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Louis Aura

Louis Aura is the new name for Orient Queen, a liner described as 'an icon of the early years of modern cruising'.

Sailing in 2013 as Orient Queen, her change of name for 2014 reflects the Hellenic roots of her operators Louis Cruises. In Greek mythology, Aura was the divine personification of breeze.

USA Today calls her 'an icon of the early years of modern cruising ... the well-maintained, 45-year-old vessel remains a lovely throwback to a time when even the largest cruise ships were relatively modest in size.'

Carrying 876 passengers at double occupancy, the elegant ship is large by the standards of liners calling at Portsmouth, but avoids the impersonal crowds of today's huge vessels.

Popular pastimes aboard range from an open-air poolside nightclub to mini golf and a casino. There is wide observation and sunning space, and the ship boasts acres of scrubbed wooden decks. Greek celebrity chefs and classically trained performers provide entertainment.

Louis Aura
Entered service 1968
Last refit 2006
Length 160m
Speed 16 knots
Passenger decks 8
Passenger capacity 876
Cabins 355
Crew 139
Language on board English
Medical Centre Yes