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Cruise holiday on board the MV Coral

If you’re thinking about a cruise holiday or looking for information about Louis Cruises’ ship the MV Coral, this site is a review of our Corinth Canal Cruise in September 2011. Every aspect of our cruise holiday has been reviewed, including flights and our overnight accommodation, which were booked independently. The reviews on this site include:

  • Food, drinks and accommodation onboard MV Coral
  • Standards of service
  • Excursions and ports of call
  • Travel to and from Genoa
  • Complaints and recommendations

Overall experiences of Louis Cruises’ MV Coral cruise

The Coral mored at Katakolon on Day 3

MV Coral isn’t a 5 star cruise ship, nor does it pretend to be. If you’re looking for a luxury cruise, this one isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for an affordable cruise on a friendly ship with a good standard of service, you won’t be disappointed.

Overall, our Coral cruise was good value for money and yes, we would definitely book another holiday with Louis Cruises. Now why not take a look round the site and decide for yourself?

Who cruises on the Coral?

While all the cabins were booked on our cruise, we understand there were quite a few used as single occupancy. Around 700 passengers were onboard the Coral and the average age was around 55 – 65. There were three children onboard (who were very well behaved!). Although there is a swimming pool and there were some children’s activities, neither the cruise or the ship is really geared to accommodate children.

Different nationalities onboard Coral

Around 15% of the passengers were British. The majority of the passengers were French, German and Italian. However, as English is the international language of the sea, all the front of house crew spoke English.

Why did we choose MV Coral?

There are a wealth of cruise holidays available as cruising increases in popularity. Our decision to holiday with Louis Cruises aboard MV Coral was based on two determining factors:

  1. The opportunity to cruise the Corinth Canal
  2. The smaller, friendlier and more intimate sized cruise ship

Most cruise liners are too big to negotiate the Corinth Canal. Having read other reviews and seen the pictures, cruising the canal was high on our wish-list.

Companies such as MSC, Costa Cruises and P&O are adding bigger and bigger cruise ships to their fleets. These super-liners hold no appeal for us. Some of the most modern cruise ships could accommodate the entire population of Chipping Norton – the small market town in Oxfordshire where we live and work! Frankly, we find the prospect of holidaying with that number of people off-putting.

So the size of the ship was very important to us. We wanted a smaller ship with a warm and friendly atmosphere. However luxurious or how good the service, a cruise liner with several thousand people on board can never be considered ‘intimate’.

MV Coral accommodates just over 800 passengers at full capacity, so it qualified in terms of size and its itinerary included the Corinth Canal – decision made!

Blue Water Holidays

Our cruise on MV Coral was booked via Blue Water Holidays. We originally hoped to holiday at the end of May and made our original enquiry to Blue Water in February. A change of plans meant we were not able to take our holiday so early in the year.

When we finally contacted the company again in July to make our booking for September, our call was immediately transferred to Michelle, the Blue Water Holidays travel consultant we had dealt with before. She remembered us (10 / 10 there) and was as helpful as she had been previously.

The booking process was easy and efficient and the service provided by Blue Water Holidays was excellent.