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Island Escape Review

Island Escape
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64% of cruisers loved it
281 reviews | Write a Review
  • Budget prices: Do the Med without breaking the bank
  • 50 percent of passengers are "cruise virgins"
  • Several watering holes with great views of the sea

Island Escape Overview

By Maria Harding, Cruise Critic contributor
Editor Rating
3.5
The well-maintained Island Escape attracts travelers at the budget end of the market and offers decent-quality traditional cruising with a few modern twists like an alternative restaurant. It has proved highly successful in tempting takers of "bucket and spade" (package holidays) trips to try cruising for the first time; 50 percent of its passengers are "cruise virgins," while 30 percent are veterans of budget cruising, having sampled one of the Thomson cruise ships or P&O's low-price-cruise subsidiary Ocean Village.

With seven-night flycruises priced from 599 GBP (just over $1,000) and child prices from 199 GBP (just over $350), Island Escape is a good option for people who want to "do the Med" without breaking the bank, and will provide a relaxed, comfortable, fun cruise.

The highlight of each sailing (weather permitting) is a deck party, during which the ship's very jolly Captain and his officers perform a dance modeled on the finale of the film "The Full Monty" -- though without disrobing, naturally!

Island Escape Fellow Passengers

Island Cruises prides itself on attracting younger-than-usual cruise passengers, claiming an average age of 45. But you will find older folks on its Mediterranean runs. It's a budget ship so don't expect the passengers to be grand, but they are very friendly and delightful to chat with.

Island Escape Dress Code

Island Escape is an informal ship and its casual dress code reflects this.

Passengers are asked to cover up and wear shoes or flip flops if coming indoors from the pool, and smart casual clothing is appropriate for dinner in the Oasis Restaurant but other than that, passengers can do their own thing (though on my cruise many of them did dress up a bit in the evenings)

Island Escape Gratuity

Basic tips are covered in the cruise fare, but staff members always welcome a little extra at passengers' discretion.

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Island Escape Member Reviews

First of all to anyone thinking of going on this ship for the first time, if you have been on other bigger ships with other companies then you will probably think that this ship is not as good. However if you remember the price that you have paid ... Read more
06/15
Just returned from our first cruise on the Island Escapes and was pleasantly surprised. The boarding process was efficient and quick, our luggage arrived at our cabin within 1 hour of boarding. We had an outside cabin on deck 7 which was small ... Read more
06/15
Booked two weeks on this ship in June 2015 but had to leave after the first week due to the rotten state of our cabin, poor food and ‘non inclusive’ (all inclusive) package. Thompson sells this as an ‘All Inclusive’ ... Read more
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Island Escape Ratings

Editor Rating 3.5 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
3.7
Public Rooms
3.0
3.9
Cabins
3.0
3.1
Entertainment
3.0
4.0
Spa & Fitness
3.0
3.4
Family & Children
3.0
3.3
Shore Excursions
3.0
3.7
Enrichment
3.0
3.3
Service
3.0
4.3
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.7

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Ship Stats
Crew:
540
Launched:
1982/2002
Decks:
11
Tonnage:
40,132
Passengers:
1,504
Registry:
Bahamas
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected

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