I know there is a cruise forum, but some people asked that I post a review here as well.
I read some poor reviews of Louis Cruise ships and I was not sure what to expect. I traveled with 14 relatives and the trip was set up by Freegate Tourism- a company that usually deals with other travel agents, but they set up flight, accomodations in Athens, tour of the Parthanon, and the 4 day Louis Cruise. There was a slight delay (2 hours)getting on the ship as the boat arrived late and needed to be cleaned and restocked.
I thought the staff on the boat worked extremely hard and for the most part were very friendly. The food was fair to good. The sit down dinners were nice and you had a large selection. I went in not expecting great food, but it was okay.
After the 2nd 4.5 Euro beer I had the waiter recommended the all inclusive package 80 Euro which covered beer, wine, soda, coffees and many mixed drinks. I got my moneys worth.
The room and bathroom were small but I knew this going in. We really are only in the room to sleep. It seemed like any time you left the room it was cleaned and bed made immediately.
We saw a few of the shows which were okay. The performers really seemed to work hard. If you did not like them there were other things to do disco, casino, bars etc. We always had fun and found something to do.
We took the excursion to visit Ephessus. This was nice and we had a knowledgable tour guide, although at the end of the tour they tried to steer you into a rug salespitch.
At the other ports we mostly went on our own. The only problem with this was that in Santorini and Mykonos, they take all of the people that booked excursions through Louis of the boat on the tender boats first. So we had to wait 45 minutes which is limiting when you are only at a port for 4 hours.
At Santorini we took the tram up and walked around this beautiful place. We found a taverna with a view overlooking the water and city and enjoyed the view. There was a huge line to get back on the tram so we decided to walk down the hill as we had to get back to the boat. My wife has bad allergies to animals and she did not want to take a donkey. This was a difficult hike. The donkeys are walking past and bump into you at times. The stone is slippery, fairly steep and the donkeys do there business there so be careful. People in flip flop sandals were slipping and falling be careful if you do this. They charged 4 euros to take a donkey and some of the donkey handlers tried to charge a "walking fee" toll to walk down the road which is a scam.
Also the boat automatically charges you something like 32 euros per person for tips for the staff. If you do not want this you have to tell them or they bill you. I thought the staff worked hard so I left it on.
So overall we had a great vacation. I felt like the Aquamarine was fine. The only thing I really disliked was waiting for the tender boats. I would go on Louis Cruise again.