notification.
92% of our customers recommended this ship
"Relaxing Ferry Ride"
Very easy to check in, straight on the boat and a lovely easy journey over, no stress like what I feel when flying.
Reviewed by Geoffrey who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"A great deal."
Got a fantastic deal with direct ferries. I was half expecting to pay more when I arrived, as I saw on line some customers seemed to have issues, but it was the real deal. All went great. The boat itself was fine too, just a bit stinky outside from smokers, it seems to find its way to us, so we stayed inside, Inside was fine. Happily I marked the location when we disembarked in Palma, otherwise finding the Balearia port to leave is tricky as it is further down than the others & very poorly signposted. The link address was not the right port.
Reviewed by Anonymous who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Nice and relaxed"
Nice, relaxed and very luxury trip with very nice staff.
Reviewed by Wilma who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
Reviewed by Maria-manuela who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
I looked up the ferry routes listed on the Balearia website to confirm which port this shit would drop me off at and still ended up at the wrong port. This is the second time i have looked up a route and been dropped off at the wrong port.
Reviewed by Tyler who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Mallorca holiday "
Great way to visit Mallorca and a stress free ferry trip. Boarding in Palma was so easy and fast, the cabin seating is great but too hot with minimum air conditioning. We spent most of the time on the deck enjoying the sunshine. Getting the car off in Barcelona took a long time but was easy.
Reviewed by Hendrik who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Fine, but could be better"
Finding the check in was very stressful, the port was chaotic with freight lorries queuing for various crossings and there were no sign posts to the Baleria check in, just too ind flags hidden well inside the terminal with a man not in any sort of uniform. The journey over was fine, coming back everything was okay, but I was disappointed the restaurant closed at 15.00 when the crossing arrived at 19.00 meaning my only option for food was an expensive sandwich rather than a hot meal.
Reviewed by Andrew who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
We left on Time on the outward and return journey and arrived in both cases before the scheduled time. On the return journey despite a storm. Impressive
Reviewed by Siegfried who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
Enjoyed the comfort and efficiency of this quality line once more. Enjoyed also the value for money, the fare for this 8 hour trip being cheaper than the 1.5 hour Calais-Dover which I took a couple of days later!
Reviewed by Jonathan who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
Easy to book, helpful staff and good value for money
Reviewed by Anonymous who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"A unique experience "
Being my first ever cruise, which I travelled with my family and my car, it has been a thrilling experience of Cabin, deck & Salon facilities with co-operative staff which all of us enjoyed. However one concern many of the Neputno Salon travellers faced is the seviour distrubance created by the pantry staff during lunch time for about 2 to 3 hours while they use to carry food and utensils from pantry to restaurant with unbearable sounds without considering the discomfort being caused to the travellers. Even I found many of the customers requesting pantrý staff to close the doors to minimise such distrubance.
Reviewed by Chandra Sekhar who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Barcelona to Palma - overnight ferry"
The trip was great - I was a foot passenger, travelling alone. As it was an overnight ferry leaving at 11pm, and as I wanted to get some sleep I had booked a seat in the "Neptune" room. These seats recline really well back and are comfortable to lie on. I had taken an eye mask (which was useful as the lights, though dimmed, remain on overnight) and some earplugs to keep noise from disturbing sleep. And I arrived reasonably fresh the next morning at about 7am. The staff were polite, and the refreshments I bought before "bed" were good quality.
Reviewed by Robert who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Very nice trip"
People were very nice, only finding the departure place and their office to get the tickets was problematic. They need to add this info on their website
Reviewed by Thierry who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Van to Mallorca"
The ferry is air-conditioned, clean and I was treated well. I did not have a cabin on my way out or bak to mainland Spain, so cant comment on this. I did what was specifically disallowed, sleeping on the couches! I was not the only one, dozens of family's, couples, children did this. I took a small pillow and blanket, which I had with me under my arm when entering the ferry, this gave me a reasonable nights sleep! Direct ferries customer services were helpful on the day of arrival in Barcelona, what I mean is, the phone number on the reverse of the emailed info. However, the booking info had no address to obtain ones tickets or to where to drive too for driving onto the ferry. Very odd, something I hope they will address, forgive the pun. The two locations are a mile-or-so apart and in opposite directions. this is the lat/long for the booking office 41.373444, 2.177720. If you go 50 metres past it on your left, you can turn left and park briefly until you get your tickets. The ferry location is over a tall, white bridge and located about here 41.349205, 2.174786. There is a building site now but within 6 months, this will be the main terminal and perhaps where you go for your tickets! Your loaded one way and so expect to be manoeuvred inside the boat to squeeze as many trucks, vans and cars into the space. You might well be facing the wrong way, when you eventually park. I hope this has been helpful - Regards Don
Reviewed by Don who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"The hidden Ferry Ports of Barcelona and Palma"
My guess is that the ferry company Baleria are developing new facilities at both ports. It was our first time in Spain and we were at a very rudimentary level of Spanish, which certainly didn't help. We followed signs, and our sat-nav, to the ferry terminal in Barcelona - and it wasn't there. Luckily we had plenty of time - it was lunchtime and our ferry didn't depart until nearly midnight - so we fought our way through the communication barriers until we found our way to a construction site at the far end of the port. Booking office in a tent. You have to cross the 'Pont de la Porta D'Europa. - an impressive bridge - and follow on to the end of the long arm to the south east. Then we had the same problem in Palma coming back. We turned up at the Baleria offices following signs and our sat-nav to be sent, again, to the other end of the port. The south east corner again. It would have been useful if DIrect Ferries could have provided this information in the paperwork for the booking - we were certainly cursing DF rather than Baleria or Spanish road signage. The ferries were great. Being May there were few cars travelling to or from the island. Plenty of space and no annoying children's entertainers.
Reviewed by Finian who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
"Back to Mallorca again"
Sailed on this ferry many times with no problems, don't normaly eat on the ferry so can't comment on the catering, but our cabin was clean and comfortable and
Reviewed by Terence who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
The ship itself was excellent, I think it must have been refurbished. Not much on board but was only to sleep on for me and was clean and comfortable.. The only problem was check in and departure total lack of directions
Reviewed by Peter who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
The boarding was very efficient and the place to queue was easy to find The trip there was very comfortable on the reclining seats and got quite a lot of sleep The return joourney was not as good having been attacked by another passenger who used two hands to push me in the back over a chair which resulted in a cut eye and being on warafarin bled quite profusely also it was difficult to find where to board but generally the crossings were fine
Reviewed by John godfrey who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
Recently had to change our plans and return to the UK overland. The first part of our journey was by ferry from Palma to Barcelona with Direct Ferries. The whole experience was brilliant. Their website made booking seats easy and the staff both at the port and on the ferry were friendly and helpful. The ferry was comfortable and clean and the time seemed to pass very quickly. Embarkation in Barcelona was smooth and quick.
Reviewed by Ian who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes
Great trip. were helpful and friendly and the cabin was spotless. Would travel again with Balearia Ferries.
Reviewed by Fiona who travelled with Balearia on Abel Matutes