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Hi, How much are drinks (beer, bottles of wine etc) on Island Escape ....I'm wondering if the AI package is worth it.
Also, wondering whether to pay more for a deck 5/6 or deck 7/8/9 outside cabin compared to a deck 3/4 outside cabin. Is it better to have a decent sized window than a couple of portholes? Opinions please.
Submitted by - Ashworth, Preston - United Kingdom on 2nd Nov 2009 / Subject - General
8 answers, 999 views
Answer by Summerbell, Cleveland (29 Nov 09 18:39) to a QUESTION by Ashworth (02 Nov 09 21:07)
weve just returned from colourful coasts canary cruise, and overall had a great holiday; we had previously upgraded to an outside cabin no. 6024 on deck 6 diamond deck; the cabins are small and dated, but clean. However we could only see through a small panel of glass in the centre of our window due to salt from the sea. When we enquired about the poor visibility, we were told it was due to the sea, time of year and the part of the world that we were sailing in.... What rubbish! must have been a mirage when we looked at other cruise ships in ports, with immaculate clear windows. Our advice, book an inside cabin. Also we took a look inside the deluxe and suite cabins. Don't bother!they are definately not worth it. On a positive note, the food, entertainment and excursions were good
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Answer by Thomas, Llandudno (26 Nov 09 16:04) to a QUESTION by Ashworth (02 Nov 09 21:07) . Hi have a look at that post on Cruise Critic about noise in cabins 6552 and 6554. just in case you haven't booked yet
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Answer by Thomas, Llandudno (03 Nov 09 17:21) to a QUESTION by Ashworth (02 Nov 09 21:07)
Just an idea. If you do get an offer with the A.I. included don't ask for a bottle of wine or you will pay for it. (Unless you want a particular wine). Get the house wine by the glass, red, white and rose. Berwyn
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Answer by mcguire, dunfermline fife (03 Nov 09 14:28) to a QUESTION by Ashworth (02 Nov 09 21:07)
hiya i was just browsing again go to cruisedeals theres cruise on island escape outside cabin colourfull coasts canires cruise from 12th feb till 19th feb 2010 and yiu get £50 on board spend each good offer prices start from £549 p.p. should have look dont no which deck but its outside cabin
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Answer by mcguire, dunfermline fife (03 Nov 09 13:14) to a QUESTION by Ashworth (02 Nov 09 21:07)
hiya we have stayed in golden deck cabin and coral and diamond i must be honest the best was diamond deck cabin no 6550 it was good cabin no noise at all was near island restaurant and lifts .sorry was out side in 2007 we got good deal and we were in emeralr deck never again we did not no what cabin going to and it was 7500 right at frount of ship was night mare very shakey and got wakened every morning docking in so try avoid this one we allways booked our cabin no .the golden one was cabin no 9502 i no it was down very frount but we were sideways not right at frount like emerald deck you used to see crew running about in morning they were like little ants .you should try get AI package free with your holiday .we get brouchers sent from david urquart travel and they have got good deals just now with free AI but there baised inglasgow if want tel no will give it to you or go on there web page or try sky travel .hope you get somthing booked you will have great time .
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Answer by Thomas, Llandudno (03 Nov 09 09:40) to a QUESTION by Ashworth (02 Nov 09 21:07)
Hi, For the 2nd half of the question, the outside standard cabins are all the same inside. We had a balcony on deck 9 last time and inside it was identical to the ones we saw on lower decks. So really not unless you want to be higher up nearer the food and entertainment. Some cabins on Deck 8 are on the small promenade deck and though you will have a window you will have people walking outside it. And the lifeboats hang off deck 9 obstructing views in some cabins. Most people really only want the outsides so they can see daylight and you're not in it that much apart from sleeping and washing Berwyn
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Answer by Chris, Romsey (02 Nov 09 23:41) to a QUESTION by Ashworth (02 Nov 09 21:07)
Drinks prices broadly in line with UK pub prices - to make good use of a full-price package (£170pppw) you'd need to go some. Not worth it for most people, tho sometimes they offer at 1/2 price as an incentive to book a cruise. ............Chris
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Comment by Thomas, Llandudno (03 Nov 09 09:28) about an ANSWER by Chris (02 Nov 09 23:41)
Just to add to Chris' answer, you can get it included in the price if you book early. Or at a discounted rate of about £50 when the "free" A.I. is gone before they put it up to full price. Last time aboard we would have only spent about £100 on drinks between 2 of us if we'd paid for them. Berwyn
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