"Aquamarine" is an older ship - originally Royal Caribbean's second newbuild (then named "Nordic Prince") - that was introduced in 1971. From what I have heard the ship is in a good condition today given its age, and while it is far from being luxurious (and the cabins are very small, indeed) it offers a good value for the money, I have been told by recent passengers.
From next spring, the ship will operate on the German market for approx. 200 days each year bearing the name "Arielle", under a long-term charter agreement with Transocean Tours, a renowned German cruise company.
Louis Cruise Lines is the largest cruise operator in the Eastern Mediterranean. In addition to operating a number of mostly older ships, Louis manages and offers for charter a number of other ships, as well.
'Nordic Prince', did she become Airtours Sun Cruises 'Carousel' for a few years? Im sure ive got the right one.
If so we sailed on her a few years back and would be happy to answer any queries first hand.
Want to make sure ive got my facts straight first though - of course!
I actually really enjoyed my cruise on the carousel, its true that she is a smaller ship, but with a very sensible layout. All of the public areas are more or less on 2 decks and it is very easy to get around, just 1 restaurant and then the buffet upstairs near the pool, main show bar at one end and second showboat lounge at the other, both had acts or some kind of entertainment each night so guests seemed to disperse throughout the ship pretty well.
Cabins were small, but well equipped they started on 'b' deck with standard class inside or outside, then 'a' deck slightly higher spec but still small, these used to be called superior, inside or outside, then main deck, same again then promenade deck where upgraded rooms were.
we had twin for 4, 2 upper/2 lower beds, small table between, dressing table, small cubicle with shower, basin and wc. not a lot of storage space, hanging space was curtained off rather than wardrobe, but this may have changed by now.
When we sailed we found space around the pool very good, and deck space good as passenger numbers are fairly low due to limited number of cabins.
Best thing we noted was staff, they were incredible, of course this again may have changed, it was a really comfortable, welcoming, personal service and we were treated really well.
Will add any thing I can think of, will ask my husband when he comes in.
Asked Ian (hubby) what he thought and his thoughts seemed to echo those of searanchdog, he really enjoyed the cruise, and although very different from those we've been on of late was by no means second rate.
Will be very interested to hear your views after sailing on her Raoul, I know some of the Louis ships and when they are on charter they are usually excellent, better to be honest than when they are flying the Louis flag although they are really trying to improve their reputation.