Josh Thomas
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Entertainment

Island Escape Entertainment & Activities

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

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

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.

Island Escape For Kids

The relaxed atmosphere aboard this ship extends to the attitude towards children, with good provision for families.

There's a special children's character, Palmy, in the shape of a friendly palm tree who supervises activities for younger passengers and who can even accompany children as they eat. Palmy's Children's Club is a great place to leave children aged from three to six. There are also options for children aged up to 11 years old, plus a games arcade to keep teenagers amused.

For families travelling with new babies, it can be a squeeze to get cots into the smaller cabins. There's enough space, but it may be tight. It could also be difficult wheeling pushchairs through the ship's narrow passageways and corridors.

Thomson Cruises Island Escape Ship Stats

  • Crew: 540
  • Launched: 1982 (refurbished 2010)
  • Decks: 11
  • Passengers: 1,544
  • Registry: Bahamas

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