A new name and livery for the current Louis fleet? Pictured, left to right at Mykonos, the LOUIS OLYMPIA (ex SONG OF AMERICA) and LOUIS CRISTAL (ex LEEWARD). Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2014.
UPDATED: Louis Cruises will continue to manage and operate under its own name for its chartered ships (THOMSON SPIRIT, THOMSON MAJESTY and LOUIS AURA). The Celestyal division will apply to its Piraeus and Lavrion-based ships, the LOUIS OLYMPIA and the LOUIS CRISTAL. We are still waiting to find out if the ships will be renamed.
During a recent, rather wonderful press trip aboard Louis Cruises LOUIS CRISTAL (much more on that to follow via a series of Sea Treks and Decked! reports), there were rumors of a forthcoming, major announcement.
Now it has come to light that the Cyprus-owned company will be starting a new division in September. NewMoney.gr stated the name will be Celestyal Cruises to honor the ancient Greek mariners who charted their courses from the stars.
Louis is also on the verge of expansion and inside sources say that the acquisition of another ship of similar size to the 25,000 gt LOUIS CRISTAL will soon be announced for the 2016 cruise season. The sources remained mum, other than to indicate the new ship will have “some” balconies. Only a handful of vessels meet such specifications, including the 23,287-gt AEGEAN PARADISE (ex ORIENT VENUS), which is under a Turkish charter through 2015, or, less likely, the 20,000-gt GEMINI (ex CROWN JEWEL) which has been on the market for several years.
Special thanks to Marina Marinou, Marlene Oliver
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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