Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox
Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

Island Escape Cruise Review by Catherine Diamond: Little -Bitty Butlins-at-Sea!


Catherine Diamond
1 Review
0 Post

Member Rating

Cabin 1.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 4.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 5.0

Little -Bitty Butlins-at-Sea!

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other

This is our second cruise and a last minute decision so no time to review the ship. First the cons:

Disappointed as ship has seen better days cabin-wise and in some other areas. Entertainment was dire and outdated apart from the comedy magician who was a huge laugh. Only one small pool and very cramped sunbed areas. We were misinformed about what the drinks package included back in the UK but the Guest desk explained it all to our satisfaction. NO bottled cider / beer / Smirnoff Ice / alcopops are included. A choice of Stella or Boddys on draught (but no cider) but both red and white wine were good. Best to top up cocktails with a branded vodka for 10p!

The pros:

Loved the ports we visited- the main reason we chose this cruise

Crew show was great - involving staff from different sections of the ship doing a turn and senior officers joining in!! Food was good (the soups and pasta excellent), Beds extremely comfy and our steward Andrew was every More helpful and polite. Overall good value. Less

Read more Island Escape cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic's Island Escape Review >>

Cabin review: Island Escape 3574

Not much light for shower and tiles shabby as was the curtain. Beds very very comfortable! Steward friendly and helpful.

Port and Shore Excursions


Tender boats for this trip but very central and it is a lovely place.

Read 178 Cannes Reviews

Livorno for Florence. We travelled by train to Florence with no problems and had an hour bus tour which was sufficient for us.


Civatevechia for Rome. Not very exciting, we have been to Rome so did not do a trip

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.