I saw the island cruise ship when i sailed from majorca. they are not very nice boats. they look like dover to calais crossing ferry's.They look cheap and nasty.you will be disappointed and you find on the really cheap cruises they sardine you on to get back their money. if you are looking for a very cheap cruise then the ocean village 2 would be your best option ( just come back from that and even thought was 400 a person i hated it). if you can afford a royal caribbean then change your cruise now i beg of you!or you shall be put off cruising for life by going ont he island escape and the ocean village.
Sorry, also to add, dont be fooled to think royal caribbean is formal because its not. your choice if you want to dress up or not. they have informal restaurants aswell as formal and formal nights are only 2 nights per week.
We did the Islanmd Star May/June for two weeks this year and really enjoyed it. Found it best to book some excusions with the cruise as you can be anchored away from the places you want to see. Menorca was convenient off the boat and into town. The only fault we found with the Island Star was too many families (love our Grandchildren but not on a Cruise ship. We have been to Alaska with Holland & America which is more up market but the Island Star's food is great, evening entertainment could not be faulted and everyone friendly and helpful. We arte planning to go to the Carribean with the Island Star March 2009. Have a great time.
Have been on this cruise excellent. organised trip to Rome including lunch was fabulous, nothing in olbia so do your own thing, trip to Leaning tower of Pisa also excellent, the rest of the ports can be done by yourself courtesy buses take you from ship to nearest town, Have a great time.
Cruised on Escape in April & were very disappointed! Cabin was fine as were Filipino staff who were very courteous. We'd previously covered some places so only did 2tours...Lucca/Pizza & Monaco/Monte Carlo. Both cost £80each and were glorified bus tours. There were no refreshments included, you see to that and lunch yourself. We heard later that some people make their own way then tag along with tours which amounts to the same only much cheaper. Lucca is a quaint historical place FULL of churches and you do go in2 one during a walking tour! Pizza..you walk crocodile style from main car park through residential area to the Tower. It stands alongside a Basillica and another beautiful building (name escapes me) within walls. There are numerous souvenier stalls to one side with the buildings to the other. Ref the Tower...It only takes approx 37 people at any one time and tickets have to be purchased in advance - we were only told this on arrival!! We could only look... Monaco you can go right up to the Palace which is nothing at all like you might expect. Again it is surrounded by cafes and souveneir shops. You do get in to see the Church if it is not in use, where you see Rainier and Graces' tombs. Monte Carlo is solid concrete.. The Casino Royale is grand but you don't get in. You can dribble at the expensive cars as they draw up if you're that way inclined (hee hee) All told that sums up those 2 trips. If you're lucky enough to get the weather then there is a pool on board however if you put 3-4 children in it it's just about full. The loungers are tight close to each other so you couldn't put your drink down between them and you'd be elbow to elbow with your neighbour. The lounge bar with entertainment is well packed and very smoky - you'll notice this around the ship though not in the dining areas. If you're a smoker..no prob! We didn't get in to the pre-book restaurant though we did intend to, but did hear the food was lovely. The seated restaurant was best once you were in. Queues formed at opening time. You were taken to a table and then helped yourself to a buffet which was plentiful. You did get a waiter for your drinks and table service. The Beachcomber Restaurant at the top of the ship was very much cafeteria style. The queue can be very very long then you're served buffet syle again...the problem starts when you're ready for a seat!! At all main dining times people were wandering around with plates of hot food looking for a seat which was not good at all. If you're smart you'll get someone to take a table while you queue or vice versa. I hope this gives you an insight and helps you prepare... We were all inclusive so the odd cocktail helped us through the nights though we didn't really take full advantage of it as the entertainment became a bit too samey for us. For info we're in our mid-late 30's. Some people had problems hearing the tannoid announcements from inside the cabins if they didn't come in directly..particulary for the safety drill. The drill is important however a photographer works her way along the lines asking you to smile while she snaps away...very distracting. The best about our cruise were 3 couples we met, all were very different ages and backgrounds but made us laugh.
Mr hope i think you should try island cruises because they are good cruises dont just judge a cruise by looks try one ive been doing island since 2003 every year also there new ship island sta.
Every day a copy of the day's outings are put into your room (a couple of days in advance) so you have time to look through this and make up your mind where you would like to go as there are usually a few choices.
You do not say if you are on your own or not. If you are there is a welcome party for single people which is great because you can meet up with them for trips, etc. I found this great. Have a great trip. I will be cruising at the same time round the med with Ocean Village.
Hi, we have did the same trip in August and enjoyed every second. If you look at the Island web site you can look at all the trips that they do at each of the ports. The only organised trip we went on was the Piza one which was half a day. I can sincerely recommend it. The guide was really informative and it was worth every penny. Its true that you can not actually go into the tower but as the numbers are so limited we were advised that people have to book weeks in advance. La Spezia port itself also looked very nice and we were sorry that we didn't take the time to look around it
Nice itself is a lovely port, if you walk round the port and to the left along the stoney beach (some of people on our boat spent the day snorkling here) There is a flower market which is very interesting and also if you walk a bit futher there is a little tourist train which starts at 10am and for about 6 Euros each takes you on a 45 min trek throught the town and up to a chateau(?) The views are breathtaking and we opted to do that rather than go to Monaco.
Peole on our boat had differing opinions about the Roman tours so I'm afraid you will need to make your own minds up about that.
I am sure you will have a fabulous time ....we certainly did.
Sailed on this ship, same itinery, going into mahon is great, lovely little place, off the right into the town, le sezia, is also nice you go in by tender,nice is ok loads of expensive yatchts,monaco is a good trip to do from here,rome is rome you must go to st peters square,as for the ship its getting on in age,we had a good time on this ship but ther are better ships out there, you must try royal carribean on the navigator of the sea's, good luck dont be put off by the ship.
Just remember that rome is a long way from the port of cittavecia - at least 1 hour by taxi to get there or a bit longer by coach. sardinia is lovel.