First time cruisers: Island Escape Cruise Review by Lorenzo23

Island Escape 4
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First time cruisers

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
We are a couple aged 27+32 and booked this cruise very last minute on the Thomson website. The price was great and there were lots of places on the list of ports that we had always wanted to visit.

Having read the reviews we knew that it wasn't a fancy cruise and this was true, however everything was spotlessly clean and well maintained. Some of the decor was a little old fashioned but it had a lot of charm. The cabins (we had an outside one) were small but the beds were comfy and the shower was good, there was space to hang clothes and the bathroom was ample. We were close to the stairways, but heard very little noise.
The ships' entertainment was pretty good. There was something for everyone in the evenings and we really enjoyed the casino. There were quizzes and game shows if you didn't want to go to the musical theatre shows.

The drinks weren't included in the price, but were just standard pub prices.
The food was great, plenty of choice and different More themes and selections each day. The service was wonderful and they couldn't do enough for you in the restaurants. We mostly ate in the Island restaurant as it felt more special than the Beachcomber. We ate one night in the Oasis and it was such a treat, and at an extra 10 pounds per head was such amazing value for a super three course meal and impeccable service.

We called at Ajaccio, Corsica and this was worth a stroll around without the need for an excursion here. There was lots to see and do around the port and had a lovely time here.
We also called at La Spezia, where we visited Pisa, and Toulon were we visited St Tropez. Both excursions were good. We called on the last day at Barcelona, and we loved this place. It was a beautiful day and we didn't need an excursion, we just hopped on and off the metro, which was cheap and very easy.

For the amount of money we paid this cruise definitely met my expectations, and has given me a good taste for cruising. Would recommend it for a first time cruise. Less

Published 10/05/12

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