louis Cruises lines
Louis started operating short cruises out of Limassol, Cyprus to the Eastern Mediterranean from the early 70s, a programme that is still in force. Louis Cruise Lines has over the years evolved and expanded its cruise programmes. Today, with a fleet of 12 cruise ships, it operates cruises from the ports of Piraeus, Genoa, Marseille and Limassol. Louis Cruise Lines has departures from the ports of Genoa and Marseille to the West Mediterranean, North Africa as well as to the Eastern Mediterranean. From the Port of Piraeus, Louis Hellenic Cruises sails to the Aegean islands and the East Med. The company was founded in 2005 and led to the revival of the Greek Cruising Industry with its 4 cruise ships being the only ones flying the Greek flag. Four of the cruise ships of Louis Cruise Lines, namely "M/V Thomson Destiny", "M/V Thomson Spirit", "M/V The Emerald" and "M/V The Calypso" are under charters to Thomson Cruises of TUI AG. A fifth vessel "M/V Arielle" (ex Aquamarine) is chartered to Transocean of Germany. All ships are refurbished and upgraded regularly, in order to maintain the highest standards of quality and service. Louis Cruise Lines also provides Turnkey Ship Management solutions such as Chartering, Full Management of Passenger ships, Hotel and Catering Services as well as Duty Free and Cruise Value Shops. Its strategic alliances with the leading Tour Operators have significantly strengthened the position of Louis Cruise Lines, as a leading player in European Cruising.
Louis Cruise Lines owns twelve ships, four of which are chartered outto Thomson Cruises. Louis offers from Cyprus two and three-day cruisesto Egypt, Beirut, Syria and Rhodes, five and nine-day cruises toGreece, the Greek Islands, Italy, Croatia and the Black Sea. FromPiraeus 3, 4 and 7-day cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean. From Genoaand Marseille cruises to the Aegean, Eastern and Central Mediterranean.
In addition, Louis offers turn-key ship management solutions:Chartering, Hotel and Catering services, Operation of Duty Free Shops,Marine and technical operations management, Crewing. Land arrangements,Security Services, Regulatory compliance networking, Procurementmanagement, Insurance arrangements, Fuel hedging and bunkeringmanagement, Safety and quality control (ISM Certification).
All ships are refurbished and upgraded continuously to maintain thehighest standards of quality and service. The management of both thetechnical and the hotel operations of the ships are carried outin-house as the knowledge and experience of the company covers allfacets of cruise ship management.
The high standard of services offered attracts governments andinternational organizations to use the ships as floating hotels formajor international events. For example, Louis ships were among othersused for the Head of States G8 meeting. International Exhibition inLisbon, and the NATO conference, in Naples.
The 12 ships of Louis Cruise Lines:
- Thomson Spirit
- Thomson Destiny
- Princesa Marissa
- Princesa Cypria
- Orient Queen