Escape to paradise!: Island Escape Cruise Review by Wendy Richardson

Island Escape 5
Wendy Richardson

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Escape to paradise!

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Las Palmas
We sailed from Palma in the evening, after a red hot day on deck. This weather lasted forthe whole cruise and for the stay on Mallorca afterwards. The ship has been upgraded in lots of places, but still needs a bit more. The cabin, on deck 4 had two portholes, single beds, en suite and loads of storage spacewith doors on. The cabin steward, and all the crew were very friendly and nice. Two places we docked at, Villefranche and Propriano, were too small to take the ship, so we had to go by tender. It's quite exciting getting back aboard from a tender! Our cruise was 'all inclusive'and included drinks as well as food. The waiters kept coming round the ship to make sure everyone was supplied with the drinks they wanted. (They made quite a joke about it "Come on, wakey, wakey, the more you drink, the longer the sun will shine!")

The food was excellent. We used both the Island Restaurant and the Beachcomber, both as good as each other, with plenty of choice. We put on a few More pounds, I can tell you!

We're not people who like "Entertainment" and only went to the show on the last night, and ended up wishing we had gone to them all, as this was so good.

We went on two coach trips - to Monaco and Montecarlo and to Pisa. These were both excellent. The guides were very informative and the coaches dropped us as close as possible to where we wanted to be. We didn't go to Rome, as we have been there many times and a day is not long enough, so we stayed on board and relaxed that day. Some people walked into Civitavecchia and wished they hadn't - it was as uninteresting as it looked from the ship.

We were searching for dolphins all the time and saw none, but, better than that, we saw two whales, blowing fountains into the air and diving over and under each other.

It was a very relaxing experience. There no need to dress up in the evening. You could if you wanted to, in fact we did see someone in a dinner jacket on the first night, but we didn't see him again.

There several couples on board who had been on Island Escape at least once before. This was a truly wonderful cruise and we can't wait to go back again next year. Less

Published 06/06/10

Cabin review: 4502

Tiny shower cubicle with a not very nice shower curtain. Cabin average size, quite large enough for two and plenty of drawer and hanging space. The air conditioning didn't seem to be controllable,so the cabin was quite warm. Very quiet,with no engine sounds.

Port and Shore Excursions

We actually docked at Propriano but that's not on the list! Propriano is gorgeous. You go ashore by tender over sparkling blue sea and we headed straight for the beach, which is on the other side of the pier. The beach is a lovely round cove and, of course, being the Mediterranean with little or no tide, you can sit at the waters' edge all day! An excellent place to stop.

We also stopped at Mahon but there is no way to select this on your list. I give this 5+ rating. Mahon is also a fabulous place to see. The ship docks at the bottom of a staircase, rather like the Spanish Steps in Rome, up which you walk and find yourself in the middle of the town. Mahon is very clean and lots of interesting churches, shops and bye ways to explore. The harbour is really interesting. I think everyone was on deck, leaning over the rails to watch us enter port.

Punta de Cararra is a magnificent port. The back ground of white marble quarries high in the mountains is breath-taking and the little town its self is beautiful.

A very un-exciting place. Used by many cruise ships as entry port for Rome, but the town its self is dismal. The highlight of the day in port was watching the other cruise ships manoeuvre their way out and in.

A quaint little port, taken in by tender, with beautiful clear water and very clean place. Slightly uphill climb to where the coaches can park. No port formalities to contend with.

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