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Orient Queen - Photo Tour

Orient Queen - Photo Tour

Postby tomvet » 03 Sep 2013 20:12

It is not very often that Louis Cruise Lines or their ships feature in the cruise media. USA Today has done a photo tour of the ship!

From USAToday [Online] Available at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2013/09/03/photo-tour-orient-queen-cruise/2756909/ [Accessed: 03/09/2013]

What ever happened to Norwegian Cruise Line's Starward? The company's second ship -- an icon of the early years of modern cruising -- is still at sea sailing in the Aegean as Louis Hellenic Cruises' Orient Queen.

As can be seen in the carousel above, the well-maintained, 45-year-old vessel remains a lovely throwback to a time when cruise ships were more intimate and holds just 876 passengers at double occupancy.

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Soon to be renamed Louis Aura, Cyprus-based Louis Hellenic Cruises' sparkling Orient Queen was originally a pioneering, first-generation cruise ship.

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The 526-by-75-foot Orient Queen measures 15,781 gross tons and carries 876 guests. The ship spends summer seasons sailing the Aegean and will head to South America this winter for charter cruise service.

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Completed in 1968 for newly established Norwegian Cruise Line, the Orient Queen began its career as the Starward. It was NCL's second ship and originally had a car deck for provisional dual-purpose ferry service.

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The ship's spotless and beautifully maintained MAN diesels can produce up to 17,380 horsepower to drive twin screws at an average service speed of 16 knots.

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In 1985, NCL modernized the Starward and enlarged the superstructure, adding more space for the dining room and lounges. To compensate, a ducktail stern sponson was added

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In 1995, Starward was sold to Festival Cruises and renamed Bolero. The Bolero catered mainly to British and European clientele and is shown here while under charter to U.K.-based First Choice Cruises.

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In 2004, the Bolero was purchased by Abou Mehri Cruises and rebuilt with larger cabin accommodation, modernized public spaces and a helipad atop the bow. Renamed Orient Queen, it was the first Lebanese-owned and operated cruise ship.
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Re: Orient Queen - Photo Tour

Postby tomvet » 03 Sep 2013 20:26

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Orient Queen was purchased by Louis Cruises in 2006 and is now manned by Cypriot and Greek officers and an international crew. The ship's captain, Kostas Gritzelis, is a veteran officer of Festival Cruises, Epirotiki Lines and the legendary Sun Line.

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Orient Queen's veteran chief engineer Dimitris Anastassiou is from the island of Agistri near Aegina. He has been the ship's engineer for over 14 years and keeps the engines in prime working order.

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Including the top level of the Venus Bar, the Orient Queen has eight passenger decks. The forward portion of Compass Deck (9) has a wide open observation and sunning space

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The aft portion of Deck 9 is located at the base of the funnel uptakes and is now home to a miniature golf course

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Starward's design was an evolution of the trend-setting Scandinavian ferries of the early 1960s, which boasted midships 'dummy funnel' structures. With this ship, architect Knud E. Hansen enlarged the structure to form a dramatic dome over the midships pool.

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The dome is cantilevered from a bipod structure that merges into the base of the ship's mast. It provides partial shelter for the Sun Deck (8) pool and becomes a spectacular evening setting as the ship's open-air nightclub

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The aft portion of Sun Deck (8) is lined with deck chairs and overlooks the stern.
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Re: Orient Queen - Photo Tour

Postby tomvet » 03 Sep 2013 20:29

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This is the view from Deck 8 over the aft Boat Deck (7) lido.

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The aft portion of Deck 7 boasts another pool and al fresco seating for the nearby Horizon Cafe buffet eatery.

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The upper portion of the Venus Bar on aptly named Panorama Deck (10) is accessed via a spiral staircase.

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The lower portion of the Venus Bar is on Deck 9 and accessed via a narrow exterior walkway on either side and stairs that lead up from the nearby pool.

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A small gym with cardio machines, a weight machine and free weights is located on aft Deck 8

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A fully equipped beauty salon is located on forward Deck 7

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A spa room with a hydrotherapy pool is adjacent to the beauty salon on Deck 7
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Re: Orient Queen - Photo Tour

Postby tomvet » 03 Sep 2013 20:29

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This is the massage room next to the spa and beauty salon on Deck 7.

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Merry Deck (6) is devoted to public rooms, beginning with the Stars Show Lounge.

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A library and card room follows the Stars Show Lounge on the port side.

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An Internet Center with four stations (charges apply) is directly aft of the Library on port Deck 6.

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A Casino is located on the port side of Deck 6. In the forward portion, there are a number of slots.

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The aft portion of the Casino has two card tables and Roulette.

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A series of large fish tanks serve as a screen, dividing the Casino on the port side from the Reflections Lounge on the starboard side of Deck 6.
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Re: Orient Queen - Photo Tour

Postby tomvet » 03 Sep 2013 20:29

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The Reflections Lounge, shown in a forward-facing view, is a cabaret-style entertainment venue with a dance floor and bandstand.

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The starboard side of the Reflections Lounge is a gallery with comfortable seating and wonderful views through a long row of picture windows.

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Lining the central Deck 5 passage, there are two large duty-free shops selling sundries and souvenirs

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The Reception and Shore Excursions offices are located on Deck 5 aft of the shopping arcade.

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The Mermaid Restaurant is located on aft Deck 6. It is open for buffet-style breakfast and full-service lunch and dinner (with additional buffet options).

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After the restaurant was expanded in the 1985 refit, it surrounded the aft pool basin. Windows on either side now look into the pool.

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When Abou Mehri rebuilt the ship in 2004, large suites were created by merging multiple cabins. At the top tier of Orient Queen's accommodation, there are 5 huge Suites.

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Thirty-two spacious Mini-Suites have queen-sized beds and a sitting area with a sofa bed

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Re: Orient Queen - Photo Tour

Postby tomvet » 03 Sep 2013 20:30

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Mini-Suite bathrooms are especially large and feature tubs with shower.

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One-hundred-forty-seven Outside Cabins come in a number of configurations, including this quadruple berth with twin portholes on Deck 4.

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This is a standard Outside Cabin bathroom with wide sink and shower.

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This is another Outside Cabin with portholes, set up with a third berth.

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Orient Queen has one handicap-access cabin, 601, with a wide door and extra floor space to accommodate a wheelchair

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This is the modified bathroom in 601 with grab bars and a wide shower to accommodate a wheelchair.

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Deck 6 Outside Cabins, such as 7031, have picture windows and can be configured with a queen or two twin beds.
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Re: Orient Queen - Photo Tour

Postby tomvet » 03 Sep 2013 20:30

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There are 165 Inside Cabins in varying configurations, such as this one with a queen bed.

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This is a smaller Inside Cabin with twin beds.


Given the right itinerary and price, is the Orient Queen for you?
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Re: Orient Queen - Photo Tour

Postby JollyJill » 03 Sep 2013 21:07

Yes Tom, she looks like our kind of ship. :)
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Re: Orient Queen - Photo Tour

Postby tomvet » 03 Sep 2013 21:10

USA Today has done very good photo tours of the following ships. Check out the following link:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2012/09/11/queen-mississippi-cruise-ship-tour/1412913/

Alaskan Dream Cruises:Admiralty Dream
American Safari Cruises:Safari Explorer; Safari Endeavor
Azamara Club Cruises:Azamara Journey
Avalon Waterways:Avalon Panorama
Celebrity Cruises:Celebrity Eclipse; Celebrity Constellation; Celebrity Century; Celebrity Solstice; Celebrity Silhouette
Carnival Cruise Lines:Carnival Magic; Carnival Breeze; Carnival Destiny; Carnival Ecstasy; Carnival Splendor; Carnival Inspiration; Carnival Liberty; Carnival Valor; Carnival Dream
Celebration Cruise Line:Bahamas Celebration
Compagnie du Ponant:Le Boreal
Costa Cruises:Costa Favolosa; Costa Deliziosa
Cruise & Maritime Voyages:Marco Polo
Crystal Cruises:Crystal Symphony
Cunard Line:Queen Mary 2; Queen Elizabeth; Queen Victoria; Queen Mary (retired)
Disney Cruise Line:Disney Wonder; Disney Fantasy and Dream compared; Disney Fantasy; Disney Dream
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines:Braemar
Great American Steamboat Co.:American Queen
Hapag-Lloyd:Europa
Holland America Line:Nieuw Amsterdam; Eurodam; Oosterdam; Statendam
InnerSea Discoveries:Wilderness Discoverer
Lindblad Expeditions:National Geographic Sea Lion
Louis Cruises:Louis Majesty
MSC Cruises:MSC Fantasia
Norwegian Cruise Line:Norwegian Jade; Norwegian Sky; Norwegian Epic; Norwegian Gem
Oceania Cruises: Riviera; Marina
Princess Cruises:Ruby Princess; Crown Princess; Emerald Princess; last look at the 'Love Boat'; Sapphire Princess
Regent Seven Seas Cruises:Seven Seas Mariner
Royal Caribbean International:Oasis of the Seas; Jewel of the Seas; Allure of the Seas
Seabourn Cruise Line:Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Odyssey; Seabourn Quest
Silversea:Silver Spirit
Vantage Deluxe World Travel:River Discovery II
Viking River Cruises:Viking Odin
Voyages to Antiquity:Aegean Odyssey
Voyages of Discovery:Discovery
Windstar Cruises:Wind Surf; Wind Spirit
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October 18 - MSC Opera - Marseille - Mahon - Cagliari - Valetta - Messina - Naples - Genoa
December 18 - A-ROSA Aqua - Cologne - Mannheim - Kehl (Strasbourg) - Mainz - Cologne
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