Island Escape Cruise Review by sumijo: Not really a cruise ship, a converted ferry
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Not really a cruise ship, a converted ferry
This was our third cruise the first two being with Ocean Village which is no longer with us. Compared with Ocean Village this cruise lacked the little extra touches even though the price was comparable. On Ocean village the luggage was taken off you at the airport and next seen in your cabin, this one it was yours all the time, check in at airport,collect at airport and take to bus then from bus to ship, only then was it taken to your cabin. The same coming home, pick up outside ship, load onto bus, take off bus, check in at airport.
The ship although being friendly and the staff wonderful as was the entertainment, It is not a cruise ship, it is a converted ferry and it shows. Not the space and airiness of a cruise ship, metal decks covered in plastic mesh, the pool reminded me of an emergency water tank converted to a pool, walkways narrow and do not access directly anywhere. The Island restaurant tries to be upmarket with proper linen and waiter served drinks but it is very More busy and seems hectic not relaxing. The Beachcomber "restaurant" is like a canteen, melamine plates and again busy not relaxed. The Oasis restaurant for which you pay a supplement was very nice but the food served in there was the same as the other restaurants only served in better surroundings. Food, although plentiful was not what I would expect on a cruise, bland and repetitive and not a lot of choice. If its your first cruise it would be great, but not up to other budget cruise standards. You get what you pay for. Less
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Cabin review: OT8018
Not very big. Suitable for a two night ferry crossing but a bit much for a two week holiday. We were on deck 8 but others on deck 4 reported very noisy due to the sea slapping on the side of the ship. Although very dated and with holes covered up where things have been moved/removed it was kept very clean.