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Island Escape Cruise Review by Chris Bennett

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Island Escape
Island Escape
Member Name: Chris Bennett
Cruise Date: March 2010
Embarkation: Funchal
Destination: Canary Islands
Cabin Category: e
Cabin Number: 7032
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 4.0
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We booked this cruise without reading any reviews just by listening to our travel agent. However when I went on to read reviews we can honestly say we were dreading it.

We flew into Funchal from our local airport on arrival everything went very well and it was not long till we were on the mini bus taking us to the ship.

Saw the ship on the horizon and it looked ok. Got on board and again the embarkation process went well.

We had booked an outside cabin and although a little on the cosy side it was very clean with enough storage space for the week. Yes it was a little tired and in need of a refit, however all the public areas were spotlessly clean. The staff were more than helpful and our cabin stewardess was amazing.

Entertainment on the ship was very varied and there was always something going on. The resident group were only average but the show teams were very good.

If we have to criticise anything it would be a bit of a bun fight in the Beachcomer restaurant to get a table and we hated the plastic mugs for tea and coffee which always tasted vile. However the food when you got it was of a very good standard. We dined one night in the Oasis restaurant paid a cover charge or £14 99 each but well worth it for the service and standard of food.

On the bar side all the mixers and soft drinks come out of cans and large bottles so 9 out of 10 drinks were flat as they open cans and bottles then they get left. Did complain to the bar manager about that but did not get a lot of satisfaction there. All in all good value for money don't listen to negative reviews.

Publication Date: 03/28/10
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