Louis Cristal Cruise: Mesmerizing Mykonos a major mecca for travelers

ABOARD THE LOUIS CRISTAL – I could never understand what Jackie Kennedy saw in Aristotle Onassis. But I can certainly see why the former First Lady fell in love with the Greek island of Mykonos. Mesmerizing Mykonos is definitely one of the most popular and most-visited Greek isles. “The first cruise ship docked here in the 1920s,” guide Amaryllis said. But jet setters really put the spotlight on Mykonos in the 1960s. Some say Jackie Kennedy and …

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Louis Cristal cruise: Learning how beautiful Turkish carpets are made

ABOARD THE LOUIS CRISTAL – Just watching her makes my eyes, back and fingers hurt. But what a beautiful creation she is weaving and what an historic tradition she is continuing. “Every year it gets harder and harder to find weavers,” said Hakan Ogunc guiding us through a tour of Bulbul Mountain Looms. “Today, young people want to sit in front of computers. They don’t want to learn to do this.” The government-authorized carpet cooperative in Izmir, …

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Louis Cristal Cruise: Greek cuisine a cruise delight

ABOARD THE LOUIS CRISTAL – I’ll admit it. One of the things I enjoy most on a cruise is getting to try various foods.  Even a standard steak can taste different according to which chef created the recipe. So I am excited to learn that my Louis Cristal cruise will feature Greek cuisine. Makes sense since we will be cruising to places in Greece and Turkey. But the emphasis on Greek cuisine is a new one, says …

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Louis Cristal Cruise: Meeting the owner & exploring the ship

ABOARD THE LOUIS CRISTAL – My first day on the Louis Cristal and who should I meet? The charming executive chairman of the cruise company himself. When I sat down for a cocktail and some hors d’oeuvres in the ship’s Horizons Bar, Costakis Loizou was there. He is the son of the man who in 1935 started the company that became Louis Group – Louis Loizou, known as the “Father of Cypress Tourism.” When Louis died in …

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Heading to Louis Cristal cruise of Greece & Turkey

When I was in grade school, I was always the kid who eagerly awaited the newest issue of National Geographic magazine. I remember devouring each story, especially when it involved one of my favorite destinations – Greece. Reading about the Greek islands and historic sites such as the Christian catacombs, city of Ephesus and temple of Poseidon was thrilling.  For a while, I had a bookmark with a photograph of the Parthenon in Athens. Such treasures seemed …

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