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Aldrich - Answered a Question by Blackburn (27 Nov 07 08:20)

Oh dear - you are going from 5* Cunard down to 4* P&O and continuing the decline via 3* Olsen to 2 1/2* Island Cruises......The only way is up! I'd try RCI or Celebrity! Ok so they don't have all inclusive drinks but you have to go some to take full advantage of that IMH.

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mcguire - Answered a Question by Blackburn (27 Nov 07 13:07)

Island escape do allinclusive on drinks package but not star foo d is good on both ships also they are clean escape is getting tired star is 4star dont know how mr aldrich can say island cruises is 2 and half star he must like snobish cruise line.

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by Blackburn (27 Nov 07 18:27)

McGuire - when offered the choice between a 3 star hotel or a 4/5 star hotel I know which I would select. I pick my cruise ships the same way. There is no way that Island is rated as 4* as the word 'budget' and 4* just do not go together I'm afraid............. U.K.-based Island Cruises, a joint venture between Royal Caribbean and First Choice Holidays, offers casual cruises for budget-minded travelers. The cruise line, launched in 2002, was created to compete with the British "tour operator cruise lines" such as Thomson Cruises and the now-defunct Airtours Sun Cruises -- not to mention P&O's low-price-cruise subsidiary Ocean Village. The well-maintained Island Escape and Island Star attract travelers at the budget end of the market and offer decent-quality traditional cruising with a few modern twists like an alternative restaurant. It has proved highly successful in tempting takers of "bucket and spade" (package holidays) trips to try cruising for the first time; 50 percent of its passengers are "cruise virgins" while 30 percent are veterans of budget cruising, having sampled one of the Thomson cruise ships or Ocean Village.

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mcguire - Answered a Question by Blackburn (28 Nov 07 13:09)

like your self mr or mrs aldrich dont like been called mcguire i have mr in front and also i did not get a budget deal but if you have had one please tell who gave you this with island cruises i would like to go back with the.

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Neil and Ida Down - Answered a Question by Blackburn (28 Nov 07 13:51)

Now, now children….. It was a simple question ….and if you look at it I would say that Island Star would probably suit as he would prefer to have two cruises as opposed to one better one. What one person sees as attributes will not necessarily mean the same to another person. Just because a budget line does not come into one person’s reckoning doesn’t mean that it won’t appeal elsewhere. If Island Cruises were no good they would be out of business and they don’t look in any trouble to me. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is so often true and if you enjoy what you pay for so much the better. Go for it Mr Blackburn and then draw your own conclusions based on your own experiences ….Nei.

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mcguire - Answered a Question by Blackburn (28 Nov 07 14:41)

Spot on mr down star is a good ship we were on her last year for 2weeks and I've been doing island cruises every year since 2003 escape is getting a bit tired but still clean better than some hotels I've been in abroad I've spoke to you before about thomson for canaries mr down also mr blackburn you will enjoy island cruises.

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johnson - Answered a Question by Blackburn (28 Nov 07 15:26)

Below is a reply i gave previously to another worried island star travleer - i hope it helps you to make a decision: hello - dont listen to some of the gripe that these people type in. i have cruised with this company and was also very worried. i will be clear with you , this ship is not the queen mary but is not a tin shed either. the staff are fantastic, the food great , trips well organised. it is very clean. entertainment for everyone whatever your taste. if you go with a stuffy attitude expecting ball gowns and tiaras you will be dissapointed. if you go wanting a relaxing happy holiday helped along with smiling staff you will absolutely love it - my wife wasnt keen on a cruise and is hooked like me - my 12 year old son said it was awesome and given the choice between florida or another trip on the star he chose the cruise. stop worrying enjoy it - we did and we expect a certain standard. wish we were booked !

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Balderson - Answered a Question by Blackburn (30 Jan 08 00:00)

Have just booked another trip with Island Cruises after a very enjoyable one last year, however I have not been on the Island Star yet, but did speak to lots of other people that have been on over 40 cruises each last year of all standards, and yes it depends what you want, but for some people, it is the price that they pay that matters to them, a bit like buying the same item in Tescos in budget wrapping for half the price, but it appears to me that you cannot fail to be pleased with Island Cruises as you are paying not too much, but getting lots in return, and I would defy anyone to honestly say that the staff attitude could be any better towards you. When was it that you last cruised with the Island Group Mr Aldrich, and did you go with an open mind, or are you just assuming that because the price is low, and the ship not brand new, it will not meet everyones requirements. My personal worst experience was in a top rating hotel, that cost a fortune in London, but unfortunately was quite full of rather sub standard well off people. Not an experience I wish to repeat. Would rather spend my time with nice working class unassuming middle aged people, trying to make the most of life. When you are at the top the only way is Down. Regards Sue.

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