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133 Island Escape Cruise Reviews

Boarded the ship in Palma on the 13th October, for what was its penultimate cruise. The ship left port at 23.00 and it was apparent it was a bit rough, leading to the first day at sea, being a nightmare, Both myself and partner had to ... Read More
Boarded the ship in Palma on the 13th October, for what was its penultimate cruise. The ship left port at 23.00 and it was apparent it was a bit rough, leading to the first day at sea, being a nightmare, Both myself and partner had to get seasick pills, for the first time I have to say, normally ok in rough weather. After our first stop the weather calmed and the rest of the cruise was just as good as the first one. All the crew were fantastic and very helpful, from the top to the bottom. Cabins was perfect for our needs, and kept nice and clean thanks to Desmond our cabin cleaner. The food was brilliant, in all the resturants, and the staff were fantastic, very attentive and kept our tables clean and tidy, and replenished our drinks whenever necessary. On the ship were plenty of bars and room to move around freely, loads of seats and sunloungers and on decks that were kept clean and tidy always. On leaving the ship at the end of the cruise it was tinged with dismay to think that in a weeks time it will be moving to pastures new, to be decommissioned as a cruise liner, which is a pity as we had a wonderful two cruises aboard her. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Just got back from a 2 week cruise and stay, went on Island Escape as I enjoyed it so much last year and it is excellent value. I like others am sorry she is going out of service, but it appears the crew have a good chance of staying ... Read More
Just got back from a 2 week cruise and stay, went on Island Escape as I enjoyed it so much last year and it is excellent value. I like others am sorry she is going out of service, but it appears the crew have a good chance of staying together on her replacement. I remember Ross Roberts from last year and thought he was good, but this time me and wife had chance to appreciate what a good all round entertainer he is, I also think he is hillariously funny and being camp suits this. I have no moans at all, although I am sad to see again others do nothing but knock the ship, wingeing over the stupidest of things, my advice to those who have done P&O, Cunard, Holland America etc, stay with them if you dont want to go on an informal cruise, (is quite simple). I met many who have done these lines but prefer to be informal, so that works both ways, similar to my review last year I say "champagne tastes lemonade pockets" for some, and as for comments about the ship smelling is ridiculous anyone who is honest will tell you the staff are forever ensuring the communial areas are clean, so well done Island Cruises and I hope the new replacement for 2016 continues to provided good crusing at economy prices Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Let me start by saying we had a fabulous holiday around the med on this ship and I'm sad to see it go. This ship has had its fair share of bad reviews however as a first time cruiser I have nothing more to compare it with other than ... Read More
Let me start by saying we had a fabulous holiday around the med on this ship and I'm sad to see it go. This ship has had its fair share of bad reviews however as a first time cruiser I have nothing more to compare it with other than the time I had onboard. Yes with the age of the ship it was a little dated but it certainly exceeded my expectations. Embarkation was swift and so well organised we quickly were given key card to our cabin and everything was ready for us to settle in. The cabin was 7550 on deck 7. It had 2 twin beds and a fold down bunk which was not needed, a picture window, It had lots of hanging space and drawer space and space under the bed to put suitcases. Believe me I took a lot of clothing and there was more than enough room for what we needed. The bathroom again was small but perfectly adequate with shower sink and toilet with toiletries. Satpal our cabin steward deserves a special mention. He was a most efficient cabin steward who kept our cabin extremely clean and tidy and basically looked after our room for the 2 weeks we were aboard. I loved the towel art he added as finishing touches and he was so happy and polite. Let's move forward to the dining areas. Dining was buffet style unless you booked a la carte at an additional charge. It was help yourself style and for what I paid for the holiday I most certainly can't grumble about the standard and choice of food. There was carvery meat and veg on every night and many different alternatives. Choices of starters and desserts too? The waiters again were extremely helpful and Midy and Ronny deserve a medal for looking after us. They looked after us so well it made our mealtimes very special. Drinks on board were all inclusive unless you ordered cocktails, branded drinks and speciality coffees fro the cafe. The unbranded drinks were excellent and the supplement cocktails were at very reasonable suplpliments we tried the hot stone a la carte and found it a great experience. Next to mention was the entertainment. Ross the entertainment director has a very special team of entertainers. Including Ross they are all extremely talented and provide entertainment as good as the west end. I can say this as I've been to watch many shows in the west end and I found the musical showson ship as impressive. The other entertainment was from a very young team and I can't say enough how talented this young team was. As for Ross he was fantastic (and doesn't do the amount of work for a chuffing 0/10 and quite rightly too) it certainly wasn't Benidorm at sea as one review described it. We did many excursions and I thought were organised extremely well and I thoroughly enjoyed them even though I walked my socks off. However I didn't go on a cruise to spend my time on the ship when there was so much to see. Finally all people I spoke to had a fabulous time and were pleased,they booked it. There were many planning to cruise again with thomsons in the future because of the experience. Hopefully this review will set those peoples mind at rest for the four weeks of travel this ship has left. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
this is our 4th time on this ship as we wanted one last time before it went into dry dock. The ship is old & tired but what a great place to meet people. As always the food was excellent & the staff too. It's a shame it was ... Read More
this is our 4th time on this ship as we wanted one last time before it went into dry dock. The ship is old & tired but what a great place to meet people. As always the food was excellent & the staff too. It's a shame it was all inclusive as we did not get our monies worth as we don't drink that much but the drinks we had were good. Our cabin 9514 which I chose was very disappointing very small compared to the cabin we had last time on deck 9 beds were comfy & I wanted to take the pillows home with me. Altogether though we had a brilliant time and we will miss The Island Escape very much. Well done to all staff. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Me and my best friend have just got back from a week on island escape and we had a fab time.The food & entertainment was very good All the staff were helpfull and work very hard.And we had a good time on the trips to rome&pompii.We ... Read More
Me and my best friend have just got back from a week on island escape and we had a fab time.The food & entertainment was very good All the staff were helpfull and work very hard.And we had a good time on the trips to rome&pompii.We went on the Rome express train to the rome trip it was wonderfull day and had our lunch in a lovely resterant the paparex .The tour gide was fantastic she looked after me&my friend as i have slight dissabilaties bless her she sat us down and fetched us when the very long quew was near the front to go into the church.It was very hot and i am sure without her help i would have passed out so a very big thankyou to her.The trip to pompii was amazing much gigger than we thought it would be ,but hard work walking around if not fit.Our cabin was nice and kept lovely and clean by Glenn and loved the Elephant ,Swan &especialy the Monkey he made out of towels.We had a bottle of champagne&strawberries with chocolate in out cabin when we got on board as we booked to celabrate our retirement this year.Thankyou to all the staff for a lovely holiday from Ann&Carol xx Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Cabin 7034 excellent. We had requested a move from 7064 which was no problem at all owing to late night/early morning music from 'The Pub'. Staff were very attentive, and had us moved within 24 hours. Morrison and Madelyn, our ... Read More
Cabin 7034 excellent. We had requested a move from 7064 which was no problem at all owing to late night/early morning music from 'The Pub'. Staff were very attentive, and had us moved within 24 hours. Morrison and Madelyn, our cabin(s) attendents were in around 3 times per day cleaning up around us. The running joke of the resident comedian was that "if you went to the toilet, by the time you came out, the bed was made". The food and restaurant staff in both the Island Resturant and Beechcomber was excellent. The choice of food was excellent, and always fresh. The staff were very attentive. The food in the Beechcomber is 24 hours, and always of good standard. Entertainment matched, if not exceeded anything on terra ferma. The entertainments team work so hard to ensure that everyone is catered for from shows, the quiz (my personal favourite) and comedy etc. the ship overall as a former ferry is small, but intimate. Indeed when eating in the restaurant, passengers are seated with others on tables. This often results in conversations and friendships begging formed. Again, we met 2 lovely people, Jonathon and Sue on this ship, and hope to stay in contact. Shore excursions were very good. You can arrange your own, but do some research and ensure you are back onboard by the time the captain announces daily over the tannoy and ships daily sheet. The only negative shore excursion for me and my wife Carol was the beach transfer in Olbia on Sardinia. The beach was dirty, crowded, and had people harassing every few moments to buy beach wear etc. I did file a complaint to Thomson, and the attentive onboard shore excursions team. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Cabin 7034 excellent. We had requested a move from 7064 which was no problem at all owing to late night/early morning music from 'The Pub'. Staff were very attentive, and had us moved within 24 hours. Morrison and Madelyn, our ... Read More
Cabin 7034 excellent. We had requested a move from 7064 which was no problem at all owing to late night/early morning music from 'The Pub'. Staff were very attentive, and had us moved within 24 hours. Morrison and Madelyn, our cabin(s) attendents were in around 3 times per day cleaning up around us. The running joke of the resident comedian was that "if you went to the toilet, by the time you came out, the bed was made". The food and restaurant staff in both the Island Resturant and Beechcomber was excellent. The choice of food was excellent, and always fresh. The staff were very attentive. The food in the Beechcomber is 24 hours, and always of good standard. Entertainment matched, if not exceeded anything on terra ferma. The entertainments team work so hard to ensure that everyone is catered for from shows, the quiz (my personal favourite) and comedy etc. the ship overall as a former ferry is small, but intimate. Indeed when eating in the restaurant, passengers are seated with others on tables. This often results in conversations and friendships begging formed. Again, we met 2 lovely people, Jonathon and Sue on this ship, and hope to stay in contact. Shore excursions were very good. You can arrange your own, but do some research and ensure you are back onboard by the time the captain announces daily over the tannoy and ships daily sheet. The only negative shore excursion for me and my wife Carol was the beach transfer in Olbia on Sardinia. The beach was dirty, crowded, and had people harassing every few moments to buy beach wear etc. I did file a complaint to Thomson, and the attentive onboard shore excursions team. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Cabin 7034 excellent. We had requested a move from 7064 which was no problem at all owing to late night/early morning music from 'The Pub'. Staff were very attentive, and had us moved within 24 hours. Morrison and Madelyn, our ... Read More
Cabin 7034 excellent. We had requested a move from 7064 which was no problem at all owing to late night/early morning music from 'The Pub'. Staff were very attentive, and had us moved within 24 hours. Morrison and Madelyn, our cabin(s) attendents were in around 3 times per day cleaning up around us. The running joke of the resident comedian was that "if you went to the toilet, by the time you came out, the bed was made". The food and restaurant staff in both the Island Resturant and Beechcomber was excellent. The choice of food was excellent, and always fresh. The staff were very attentive. The food in the Beechcomber is 24 hours, and always of good standard. Entertainment matched, if not exceeded anything on terra ferma. The entertainments team work so hard to ensure that everyone is catered for from shows, the quiz (my personal favourite) and comedy etc. the ship overall as a former ferry is small, but intimate. Indeed when eating in the restaurant, passengers are seated with others on tables. This often results in conversations and friendships begging formed. Again, we met 2 lovely people, Jonathon and Sue on this ship, and hope to stay in contact. Shore excursions were very good. You can arrange your own, but do some research and ensure you are back onboard by the time the captain announces daily over the tannoy and ships daily sheet. The only negative shore excursion for me and my wife Carol was the beach transfer in Olbia on Sardinia. The beach was dirty, crowded, and had people harassing every few moments to buy beach wear etc. I did file a complaint to Thomson, and the attentive onboard shore excursions team. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
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 ... Read More
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 should be commended on this and the cruise director led by example which is great to see, even thou the ship is old I always found it very clean and was constantly been cleaned throughout the day. Our cabin was spotless and our stewardess Lelani had a towel formed into a animal for u every evening and she was so polite and nice, thanks for a wonder first cruise made super by staff that care. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
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 ... Read More
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 the staff without exception were hard working courteous and conciencious in their duties. Food was plentiful and adequate as were the inclusive drinks. The ship is rapidly approaching the end of its commercial life after over 30 years in service but we will always have fond memories of our experience and the wonderful crew. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Second cruise on this ship its great staff and people mix very well cabins cleaned every day plenty of entertainment for all ages.The shore excursions are a great or go on your own best way to see as many countries in a short time. ... Read More
Second cruise on this ship its great staff and people mix very well cabins cleaned every day plenty of entertainment for all ages.The shore excursions are a great or go on your own best way to see as many countries in a short time. Will miss this ship when its taken off the fleet the food was good each day something different the self service open 24hrs. The ships captain had his story every day on the over the tannoy on and off the ship was easy with security card Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
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 ... Read More
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 fore this one compared to other companies then I think you will agree that it is well worth the money. My wife and I had an outside cabin (7054) on Deck 7 and yes it had obviously seen better days but it was kept spotless by our cabin steward Morrison who must changed the towels twice every day as well as making a different animal out of some of them every day. The food was better than we had had in some Thomson Gold hotels and there was something to eat literally 24 hours a day as well. The drinks were also perfectly fine....anyone who complains is obviously very picky indeed. I like my beer and my wine and the ones available on the inclusive list were very good....I preferred the red wine and my wife said the white was very good (and she IS particular about the wine she drinks). I am whisky drinker myself and as expected the malt whisky and major brands were to be paid for but I could fine nothing wrong with the blend they gave me form the all inclusive list and as for the gin and tonic and cocktails....they were as good as you will get anywhere. You can upgrade to "top shelf and premium drinks" but it is not necessary. We ate in the "paid for" restaurant one night to celebrate my wife's birthday and it was top class but again there is no need to do that as the meals in the restaurants were top quality anyway. We did not take any of the Thomson trips as in every port we docked in we could walk into the nearest town or resort but there were some good excursions available if you have already been to places like Rome, Pisa, Florence etc. As others have already mentioned this ship is going out of commission at the end of the season which is a shame as it is well loved by many of its regular cruisers.... we met a few who have been on it several times or even more...and its crew are the friendliest and most helpful that you will find anywhere, hopefully they will all get jobs on the new ship when it takes over. I am not a show person myself but I kept my wife company on several of the shows and I have to say I enjoyed every one...Ross the Host ans the 10 young people in the shows worked so hard to give all of us a good time. We did not sit around the pool at all as that is not our scene but it was well kept and busy every day....all the beds were well used and there was entertainment as well. In fact there was something for everyone....apart from moaners and really picky people who just love to complain. Try it if you can before it is too late. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
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 ... Read More
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 but spotlessly clean with lots of hangers & storage, totally adequate. All the staff were very friendly, hard working and helpful. Restaurants were spotlessly clean,with an excellent selection of food to choose from. We used both the all inclusive restaurants but didn't use the Al a Carte restaurants as we were totally satisfied with the others. The all inclusive package was very good except that we thought that bottles of water and coffee outside of the dining rooms should have been included. The entertainment team were very talented and hard working and produced some fantastic shows. I have to mention in particular Ross the cruise director he was brilliant, funny and very talented.We haven't laughed so much for a long time. There were also outside acts brought on board in particular Andre ( comedian/Magician) who was also very good. It is hard sum up what a fantastic holiday we had in a few sentences but we would definitely do this again. We also met some lovely people on board, some of who we will keep in touch with. Lastly I would like to say a big thank you to all on Island Escapes for making our holiday so memorable. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Really enjoyed my time on board the island escape. Have cruised 3 times before but only with Thomson, on the destiny, majesty and the dream. The flight from Manchester to Palma went smoothly and we were soon sat on the coach heading ... Read More
Really enjoyed my time on board the island escape. Have cruised 3 times before but only with Thomson, on the destiny, majesty and the dream. The flight from Manchester to Palma went smoothly and we were soon sat on the coach heading to the port. Boarding took longer than I remembered. Made our way to our cabin, an outside on deck 4. It was better than I expected, not as nice as the dream but similar to the destiny and majesty. We had 2 port hole windows which were clear. The cabin had 2 wardrobes, a dressing table with 5 drawers, a chair, a bedside table and another small table. There was an old fashioned tv with crackly reception and a hairdryer beside the dressing table which had good lighting. The bathroom was small, well lit with the usual tiny shower. Small shelves were behind a glass cupboard and we had plenty of room for our bits and pieces. Towels were white and soft. The cabin was kept immaculate throughout our stay and we had a towel decoration and a chocolate one night. The ship had plenty of bars including 2 outside on deck. I enjoyed the look out bar at the top of the ship whilst my husband liked the champions sports bar and casino. The show lounges were of reasonable size and comfortable. There was a coffee bar serving delicious lattes with views out to sea. We ate in 3 of the four dining options. The island restaurant and beachcomber seemed to serve the same food but in very different surroundings. One was like a restaurant, the other was canteen style. We paid to eat in the oasis restaurant, about 30 for 2. This was well worth the money and I'm sorry I didn't book to try the second of the 2 menus that they serve. If you fancy a late night snack, whether that be burger and chips, a salad, or a cup of tea and a biscuit, then this is served until 4am. Entertainment was very good. The cruise director leads by example and was a true performer. The show team seemed very popular but just not my thing. I did enjoy the guest artists, a fantastic motown/soul singer, a Dean Martin tribute and the comedian. The resident band and singers were all very good too. Staff, crew and our fellow passengers were all so friendly. Everyone seemed to want to stop and have a little chat. Our first port was ajaccio in Corsica. Lovely and easy to get around. We got on the little train which was good value. Next port was for Rome but we stayed on ship. Went on an excursion at the next port and took in the sights of romantic Florence and busy Pisa. Nice was nice and finally, Barcelona which was walking distance right to las ramblas. Had a lovely time and would recommend this friendly ship to anyone who is after good value for money. It's all inclusive as well. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was the 3rd cruise i've been on, however it was the first Thomson's Cruise. The other companies I have been with are Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises, both of which were more costly than this 'budget ... Read More
This was the 3rd cruise i've been on, however it was the first Thomson's Cruise. The other companies I have been with are Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises, both of which were more costly than this 'budget cruise'. To start off with the flights and embarkation were well organised and staff were very efficient. The ship looks big, however it is a nice size, there's plenty of space, yet you keep bumping into the same people which is nice. There are plenty of things onboard for all ages, including a couple of lounges, a 'pub', casino, swimming pool, spa, gym and of course 2 inclusive 'self-serve' restaurants. There is a wide range of food provided all day, with a different theme for each day, There is a 'posher' restaurant which serves delicious food with waiter service, for this there is an extra £15 cover charge per person, however I feel that this was worth it for the quality of food and the waiter service. The cabins are sufficient in size, I was in a twin cabin, the beds were comfy standard single beds, with a decent sized gap between. There was a desk with extra lighting and a hairdryer in the room. There were 2 wardrobes and one chest of draws, there were coat hangers inside the wardrobes. The entertainment on board was varied, hilarious, and of top quality. All the performances were well rehearsed by the talented show team. The quizzes and other entertainment for example game shows, talent shows, or simply just the staff making a fool of themselves, were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and were very well run. Credit to all the staff on board. The Captain was very informative throughout the cruise, letting you know the current sea conditions and the ship's progress. He also gave us all advise about each port of call. I cannot comment on any of the shore excursions as I did all the sightseeing independently as I find it much cheaper. However this is a personal choice, and people that I know who did use the shore excursions reported that they were well run and very good. I think that this was a fantastic cruise, with amazing staff on a beautiful ship. It will be a shame to see the MS Island Escape leave the Thomson fleet. I will hopefully be booking again before the end of the ship! I cannot fault this cruise at all. An absolutely amazing experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my 3rd cruise, having been on another Thomsons boat and on the Grand Princess. The boat may be old and on its way to the scrap heap soon but that didn't stop us from having an excellent cruise. The staff were so friendly and ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise, having been on another Thomsons boat and on the Grand Princess. The boat may be old and on its way to the scrap heap soon but that didn't stop us from having an excellent cruise. The staff were so friendly and laid back but very proficient at their jobs. The cruise director Ross was so approachable...on my other cruises I got the impression they thought they were above everyone else. The entertainment was as good as you would get on any cruise liner...the singers and dancers were superb, especially Daniella who's operatic voice was amazing. The food was good...self service in both the restaurant and cafeteria but in the restaurant staff were on hand to show you to your table and were always there if you needed anything. Dress was informal but many dressed up in the evening. Now that the ship is all inclusive, my spending was at a minimal. Sorry to hear this ship is being decommissioned but I hope the crew get jobs on the new ship to take over from this one. Cabin was basic but then again didn't spend that much time in it. Brilliant holiday Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our first time on Island Escape and when we first saw her we thought, what have we let ourselves in for? She is not a pretty ship and she is old! But when we boarded and saw how friendly everyone was we started to feel relaxed. ... Read More
This was our first time on Island Escape and when we first saw her we thought, what have we let ourselves in for? She is not a pretty ship and she is old! But when we boarded and saw how friendly everyone was we started to feel relaxed. When we arrived at our cabin we were surprised at the size, although not large it was plenty big enough and our cabin steward Akash was very friendly and informative, showing us where everything was and telling us to find him if we needed anything at all. We then went on to explore the ship... where-ever we went everyone welcomed us, not only staff and crew but also fellow travelers, some of whom we are still in contact with. We had a drink and some lunch on deck in the glorious sunshine, the choice of buffet was quite extensive... hot and cold choices suitable for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. We attended the sail-away party which was absolutely brilliant, Ross and Tony were fabulous and had everyone singing and dancing. The evening entertainment throughout our cruise was top notch, there was something for all tastes from a Pantomime to Opera. The Restaurants that we tried, we couldn't fault and we heard rave reviews about The Rock, which is something we will book for our next trip. In summery: The ship is old but a lovely old lady. * The Crew, Staff and everyone on board are friendly and welcoming. *The Island Escape is a fun ship for fun people. * Cabins are clean and an ample size for your needs. * Food is ample with a good choice. * Excursions are there if you don't want to 'do your own thing'. * Would we recommend to a friend? without doubt. * Would we book again? As soon as possible. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We had previously been on Island Escape in October 2011, & made a last minute booking to board the ship on 14th, October 2014. If anything, we thought the ship had improved its standard. We were happy with our outside cabin on deck 7. ... Read More
We had previously been on Island Escape in October 2011, & made a last minute booking to board the ship on 14th, October 2014. If anything, we thought the ship had improved its standard. We were happy with our outside cabin on deck 7. Yes, it may have been a bit tired, but it was very clean & of the standard size you would normally expect on a ship, & there was more room in the shower than there normally is on ships. Our cabin steward Sunil, was very efficient & went to the trouble of creating a different design in towel art every day we were on board. The public areas were always very clean & well kept, with members of the crew continually cleaning & polishing. We always ate in the Island Restaurant, where we did not have to wait long before being directed to a table. We found the food to be always hot & very tasty, with a good choice of dishes every day. The service of the waiters could not be faulted, & very often they carried our plates of food back to the table for us. Without being be too obtrusive, they chatted to us about our day & offered us advice about what to see ashore, and made sure they attended to our every need during our meals. The entertainment was excellent every night; we enjoyed the West End Shows, the guest singer, Steve Simone & the guest comedians- the Harper Brothers were extremely funny. The Cruise Director, Ross Roberts & the Assistant Cruise Director Tony Mack were also excellent. They were a great double act & absolutely hilarious. There was a lot of good talent on board, including all of the singers in the various bars. We speak from experience after having travelled on various ships & shipping lines, we think this ship is very good value for money. The crew from highest rank to lowest rank could not have done anything to make our holiday better & we can’t say anything negative about it. We did not find the sea was rough at all; we have had much rougher seas on the Tasman Sea & the North Sea. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. Well done Island Escape, you may not be the poshest ship, but you are certainly one of the friendliest ships we have ever sailed on.   Read Less
Sail Date October 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 ... Read More
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 of its itinerary. My wife and I travelled with our adult son who is in his 20s and has a disability which requires him to use a stick to help him walk. We flew to Majorca from Birmingham on the 6am flight, arriving in Palma at around 9.30am. Staff from Thomsons were at the airport to direct us to coaches waiting to take us to the terminal. Processing at the terminal was much smoother and quicker than we've experienced elsewhere and we were able to board the ship and go to our cabin straight away. We had chosen an outside cabin, with my wife losing the toss to sleep on the top bunk. Although on previous cruises with other lines we have had balcony cabins, the cabin we had was roomier than expected and perfectly comfortable and adequate for a week's cruise. After a quick exploration of the ship and its facilities we disembarked and had a lovely day exploring the sights of Palma. We returned for a very thorough safety drill and then had our first dinner in the Beachcomber restaurant which seemed to us to be up there with other self service style restaurants on other cruise ships that we've been on. The choice of the food was very good, and the staff were very pleasant. However, with people up and down all the time, it wasn't a particularly relaxing atmosphere. We then joined the customary leaving party on the pool deck and thoroughly enjoyed listening and dancing to the 'Groove Kats' as we left Palma. Our second day was at sea and gave us a chance to explore the ship in more detail. The Island Escape was a much smaller ship than others we had been on (1500 passengers compared with 3000+) and this made it easier to get around. However, the facilities were very good and we didn't find anything that was missing that we had previously enjoyed on the larger ships. We tried the pool, which although small, was perfectly adequate. We particularly enjoyed the fact that this was an all inclusive ship, the first we had experienced. Not having to think about how much our drinks bill was going to be at the end of the week was a real bonus. Our first port of call was Trapani in Sicily. We hadn't arranged a tour here but decided to explore the town and then, time permitting use the cable car to go up to the medieval town of Erice close by. The first thing we noticed was how easy the disembarkation procedures were compared with the larger ships. The only criticism we had was that the Port Authorities hadn't put on sufficient buses to cater for the initial rush of passengers disembarking the ship who wanted to go into town. As a consequence, we had a wait of about 20 minutes in the hot sun and during which time all queueing procedures seemed to break down! However, this apart we had a lovely day. We used the bus to get us to and from the cable car and thoroughly enjoyed our time exploring Erice. The shuttle bus back to the ship was fine. Having tried the Beachcomber restaurant on the first day we decided to try the Island restaurant on Day 2. This was much more to our taste. Although still a self service style restaurant, waiters showed us to our table, took our drinks orders and were generally extremely kind and helpful to any guests, such as our son, who needed help in carrying their food back to their tables. We then went to the Ocean theatre to see a show. We were again very impressed with the quality of the performance and the overall experience. The quality of the show was certainly amongst the best we have seen when compared with other cruise ships we have been on. The only criticism of the theatre was the relaxed seating layout which meant for popular shows, guests had to stand at the back. Most evenings, including this one, were rounded off with drinks and dancing to the fabulous Groove Kats in the Bounty lounge. The rest of our week pretty much followed this pattern. We had booked the tour for Pompeii and Herculaneum though Island Cruises before we left as this was the focal point of the holiday for me. The tour guide was excellent and we had a most enjoyable time exploring the two sites. The only other organised trip we did was to Rome, where we did 'Rome on your own' as this was one of our favourite European cities which we had visited a few times previously. One point to mention here was that our 'guide' gave us a really full day to explore Rome, leaving just enough time to get back to the ship. We had another wonderful, long day. After Rome, our next port of call was Calvi in Corsica. This was such a beautiful spot where having climbed to the top of the old town and done a little exploring, we spent the rest of the day on the beach enjoying the beautiful sand and sea. A key benefit of being on a ship like the Island Escape is that it is small enough to get where others can't go and this was exemplified as we sailed up to the town quay in Mahon, Menorca, where we enjoyed our final day exploring the island's capital. And finally we returned to Palma where coaches were waiting to take us to the airport and our flight home. Disembarkation again was just as easy as getting on the vessel and we were back home by lunch time after a wonderful week away. In summary, this is a very relaxed ship and although its been around for a while, it's still very comfortable and well appointed. Without exception, we found the staff to be extremely helpful and friendly. Th equality of the entertainment was excellent and we can only assume that the Groove Kats will go on to even bigger and better things. All in all, we had a super week. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Really enjoyed our cruise on the Island escape to Corsica, Florence Monte carlo Toulon and Barcelona. Our Deck 8 cabin located on the promenade/ boat deck was very clean well appointed and maintained with excellent service from our cabin ... Read More
Really enjoyed our cruise on the Island escape to Corsica, Florence Monte carlo Toulon and Barcelona. Our Deck 8 cabin located on the promenade/ boat deck was very clean well appointed and maintained with excellent service from our cabin steward the beds are turned down every night. The all inclusive house drinks and cocktails are of good quality. The food is good, but do not expect at the prices you are paying for the food to be of gormet standard. The whole ship is ultra clean an constantly being maintained and cleaned. Entertainment team are of a very high standard and you will be impressed by the variety of entertainment and activitys on the ship. well done Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This was our second time on the Island Escape this year (last time in June). Once again, I cannot fault anything about this ship and the staff. We had a cabin on deck 5 with Willy as our wonderful cabin steward. Towel art was awsome. ... Read More
This was our second time on the Island Escape this year (last time in June). Once again, I cannot fault anything about this ship and the staff. We had a cabin on deck 5 with Willy as our wonderful cabin steward. Towel art was awsome. Embarcation was simple and quick. Went straight to the Deck 10 for a spot to eat and a beer in the Mirage bar. We were so pleased to see Dewayne, a fabulous barman, he even remembered our names from last time. We'd also like to thank Janju (I think that was his name, used to come around with Buy one get one free offers). Also like to thank Gary (who also remembered us) and Florrie in the Sailaway Bar who were always so helpful. The shows were brilliant and, with Ross Roberts, it was full on enterntainment day and night - he is a fantastic cruise director who can turn his hand to anything (those who say he is too camp should get a life!). Food in all the restaurants was of a good quality, plenty of choice and hot. All I can say is I would happily return to this ship again, even though she is dated, the crew and staff more than make up for the lack of "sparkling" decor you find on larger liners. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This was our very first cruise holiday and to say my husband was reluctant is an understatement. The only gripe we had on the whole of the cruise was that it took so long to get on board once we got to the port, as soon as we got on board ... Read More
This was our very first cruise holiday and to say my husband was reluctant is an understatement. The only gripe we had on the whole of the cruise was that it took so long to get on board once we got to the port, as soon as we got on board that was all forgotten. The cabin, although tiny, was well equipped and spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Only one spare plug socket however, so you may want to take a small extension lead if you need more. Plenty of drawer and hanging space and a generous amount of hangers. The safe was €15 per week. The air conditioning was on continuously and you could only turn it up or down. We thought it might annoy us at first but we soon got used to it. We were lucky to have a big picture window which was UN-obscured, we knew that our view might have been restricted by life boats as we chose not to pay extra to guarantee against his. We were on deck 5 which was a great location. Lots to do on board if that's what you wanted, or plenty of opportunity to simply chill out on your own. The pool was a little disappointing as it was so small and quite uninviting, and sun beds were hard to find, but to be honest we were on the boat for evenings only so not really a problem. There was only 1 day at sea, the shipped stopped at a different location every day which was the exciting bit. There were lots of excursions organized by Thomson but they were VERY expensive, we went under our own steam and to be fair there was lots of information available to help you do this. EVERY member of staff were amazing, right down to the guys in boiler suits on the lower decks, it was so friendly everywhere you went the ship had an amazing atmosphere that has to be experienced to be believed. There are two restaurants included in the all inclusive deal, one on deck 6 The Island and one on deck 10 The Beachcomber, both server the same buffet food, but the Island was more formal. The food as ALWAYS excellent. Masses of choice, very tasty and beautifully presented. Unfortunately, my husband had need to visit the ship's doctor for an infection in his legs, the service we got here was remarkable, he had to have 5 intravenous anti- biotics with extra tablets and cream. We couldn't have asked for better treatment. (Thank god for insurance - they even dealt with that, I didn't have to do anything). All in all our holiday was 100% and would recommend it to anyone, we will be going again.   Read Less
Sail Date 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 ... Read More
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 board. The cabins are comfortable and kept spotlessly clean(ours by the lovely Ravi). The waiting staff in the Island Reataurant can't do enough for you. Josico saved us our own table every night. The Entertainments & bar staff work so hard to make your trip a fantastic one and they do that job very well. The entertainment lads and lasses were all amazing. The shows were brilliant West end class in my opinion. The bounty lounge team Ross, Gemma.Josh.Lucas, the brilliantly funny Tony Mack who had us in stitches and the Fab Scott Auchterlonie who had the most amazing singing voice .not a cruse ship voice but a singing stars voice. I loved listening to him. My only gripe was these guys are called "Guest Hosts" yet management have banned them from interacting with Guests in the bar & the lookout!! Wrong thing because they were all great at it and when they did you felt like friends not just passengers. Fantastic job guys all of you. Thomson should be proud of you and do up this ship. There were executive chefs on the ship from a company taking over food on the Thomson ships and had come to the Island Escape to see how to do it well!! What does that tell you? Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
I had the read the reviews and was quite concerned as to what the cruise would be like. We had already had a months trip to Australia earlier in the year and just wanted cheap and cheerful break in the sun. Firstly it was reasonably ... Read More
I had the read the reviews and was quite concerned as to what the cruise would be like. We had already had a months trip to Australia earlier in the year and just wanted cheap and cheerful break in the sun. Firstly it was reasonably priced- the cabin ( inside) looked quite austere - with an interesting green bed cover that seem dated, however Nilesh our steward kept the room immaculate and was extremely helpful. Food seemed to get better as the week progressed, although I prefer waiter service rather than "serve your self'. Waiters were very helpful and tried to engage and there was always a number of officers around who really worked hard to ensure things ran smoothly and provide a welcome into the restaurant. The 'all inclusive' drinks package didn't work for us. I am predominant;y a wine drinker and so upgraded. In my opinion it was well worth it as the wine, fizz and cocktails were very good, in addition the upgrade entitled you to speciality coffees in a number of areas. They were excellent. Entertainment was good. The cruise director and his deputy were exceptional. They both were totally committed to ensuring you had a good time. The theatre is not particularly good unless you are sat at the front. The Pool was small and sun beds quite limited, however the ports of call were great. Island Escape is a little dated but immaculate. Cleaning is relentless and standards of hygiene extremely high. unfortunately a lady tripped in the theatre before one of the shows and hurt her self quite badly, immediately a team of staff, medical and cleaning came to offer assistance which was very impressive. Travel and all aspects of transfer were excellent with friendly helpful staff. Overall a very organised and enjoyable trip- great value for money and for those who complained what did you expect for what you paid? Would I go again- yes for a value break it cant be beaten. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our first ever cruise holiday and it was amazing,we were'nt sure what to expect after reading some mixed review about this ship but we were pleasantly surprised.We stayed in 2 inside cabins on deck 5 which were great,not a ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise holiday and it was amazing,we were'nt sure what to expect after reading some mixed review about this ship but we were pleasantly surprised.We stayed in 2 inside cabins on deck 5 which were great,not a bad size at all,we had 2 single beds and a bed over head for my youngest,there's plenty of storage space and the bathrooms not to bad either,the one i will say is how exceptionally clean our cabins were throughout our stay,they are cleaned everyday with fresh towels and you even get a different towel animal laid out on the bed daily which we loved lol. The food on this ship was lovely always lots of variety in all restaurants,we mostly ate in the Island restaurant where we had a lovely waiter who took care us,the soups were lovely and main meals plenty of variety could maybe do with a few more deserts to choose from though,we also ate snacks/meals in the beachcomber this is open 24 hours a day,we liked it here as you can sit outside and eat your meal with a view to look out on.The staff in all the restaurants are probably the most polite, helpful staff i've come across on holidays abroad. There's plenty to do on this ship in the daytime,there's a pool which is small but not too bad for a dip(they provide towels so you don't need to take them) plenty of sun beds dotted around the ship,there's a football/tennis area,a gym,things to watch in the bounty lounge etc,we watched masterchef with the reps which was very entertaining,theres also plenty of shows /game shows,bands and singers in the evenings to watch. We really loved all the ports we docked at on this cruise,you can get off and have a wonder round by yourself or book one of trips,we only went on one trip which was to pisa and wine tasting which was really good. All in all don't be put of by negative comments made about this ship,we had a brilliant time and were impressed by everything it had to offer,the staff are amazing, every where is clean,the bars/dining were great,if your looking for a different kind of holiday experience than just sitting around a pool then this is for you. We enjoyed it that much,we've already booked the same cruise ship to different ports for next year,and i can't wait.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Island Escape Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.2
Dining 3.0 3.8
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 3.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.4
Family 3.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.5

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