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Richard Cook Island Escape 5 Confound the Critics
Richard Cook
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What a great cruise, it ticks all may boxes, great value, excellent food, fabulous entertainment, crew helpful and attentive and the atmosphere so relaxing. Ok - the ports of call may not be inspiring, Santa Cruz, Las Palmas, Funchal, Agadir and Arrecife, but travelling overnight, means you have a full day to explore. The ship is in need of updating, but the cabins are clean and comfortable. There is plenty of space to sun bathe, lots of activities during the day, a really good cross section of people creating stimulating conversations.

The plus for me and my wife, both in our early fifties, was the evening meals, the formal shows and the more relaxed "butlins" style partiscipation shows.

In short something for everyone. Yes you hear people moaning about this and that, but if you got a good deal on the price, then you really cannot complain or match the value for money and I have cruised on the QM2.

So start the holiday with an open mind, be clear about what you want from the cruise, understand what your priorities are think about the lousey weather in Britain.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Port
Easy to get a taxi from the ship to the nearby sea side resorts, or go father afield on an organised trip. It is just nice to get off the ship and swim in the sea.

Port
Just a short walk from the narbour, quaint shops, lovely atmosphere, but not a great deal to do.

The weather was terribel, raining all the time, but plenty of buildings to admire, nice shops, a couple of excursions nearby and a pleasant 20 minutes walk into the town.

Published 08/12/10
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