TRAVEL
12/08/2011 04:56 pm ET | Updated Dec 12, 2011

The Calypso: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Calypso is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Calypso.

Greek Islands

The Louis Calypso sails to Turkey and the Greek islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Patmos and Crete on cruises that typically last from three to seven nights.

Passenger Ship

The Calypso is a small ship at 444-feet-long and 63-feet-wide. It can carry about 740 passengers on its eight decks. The ship is popular with cruisers less interested in the hustle and bustle and razzle-dazzle of the mega-liners. Instead, it has an intimate and cozy atmosphere and a variety of amenities that make it attractive to singles, couples and families.

Special Features

The Calypso has a swimming pool, sauna, children's center, library, casino, fitness center, several bars and lounges, disco and an Internet center. Because it is a small ship, the Calypso doesn't offer some of the features found on newer, larger cruise ships.

Accommodations

The Calypso boasts 243 spacious staterooms. The ship offers a variety of cabin categories, including standard inside and outside, premium inside and outside and a variety of suites. All staterooms are equipped with a shower, telephone, hair dryer and TV. All suites have a refrigerator.

Cost

Fares vary depending on itinerary, cabin selection and date of travel. On the Calypso, passengers can experience such itineraries as a three-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise for $535 in a standard inside cabin, and a seven-night trip in a suite for $1,662.

Excursions

One Louis Calypso passenger recommended the excursion to Istanbul. The passenger said, "The weather was great, perfect for touring and the beach. All the restaurants were good. They post their menu outside and most people speak English."

Dining Experience

Passengers on the Calypso can choose from the traditional and formal main dining room L'Orchidee, or the more casual Bistro. Other options are the Festival Lounge, Sunshine Bar, Captain's Club and Tropical Club.

Maiden Voyage

The ship first sailed as the Canguro Verde ferry, and made its maiden voyage in 1967 for the Italian firm Traghetti Sardi. It was converted to a cruise ship in 1992 and acquired in 2000 by Louis Cruises and named the Calypso.

In The News

The Calypso suffered a minor fire in the engine room in 2006 while it was cruising in the English Channel, according to the BBC.

WATCH:

A look at the beauty of the Mediterranean from the Louis Cruises perspective.

What's your favorite cruise memory?

Check out more CRUISE SHIP GUIDES.

-

Sign up for our email.
Find out how much you really know about the state of the nation.

CONVERSATIONS