December 15: Lloyds List named Louis Cruises 2010’s “Greek Passenger Line of the Year” in its annual Greek Shipping Awards ceremony, attended by the Greek Shipping Minister and members of the Greek shipping community. Louis Loizou, Executive Director of the Louis Group accepted the award for his father, Costakis Loizou, the line’s Executive Chairman. The Louis Group was founded in 1935 in Cyprus, eventually becoming its largest tourism entity with a chain of hotels, tour outfits and, in more recent years, Louis Cruises, which operates seven ships, including: LOUIS MAJESTY (ex ROYAL MAJESTY, NORWEGIAN MAJESTY), ORIENT QUEEN (ex STARWARD), LOUIS CRISTAL (ex LEEWARD), CORAL (ex CUNARD ADVENTURER), THOMSON DESTINY (ex SONG OF AMERICA), THOMSON SPIRIT (ex NOORDAM) and THE CALYPSO (ex CANGURO VERDE).
In its continuing fleet renewal, Louis has just announced the sale of the 1971-built MV AQUAMARINE (ex NORDIC PRINCE), to Mexican operator Corporacion De Cruceros Nacionales who have renamed her OCEAN STAR PACIFIC. Other Louis vessels on the sales list include the THE EMERALD (ex SANTA ROSA) and SAPPHIRE (ex ITALIA).
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."