We sailed from Palma in the evening, after a red hot day on deck. This weather lasted forthe whole cruise and for the stay on Mallorca afterwards. The ship has been upgraded in lots of places, but still needs a bit more. The cabin, on deck 4 had two portholes, single beds, en suite and loads of storage spacewith doors on. The cabin steward, and all the crew were very friendly and nice. Two places we docked at, Villefranche and Propriano, were too small to take the ship, so we had to go by tender. It's quite exciting getting back aboard from a tender! Our cruise was 'all inclusive'and included drinks as well as food. The waiters kept coming round the ship to make sure everyone was supplied with the drinks they wanted. (They made quite a joke about it "Come on, wakey, wakey, the more you drink, the longer the sun will shine!")
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.