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Read the cruise ship from hell review.will you still want to cruise with the escape.there must have been 8 or 900 very unhappy passengers on board.
Ive been doing island cruises every year since 2003 first was our silver wedding in 2003 we done star in 2006 you will enjoy your cruise staff cant do enough for you brandy bottle water some brands of whisky and some cock tails and speacil coffes are not included in the allinclusive you can have wine bye the glass but not the bottle if you need more info contact travel agent i hope ive been of some help to you also escape is having a refit i belive i was on her in may for 2weeks last year go on a cruise you wont want to go back to hotel enjoy your cruise we are in our 40/50 age group.
We cruised on the Island Escape last July, it was our first cruise and 200% better than what we had expected, speaking to quite a few people who go on lots of cruises, this was one of their favourites, but if you try and compare it to most 4 star hotels, it comes out much higher standards, going to bed and waking up in a different part of the world that you have never been to before takes some beating, you have to pinch yourself sometimes to make sure you are not dreaming, whilst we were enjoying a game of Bingo in the Bounty Lounge, the called stopped the game to give us all a chance to see some Dolphins which were following the ship, we then resumed, but most of that night their were about 8 Dolphins around the sides of the ships, some were babies, and one lady said she had paid lots of money to go on trips to see Dolphins, and even swam with them, but this was much, much better as it was so unexpected and so nice to see them in the wild, even with the babies coming up to the side of the ship to look at us. I think it all depends on what you expect from this cruise, but it is mainly what you make of it aswell, but Island Cruise staff are all very attentive to your needs, and I never heard a bad word said against anyone of them the whole time we were on the cruise. It seemed that everyone got on with everyone else on the cruise as we were 99% British, and when we attended different ports, I felt quite proud to be going back to our ship compared with some of the others that were in Port, it just seemed so clean and fresh at all times, even in port the staff were outside the ship painting it.Just look at the reviews, lots more good ones than bad ones, you wonder if some of the people were actually on the ship at times reading the reports or just trying to pull their reputation down.
Dont forget you also spend lots of time in Ports to enable you to partake a drink were ever you fancy. We did not go on the all inclusive package, and paid i believe £1.20 - £1.40 for soft drinks and between £2 - £2.50 for a pint. I did notice some people were taking some alcohol on board the ship in carrier bags, I dont know if this was allowed to be drank on the ship or not, I do know that someone buying it on the ship in their duty free shop was told they were not allowed to consume it on the cruise, and I think they had to seal it, it a bag and collect it later. But there certainly were a lot of all inclusive people very happy with what drinks they were provided with, so I would not worry. We have just booked again for this year on the Island Star not knowing what to expect, but prefered to use this company again after having such a good time last year on what we thought was a lovely ship. Tip - have your breakfast as you cruise into shore if possible on Deck, to take in the full atmosphere of the places you visit. Most of the ports we visited provided free buses from the ship to take you to the nearest town, giving you shopping vouchers usually, to encourage your trade, and often a free map, but if you go to reception you can collect leaflets off the desk counter on each of the places you are visiting each day.
Every evening you get a lovely little newsletter giving you details of what is on the following days entertainment wise, and also information about where you are going the following day, you will look forward to this each day by the end of the cruise. The captain last year on the cruise was Scottish, a lovely man who everyone loved, not at all stuck up.
Let me know how you get on when you get back, and by the way you are able to book again whilst on the cruise at special offer prices if you wish. But this time we have just booked with Thomas Cook a last minute deal, Golden Deck outside cabin with restricted view, including a vip package, and flights from Manchester on 28th March, all for £513 each, which we could not beat anywhere only problem we are flying 6.20 in morning, not to worry we will be their at 9.00 roughly.
Have a good time. Best wishes Sue.
Island Escape is being refitted in various areas of the ship before you cruise on her - I was told this directly by the Captain directly when we cruised on her in August 2007. Don't worry about the state of her anyway, she's kept immaculately clean, and there's plenty of choice re drinks on the 'all inclusive' package. You'll all love this ship. We're going on her again this year (third year running). She's got to be the friendliest ship afloat.
This ship is fantastic and the crew work like hell to keep her clean the staff are fantastic. the drinks well you have a good choice but if you want well known brandy you will have to pay. but its not a problem.