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Eerik
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posted 02-11-2012 11:37 AM      Profile for Eerik   Email Eerik   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Rumors that Louis had sold the Louis Majesty started to go around this week. Many guessed that the Thomson Cruises would have been the buyer. Soon Louis denied the selling rumors, and later new rumors about Thomson chartering the vessel for the summer season came even stronger.

Few days ago Louis announced a change to their summer itinerary. Louis Cristal was supposed to do a series of 7-night cruises out of Piraeus, but now this week the itinerary got changed a bit. Cristal will now make a stop at Piraeus in the middle of these cruises. At the moment it seems like that both Cristal and Majesty will sail during the summer time from Piraeus. But if Louis Majesty really gets chartered the Cristal’s new itinerary change will make it very easy to transfer all Majesty’s bookings to Cristal. Louis also advised travel agents to wait for new information about fleet deployment for 2012 scheduled sailings.

This year is going to be a different year for Louis Cruises. They will only operate cruises out of Limassol and Piraeus. If Majesty now gets a chartered it will be interesting to see how Louis will deploy it’s fleet. Cristal will surely continue sailing from Piraeus, and my personal guess is that Louis will deploy Orient Queen to Piraeus to help out during the summer season. Coral might in this case do cruises from Limassol. Difficulties in Greece might have affected bookings for the Piraeus sailings, and it might be that Cristal will sail all the summer alone out of Piraeus, and Orient Queen will do sailings out of Limassol.

I hope that in couple of days we will hear more news from Louis and Thomson.


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PamM
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posted 02-11-2012 04:29 PM      Profile for PamM   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have not seen the rumours, but "Thomson Cruises announced its intention to modernise its fleet of ships by upgrading existing ships and also potentially buying new cruise liners" in Jan and that "the company will have more news about its “exciting plans” within the next three to four months."

My thought is that perhaps they have come to some agreement with Louis to swap the charter of either Thomson Destiny or Spirit to Louis Majesty? That would leave Louis with a vessel for themselves for the 7 nighters?

Pam


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Eerik
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posted 03-06-2012 02:51 AM      Profile for Eerik   Email Eerik   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Louis has announced again new changes.

quote:

Athens Express

Further to our announcement of February 8th, 2012, we would like to advise you, that the Louis Cristal will continue operating 5day/4night and 4day/3night cruises from April 6th, 2012 up to and including the May 7th, 2012 departure.


Orient Queen is scheduled to commence the 8day/7night itinerary “Greece and Turkey” from April 6th, 2012 to May 4th, 2012 (inclusive), replacing the Louis Cristal. The Orient Queen offers all amenities of larger cruise vessels, whilst maintaining the intimacy and ambiance of a spacious yacht.


We kindly request you advise all passengers booked for above mentioned sailings of these changes accordingly.

The remaining 2012 schedule of sailings of 3,4 and 7 night cruises will be announced in due course.



This practically means that Louis Majesty will not be sailing for Louis in april as planned. What will happen after May is left to see...

At the moment it seems that the Orient Queen will sail out of Limassol from 1st of June until 1st of October.

It will be interesting to see how the summer season will be planned if Majesty wont be sailing for Louis.


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Eerik
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posted 03-06-2012 03:08 AM      Profile for Eerik   Email Eerik   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Louis officially announced for couple of minutes ago that Louis Majesty will really be chartered to Thomson Cruises. The ship is better suited for Thomsons longer cruises.

Thomson Destiny will instead be transferred back to Louis Cruises. Destiny will be renamed Louis Olympia and will be sailing out of Piraeus from 11th of May.


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Daniel Capella
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posted 03-06-2012 12:21 PM      Profile for Daniel Capella   Author's Homepage   Email Daniel Capella   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A bad trade for Louis. Majesty is a better ship for their's routes...
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Malcolm @ cruisepage
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posted 03-08-2012 10:22 AM      Profile for Malcolm @ cruisepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thomsom Majesty details:

www.thomson.co.uk/cruise/ships/thomson-majesty-ship-details.html


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Malcolm @ cruisepage
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posted 03-08-2012 04:06 PM      Profile for Malcolm @ cruisepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So what's the advantage to Thomson? They are getting a smaller ship in terms of passenger capacity.

The only advantage that I can think of is that Majesty is not as old, but Destiny is obviously good enough for Louis.


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Waynaro
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posted 03-08-2012 04:47 PM      Profile for Waynaro   Email Waynaro   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Malcolm @ cruisepage:
So what's the advantage to Thomson? They are getting a smaller ship in terms of passenger capacity.

The only advantage that I can think of is that Majesty is not as old, but Destiny is obviously good enough for Louis.


Overall, Thomson has a more spacious ship. While not a significant difference, I assume the accommodations on the Majesty is an upgrade over Destiny.

And on Louis' end, I'm sure they are able to get more money out of Thomson since they are chartering a slightly more modern ship from Louis.


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