Louis Cruise Lines is a Cyprus-based company with a fleet of 10 ships, several of which have been chosen for Friendly Planet's Athens and Greek Islands Cruises: the majestic MS Perla, the impressive MS Emerald and the MS Sea Diamond. All three ships have established themselves as popular choices among passengers who enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, exotic destinations, and a unique on-board ambience that reflects intimacy and elegance.
The Louis Group became interested in maritime tourism from very early on when it chartered ships for the first time after World War II, subsequently becoming the general agent for many shipping companies. It acquired the first self-owned cruise ship Princesa Marissa in 1986 thereby setting up Louis Cruise Lines. Louis Cruise Lines owns ten ships total, some of which have been used for NATO conferences and International Exhibitions.
Louise Cruise ships maintain the highest standards of service and quality and are continuously upgraded and refurbished. The MS Emerald was originally built for Grace Lines as the Santa Rosa and sailed for Regency and Louis before coming to Thomson Holidays under charter.
The Emerald does not just offer places to eat and drink – its Spa & Beauty Salon is the ultimate place to be rejuvenated. Pamper yourself with a new hairstyle, manicure and pedicure, or indulge in a massage, beauty and body treatments including Dead Sea mud and mineral wraps. The fitness room is equipped for both resistance and cardiovascular training and features a mixed sauna. At night aboard the MS Emerald, you can enjoy a show, try your luck in the casino, dance in our disco till early morning hours, or enjoy a romantic stroll on deck under the star-studded sky as you sail towards your next destination.
Note: If you've taken a few cruises before, you may be accustomed to large, luxurious ships appointed with every possible amenity. Cruising the Greek Isles is different. Ships (including those of Louis Cruise Lines) are generally smaller and more agile, better suited for navigating the shallow waters and small ports of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. These mid-sized ships are practical, comfortable, and equipped with all necessary modern conveniences. But they may offer more basic cabin amenities, less on-board entertainment, and fewer dining options than larger ocean liners. Some meals may feature buffet style service and limited a la carte selections. Think of these ships as good 3-star hotels providing convenient and comfortable transport through the Greek Isles—which are the true reason for your cruise.