Fab, Fab, Fab!: Island Escape Cruise Review by BADGER6056
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Fab, Fab, Fab!
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Las Palmas
We only ever ate in the buffet restaurant (it simply suited our needs and meal times) and found the food and service to a high std there was always something for everyone. There was even a separate children's menu (chick. nugg. and chips etc) which they cooked fresh on order. Whilst in there ask for the waiter Archie he's fab soooo friendly and does good tricks too!
The excursions were really good value for money we thought. We booked ours online before departure and so glad we did as availabilty was poor once on board.
Some of the days were long days but then you have to expect that when you need to travel a distance by coach. It was VERY hot when we went 40 degress at one point so PLENTY OF WATER was advisable (for four of us we took 2 x 2ltr bottle, available from the gangway on exit and 4 x 75cl bottles which we decanted water in2 from the 2ltr bottles. We drank all this and needed more (and this was not due to the fact that we'd had a heavy session the night before!)
The views on deck about an hour before docking into port are a must for the cameras. The buffet restaurant is open at 6am so you can grab a coffee to sip whilst you watch him dock.
We did hear complaints whilst on board and i suppose it's very much each to there own! We are a family who like luxury and will complain if we feel strongly having said that we are also an easy going family who whilst on holiday like to chill de-stress and let others take charge so if this sounds similar to you - you'll love it!!
As I said at the beginning it could do with a refurb but everything was still functional and adequate for what you needed.
I really want to book again! Ps this wasn't our first cruise - I didn't like the first one!!!! Less
Cabin review: OU6056
Bit battered, especially the ceiling panels (probably due to unruly children abusing them!) shower/bathroom was small but then big enough for what you need (we are not a large family i'm 7st, hubby 11st so,....) soundproofing was good - would have been perfect if i could have shut the inconsiderate night howlers up on their return to their cabins! Cleanliness was perfect perfect perfect! Would have preferred doors on wardrobes if i'm honest but i think this is purely down to me and having the need to make sure there are no insects (which there never were but I like to be able to see that - strange I Know!)
Port and Shore Excursions
We simply got off and did our own thing here. A very easy port to navigate and what a beauty it was - extremely pretty and quaint and despite having to go through the centre of most of the pavement restaurants etc we were not hassled once! The beach here is beautiful (be warned the sea drops aware dramatically in places so hold little ones hands tight!) and only a ten min walk from the ship (get off the ship go through the port doors and turn left - this is Ajaccio towns/cafes etc) along with a little wally train that for a few euros will take you around the town. Napoleons house is a must see (there is an entrance fee, approx 30 euros for a family of four I think) It took us a while to find so ask as soon as you get through the port as the map is pants!
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