Louis Cristal Review

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Replacing the Sea Diamond, which tragically sunk off Santorini in early 2007, the 25,611-ton Louis Cristal made its debut in late summer of the same year as a unique yacht-like modern vessel, cruising up to speeds of 18 knots. While not an ultraluxe megayacht with all the bells and whistles, expect a traditional array of ship amenities, including multiple restaurants, panoramic bars, a small casino, nightclub, pool, fitness, and full-service spa. Internet and mini golf will help keep children connected and entertained. While not upscale, cabins are basic but comfortable. Entertainment is a hodgepodge of musical performance, showcasing traditional dance and music in classic Greek style alongside karaoke tunes and numbers from recent Broadway hits. Lacking technologically advanced amenities found on a newer ship, good value for money can be expected with port-intensive itineraries.

Whether you desire to journey to the Turkish shores or circumnavigate the Greek isles, this traditional ship sails from Piraeus toward well-known destinations in the Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, and Aegean Sea, including classic Greek havens Mykonos, Patmos, Crete, Santorini, Heraklion, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rhodes. Open promenades with numerous deck chairs invite passengers to sunbathe or take in the scenery. Public spaces and cabins resemble an upscale three-star hotel with upbeat decor and are designed to accommodate larger groups. Round-trip excursions from Athens are available for three- or four-night journeys. Optional shore excursions are available for additional fees ranging from €35 to €100.

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