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Wilson - Answered a Question by Tyler (08 Feb 09 13:22)

We did the Canaries on Thomson Destiny.My husband travelled in smart trousers and a blazer and tie.This was perfectly suited to any occasion.He only takes his tux if cruising to and from a british port and he can carry it on board.We have never been made to feel uncomfortable anywhere I'm sure you will have a lovely time.We found the food on Thomsons as good as anywhere we have been.

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Tyler - replied to Wilson (09 Feb 09 07:44)

Many thanks for all the advice, will need to see if anything changes - there's loads of time before we go! Failing that, I'll have to contact Thomson to see what the state of play is. Thanks again for the answers. Can't wait!!!

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North - Answered a Question by Tyler (08 Feb 09 13:34)

Island Ecape presently advertised as not needing any formal wear - not even jacket and tie - but all other Thomson ships need smart trousers blazer and tie as a MINIMUM for the formal nights.

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ferguson - replied to North (08 Feb 09 13:57)

Unless you choose to eat in the buffet that evening in which case casual is OK. They even make an effort to smarten up the buffet that evening with laid tables, 'candles' etc etc.

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kelsey - Answered a Question by Tyler (10 Feb 09 20:13)

Island Escape is completely casual . My husband took a jacket and never used it once. Evenings, men tend to wear open collar shirt and smart trousers. Ladies - some wear standard length evening dresses, especially for the theatre, but mostly its dress as you like (apart from jeans). Smart dress, skirt, trousers etc. Have a great time! kathy.

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Wales - Answered a Question by Tyler (10 Feb 09 20:31)

Is it a Thomson cruise or an Isalnd Escape cruise as they are different cruise lines and have different dress codes.

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Tyler - replied to Wales (11 Feb 09 07:55)

Hi there, many thanks for all the responses so far. I've booked it through the Thomson website as a Thomson cruise, so I would have thought they would have the same arrangements as on their other ships, I'm just a little confused ............ have Thomson only just taken over this ship? Or have they gone into totally casual cruising as another venture? Plus this is our first warm cruise, we've always been to the Fjords when the weather has been a bit iffy, so I guess we won't need so many heavy clothes with us anyway!!

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ferguson - replied to Tyler (11 Feb 09 11:14)

Island Cruises was a joint venture between RCI? and TUI, which own Thomson. RCI withdrew from the deal and took their ship Island Star with them. TUI owned Island Escape so it has been passed to Thomsons to market and manage but still retaining the casual dress code. The rest of Thomsons ships have 1 formal night a week and I don' think they will change that. With Ocean Village sending its ships to Australia in a year or so Thomson might think about adding another casual ship although the recession complicates matters, plus P&O might be gradually converting 2 of its ships to casual to replace Ocean Village, this has outraged traditional P&O cruisers!.

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Boden - replied to Tyler (11 Feb 09 18:00)

Island Escape is now part of the Tompson Fleet but I believe it will remain as a casual cruise ship for the british public .

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Billington - Answered a Question by Tyler (11 Feb 09 15:14)

Island escape is very informal , but if you want to dress up you can and no one will think any thing about it, I have doen both dressed up and casual, The only thing they expect is decorum in the dining room no shorts long trousers for men, casual but smart is the easy option, no need for ties or jackets unless you want to. I have sailed with Island 6 or 7 times and enjoyed all of the cruises, I do not e though that since the have been taken over by tomson their prices have gone up by about £200.00. Colin Billington.

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