Maintaining its commitment to offer the widest range of sailings to all the popular destinations of the Eastern Mediterranean, Louis Cruise Lines announces its 2008 cruise program. The program includes a wide array of 3, 4 & 7 – Day Cruises from Piraeus on destination-friendly cruise ships. In addition to Louis Cruise Lines’ long established presence as a leading specialist in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Company is also continuing its highly appealing cruise program in the Western Mediterranean with 7 & 10 – Day sailings from Genoa and Marseilles.

The Louis Cruise Lines’ fleet is significantly enhanced in the 2008 season, both in terms of quality and capacity, following the very successful introduction of the 960-passenger m/v CRISTAL during 2007 and the return of the 1,050-passenger m/v AQUAMARINE, complemented by the 728-passenger m/v ORIENT QUEEN, the 790-passenger m/v PERLA and the 688-passenger m/v CORAL.

The m/v CRISTAL‘s 480 spacious staterooms make it ideal for 7-Day cruise itineraries. In 2008 she will perform a series of 29 Splendours of 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.

Having completed her contract as the m/v Arielle, the m/v AQUAMARINE returns to the Mediterranean for a season of 3 & 4-Day alternate sailings from Piraeus every Friday and Monday, commencing March 7 and ending November 14. Every Friday the 3-Day Aegean Discovery cruise sails to Mykonos, Rhodes, Patmos & Kusadasi, whilst every Monday the 4-Day Jewels of the Aegean calls at Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion and Santorini.

The m/v PERLA offers additional capacity for Greek Island cruises from May 23 through to October 17, with 3-Day Aegean Legends cruises commencing Friday from Piraeus and calling at Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Heraklion and Santorini. On Mondays, starting May 19 through to October 20, the m/v PERLA also performs the 4-Day Jewels of the Aegean cruise sailing to Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Heraklion and Santorini.

Bringing the best of Greece to the Western Mediterranean the m/v ORIENT QUEEN offers alternative embarkation possibilities from France and Italy for the 10-Day Mediterranean Jewels cruise itinerary. Commencing her season of 19 sailings on April 27 from Marseilles and April 28 from Genoa through to October 25, the ports of call include Naples, Mykonos, Santorini, Katakolon and Messina. The m/v ORIENT QUEEN will supplement her program with two unique pre- and post- season cruise sailings on April 11, 19 and November 3 & 11. These 8-Day African and Italian Flavours cruises sail from Genoa to Civitavecchia, Tunis, Tripoli, La Valletta, Cagliari and Marseilles. One special 6-Day cruise opens the season sailing from Nice on April 5, to Livorno, Naples, Tunis, Palermo and Civitavecchia.

In the Western Mediterranean the m/v CORAL, repeating its 2007 success, offers 32 7-Day Moorish Odyssey sailings commencing April 5 through to November 8 every Saturday from Genoa or Sunday from Marseilles to Palma de Mallorca, Almeria, Malaga, Tangier, Gibraltar, Ibiza and Barcelona. November 15/16  and 25/26 from Genoa and Marseilles, the 10-Day Moorish Coasts cruise calls at Tangier, Lisbon, Cadiz, Casablanca, Malaga, Almeria, Alicante and Barcelona. On December 5/6 from Genoa and Marseilles, the m/v CORAL sails on the 16 - Day Canary Islands cruise to Gibraltar, Funchal, La Palma, Tenerife, La Gomera, El Hierro, Las Palmas, Lanzarote, Casablanca, Malaga, Almeria, Alicante and Barcelona.

Two special holiday sailings complete the season on board the m/v CORAL, a 6-Day Christmas Cruise from Genoa/Marseilles on December 21/22 to Palma, Biserte, Palermo and Naples and an 8-Day New Year’s Cruise from Genoa/Marseilles on December 27/28 to Gibraltar, Tangier, Casablanca, Malaga, Almeria, Alicante and Barcelona.