Louis Cruises today announced that is has become the newest member cruise line of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), bringing the association’s 16,000 travel agents a unique opportunity to sell destination-focused cruises throughout the Eastern and Western Mediterranean onboard the fleet’s Louis Cristal, Louis Majesty, Coral, Orient Queen, and Calypso. The cruise line is raising the bar in Greek Island cruising with the introduction of Louis Majesty to the Eastern Mediterranean this season, offering upgraded quality and capacity for the line’s 3 and 4 night cruises, and further stimulating the growth of cruising in the region.

"We are very pleased to welcome Louis Cruises to CLIA. Their joining us speaks to the increasing diversity of cruise experiences throughout the world and represents an important new opportunity for CLIA member travel agents to expand their cruise sales and attract new customers," said Christine Duffy, President of CLIA.

"This affiliation constitutes a rewarding recognition for the 25-year-long successful history of Louis Cruises and the efforts of the more than 8,500 employees with hundreds of Greek officers and crew that are employed aboard the Louis Cruises fleet as well as to the thousands of dedicated members of staff that Louis Group employs in Greece and Cyprus. It is their continued commitment to excellence that made Louis Cruises a leading choice for vacations throughout the Mediterranean," said Costakis Loizou, Executive Chairman of Louis Group and CEO of Louis Cruises.

Louis Cruises programs take travelers to explore and enjoy a "Sea of Memories" with meticulously planned cruise programs designed to provide travelers a complete destination experience. From the grandeur of Ancient Greece and the legendary Greek Isles to the most celebrated splendors of Italy…From the sophistication of France and the lively ambiance of Malta, to the intrigue of Turkey…From the treasures of Spain, to the intricate mysteries of Morocco – Louis Cruises showcases the destinations presented throughout its programs in an authentically rich way to create a lifetime of enriching memories for travelers.

"We are thrilled to welcome CLIA travel agents and their clients on board our mid-sized cruise ships, where they will find a casual and friendly atmosphere, warm Greek hospitality and very attentive service," said Charis Papacharalambous SVP, Sales and Marketing of Louis Cruises. "At Louis Cruises, our fleet of destination-friendly cruise ships is also a statement of the company’s commitment to maintain a human scale in cruising and an excellence for each traveler’s experience. With an optimum size for the Mediterranean, Louis Cruises’ ships are able to enter the smaller island ports with the added flexibility that affords travelers even more time in each distinctive port of call to explore. Guests traveling with Louis Cruises can always expect timely arrivals, flexible and unique itineraries, smooth embarkation and disembarkation procedures and fascinating shore excursions."

"Now is the perfect time to start planning an exciting vacation the Mediterranean," said Nicholas Filippidis, Director of Product Development in North America for Louis Cruises. "Our new 60-page brochure includes 16 exciting cruise programs and features even more opportunities for travelers to enjoy the line’s shorter duration cruises with the move of Louis Majesty to the Eastern Mediterranean where she will be operating three and four-night itineraries to the Greek islands and Turkey from April 1st through the November 4th, 2011. We invite CLIA agents and cruise travelers to discover the treasures of some of the world’s most exotic ports of call sailing with Louis Cruises."