The food was excellent. We used both the Island Restaurant and the Beachcomber, both as good as each other, with plenty of choice. We put on a few pounds, I can tell you!
We're not people who like "Entertainment" and only went to the show on the last night, and ended up wishing we had gone to them all, as this was so good.
We went on two coach trips - to Monaco and Montecarlo and to Pisa. These were both excellent. The guides were very informative and the coaches dropped us as close as possible to where we wanted to be. We didn't go to Rome, as we have been there many times and a day is not long enough, so we stayed on board and relaxed that day. Some people walked into Civitavecchia and wished they hadn't - it was as uninteresting as it looked from the ship.
We were searching for dolphins all the time and saw none, but, better than that, we saw two whales, blowing fountains into the air and diving over and under each other.
It was a very relaxing experience. There no need to dress up in the evening. You could if you wanted to, in fact we did see someone in a dinner jacket on the first night, but we didn't see him again.
There several couples on board who had been on Island Escape at least once before. This was a truly wonderful cruise and we can't wait to go back again next year.
We also stopped at Mahon but there is no way to select this on your list. I give this 5+ rating. Mahon is also a fabulous place to see. The ship docks at the bottom of a staircase, rather like the Spanish Steps in Rome, up which you walk and find yourself in the middle of the town. Mahon is very clean and lots of interesting churches, shops and bye ways to explore. The harbour is really interesting. I think everyone was on deck, leaning over the rails to watch us enter port.