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Louis Cruises: Building Up in the Eastern Med

OK thanks Alan, not a problem.

Steve

Essex UK

Hi Coolonespa,
I can see what has happened. It’s me, I have put this item in the wrong place. This and another item should have gone under ‘Cruise News’.
an embarassed Alan

PS I would rate it as 3*

London

Hi Alan
There is no list, it’s just that this topic appears in the thread: Board Index – Recommended Travel Companies – Our Favourite Companies – Cruise. So I took the implication that STA were recommending it. Is that not what this thread means?
Thanks sharing your experience with this cruise line, it’s always so valuable to have 1st hand experience. So from your experience what start rating would you give Louis 1 to 5 scale?

Essex UK

Hi Coolonespa,
I can’t find Louis Cruises in the list you mention. Could you direct me to where it is mentioned. The only recommended cruise companies that I know of are P&O, Holland America, Cruise and Maritime, Viking River Cruises and Noble Caledonia.
I have been on 2 ships operated by Louis Cruises and one of them was my first cruise. It can’t have been that bad as after 14 days I was hooked on cruising. The second was when the Airtours ship Sunbird was taken over by Louis. This was later leased to Thomson as Destiny. Both times I found the company provided good quality for what you paid. Many people want 5* luxury for 2* money and it just doesn’t happen hence some of the less than complimentry reviews. I would happily go on a Louis Cruises ship again. In fact I am, next Wednesday, on the Thomson Spirit for 7 days.
Regards, Alan.

London

I haven’t heard of this cruise line before so had a quick look at their site & some reviews on cruise critic (some of the reviews were pretty dire).
As this is in STAs recommended companies thread, has STA or any of the frum members got any actual experience of this line?

Essex UK

We have decided who we are and how we fit into the cruise industry,” said Louis Cruises CEO Kyriakos (Kerry) Anastassiadis, talking to Cruise Industry News in Miami. “We’ve come out with a decision that we’re going back to our roots, essentially we are a cruise company that is Greek; we have a Greek identity.”

That means focusing efforts on becoming “the” niche operator in the Eastern Mediterranean.

“We operate in our own back yard, we are a regional player,” he explained. “Therefore, we are going to become different by doing what we’re good at.”

This year, Louis will run three ships, the Cristal, Orient Queen and the new-to-them Olympia, which they took back from Thomson Cruises as the British tour operator takes over the former Louis Majesty on a long-term charter.

Louis has two ships in lay-up, which may be activated, based on market demand, said Anastassiadis.

The ships are also slightly smaller, allowing the company to explore new itineraries.

“There are 3,000 islands in Greece, and every cruise line goes to the same ones,” Anastassiadis continued, pointing to the fact that passengers going to Europe are going for the destinations, not the ship.

With the economic disaster ongoing in Greece, Louis has less capacity in 2012 than years past, also underlined by late deployment announcements.

“A lot of our source markets are booking late,” explained Anastassiadis, pointing to the economic issues and the perception of Athens to international passengers.

Nevertheless, the company still has fleet renewal plans, ranging from refurbishments of current ships to acquiring more second-hand tonnage, and even a possible newbuild program which has been rumored with a Korean shipyard.

“If we’re going to go out and visit all these different islands, the ports also define what kind of vessel you can have, you can’t take a big ship into some of those ports,” Anastassiadis added.

For now, the cruise line will concentrate on the Eastern Mediterranean, despite being a partner in the Marseilles port project.

“We don’t want to be like the other cruise lines,” Anastassiadis stated. “We want to be doing something different and be proud to say we are Greek.”

London
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