Editor's note: This ship is no longer part of the Thomson fleet.
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.