Island Escape Cruise Review by Susan Peel: Colourful Coasts with All Inclusive Drinks package
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Colourful Coasts with All Inclusive Drinks package
Island Escape Colourful Coasts with Thomson Holidays is an affordable cruise. Very well organised. All the Crew are totally dedicated to making your holiday a very enjoyable one. Nothing is too much trouble and the entertainment team were marvelous. So talented. Food is good in both self service restaurants but the one on the lower deck is by far the most civilised with beautifully laid out tables and attentive waiters. Tea and Coffee served to you at your table along with water and bar service. Cutlery is set out on the tables here for you too unlike the top deck, Beachcomber restaurant where you have to collect your napkins, cutlery and tea and coffee yourself. The only plus side for the Beachcomber restaurant was it is open 24 hrs so if you fancy a midnight snack or indeed a full meal you can dine when you please.
The cabins were a little on the small side but perfectly adequate and very comfortable with plenty of hanging space. Only drawback here was the lack of a More hospitality tray. No early morning Tea or Coffee!
The plug socket in the cabin is american two pin flat type.
Hairdryers etc work but power is poor and very slow. You can hire hairdryers from reception and they seem to work better.
Excursions are very good, lots of interesting commentries but expensive. Information was available for DIY shore trips along with maps etc.
All in all a wonderful way to see several places without the hassle of finding your own way. We felt completely looked after.
The drinks package is quite expensive £169 each for a week but if you like a drink and dont want to worry about the bar bill at the end of the holiday it is great. Having said that the drinks were very reasonably priced. £2.90 for Stella lager. £2.65 for a glass of wine. about £3.00 for a cocktail. Port and Sherry were around £3.00 too.
Also another good point is that all gratuities and tips are included in the holiday price. (some other cruise companies charge extortionate daily tips which are added to your final bill! Of course you can give extra tips to your favourite members of staff if you so wish. Less
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Cabin review: 4536
Cabin 4536. Close to lift but no noise from it. A little vibration when at sea. usual amount of engine noise but it sort of lulled you to sleep as did the rocking motion. No tea or coffee making facilities in any of the cabins.
Port and Shore Excursions
We didnt get off the boat here.
We dont like being hassled to death by the constant barrage or sellers but some people handled it quite well and even enjoyed the experience. One word of warning though. Taxi drivers dont give change !!! arrange a fare and have the correct money ready. One passenger agreed a taxi fare of £10 but having only a £20 note paid the price!!! Not just that one taxi driver it seems that is normal.
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