We have just returned from the Souks & Sangria cruise. This was our second time on Island Escape , the last time being 2 years ago, pre all inclusive. I know this ship is advertised as casual which is the reason we choose Thomson cruises, but we found it to be less than that. Most of the guests made an effort and dressed casually but smart in the evenings. Others were just scruffy and had no respect for others. The all inclusive has attracted people who just want to drink and eat the whole time. Some don't ever leave the ship!
Cabins are very small and in desperate need of refurbishment. But they have everything you need to shower and sleep which is all you need. The cabin steward work exceptionally hard. They service your cabin 2-3 times a day including turning your bed down whilst you are out.
There is a note in your cabin on arrival stating that sun beds must not be reserved and that belongings will be removed after 45 minutes. This is still not the case. There was a great lack of sun beds on sea day but sun beds were left for hours while some guests had to sit on hard chairs all day or sit inside somewhere and miss the sun.
The food and entertainment is good. The ship is kept lovely and clean and all staff are very polite despite being spoken to rudely by certain guests who think staff are there to fetch, carry and pick up for them.
We picked Island Escape this time for the Ports of call but we won't be choosing it again unless the all inclusive is scrapped and a casual dress code reinstated.