Louis Hellenic Cruises sails into a new era of East Mediterranean cruising with the launching of the elegant m/v CRISTAL, formerly the “Leeward” and “Superstar Taurus”  of Norwegian Cruise Line / Star Cruises Group, on her today’s inaugural cruise departure from Piraeus. For the remaining season, the m/v CRISTAL will sail a series of 3 & 4 – Day Cruises from Piraeus to Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Heraklion, Santorini and Rhodes through to November 12.

All the attractive features which made the m/v CRISTAL a favourite of discerning passengers when she cruised the Caribbean and South East Asian waters have not only been retained, but were further enhanced with recent refurbishments. The m/v CRISTAL‘s spacious accommodation is a major part of what makes sailing on this vessel so memorable. The 480 well appointed staterooms and suites boast stylish furnishings, ample closet space, shower or bathtub and WC, individually controlled air-conditioning, telephone, hair dryer and TV. Many of the 317 Outside Staterooms also feature large picture windows and suites with balconies.

Dining, entertainment and recreation on board the m/v CRISTAL are of equally high calibre. Fine Mediterranean cuisine is served in the La Scala and Caruso Restaurants, while the Traviata and Rigoletto Cafés offer more casual dining.
 
Entertainment venues include the two–tiered Metropolitan Lounge for nightly shows and dancing, the Stars Lounge and Disco, the Monte Carlo Casino and the Rendez Vous Lounge with its cosy Romeo & Juliet Bar. A Conference Room is also available for multipurpose use, with fully-equipped meeting facilities.

The Riviera Pool with its retractable glass cover is one of the impressive features of the m/v CRISTAL. Adjacent are the Wellness Center and Beauty Salon. The Emporium for duty free shopping and the Internet Corner are both conveniently located on the Reception Deck, along with the Shore Excursion Office and the Photo Gallery.

In keeping with the Louis Hellenic Cruises’ tradition, m/v CRISTAL has Greek Officers, a well trained international crew, and fully complies with U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Public Health requirements.

In the schedules for 2008 just announced, the m/v CRISTAL will perform a series of 29 7-Day Greece & Turkey sailings from Piraeus every Friday, commencing April 11 through to October 31, calls include Istanbul with an overnight stay, Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Heraklion and Santorini. The season will conclude with 4 7-Day Greece, Turkey & Egypt sailings from Piraeus on October 31, November 7, 14 and 21 to Istanbul, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Alexandria with an overnight stay and Santorini.