Having been on the island escape several times in the past i was expecting great things despite the recent reviews on the internet. Sadly many of these reviews have been proved right the ship appears to have been badly neglected since my last cruise on it. When it rained water poured through the roof of the beachcomber restaurant and the roof of the lookout bar but sadly no attempt was made to fix this . Also on deck four by the lifts water was leaking through the ceiling for several days despite numerous attempts to fix it they were still trying on the last day of the cruise.
The toilets broke on the first day of the cruise and were fixed and broke again over the first few days of the cruise. On docking in malaga 400 people had to be taken off the ship and put in hotels overnight while the ship was docked in port and the toilets mended. The air-conditioning was also faulty in some areas and in our cabin the vent had to be taken off the duct by the staff to try and get some cold air into the hot cabin. Three ports were missed on the cruise due to bad weather but this of course is not the fault of the ship. On a positve note the staff and the food were excellent and the entertainment staff on the ship were fantastic though the guest acts brought in from the uk were very poor with the exception of the comedian from hull. The shows put on by the ships own staff were fantastic. the comments ive read about dirty towels and bedlinen are sadly true though they had clearly been washed they had seen better days and it looked like a long time since any of the towels had actually been white.
My advice if you havent already booked your holiday on this ship would be to go elsewhere unless the ship undergoes a refit and the ongoing maintenance issues are resolved