|Headquarters||Piraeus, Athens, Greece|
|Services||Cruise ship operator and chartering|
Celestyal Cruises (formerly Louis Cruises and Louis Cruise Lines) is a Cyprus-based cruise line and the only cruise company based in Greece. It is a subsidiary of Louis plc, founded in 1935 as the first travel agency in Cyprus. There are four ships under Celestyal's operation. Celestyal runs an Eastern Mediterranean program traveling to Greek and Turkish ports as well as a Cuba program. 2017 was Celestyal's fifth year in Cuba. The company has historically chartered several ships to Marella Cruises, previously Thomson Cruises.
Celestyal Cruises is a subsidiary of the Cyprus-based travel and tourism group Louis plc, that was founded in 1935 as the first travel agency in Cyprus. During the 1970s the company began chartering ferries for short cruises Cyprus, which eventually led to the purchase of the cruiseferry MV Prinsessan from the Finland-based Birka Line for $4 million in 1987. Renamed MV Princesa Marissa, the ship started making cruises from Limassol to the Greek Isles, Egypt and Israel under the then newly established Louis Cruise Lines band. By 1994 the company had acquired three more ships, all of which were used in the short cruise market from Cyprus.
In the mid-1990s Louis Cruise Lines entered the business of chartering ships to other companies, chartering MV Princesa Oceanica (renamed Sapphire) to the UK-based Thomson Cruises in 1996. </ref> The following year the newly acquired The Emerald was also chartered to Thomson. In 1999 Louis chartered the 1998-acquired SS Ausonia to First Choice Holidays, one of Thomson's competitors in the UK market. By this time the Louis fleet consisted of a total of eight ships. Also in 1999, Louis acquired a stake in the Greece-based Royal Olympic Cruises. Royal Olympic was already in difficulties by the time Louis became involved with the company, and the 11 September 2001 attacks dealt a further blow, finally leading to the collapse of Royal Olympic in 2004.
During the early 2000s Louis further modernised their fleet by acquiring Calypso in 2000, and chartering MV Nieuw Amsterdam from Holland America Line in 2003, immediately sub-chartering her to Thomson as MV Thomson Spirit. In 2004 Louis acquired MV Aquamarine from the fleet of the UK-based Sun Cruises (which had gone out of business). Another former Sun Cruises ship, MV Thomson Destiny, was chartered from a Norway-based investment company and sub-chartered to Thomson Cruises. The new acquisitions also made possible the sale of three of Louis' older vessels. Also in 2004, following the collapse of Royal Olympic Cruises, Louis Cruise Lines purchased two of their former ships at bargain prices and established their own Louis Hellenic Cruises brand for the Greek cruise market.
Further expansion came in 2006 with the purchase of MV Orient Queen and MV Sea Diamond, another former Baltic Sea cruise ferry purchased from Birka Line, while Calypso was chartered to Thomson and Aquamarine (renamed Arielle) to Transocean Tours. Additionally Louis entered a franchise agreement with easyCruise to operate ships in the Eastern Mediterranean on behalf of easyCruise in the future. Disaster struck in April 2007 when the Sea Diamond sunk off Santorini, Greece. All but two of the ship's passengers were safely evacuated, but the sinking resulted in a flurry of negative publicity for Louis. MV Oceanic II and MV Ruby were chartered as temporary replacements for the Sea Diamond, until MV Cristal – former Silja Line cruise ship MV Silja Opera – entered service in July 2007. By 1994 the company had acquired three more ships, all of which were used in the short cruise market from Cyprus.|df=dmy}}</ref> In 2008 the Arielle was returned from her charter to Transocean Tours, reverted to her earlier name Aquamarine and entered service under the Louis Hellenic Cruises brand. By 1994 the company had acquired three more ships, all of which were used in the short cruise market from Cyprus.|df=dmy}}</ref> By early 2008 the Louis Hellenic Cruises brand appeared to have been abandoned. By 1994 the company had acquired three more ships, all of which were used in the short cruise market from Cyprus. |df=dmy }}</ref>
In April 2008 Louis Cruise Lines agreed to purchase MV Norwegian Dream and MV Norwegian Majesty from Star Cruises. The agreement at the time was to charter the ships back to Star Cruises/Norwegian Cruise Line until November 2008 and December 2009, respectively. By 1994 the company had acquired three more ships, all of which were used in the short cruise market from Cyprus.|archiveurl=Cruise Business Review|archivedate=8 July 2011|df=dmy}}</ref> However, in September 2008 Louis cancelled the purchase of the Norwegian Dream due to "technical issues relating to the vessel". In May 2008 Louis Cruise Lines purchased Thomson Destiny and Thomson Spirit that had previously been operated under charter. At the same time Princesa Marissa and Serenade were sold for scrap.
In 2009 the company changed its name to Louis Cruises.
In 2012 the company signed a new charter agreement with Thomson Cruises and the MS Louis Majesty will switch over and be on charter until 2017. By 1994 the company had acquired three more ships, all of which were used in the short cruise market from Cyprus.|df=dmy}}</ref> In return, the Thomson Destiny will return to the Louis fleet and will be renamed Louis Olympia. She will then be deployed on 3/4-day sailings out of Piraeus and Kusadasi to the Greek Islands and Turkey.
The MS Sapphire was sold for scrap in May 2012, and the SS The Emerald was sold for scrap in August 2012, along with The Calypso late 2012, all three ships were laid up for two years due to SOLAS 2010.
The Coral was scrapped in late 2013, and theLouis Crista was charted to Cuba Cruises, but still operating under the Louis brand.
In early 2014, Louis Cruises announced a new livery. All Louis ships will receive a Louis Cruises logo on their white hall, along with a red and blue stripe next to it. The "Louis Olympia" was the first ship to receive the new livery in early February 2014.
Celestyal renovated some of its fleet in 2015. 43 new balconies were added to the Crystal, and 227 outside cabins, 21 junior suites, and nine suites were refurbished on the Olympia. The Crystal is used for cruises in Cuba and Greece, and Olympia travels in Greece.
At the 2015 Greek Tourism Awards, Celestyal received four awards, one of which was the Gold Award for Themed Events. It also received two Silver Awards and one Bronze Award. The following year, it won the Cruise Line Revelation Award at the Excellence Awards in Cartagena, Spain. Celestyal received the Best Value Cruise Line of 2016 at Cruise Critic UK Editors' Picks Awards, as well as four Greek Tourism Awards in 2016.
In May 2017, Celestyal launched its redesigned website which was designed to include cruise information as well as company news and details for its value program, Celestyal Inclusive Experience.
In September 2017, Celestyal announced a partnership with Hays Travel to expand its customer base across the UK, making its cruises available through Hays Tour Operating Limited. Celestyal has also partnered with Air Canada Vacations, Transat, Hola Sun Holidays, Apple Vacations, Iglu and Planet Cruise.
In December 2017, Cruise Critic UK Editors' Picks Awards recognized Celestyal with Best for Service. The Marella Spirit also received three Cruise Critic UK Editors' Picks Awards. Also in 2017, Celestyal received five top Critic Cruiser's Choice Awards, as well as five awards at the Greek Tourism Awards.
In late 2017, Celestyal announced that it would be extending its cruise season in Greece to 10 months. The extension included seven-night Aegean cruises with overnight destinations in Mykonos and Santorini. The following month, Celestyal announced its 2019 Greek islands itineraries leaving from Piraeus, which had longer stays with more destinations included Mykonos, Samos or Kusadasi, Patmos, Heraklion (Crete), Rhodes and Santorini. The M/V Majesty was added to the Celestyal fleet in Greece for Aegean cruises in 2018, when its charter to Marella Cruises, previously Thomson Cruises, ended. In July 2018, it was announced that Majesty was sold to the Israeli company Mano Maritime.
Celestyal was featured in the final episode of the second season of Jane McDonald's Channel 5 show, Cruising with Jane McDonald in 2017. McDonald went on a Cuban cruise that stopped in Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Montego Bay, Jamaica with an overnight in Havana.
Celestyal Cruises due to the COVID-19 pandemic has suspended all cruises since 13th of March 2020. 
A decision issued from the company was to extend the suspension further until 6th of March 2021 due to a ongoing uncertainty on travelling to Europe this summer. 
During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Celestyal Cruises acquired the former Costa neoRomantica from Costa Cruises, the vessel was renamed Celestyal Experience in August of that year. A year later it was announce in September 2021 that Celestyal decided to sell the Experience. Citing, "due to the prolonged effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided not to increase the size of Celestyal Cruises’ fleet at this time and will instead continue to operate the cruise ships Celestyal Olympia and Celestyal Crystal which served the company’s needs well prior to the pandemic. In addition, the sale is expected to further support the liquidity of Celestyal Cruises," the company said.
with Celestyal Cruises
|Celestyal Crystal||1980||Wärtsilä Turku New Shipyard||2007||25,611 tons||Malta||Operates cruises to Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and the Caribbean.|
|Celestyal Olympia||1982||Wärtsilä Hietalahti shipyard||2005, 2012||37,584 tons||Malta||Currently operating on 3/4-day cruises from Greece.|
with Celestyal Cruises
|Celestyal Experience||1993||Fincantieri||2020-2021 (Never entered service)||56,769 tons||Malta||Ex-Costa neoRomantica. The ship was bought from Costa Cruises, joined in August 2020, but was sold one year later.|
|Majesty||1992||Wärtsilä Marine/Kvaerner Masa-Yards||2008–2018||40,876 tons||Malta||Now named MS Crown Iris for Mano Maritime.|
|Celestyal Odyssey||2000||Blohm + Voss||2015–2016||24,318 tons||Malta||Now named MV Glory Sea for Diamond Cruises.|
|Celestyal Nefeli||1992||Union Navale de Levante||2016–2017||19,093 tons||Malta||Now named Gemini for Blue World Voyages.|
|Marella Spirit||1983||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||2002–2003||33,930 tons||Malta||It was chartered to Marella Cruises until 2018; previously Thomson Spirit, Patriot, Spirit, and Nieuw Amsterdam. Sold for scrap at Alang under the name Mare S in 2018|
|Princesa Marissa||1966||Hietalahti shipyard||1987–2008||10,487 tons||Cyprus||Previously named Prisessan and Finnhansa. Scrapped at Alang under the name Prince in 2008.|
|Princesa Amorosa||1956||Harland & Wolff||1994–2002||? tons||Cyprus||Previously named Scottish Coast, Galaxias and pink. Scrapped at Alang under the name Rosa in 2002.|
|Louis Aura||1968||AG Weser||2006–2017||15,781 tons||Malta||Previously named Starward, Bolero, Orient Queen and Aegean Queen. Scrapped at Alang under the name Aegean in 2018.|
|Sea Diamond||1986||Vuosaari shipyard||2006–2007||21,484 tons||Greece||Previously named Birka Princess. Sank near Santorini on 2007.|
|Sapphire||1965||Cantieri Navale Felszegi||1996–2012||12,263 tons||Malta||Previously named Italia for Costa Crociere sold for scrap at Alang under the name Aspire in 2012.|
|Princessa Victoria||1936||Harland & Wolff||1994–2004||15,007 tons||Cyprus||Previously named Dunnottar Castle, sold for scrap at Alang under the name Victoria in 2004.|
|Princessa Cypria||1965||Cantieri Navali del Torrino e Riuniti S.P.A. Riva Trigoso Genova||1988–2005||? tons||Cyprus||Previously named Princess Marghethe, sold for scrap at Alang under the name Princes in 2005.|
|The Emerald||1957||Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock||1996–2012||26,431 tons||Greece||Previously named Santa Rosa. Sold for scrap at Alang in 2012.|
|Ausonia||1956||Cantieri Riuniti dell' Adriatico||1998–2006||11,879 tons||Greece||Previously named Ausonia. Sold for scrap at Alang under the name Winner 5 in 2006.|
|Serenade||1956||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||1999–2008||14,173 tons||Bahamas||Previously named Jean Mermoz. Sold for scrap at Alang under the name Serena in 2008.|
|The Calypso||1967||Fincantieri||2000–2013||11,162 tons||Greece||Previously named Canguro Verde. Sold for scrap at Alang under the name Caly in 2013.|
|Perla/The Aegean Queen||1971||Cantiere navale di Riva Trigoso||2004–2008||16,710 tons||Greece||Previously named MS Southward. Sold for scrap at Aliağa, Turkey in 2013.|
|Coral||1971||De Rotterdamsche Droogdok, Rotterdam, Netherlands||2004–2013||14,194 tons||Greece||Previously named Cunard Adventurer. Sold for scrap at Alang under the name Cora in 2014.|
|Aquamarine||1970||Hietalahti shipyard||2005–2010||18,346 tons||Greece||Previously named Nordic Prince. Sold for scrap at Alang, India in 2014.|
|Ruby||1974||Navali Mechaniche Affini, La Spezia, Italy||2007–2007||17,593 tons||Cyprus||Previously named Cunard Countess, after named Ocean Countess. Sold for scrap at Aliağa, Turkey in 2014.|
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