We travelled on The Island Escape on the 'Best of The Med' itinery
in Juky 2013. Myself, my husband and our 3 year old son. We stayed in cabin 5048 and excellent sized cabin, much larger than expected with a big window. Fabulous cabin boy called Elvin who couldn't do enough to help us, very clean, Dated interior but very comfortable and adequate.
Ports visited Palma, Corsica, Rome, Pisa,St Raphael, Barcelona
Our favourites were Corsica and St Raphael which were both stunning.
The cabin staff, waiters , entertainment and kids clubs were superb.
As our son was with us, age 3 he went to Palmys Kids Club which had daytime supervised activities, and two sessions in the evenings 4-6pm and 8-10pm which meant you could go to a show or a meal without the kids in the evening which was a real treat.
We loved going to the Bounty Lounge where there was a great band called The Switch, and lots of entertainment.
Port & Shore Excursions
We didn't go on any paid excurisons, we went to Rome ourselves on the train from the port at Cittavecchia you just walk across the road from the port entrance and 5 mins walk down the main street on your left is the train station. The train tickets from Rome were 13 Euros return each,there were two trains each hour to St Pietro from there you walk down the hill to St Peters.
We also did the hop on hop off Rome Bus Tour which was 20Euro each. Going to Rome by yourself is fairly easy , and far cheaper than paid excursions.
Propiano in Corsica was a beautiful beach stop as was St Raphael.
Transport on the coaches on arrival to the ship was easy, and very quick. Staff at the port were extremely organised and helpful. Amazing attention to detail, cleanliness (hand sanitation everywhere) and a happy crew.
Cabin boy Elvin was amazing!
Leaving the ship and getting back to the airport was extremely easy too.
The food on the ship was far better than I had expected, and was very fresh and tasty, a good choice for all, and a kids menu which suited my son.
The Island Restaurant was our favourite.
Our only complaint was that there weren't many other young families on board, so it was hard to find a spot to eat and relax where you felt you could relax with young kids. When the kids club was closed it would be good if there was a kids playroom or soft play/ chill area where parents could be with the kids without disturbing the other guests peace.
Overall this cruise is excellent value for money, and I would recommend it. We have definetely go the cruising bug and can't wait to go on another one!