After reading many good and bad reviews about the Island Escape Cruise ship i was a little worried about this ship. There was no need to have worried, the ship and the crew are excellent and nothing is too much trouble.
The whole process from the airport to the ship was effortless, we boarded the ship at 11.30ish and were able to go to out cabin straight away. The cabin is small but adequate as you only sleep, shower and change in cabins. The cabin steward was very helpful and turned the beds down every evening. Also the towels were changed everyday. Our cabin on in Deck 8 which was good and near all activities.
Before sailing we were given a safety drill with us having to go back to our cabins to get our life jackets and report to our relevant safety area. This made us feel safe and the crew knew what they were doing. Instructions were clear and concise and if anyone needed extra help then they only had to ask.
The food was lovely with a choice of three restaurants to eat in. One restaurant did have a supplement charge we went in this restaurant to celebrate my husbands birthday. Nice food and excellent service. You could get food 24 hours a day if you felt you wanted to eat all the time (we didn't as too much food). It was lovely to sit out on the deck in the nice weather and east breakfast, dinner and tea if you wanted to. Warm scones, cream, Jam and other cakes were also put out at 4,00pm. every afternoon which was nice.
The infection control measure were very good with sanitizer machines everywhere and the staff served the food to help keep things as clean and germ free as possible.
I was able to order a birthday cake for my husband and this was delivered to our cabin on his birthday just before we arrived back from a trip out.
The all inclusive drinks were ok and if sat around the pool or in the pub or entertainment areas there was waiter service available and the waiters would come and take your orders if you wanted..
The entertainment was very good and everyone worked really hard, there were two shows a night in the Ocean Theatre which was good because if you missed the first show you could see the same show later on in the evening. There were other areas of the ship that had singers, pianist, groups so you could go wherever you wanted for entertainment to suit you. There were game shows, race nights also.
The entertainment team also worked hard in the day with children and adults, the sailing away parties were great wished they had more of them when leaving each port. Ross and his team were marvelous.
The excursions were good with the use of a guide and a radio with earphones so even if the group was big and you could get near the guide you could still hear her commentary. When leaving the ship and entering the ship passengers are asked to sanitize their hands which I think is great to keep infections and germs at bay,
The captain gave daily updates on where we would be docking and what time we would dock. On one of the days we had to change one of the ports we were visiting because of the weather conditions because the ship could not dock at the port and passengers would have to be ferried in on smaller boats. The captain and his team changed the port for the safety of the passengers and told us this in his address we were not disappointed as we visited another port in Corsica as we felt the captain and his team had passenger safety as a paramount.
There were plenty of sun loungers which were cleaned everyday, and also towels were in the cabin provided to be used on the sun loungers. A good thing about the sun loungers people were not allowed to keep their towels on the beds so this gave everyone the opportunity to relax on a lounger.
I don't usually write reviews but I wanted people who look at reviews to be reassured that it is not bad on this ship, and not put off by some of the negative reviews.
All in all we had a great holiday and will book another cruise on this ship. Don't be put off by the bad reviews I am a person who wants the best from my holiday this was value for money and would not hesitate to recommend to all of my friends and family,