Island Escape Cruise Review by Louise Fanfarillo: Basic but friendly fun in the sun
Basic but friendly fun in the sun
We chose to cruise on Island Escape as we wanted an informal, relaxed, good value cruise having previously cruised with the now defunct Ocean Village.
The flight and transfer were fine and we arrived on board in Palma with no problem. Check in was swift and efficient even if the welcome drink was yuck!
We had booked an Inside Standard cabin which was fine apart from the disappointment of having no fridge and no hairdryer and being set up as a twin rather than the requested double. The cabins are small and a bit worse for wear but very clean and the shower worked adequately with plenty of hot water.
We would have appreciated tea and coffee making facilities in the cabin, more choice of films/channels on the tv and a proper wardrobe rather than shelves with a curtain across as things tended to fall out. However Island escape is a budget ship and you get what you pay for to a certain extent.
There were plenty of activities,(quizzes,dance lessons, More cookery demonstrations) and facilities aboard ship with a spa and gym, various shops and 3 restaurants to choose from. The entertainment was very variable, some excellent, (Michael Buble tribute act) some embarrassingly old fashioned and verging on "Butlins at sea"
All the staff were very friendly and helpful including our steward Morisson who brought us ice almost every night and helped arrange a surprise for our son's birthday. Most of our fellow cruisers were also friendly and younger than the average cruise crowd Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Walked around the harbour with its suggestive statues before taking the tender back to the ship.
Island escape provided a shuttle bus to Civitavecchia town and then a 15 min walk to the train station Took the train to Rome which was a 50 minute journey away though tickets were very reasonable at approx 9 Euros return.
Visited St Peters (outside only as we have been before),Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Trevi fountain and the Trajan forum. All easily walkable as the old centre of Rome is quite small. Also visited the church of the Greeks to see "The Mouth of Truth as featured in the film "Roman Holiday"