This week the new Turbocat high speed catamaran service between Barcelona and Alcudia set sail. The new service operated by Naviera Universal shipping company takes just three hours and the shipping company expects to carry some 880 passengers per day. Yesterday the company reported that since the service started, the booking office is handling over 1'000 calls per day. However, with the Alcudia to Barcelona link now in operation, Naviera Universal's director of marketing, Cristhope Ceard, said that new service routes between Barcelona and Cuitadella and Alcudia to Cuitadella, in Minorca are also to be introduced. The new Turbocat meets all the international safety and environmental requirements and on board the facilities and services have been designed in such a way that the same commodities as on board an airline are provided. The catamaran sets sail from Barcelona at 9am, reaching Alcudia at mid-day and returns to Barcelona at 2pm. Many of the passengers on the inaugural service were impressed by the high level of comfort and the speed during the crossing. The catamaran also provides a first class and VIP area with sofas and television screens. The new service will make it much easier for residents in the north of the island to get to the mainland without having to travel to Palma to catch a flight or ferry.