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Looking for a Short Cruise of the Mediterranean? Try the Louis Cristal.

By February 8, 2014

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The Louis Cristal is a 1000-passenger ship that sails 3, 4, and 7-night cruises of Greece and Turkey.
Louis Cristal in Santorini
The ship is owned and operated by Louis Cruises, a Cypriot cruise line that has been in operation since the 1970's. Although many of the passengers are from the eastern Mediterranean area, the ship is also a good choice for those looking for a short, port-intensive cruise or those on combination land and cruise tours of the region. Louis Cruises works with regional tour operators to provide value-priced cruise tours, many with religious themes.

I sailed on the Louis Cristal on a 4-night cruise from Kusadasi to Istanbul after a pre-cruise land tour extension of western Turkey. The ship was built in 1980, so it doesn't have a lot of balcony cabins. However, since the cruises are short and port-intensive, most travelers will probably not miss a balcony like they might on an itinerary with sea days.

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Louis Cristal Anchored in the Caldera at Santorini, Greece

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