This is a difficult cruise to write about as we are Thomson regulars and don’t wish to appear negative. We have just returned from a cruise on the Island Escape, a jolly from Majorca around the Med calling at Rome, Pisa, and Cannes etc.
It is an all-inclusive, informal cruise with no dress code, and comes under the heading of ‘Cheap and Cheerful’. The ship is another car ferry conversion, and apart from the cabins, they did a good job.
A) The cabins are small, but to be fair, Thomson do tell you the cabin size when booking, however, the cabins are in dire need of an upgrade. We had an outside cabin on Deck 7. The bathroom sink was stained, the taps were antique vintage and the mirror was awful. Lots of chipped paint in the cabin and a TV which almost pre dates Logie Baird. Oh, and the beds are amazingly narrow.
B) The food . . . in the main restaurants it’s all self-service. Fine dining, it aint, the quality is more like an office canteen.
C) Although an Informal cruise, most of the ladies got ‘glammed up’ of an evening, however a number of men were still unshaved slobs and let the girls down.
A) It’s an all-inclusive cruise, and as such I half expected to see drunken bodies all over the place. But NO, I didn’t even see one drunk, everyone was very responsible. The bar service was good and nothing was too much trouble.
B) Tips are included, but most people said they tipped their room steward as they did a very good job.
C) It was a Thomson cruise.
I think its about time that Thomson / TUI raised their game and leased some more modern ships. Thomson Cruises are great, they probably have the most loyal following of any cruise line but insist on a race to the bottom by using old car ferry conversions.
Would we cruise on the Island Escape again . . . no chance, I enjoy decent food and a better cabin. Would we cruise with Thomson again . . you bet, in fact we have already booked for next summer and if The Dream is cruising around the Caribbean this winter, we will be there