Island Escape Cruise Review by cloedan: Great Time by all
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Great Time by all
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Palma de Mallorca
Family of 4 (Married couple 51 & 49 and 2 children " girl 14 & boy 9) Normal holiday 4 star AI in Canary Islands or Majorca ( AI not just for the alcohol but find this works for us as a family! 1st time Cruise for all of us.
Cruise 6th August Escape to the med. Deck 6 ( midship) outside 6050
Well, all I can say is that we all enjoyed our week on the White Lady as her Captain calls her, yes she is tiny compared to most ships she was drafted by the Adventure of the Sea in one port, and yes she is dated with the décor being stuck in the 80’s but with the excellent staff, good selection of food and drink, the option of paying the little extra for the Oasis restaurant and Premier brands our time on board was fantastic.
Ship is kept immaculate, but you can see the signs of old age approaching but I did not book the IE as a Tinsel and Tiara Holiday, I just wanted to have a relaxing, no frills time with a great itinerary which More is exactly what she came up with. Cabin small so was fun when we were all trying to get ready but we was on a cruise not spending most time looking round the port of call or lazing around the ship.
Food - We found the food fine (100 time better than the 4 star hotel we stayed at afterwards, may not have been as much choice but much better quality) - pay £15.pp extra in the Oassis for a treat - well worth it - honest great food and service 10/10
Staff " excellent, nothing was too much bother
Drinks " excellent on the IA" House Lager & Vodka fine and soft drinks were all branded
Entertainment " we saw very little " our choice, the kids were tied by 10pm and just wanted to sleep ( did watch Switch who we all thought were very good one night and the take-off of the Generation Game was really funny . (Hubby’s worse entertainment nightmares would be 1. Watch a west-end show, 2. A pub singer, 3 Saturday night game or reality show, 4 anyone wearing satin or sequins. 5) Bingo! so, the Entertainment was not for us) However, loads of people on board raved about it, but we enjoyed sitting in the Sports Bar or watching the stars on desk ( we were often the last to leave)
Start of Holiday 6th August 2013
Flew to Palma from Birmingham airport 6am flight, good job we are only 30 minutes away " flight was slightly delayed with planes taking off every 5 mins or so, but we ended up landing 5 mins earlier.
Had one of the longest delays waiting for our luggage 45 minutes, but eventually we got ours and fond the Thompson Reps who pointed us in the direction of the IE Coaches, and we were swiftly loaded and on our way. The rep explained the embarkation process and in about 15 minutes we got our first glimpse of the White Lady.
Embarkation was swift, and we soon had our boarding cards, placed our cabin labels on our cases and walked the gangplank and found our Cabin on Deck 6 (Diamond) just a stoned throw from the Island Restaurant. By 11:30 we were enjoying a cool larger on deck looking at the wonderful Palma Harbour.
A quick lunch at the beachcomber and Husband went off to explore Palma whilst myself and the kids grabbed a sun lounger for a couple of hours. Safety Drill was at about 5pm, After such an early flight none of us actually made the Sailaway but not after a really enjoyable meal in the Island Restaurant ( big thank-you to Henri and Patrick) and a few drinks up on deck.
Day Two" At Sea
Well time to explore ship, eat, drink and myself and daughter some serious sunbathing. What a glorious way to just relax and unwind
Day Two - Cagliari
Was up on desk to see her sail into port about 8am. And then we explored Cagliari, there was a bus to get you out of the port and to where all the tourist reps are if you want to book your own tours. We opted for the free bus which drops you in the town centre (the shopping bus) and walked down to the bastille and past a few churches back to the port, stopping for couple of coffees and the odd beer.
Now, I know there are other things to do but the place is absolutely covered in graffiti some of which is extremely offensive and obscene
Day Four " Naples
An early start as on the coach for an organised tour of Pompeii. Worth every penny and a fantastic experience " 31 euro’s for 2 small beers and 2 cokes whilst waiting for the coach back
Day 5 " Rome
Did Rome in a day- very good tour guide and we saw a hell of a lot, not a lot of time to stop and take photos and being in August was really busy as you would expect. Again thought the trip was well worth it and we would have not seen half the stuff if we did this on our own. Had a lovely meal just a stroll away from the Trevi Fountain Meal for 4 and couple of deinks each 100 euros ( Pizza and a couple of ice cold Pinot’s Mmmm)
Ajaccio in Corsica " what a lovely place the Harbour is to die for and there was a very nice local market just a quick walk away. Being a Sunday all the main shops were closed and it would have been nice to have a look at some of these but made the most of some of the little bars and market squares.
Mahon " utterly fantastic harbour really beautiful, and a 2 minuet stroll to the nearest bar. Beautiful market town, took the tour in the little train, went back and strolled around the man square and walked back down to the harbour for more drinks and some excellent photos.
Watched us follow the pilot boat out of the harbours and feeing extra sad as we were finally heading home to Palma,
Fantastic Holiday, Fantastic little ship " yes she may be old and tied and does not have a cinema or an ice rink but if you want a laid back holiday you will not fault her.
We were lucky with the weather " no rocking and rolling and no sickness virus’ which I know some people were hit witth when they were on board in April, they had a horrid time so sorry for them
Will we go back " YES " just can’t decide which week yet. may have to do one of the posh cruises so I can understand what some of these people have to moan about.- especially the ones which are 5 times according to one reviewer. Less
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