But onwards to today's subject:
Name history: Starward, Bolero, Orient Queen, Louis Aura
Built 1968, AG Weser Seebeckwerft, Bremerhaven, West Germany
Tonnage 15 781 GT
Length 160,13 m
Width 28,81 m
Draught 6,22 m
2 MAN diesels, combined 12 784 kW
1 bow thruster
Speed 21 knots
The history of the Louis Aura has already been covered in this previous entry, which includes photographs that are newer than the ones featured here.
As most readers will probably know, last autumn Louis Cruises unveiled their plan to rebrand their ships sailing in the Greek Isles (Louis Cristal, Louis Olympia and an upcoming third ship later unveiled to be the Explorer) as Celestyal Cruises. At the time it was reported that the cruises operated out of Cyprus by the Louis Aura would continue under the Louis Cruises brand, but most recent rumours indicate that these cruises will also be moved under the Celestyal Cruises umbrella. Which, should it prove true, will probably mean renaming the Louis Aura into Celestyal Aura or something similar.
The photographs below show the Louis Aura at the port of Piraeus on the afternoon of 10 November 2013, photographed from onboard the Rotterdam. Click on the individual images to see them in larger size.
|At this point the ship had not yet been painted with the Louis Cruises hull markings evident in the photos of her poster here earlier. The ship looks much better like this.|
|Some Piraeus skyline for you.|