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Island Escape Review

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64% of cruisers loved it
Why Go?
  • 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
  • Silly deck party where captain/crew perform
  • Speciality eatery with "Chef's Suggestion" menu
  • 50 percent of passengers are "cruise virgins"
  • Casual dress code onboard

Island Escape Overview

(3.5) 3.5 out of 5+ star rating
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 262 Reviews
   Sun and Fun on the Island Escape
September 2014

Having read a number of negative reviews about the Island Escape, we felt it appropriate to let readers know of the great week that we've just had on their “Escape to the Mediterranean” cruise. We chose this particular cruise because ...continue


   Fantastic Holiday on the Island Escape
September 2014

I like some other people had read the trip advisor negative reviews about the Island Escape and yes she is a bit tired and needs a bit of refurbishment. However this is more than made up for by the fantastic staff and entertainment they have in ...continue


   It depends what you're looking for
September 2014

We have just returned from a seven night cruise on the Island Escape starting from Palma and visiting Ajaccio, Livorno, Villefrance, Toulon and Barcelona. This was our first time on the Island Escape and indeed was our first cruise. So what is ...continue


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Island Escape Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
4.0
3.8
Public Rooms
3.0
3.9
Cabins
3.0
3.2
Entertainment
3.0
4.1
Spa & Fitness
3.0
3.4
Family & Children
3.0
3.4
Shore Excursions
3.0
4.4
Enrichment
3.0
NA
Service
3.0
4.5
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.8
Rates
3.0
3.5

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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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