When my sister and I decided to explore the Greek islands last summer, we had trouble with the logistics.
There were so many places we wanted to go, but to say that the ferry schedules were confusing is an understatement.
Many of the islands we wanted to visit didn't have direct ferry routes to and from each other, and I kept hearing that ferry schedules changed often and frequently ran late.
That many flights would be too expensive.
We found out that Louis Cruises operates cruises through the Greek islands, and it turned out to be the perfect way for us to cover a lot of territory without the hassle of dealing with the logistics.
It was smaller than your average commercial line, and the low-cost, five-night cruise took us to Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Kusadasi, and Santorini.
We didn't get to spend too much time in any one place, but it gave us a taste of many islands and helped me figure out where I want to return and spend more time (Mykonos and Santorini, of course!).
We also started and began in Athens, so we took a few days to explore it, as well.
I was awed by just how blue the water was and how white the buildings were–the Greek islands were just as gorgeous as I dreamed they would be.
Here are some of my favorite photos I took on that trip.
About the Author: Emily Starbuck Gerson is a writer based in Austin, Texas. She's a copywriter in the travel industry by day and runs her own travel blog, Maiden Voyage, in her free time in addition to doing a variety of freelance writing and editing. Follow her on Twitter @TheMaidenVoyage.