Leading Mediterranean Cruise Line, Louis Cruises, Announces Brand New Idyllic Ionian, Adriatic, and Dalmatian Coast Destinations for 2015

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Louis Cruises is introducing exciting new destinations for 2015. Alongside Louis Cruises’ all-time classic Iconic and New Idyllic Aegean destinations, the line is adding cruise programs to the Ionian Islands as well as in the Peloponnese, Albania, Croatia, Italy and Montenegro – all new for 2015.

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As the only home porting cruise line in Greece, we’re proud to make these new ports of call part of the real Greek experience only Louis Cruises provides

Louis Cruises, the preeminent provider of the real Greek experience to cruise passengers in the Eastern Mediterranean, today announced it will add 12new Ionian, Adriatic and Dalmatian Coastports of call to its 2015 itineraries. This follows the addition, in 2014, of nine new “Idyllic” Aegean destinations: Chios, Ios, Kos, Milos, Samos, Symi, Syros and the “Turkish Riviera” ports of Bodrum and Cesme, to which Louis Cruises will return in 2015 (with the exception of Bodrum). Louis Cruises is committed to adding new, unique destinations to its ports of call every year, and the 2015 itineraries were developed after extensive market research.

The beautiful Louis Cristal will be deployed on new 7 Day cruises beginning in October of 2015:

-- “Peloponnese and Ionian Sea,” departs from Lavrion (Athens) on Friday, October 9th, calling at Nafplio, Monemvasia, Kalamata, Katakolo and Igoumenitsa, Greece and at AgioiSaranta, Albania and Bari, Italy.

-- "Idyllic Ionian Sea and Adriatic” sails from Bari, Italy on Friday, October 16th, with stops at Dubrovnik, Croatia, Kotor, Montenegro, Agioi Saranta, Albania and Patras, Cephalonia and Corfu, Greece, before returning to Bari.

-- "Ionian Sea and Peloponnese" departs from Bari, Italy on Friday, October 23rd, and calls at Agioi Saranta, Albania, and Igoumenitsa, Katakolo, Kalamata, Monemvasia and Nafplio, Greece, before concluding in Lavrion.

The Louis Cristal will also be deployed from Lavrion on the classic 7 Day “Iconic Aegean” Cruise every Friday in May, June and September, and on October 2nd. This immensely popular cruise calls at the Turkish ports of Istanbul and Kusadasi (Ancient Ephesus) and at classic and up-and-coming Aegean jewels Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chios and Mykonos. Passengers can also choose to embark or disembark at or from Istanbul, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Crete and Mykonos.

Louis Cruises’ famed 7 Day Pilgrimage Cruise, which follows the path of St. Paul, returns in 2015 on the 30th of October, when the Louis Cristal sails from Lavrion for Thessaloniki and Kavala, Greece. From Kavala the Louis Cristal sails to Istanbul, Dikili and Kusadasi (Ancient Ephesus), Turkey, then returns to Greece for stops at the holy island of Patmos, and at Syros, before its passengers disembark in Lavrion.

Louis Cruises has also added a new special cruise for 2015, the 7 Day ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) “Centenary Inauguration” cruise. The Louis Cristal will sail from Lavrion on April 17th (passengers can also embark from Istanbul on the following day) and call at Istanbul, Limnos Myrina (Greece), Mitilini (Greece) and at Canakkale, Turkey, before returning to Istanbul.

“We’re thrilled to announce our new Ionian and Adriatic destinations. After adding nine new Aegean ports of call in 2014, including a number of ‘future classics’ like Chios, Ios, Kos, Milos, Samos, Symi, Syros, we want to offer our passengers, many of whom return every season, new destinations that give them a full taste of the best of Greece: we now visit more Greek ports than any other cruise line in the Eastern Mediterranean,” said Kyriakos Anastassiadis, CEO of Louis Cruises. “As the only home porting cruise line in Greece, we’re proud to make these new ports of call part of the real Greek experience only Louis Cruises provides.

"Our new Ionian and Adriatic destinations will be incredibly enticing to both new passengers and to returning passengers, many of whom return to cruise with us season after season for a full taste of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean," continued Anastassiadis, CEO of Louis Cruises. "We are as committed to finding beautiful, fascinating, unique destinations as we are to adding real value to our authentic product by continually providing our passengers with exemplary Greek hospitality, stellar Greek cuisine and wines, cozy, luxurious accommodation, outstanding entertainment and an incredible themed cruise program that immerses them in Greek archaeology, culture, cuisine, history and music. We continue to improve our offering as we reinforce our position as the premier cruise line in the Eastern Mediterranean, our home waters."

Louis Cruises’ itineraries can be booked on-line at louiscruises.com or through most major tour operators in the U.S. and Canada. For further information or to order the company’s brochure call (877) 568-4787, send an e-mail to cruising (at) louiscruises.com or visit the company’s web site at: louiscruises.com.

About Louis Cruises
Louis Cruises is the only home porting cruise operator in Greece and preeminent cruise line for the Greek Islands and Turkey. From Piraeus and Lavrion, Louis Cruises sails to Chios, Crete, Ios, Kos, Milos, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Symi and Syros, and to the Turkish ports of Bodrum, Cesme, Istanbul, Izmir and Kusadasi. Two of the company’s ships, the “Thomson Spirit” and “Thomson Majesty,” are under charter to Thomson Cruises of TUI AG. Louis Cruises’ strategic alliances with leading tour operators such as TUI AG have significantly strengthened its position in the international cruising market. In 2011 Louis Cruises became a member of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a worldwide cruise industry alliance that promotes a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment. Louis Cruises was named “Passenger Line of the Year” during the annual Lloyds List Greek Shipping Awards in 2010 and has twice been the recipient of the Condé Nast Travelers Choice Award.


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