Coral Review


Cruise Ship Overview

One of the smaller ships in the Louis Cruise fleet, the traditional Coral had sailed under four different names before it was acquired by its current owner. Originally built in 1971 in Rotterdam, the Coral sailed for the Cunard Line for six years under the name Cunard Adventurer. Then a series of different companies owned and operated her over for the next 30 years, including Norwegian Cruise Line, where she was Sunward II, and Greece-based Epirotiki, which rechristened her Triton. In 2005, her aging but sturdy chassis was sold at auction to Louis Cruises, who now sails her throughout the Mediterranean, including to Venice and the Greek isles.

Ideal for couples, families, and groups of friends, the 968-passenger Coral weighs in at 14,194 tons and cruises at nearly 19 knots. The ship's itineraries are typically three- to seven-day sailings that include ports in Italy and Turkey. The seven decks named after Greek gods are outfitted with a standard array of dining areas, a bar, lounge, café, and casino. Modern conveniences include an Internet corner and the Olympia Fitness Center and Sauna. All staterooms are air-conditioned with attached showers, although due to the ship’s age, there have been reports of malfunctioning plumbing and thermostats. An infirmary is located on the Dionysus Deck. Expect a multilingual passenger list and crew, who are primarily of Greek and European descent. There's an open-air swimming pool at the stern. Buffet meals are geared for large crowds; expect friendly service but a less-than-intimate cruise experience on this value-priced ship.


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