this was the second time for me on the Island Escape , on a cruise round the canary islands, madeira and morocco. The fab memories are : good food and entertainment. hard working and always pleasant staff. Ship was kept immaculate " sanatise,sanatise !". Due to the cleanliness rules, service was slowed in the dining areas but overall not a major problem. cabin service was fab and our cabin housekeeper did a first class job. the not so fab memories were the weather which was mixed and a stormy night at sea was a wee bit scary.However it is winter time in the canaries too, but last two days were nice and sunny. Morroco was an experience that I wouldnt seek to repeat but would gladly go back to Madeira and Lanzarote which I enjoyed visiting.
The unpleasant memories were two categories of fellow passengers : The "cruise experts" who have "sailed the world " but wouldnt know the difference between port side and port and lemon. These characters can ruin a perfectly good dining experience by their banal and boring chatter about their comparisons with other cuises they had been on. Big Yawns. !! ( Please cruise first timers do not, repeat, do not encourage this display of self importance as it only perpetuates the problem. There are however genuine folk who will give hints and tips about cruising.)
The second type of passenger is a pure embarrassment in their selfish and childish behaviors towards staff on the ship, again particularly in the dining rooms . People aged 60 plus having the temper tantrams of two year olds is cringeworthy to watch. A message to both categories of passengers 1) you are not the centre of the universe and 2) you are certainly not the centre of my universe so have some respect towards your fellow passengers and full respect to the staff who serve you and have to keep smiling in the face of uncalled for verbal abuse.
The Island Escape is a budget cruise which gives very good value for money and you get what you pay for !