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Island Escape Review

Island Escape
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64% of cruisers loved it
285 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 Josh Thomas, Cruise Critic contributor
Editor Rating
4.0

Island Escape joined the Thomson Cruises' fleet in 2009, having once sailed as Royal Caribbean's Viking Serenade. It launched in 1982, and was at the time the largest cruise ferry in the world.

Today it is aimed squarely at the budget end of the market and offers decent-quality cruising with a few modern twists like an alternative restaurant.

The 1,504-passenger ship's reputation is based on offering a more relaxed cruising experience than the "traditional" cruises offered by for example P&O Cruises and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

The ship caters exclusively for a British market, many of whom will have been on a holiday provided by parent brand Thomson, and been tempted (or persuaded) to try a cruise. Everything, from the onboard entertainment to the food, reflects this.

The ship is all-inclusive -- including most drinks -- and all food.

There's a genuine sense of community among the staff, a lot of whom have been aboard the ship together for a long time. They are friendly and talkative and make a lot of effort to learn passengers' names.

The ship is based in Palma, Majorca, and offers Mediterranean and Canary Island fly-cruises.

However, Thomson announced in 2015 that Island Escape's days are numbered -- it will be offloaded when the line's newest ship, Discovery, joins the fleet in 2016.

Island Escape Fellow Passengers

Island Escape is exclusively British, and it has a large proportion of first timers, families and couples relative to other ships. It also has a fiercely loyal repeat customer base that returns to the ship again and again.

Island Escape Dress Code

Passengers are encouraged to take a more relaxed and informal approach to their cruise and, as such, there is no real dress code. However, many passengers do dress up in the evenings, especially when dining in the Oasis Restaurant, but this is by no means compulsory. Smart casual is enough for most situations.

Island Escape Gratuity

Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Leaving an extra tip for members of staff who do a particularly good job is by no means expected, but definitely appreciated. The onboard currency is British pound sterling.

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Island Escape Member Reviews

It was OK. koshoc
08/15
Just back from 7 nights on board Island Escape. I appreciate the boat is old and this is its last year, but it is really dated. The ports on our trip were dreadful except Barcelona and Villafranche. Why we switched to Marina de Carrerra instead of ... Read more
Super Value walshsnooker
07/15
Recently back from a week on our first cruise and for the money it was super value. The food was very tasty and always a good selection, for me the drink was fine, the service was first class. The entertainment was first class and all entertainers ... Read more
Great Job Busbar
07/15
My first ever cruise though my wife has been on several. The boat is dated and has obviously seen better days but this is more than compensated for by the extremely hard working staff who do their utmost to keep the cabins etc spotlessly clean. All ... Read more
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Island Escape Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.0
3.8
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
4.0
4.3
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.7

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Ship Stats
Crew:
540
Launched:
1982 (refurbished 2010)
Decks:
11
Tonnage:
40,132
Passengers:
1,544
Registry:
Bahamas
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected

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