Better than expected: Island Escape Cruise Review by Skiexpect

Island Escape 5

Overall Member Rating

Better than expected

Sail Date: February 2010
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Tenerife
After reading all the bad reviews we were dreading going on our half term break.

We had a great flight, really good embarkation and sailaway party on deck. 2nd day in Gran Canaria was sunny and we were lucky enough to be there for the carnival. We watched over 35 floats and they were still coming and saw I am sure thousands of people in fancy dress all enjoying themselves and a fantastic atmosphere.

From then on the weather was very windy and we turned into nomads of the sea. Couldn't go to La Palma due to the weather, had an extra day at sea then on to Madeira which was beautiful. If you are doing your own thing take the yellow open top bus as this gives you access to the local buses (to go up to Mont) and an extra tour loop.

We were on our way to Morocco when the Harbour master closed it so off we went again. We had to leave Lanzarote early due to the weather and that night it was F10/11 - really scary noises at 3 a.m. in the morning but still make More breakfast in the morning!

Entertainment on board was excellent. The whole team were professional and it was great to see such talent. The cabin was - as others have said - tired but really clean and our steward was fantastic. We were really impressed by the hygiene on board and that staff were positioned next to the sanitisers to gently remind anyone who "forgot" to use them.

Food was vary varied and I am sure that even the most fussy of eaters would find something to suit every evening. It was replenished frequently and always served hot. Omelettes in the morning took some time but were worth the wait. For those who like a full cooked breakfast bacon was not served every morning.

Drinks were not too expensive considering they have a captive audience and it was lovely to be able to get draught cider on a ship for once. We were not AI so I don't know if this would be covered if we were.

All in all despite the weather we had a lovely relaxing cruise and yes we would sail on this ship again. Less

Published 03/02/10

Cabin review: 3/44512

No problems.

Port and Shore Excursions

You need the shuttle bus or a taxi to get into town.

We went to the Wine Museum, it is not a museum but sells wine and we had a great lunch of a tapas and wine (you could have coffee or a small beer) for E1. The wine was lovely. They did say it was a special offer. Well worth a stop as the tapas were varied and the staff very friendly.

Long walk into town but all flat and a lovely promenade when you get there. If getting an open top bus tour take the yellow not the red as this gives you an extra loop trip and also access to public transport for the day.

Worth a trip to Mont and take the sleigh ride down for E25 for 2 people. If you say no to the photo at the bottom the price comes down to E1!

Read more Island Escape cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s Island Escape Review >>
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money