Louis Aura Review and Specifications
Specifications of Louis Aura
|Builder||A.G. WESER WERK SEEBECK|
|Year of built||1968|
|Gross Tonnage||15781 gt|
|Former name||Starward, Bolero, Orient Queen|
|Passengers||828 - 876|
|Decks with cabins||8|
Review of Louis Aura
Under the flag of Malta, Louis Aura (ex-Orient Queen) is owned and operated by the Cyprus-based Louis Cruises company. The ship was built in 1968 at AG Weser shipyard in Bremerhaven, West Germany as Starward and has 12 decks, 8 of which are accessible to passengers.
History - construction & ownership
The 15,781-ton, 912-passenger cruise ship Orient Queen (Louis Aura) was operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines as Starward from 1968 until 1995, and was their first purpose-built vessel, along with her near identical sister, Skyward (mv Leisure World).
After 1995, the ship was operated as Bolero by Greek line Festival Cruises until the collapse of the company in 2004 when she was bought for US$9.5 mill by Abou Merhi Lines and received a US$10–$15 mill renovation. In November 2005 the vessel was repositioned in Dubai to start what was an unsuccessful Persian Gulf program, providing the first luxury cruise service between Dubai and Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
In July 2006, Louis Aura was used to help evacuate US citizens from Lebanon because of the conflict with Israel. The ship was escorted by USS Gonzalez (DDG-66), US Navy guided missile destroyer, and USS Barry (DDG-52). In August 2006, Louis Aura was purchased by Louis Cruise Lines and started operation under the name Orient Queen.
Cruise itinerary program
In 2012 and 2013 Louis Aura, (Orient Queen, 2006 - 2013), sailed to the Greek Isles from Limassol and Piraeus. For the summer of 2014, the ship executed 3-7-day cruises to the Greek isles from Limassol, Cyprus. Currently, Louis Aura is operating in the eastern Mediterranean.
Louis Aura (Orient Queen) cruise ship has 364 staterooms (with 56 Suites), all of which are spacious, cosy and modern, especially good for couples. The cabins feature understated modern feel with matching drapery and bedspreads, chrome bed stands (with a shelf but no drawers), linen upholstered daybed and chair, ample closets, LCD TV, telephone, fridge and safe. The spacious bathroom has marble-like tiled floors, walls and counters, a bathtub with shower plus a hairdryer.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
Louis Aura offers a main dining room that operates in 2 sittings for dinner, plus an outdoor buffet that is aft facing and serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Most of the ship's public rooms are set along the length of one passenger deck, from the forward facing show room to the lounges, and the main restaurant situated at the stern. This has a nice wall of glass windows looking out over ship’s wake.
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
Louis Aura (Orient Queen) has 10 passenger decks. Deck 10, which is Panoramic, has the Venus Bar - level 2, and Deck 9 (Compass), the Venus Bar - level 1 plus a mini golf course. Deck 8 (Sun), is for the major swimming pool, fitness center and sauna; Deck 7 (Boat), for the Horizon Buffet Dining venue, small swimming pool, beauty salon, massage and spa center, hospital and jogging zone; Deck 6 (Merry), for the Mermaid Restaurant, Reflections Lounge and Bar, the Stars Show Lounge and Bar, library, video game arcade and business/internet facilities; Deck 5 (Phoenician), for the reception and shore vacations desks, duty-free arcade, photo gallery plus a heliport; Decks 3 (Fortune), shelters the casino and slot machines.