Celestyal Cruises Ltd.
Arch. Makariou III & 2, Mesa Geitonia, PO Box 50100, CY4003 Limassol, Cyprus
Celestyal Cruises (formerly Louis Cruises and Louis Cruise Lines) is a Cyprus-based cruise line that operates cruises from Cyprus, France, Italy, India and Greece (the operations from Greece were previously marketed under the name Louis Hellenic Cruise Lines, but as of 2008 there is no mention of the brand on Louis' website). The company also charters several ships to Thomson Cruises. Although Celestial started operating short cruises out of Cyprus in the early 70s, Celestyal Cruises was officially established in 1986 as Louis Cruises when MV Princesa Marissa, its first owned cruise ship, was purchased. Celestyal Cruises is a subsidiary of Louis plc and member of Louis Group, the leading tourism group in the Eastern Mediterranean, founded in 1935 by the late Louis Loizou, acknowledged as the "father of Cyprus tourism".
Louis plc is a public listed company whose shares are quoted in the Cyprus Stock Exchange.
The Celestyal Cruises fleet consist mainly of older second- or third-hand ships. One of its past vessels, the Emerald, was the last ocean liner built in the US to be in service. She was laid up in 2012 due to not being compatible with SOLAS 2010.
Celestyal Cruises is the fifth largest cruise operator in the world