Cruise Business Online is reporting that Johnny Sid is “close” to acquiring the 26,000grt Louis Cruise Lines ship, Cristal. Johnny plans on operating the ship back in its original home, the Baltic. The ship first sailed the Baltic when she was rebuilt our of the burned hulk of another vessel.

The ship will sail under an unannounced start-up line and sail on short, less than a week, voyages out of Turku or Helsinki. Destinations are plentiful as the region has a large ferry infrastructure.

The deal could be announced very soon as it is reported that the cruises will start “in the coming summer.”

Before sailing under Louis Cruise Lines, she sailed back in the Baltic as the SIlja Opera operating on almost identical routes as what the start-up has planned.

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