Island Escape Cruise Review by Ian Glendinning
- Sail Date: April 2012
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
The sea was not rough - maybe a maximum 1.5m swell with the occasional top coming off, on any other ship you would never have noticed it. The motion on this thing was ridiculous, the forward end of the ship being subjected to a deafening crash every time it hit a swell, reverberating round the cabin making sleep impossible. Customer relations just shrugged and said there were no spare cabins - which was a lie, as a visit to the bridge revealed that the ship was only 75% capacity. Several of us spent nights trying to sleep in one of the deserted lounges, or sat on the seats on deck 5 outside the Oasis resturant, just to escape the nerve jangling crashing and banging.
However, the staff were great, waiters excellent, food was fine and the Oasis restaurant in particular first class. Entertainment wasn't as good as other Thomson ships, but for all that it was OK. Only complaint, and its a big one, was the total unsuitability of the forward cabins in the slight seas we encountered. It would have been nice to find a quiet lounge where you could have a conversation, but thats a rather subjective and minor niggle.
There was a lot of sickness, but it was possibly down to motion sickness rather than the dreaded novovirus. Be warned, if you are thinking of using this old converted ferry - it will be fine if the seas are totally flat. Just be sure that you get a cabin no higher than deck 6 and towards the rear of the ship. The sound of the engines rattling away is far better than the banging at the front.
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