Island Escape Activities

Editor Rating:  4.0
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  • Editor's Note: This ship no longer sails with Thomson Cruises

Island Escape Entertainment

Editor Rating
Entertainment
3.0

There's onboard entertainment, in a variety of forms, every evening. Everything retains a distinctly British feel with comedians, games and live music offering British holiday makers a way to feel at home wherever they are.

The ship's band plays live music (including 70s and 80s pop staples, "British" classics and a lot of The Beatles) in a range of venues aboard the ship, while a troupe of musicians and comedians rotate through the ship's bars and auditoria, with small, solo, set ups complementing the larger programmes.

There are West End-style shows and cabarets in the Ocean Theatre, as well as live music, game shows and comedy in the Bounty Lounge. There are also live acts in the Lookout bar, which boasts spectacular views during the day and a relaxed atmosphere at night. Weather permitting, the beginning of a voyage is often celebrated with a sailaway party in the ship's open-air Mirage bar.

Island Escape Public Rooms

Editor Rating
Public Rooms
3.0

The Island Escape is a social ship and, while at sea, it is likely that passengers will spend a lot of their time in some of the ship's public rooms. These range from pubs, bars and theatres to libraries, shops and casinos.

The ship's library can be found at the back of Cafe Brazil. It's little more than a pair of cabinets with a selection of books inside, though sitting with a coffee and a book watching the ship's wake spread out from the tall windows can be an especially relaxing experience.

The cafe also has Wi-Fi access and is a far more pleasant place to log on than the small, airless computer room on Deck 10. Passengers can link their own laptops or other mobile devices with the ship's Internet. Passengers have to pay for Wi-Fi and various Internet packages are available.

The Sundowner Bar on Deck 7 has a distinct nautical theme and is reminiscent of a seaside British pub. Most onboard drinks are included in the ship's all-inclusive deal.

The shops are located on Deck 8 and, while not particularly big, are well stocked with a variety of products, including clothes, souvenirs, food and drink, and practical items, such as European plug socket adapters.

Island Escape Spa & Fitness

Editor Rating
Spa & Fitness
3.0

The ship has a gym and aerobics studio on Deck 10 with good facilities for a ship of its size, including plenty of exercise machines.

There is an outdoor pool which, although small, is surrounded by a good amount of sunbathing space.

Spa treatments, such as massages and sauna sessions, are available for a supplementary fee, with various classes like yoga and Pilates also being run by members of staff.

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Richard Simpson
Member Since 2015
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Sailed October 2015
Boarded the ship in Palma on the 13th October, for what was its penultimate cruise. The ship left port at 23.00 and it was apparent it was a bit rough, leading to the first day at sea, being a nightmare, Both myself and partner had to ... Read more
Dishires
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Sailed October 2015
we set sail on the Tapas & Tagine cruise from Palma 6 October 2015. All the travel arrangements were well arranged by Thomsons. The ship itself is quite dated and does need updating but was always clean and tidy. The cabin (9500) ... Read more
sandgrowners
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Sailed September 2015
This was our second cruise on Island Escape ,we wanted to spend another week aboard before her retirement. Food again adequate ,lots of choice and themed evenings also it was nice to dine at the Oasis for a change one evening. We found the ... Read more