Escape to the islands on the Island escape: Island Escape Cruise Review by Melanie Wilkinson

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Melanie Wilkinson

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Escape to the islands on the Island escape

Sail Date: July 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
We decided to go on a cruise to celebrate our big birthdays, but wanted something informal and fun, which would be within our somewhat limited budget. The Island Escape was all these things and gave use the holiday of a lifetime - at least until next time! We were able to upfrade free of charge to the all-inclusive option, which meant we did not have to worry about any hidden expenses whilst on the cruise. The only things we needed to pay for were the excursions of which we took three. The other two days we were happy to simply go ashore and check out the ports, which was always very simple and well organised, and gave us a great deal of flexibility.

The ship itself was just the right size and, being disabled, meant that everything was easily accessible. We could come back after our day out and have dinner, go to the theatre, enjoy thethe music in the pub and the a late night drink all within easy reach. The staff were so helpful and friendly - nothing was too much trouble More and empty glasses and plates were whisked away and fresh drinks brought constantly. The choice of food was fantastic, all of a very high quality and constantly fresh, and there were 3 different restaurants to suit your mood, although we preferredthe Beachcomber restaurant because it was so relaxed and informal, and we could even sit outside and enjoy the sunshine or sunset. We went to the theatre most nights and the shows were excellent quality in a very relaxed setting. The Sundowner bar provided live music, with a brilliant rock guitarist in Assen, who we thought was fantastic, but there were different acts to suit different tastes throughout the night to keep everyone happy.

Some people chose to dress in their finery, whilst others were happy to remain casual throughout the cruise, but whichever option you chose youfelt comfortable and at ease. We found the other holidaymakers to be extremely pleasant and friendly, but did not feel compelled to mix with other people if we didn't want to.

Our excursions visited Pisa, Rome and a round Corsica tour, which were hugely enjoyable andvery easy to do in view of my disability, and with excellent guides at each place. It was possible to do just as much or as little as you wanted and so we were able to engineer the perfect holiday - each day brought the excitement of a different place with no constant packing and unpacking, resulting in a hugely enjoyable (and hopefully soon to be repeated) experience. Less

Published 07/21/10

Cabin review: OT

The cabin was basic but comfortable and probably better and bigger than envisaged. We had expected to have a window but only got two portholes, but we were still able to see the view, and watch the sea going past. The shower was surprisingly powerful and everything was kept clean and tidy at all times by our very efficient crew attendant. The little touches like turning back the beds and putting on the lights, and the very amusing towel decorations, were impressive.

Port and Shore Excursions

We docked in Propriano, which was very pretty place and had a wander around before going on a coach tour of the Island, which was very beautiful and amazingly green and mountainous. Again, once we had a taste of the lovely place we would be very eager to go back.

We docked at Marina diCarrara for visiting Florence and Pisa and we left the ship and went straight onto the coach to visit Pisa, where we stayed for the afternoon. We were amazed by the leaning tower, and had a lovely wander round and had time for an italian ice cream before returning to the coach.

Our final stop back in Palma. We were going onto a week's holiday in Alcudia so were not able to explore Palma, although again it is a beautiful place.

We docked in Civitvecchia to visit Rome. Again we stayed onboard until we left for our coach tour of Rome itself, which was very easily executed. The trip round Rome was amazing and we are looking forward to going back and spending more time looking at the sights now that we have chance to see what is on offer. Totally lived up to our expectations.

Sorry can't find this port which was Mahon in Menorca. Of all the ports we stopped at this was our favourite, because it was in a fantastic natural harbour. We left the ship and went on another boat to do a trip of the harbour, which was fascinating and then took a taxi to the top of the hill and walked slowly down through the town, while stopping for a jug on sangria on the way. A lovely pretty place full of charm and a very enjoyable last day of our cruise.

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Villefranch was our first port of call and the only one for which we had to use a tender. We took a mini train ride around the port, which gave us spectacular views of the beautiful countryside, and then settled for a drink at one of the bars in the harbour, which was lovely. A very pretty and pleasing first day for us.

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