We just returned from a wonderful time aboard the Louis Cristal - doing the 7 night tour of Greece and Turkey.
We noticed only limited information on the internet with Louis Cristal - so thought we would share some thoughts.
The cruiseship is definitely not as bad as we had thought. It definitely is a little dated - but is clean and well maintained. They have ton of staff aboard and all were extremely polite and friendly. The staff really made the cruise. The waiters and bartenders all were very kind and nice.
We stayed in the Imperial Suite which was amazing. Lots of room indoors and an great patio deck for lounging out. Perfect to lay out while in port or on the water suntanning.
We opted for the all inclusive package which was definitely worth it. Includes water, pop, ice cream and liquor. We definitely had our fair share!
The only complaint about the ship would be the food. It is definitely hit and miss. Some stuff would be okay, some would be not very good at all. Also lots of Greeks in particular older Greeks on the cruise - who we will say are not all that friendly. They also like to touch all the fruit on the buffet lines - so beware!!
I can see why the staff seemed happy to talk to two canadians who actually smiled and were polite back to them!
We loved all the ports. Istanbul was much better then expected - the sites amazing and so much to see. We went with a private tour guide through otti tours who was amazing - saw a lot more then what the excursion through the ship did and roughly the same price.
Izmir was also very nice - we spent the time in a local restaurant having local beer and narguli (fun!).
Kusadasi felt very modern and Ephesus was very nice as was the House of the Virgin Mary. We went through Otti Tours as well for that tour - which was good - but not as good as in Istanbul.
Patmos was very nice - beautiful, beautiful little island. Did the cruise's excursion of the Monastery and St. John's cave and chapel and was pretty good.
Mykonos was actually pretty dissapointing. It was cloudy and windy that day - so not sure if that made an impact - but the town was not as pretty as I imagined.
Santorini was okay. We stayed there prior to our vacation and really enjoyed it. On the cruise ship it was only okay. The journey up from port is a terrible first impression. The lines on the tram were long and we decided to walk up. The island and country should be ashamed of how the donkeys are treated.
We took a bus to Kamari and enjoyed a perfect beach day.
Crete was also a beautiful island. Would be a nice place to explore more. We went to Knossos Palace which was very dissapointing. We utilized the bus system which was cheap and quick.
We then walked around the main part of town which was very nice.
All in all - we were very happy with the Louis Cristal cruise - the staff were amazing. The food though definitely could be improved - but would highly recommend eating off port as much as possible.
Any questions - would be glad to answer!