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Island Escape - case for the defence!

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    Island Escape - case for the defence!


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      #3
      Well, we all have our own personal opinions and I enjoyed it!

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        #4
        Originally posted by Milly Doodles, Tadley, Hampshire View Post
        Well, we all have our own personal opinions and I enjoyed it!
        Hi
        Good on yer Milly.
        I posted 3 minutes re I/E before you started this thread.
        Take no notice to some posters comments,they will take one or two words out of a very good/comprehensive review + use that as there whole argument,
        I assume the poster was referring to Shepherds Pie.
        Your comment re a couple pints of lager + a glass of cheap drinkable plonk will bring out the"Chavs cruise" comments.
        I was on Magnifica visit in Feb + believe me the food quality/variety didn't compare with I/E.
        If you read another post this morning re "big ships" food hygiene standards (food in buffet sat for 5 hrs) its not just I/E they complain about.Just not as often!!.+ if its their fav cruise line,never at all.
        They think all that sparkles is gold,if they were Arabs you could sell them sand.A fool + is money is soon parted.You get the drift..
        Live + let live i say.
        JC
        Last edited by jc, liverpool; 19th March 2010, 12:04 PM.
        C P Scott,,,,,"Comment is Free,,but Facts are Sacred"
        "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.

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          #5
          Totally agree with milly doodles and JC. We cruised on this ship 2 years ago, and we have nothing but fond memories. It's not the QE2, and the food isn't by Gordan Ramsey, and it dosen't claim to be, but the ship was always clean, the food was about 3 star, and the staff where 5+ star. I have no complaints about this ship, we got what we paid for.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Milly Doodles, Tadley, Hampshire View Post
            Well, we all have our own personal opinions and I enjoyed it!
            Hi Milly and JC,
            We did the Colourful Coasts in Dec. and like you had a great time. This was our 2nd time aboard and we wouldn't have returned if had not enjoyed the 1st one.
            I did post a favourable review then.
            Those who complain about her always bring up the old "she used to be a ferry" line while conveniently ignoring the fact that the Calypso that Thomson's have just retired was also one too. And that both the Celebration and Spirit are built on the hulls of container ships that were going cheap at the time of building. We'll see how she turns out after her refit at the end of the year.

            Berwyn

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              #7
              first couple of days weren't too bad but there were a few nights (especially the crossing back to Madeira) when the pitching and rolling was really quite severe and lots of people were sick. Definitely not fun.

              Hi all
              Have been on 2 Canaries cruise + both times crossing from La Palma to Madeira were rough (force 9 in November).
              Talking to Staff Captain one day he said its always rough,even in Summer due to it being the position where 2 Continental Shelves meet.
              JC
              C P Scott,,,,,"Comment is Free,,but Facts are Sacred"
              "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.

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                #8
                Thanks to all of you who have reassured me that we are not a nation of complainers!!!!! I really enjoyed our week on the Island Escape and would definitely book again regardless - lovely, friendly atmosphere that's harder to replicate on the larger more formal cruise lines. It was just what we needed!

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                  Originally posted by Milly Doodles, Tadley, Hampshire View Post
                  Thanks to all of you who have reassured me that we are not a nation of complainers!!!!! I really enjoyed our week on the Island Escape and would definitely book again regardless - lovely, friendly atmosphere that's harder to replicate on the larger more formal cruise lines. It was just what we needed!
                  Everyone to their own Milly and thanks for the honest review. We are cruising the Canaries early May and therefore your comments on ports visited was most interesting. We usually do our own thing and go on one organized trip and it will be Tenerife as you say not much to do and no loos - that would be a nightmare.;). As long as their are taxis or shuttle buses at the other places, we are happy to do that.

                  We were on IE in 2006 - maybe the cabins are in need of a refurbishment but ours was fine at the time and can only agree with you that we were looked after well, food was good and the entertainment.
                  Regards
                  Patty

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                    #10
                    The Island Escape Action Group - Home where I believe you will see that pictures do paint thousands of words. To say 'that we are not all a nation of complainers!!!!!' is quite a generalisation - then how would you explain that the Xmas Carousal cruise has generated over 400 complaints - quite a conicidence that so many of the nation's cruise complainers were on one trip?

                    I rest my case with respect

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                      #11
                      We were on Island Escape a few years ago, we did a Atlantic crossing, had a great time. I would like to quote you about the two ships, the Celebration and the Spirit, they weren't rebuilds they use to belong to Holland & America they were called Noordam and Nieuw Amsterdam.The two ships you are talking about are called Costa Allegra & Costa Marina. Hope this is helpful, happy cruising.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by johnboy3, Dunfermline View Post
                        We were on Island Escape a few years ago, we did a Atlantic crossing, had a great time. I would like to quote you about the two ships, the Celebration and the Spirit, they weren't rebuilds they use to belong to Holland & America they were called Noordam and Nieuw Amsterdam.The two ships you are talking about are called Costa Allegra & Costa Marina. Hope this is helpful, happy cruising.
                        Yes, HAL bought 2 hulls of container ships which were built for Atlantic crossings, and added an engine, which is the reason for the vibration. The Captain on Celebration is proud that he has one of the toughest ships afloat, and one of the few built for rough seas.
                        Jo.
                        Jo.

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                          #13
                          Island Escape -Case for the Defence

                          Thanks, Milly Doodles for your spirited defence of Island Escape. Having cruised with Fred Olsen, Brittany Ferries and Hurtigruten, we sailed the Med on Island Escape two years running and much was as you describe. However, we did have a 'beef' about the state of our cabin: it was roomy and clean enough, but the cabin steward - always helpful and willing - simply could not keep up with the periodic collapse of the interior furniture. On return we took this up with the company on the basis that their brochure had offered refurbished accommodation and in the event this clearly was not the case. We actually got a written apology and a promise to do better - we will see.

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                            #14
                            I have just had a look at the pictures and it reminds me of the supposedly superior deluxe balcony suite we had on Holland America Zuiderdam. We paid a lot of money for what was described as a 5 star cruise. Our cabin was filthy. The furniture was shabby with stains on the sofa and chairs. The bathroom floor looked like it had never been cleaned and dirt on the wall around the toilet was disgusting. The shower curtain had mould all around the bottom and we didnt fancy using the whirlpool bath. Goodness knows what diseases would have been lurking in there. So you dont always get what you pat for even if you pay a lot. It is certainly the worst cruise ship we have been on. Looking forward to sailing the brand new Azura in May.

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                              Originally posted by colette, fareham View Post
                              The Island Escape Action Group - Home where I believe you will see that pictures do paint thousands of words. To say 'that we are not all a nation of complainers!!!!!' is quite a generalisation - then how would you explain that the Xmas Carousal cruise has generated over 400 complaints - quite a conicidence that so many of the nation's cruise complainers were on one trip?


                              I rest my case with respect
                              Last edited by Milly Doodles, Tadley, Hampshire; 26th March 2010, 09:46 AM. Reason: clarify points

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