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cruise Mv LOuIS MAjESTy The Majesty departs from Genoa to fabulous ports of call along the Iberian Coast. E sarah muñoz 14 july 2010 onboard review february 2010 Even cruise ships need a change of scenery, especially when it comes with a generous dose of Greek hospitality and cheer—but please don’t smash the MV Louis Majesty’s dishes on the floor. Once the property of NCL, this ship is charting new waters in Europe and the Mediterranean as part of Louis Cruises’ fleet. It’s been refurbished and jazzed up with quite a few cosmetic changes, and has comfortably found a spot in a company where destination-focused programs and a service-oriented crew are front and center. Making its name among worldly cruisers for giving us the warm fuzzies, Louis is enticing more North American travelers with exotic itineraries and smaller vessels that are able to go in and out of ports more quickly than the bigger ships, which in turn allows passengers to spend more time in each destination. The Majesty’s size, in fact, is one of its biggest assets. “Being a smaller ship—big and comfortable, but not huge—people get to know each other, give a little smile, a ‘Hi, how was your day,’” says Kamel Hamitouche, the cruise director. “While we’re sailing it’s the perfect time to have a drink, get to know each other… people loosen up. We have a friendly, family atmosphere,” he adds. Louis’ knack for providing such a quality product at affordable prices has worked well for the Cyprus-based company as others of its kind feel the shakes in a bumpy economy. Besides new itineraries and the acquisition of the well-known Majesty, Louis is also offering its best deals well in advance, rather than as last-minute discounts, through online “Smart Rates” available to agents when they register and book on its website. We’d more likely call them “Eureka! Rates,” as many are priced at half off the brochure rate—but more on that later. The itinerary, rather than round-the-clock sundae stations, is what really counts with Louis. “We are catering to a more sophisticated clientele who is not just looking for drinking and partying and sun and sea, but who want a cultural experience,” says Nicholas Filippidis, director of product development in North America. “Our focus is…on the way we do things. We have good cuisine. We have excellent service and very unique itineraries. And it’s easy to book Louis.” continued on page 16 Peter Knego

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend July 2010

Cover: Experiential Travel
Editor’s Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Louis Cruises'
Shamwari Game Reserve
Las Vegas
Rancho De Los Caballeros
Calling Indiana Jones Types

Recommend July 2010