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“We have just returned fron 7 nights on the Island...”

Written on: 14/03/2011

We have just returned fron 7 nights on the Island Escape thompson canary cruise, the ship has had a refit but the captain told us it was the engines not the interior, which is very threadbare worn out and desperate for an internal refit, the staff were wonderful ,friendly and helpful ,the food is British and what you would expect in a 3 star hotel ok but not great, The rooms were at best basic nothing fancy on this ship, but the cabin steward kept it spotlessly clean and tidy.The public areas… Read Full Review

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“i would just like to pass on my experience on this ex...”

Written on: 09/03/2011

i would just like to pass on my experience on this ex ferry having just returned. Firstly the ship is old, dated and smelly.Anyone who thinks otherwise must be mad!We had a very rough 3 days in total at sea which in my opinion the ship coudnt handle the rough waters.The staff try their best and the show team did some excellent performances.One thing i would like to say is staff should concentrate on the cleanliness if the ship instead of squirting sanitizer on your hands every 2 minutes.I would… Read Full Review

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“My husband and i have just returned from a brilliant...”

Written on: 01/03/2011 by Cruising Cooks (1 review written)

My husband and i have just returned from a brilliant cruise on the Island Escape and can honestly say ' we loved it'. From the minute we got onboard to the minute we left we were looked after so well. The service we recieved was outstanding, the food we ate was brilliant and the entertainment was out of this world. The only bit we struggled with as did many others was the day at sea, but in all honesty Morroco is worth the wait. Marrekech was the best excursion we did, very interseting… Read Full Review

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Figan's Response to Cruising Cooks's Review

Written on: 06/03/2011

I found this review very helpful because...I am going on the same cruise next Friday 11th March and have read so many depressing reports. This has raised my hopes.

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Lucky2's Response to Cruising Cooks's Review

Written on: 01/04/2011

My husband myself and my daughter are going on the Island Escape in June. Although we have already been on the ship 2 years ago we do know what to expect but have been starting to get worried about all the negative reviews. On the whole we found the ship good though small food brill and crew excellent could not do enough for our special needs daughter.

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Cruise Kent's Response to Cruising Cooks's Review

Written on: 20/03/2011

hello, im going on the 25th of march and found the other reviews fairly grim also, its nice to hear there are some people who still apreciate things. why is it that all these people are moaning cause there rooms are too small? if thats there problem they should have surely gone to travel lodge!
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★★★★★

“When we came home from our cruise a friend of mine...”

Written on: 11/10/2010 by mrs wicker (1 review written)

When we came home from our cruise a friend of mine said that Watchdog on bbc had lots of reports of the cruise ship being dirty and smelly well i was on that ship and no way was it dirty and smelly we thaught it was great, it did need a bit of paint but it has now gone to be refurbished.From the captain down to you cabin cleaner every thig was good all were friendly and anything you wanted all you had to do was ask.If all people have to do is moan about little things which we never encountered… Read Full Review

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“This was our first cruise and we were not dissapointed...”

Written on: 23/09/2010

This was our first cruise and we were not dissapointed the ship has had some bad reviews and we were a bit worried as to what we would find, but our fears were blown out of the water(haha) We were on deck 9 it was perfect the room size was good, room to move about the bathroom a bit old but in good working order.The ship maybe a bit old but it was very clean, all day and night long staff were cleaning and hand gel was all over the ship for all to use, our kabin steward akash was brill he kept… Read Full Review

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“What a fantastic holiday,our first cruise,read all the...”

Written on: 19/09/2010 by Mitch and Misses (1 review written)

What a fantastic holiday,our first cruise,read all the bad reviews what a load of rubbish.This ship was what it said in the brocure no thrills and friendly. Cabin spotless,food brillant,ship staff fantastic,entertainment fab,staff could not do enough for us.A must is the Oasis restaurant the food is to die for can i also say the excursions were fantastic. Have booked the same cruise for next year and my mum is coming with us for her 65th birthday… Read Full Review

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“It's the first time we have been on a cruise all the...”

Written on: 12/09/2010

It's the first time we have been on a cruise all the staff were friendly and helpful nothing was to much trouble.The excursions are a little over priced but all the tour guides knew everything and anything for the given tour.The service on the ship was fantastic start to finish,the food was plenty all day & night.
Two negative points, #1. The pool water had the smell of diesel which makes me think it's dragged up from the sea bottom when the ship docks, although the day out on the Corsican… Read Full Review

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Written on: 07/10/2010

I have just came back today from this cruise I also did the 15pnd train ride to the vatican and had a very enjoyable day.I found paying 80pnd for this trip would have been a wasteof hard earned cash,And we had an amazing two week holiday.

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“Myself and my Fiance have just returned from a weeks...”

Written on: 06/09/2010

Myself and my Fiance have just returned from a weeks holiday on the Island Escape. I am absolutely amazed that this so called Ship has got any good reviews. Its an absolute joke.
Ill start with the good points because there are only a few: firstly the stops were good as long as your able to use a train as the excursions are an absolute rip off (ill get to that in a bit). Secondly the waiting staff are good and attentive.
Now for the negatives using the tender boats is a complete joke… Read Full Review

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Littlerocco's Comment

Written on: 27/09/2010

I found this review very helpful because... I like to read the good and the bad.the bit were people turn up for dinner in vests has really put me off i am looking for a casual holiday well 4 of us but we dont want a camp site holiday.also we didnt like how the people were treated about getting out at 8am in a morning thats a bit much manners maketh the crew the lady didnt sound like she followed the norm.

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Sheila Stockley's Comment

Written on: 29/09/2010

We were on this ship last November for the Colourful coasts cruise
<br/>I totally agree the staff are not helpful even the other passengers were not that friendly, on disembarking the staff would have had us coming off the ship 20 minutes after our plane took off and they were adamant and quite rude about the timings. Was not keen on dining room and preferred to go the the restaurant and paid the supplement every night although this was costly, and other ships do not charge for this If this had been my first cruise it would have put me off but luckily it was out 5th. We have just come off the Destiny and the difference was just No comparison! would recommend this to anyone but Never again on Island Escape.

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“This was a fantastic cruise. I honestly dont know what...”

Written on: 02/09/2010 by captainkat (1 review written)

This was a fantastic cruise. I honestly dont know what all the negative attitudes are about. Yes the ship is is need of a little refurbishment, nut it is due to go in for this during the winter. The staff and crew go above and beyond the call of duty to look after and please all guests. The cabins are kept immaculately clean by the cabin stewards. A special mention to Nelish here, He was fantastic, making a little towel sculpture each morning as a surprise to return to the cabin and find. Food… Read Full Review

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“Staff are brillant they make this knackered boat come...”

Written on: 26/08/2010

Staff are brillant they make this knackered boat come alive the entertainment was dreadfull like a saturday nite at sarga holiday camp.Food was ok ,service was spot on .Toilets were limited and were hanging in parts but clean and only a few on certain floors so you had to be quick to find them.As we were on 3rd floor the noise from the engine and prop was a constant rumble the smell of hydralic oils coming from the lifts were a serious worry. As this was our first cruise i would ADVICE you to… Read Full Review

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“High season cruising can be expensive but if you are...”

Written on: 16/08/2010 by djlawrence21 (1 review written)

High season cruising can be expensive but if you are prepared to compromise a little on the luxury other big brand ships offer, you need not miss out on good quality food, reasonable entertainment, perfectly acceptable accommodation and still visit exciting ports and local destinations that the other cruise ships go to.

This sums up Island Cruises and their only ship the Island Escape. Whilst the ship is certainly dated and goes in for a re-fit at the end of this year, the food on offer is of… Read Full Review

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“A very tired ship, needs a total refurb. Clean enough...”

Written on: 15/08/2010 by PGR Herts (1 review written)

A very tired ship, needs a total refurb. Clean enough tho'. The entertainment was average, no better than in a pub on a Saturday night. Would never use them again… Read Full Review

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“Just returned from 7 nights aboard Island Cruise, was...”

Written on: 24/07/2010

Just returned from 7 nights aboard Island Cruise, was very dubious after reading some dreadful reviews, This ship was absolutely brilliant we could not fault anything, the food was very good, plenty of variety, the staff excellent, very helpful and friendly, they could not do enough for you. The entertainment was first class. Our cabin was kept spotless by our Cabin Boy Daneish… Read Full Review

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“We were dubious about this cruise after reading alot...”

Written on: 16/07/2010

We were dubious about this cruise after reading alot of the negative reviews, but we were going on a family holiday there were 16 of us, so we booked it with an open mind. You get what you pay for, the ship does require a reburb, but its very clean, the food is excellent, so is the entertainment, the cabins are small and require re-modernisation, but on a cruise you dont spend your time in your cabin other than to sleep and refresh? The restuarant and lounge areas are comfortable enough… Read Full Review

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“We have just returned from a 14 day holiday on the...”

Written on: 15/07/2010

We have just returned from a 14 day holiday on the Island Escape, This is our 2nd cruise on this ship our last was in May 2008, so we knew what it was like. We have had two great cruises. We could not fault anything from arrival to departure. Our cabin steward Nelish couldn't do enough to look after us and our cabin was kept clean and tidy, as he came in at least twice every day to make sure everything was ok. The entertainment every night was top class and varied. The food as usual was… Read Full Review

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“just returned from 7 days on the Island Escape, 2nd...”

Written on: 27/06/2010

just returned from 7 days on the Island Escape, 2nd time was on the ship in Sept 2009, so we knew what it was like. We had a great cruise in Sept, could not fault anything, know it needs an upgrade but every aspect of the cruise outshone that. This time however the food was not as good, everything was only warm, not hot like we like it, the quality of food was not as good, vegetables and potatoes were hard and very undercooked.However the holiday was still great the whole crew make everyone… Read Full Review

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“after reading some of the reviews I began to worry! We...”

Written on: 25/06/2010 by carolepet (1 review written)

after reading some of the reviews I began to worry! We had booked before we read them. Now I have been and seen for myself. Was I on the same ship as these people had been on, if so what do they want. Ship was old yes, no denying that, but it was immaculate. Hand hygene sprays at every doorway. cleaners cleaning toilets in public places all day long. Bedrooms (cabins) cleaned and tidied twice a day, clean towels and bed linen every day, food was good quality and plenty of variety in both… Read Full Review

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“I returned yesterday from my second cruise on the...”

Written on: 18/06/2010

I returned yesterday from my second cruise on the Island Escape with my friend.I had read all the negative reviews but having travelled previously in 2008 I did not pay too much attention. We booked at the last minute, travelled from our local airport (Doncaster) and got an outside cabin on Deck 7 and we felt we got a bargain.
Yes, the ship is old and desperately needs some refurbishment particularly in the cabins but we didn't spend much time in there. The crew are amazingly hard working… Read Full Review

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“Just returned from a 1 week cruise on the Island...”

Written on: 17/06/2010

Just returned from a 1 week cruise on the Island Escape . I was on this cruise ship in 2002 and really enjoyed it, this time however it was not so good. The main problem was the food every meal was served luke warm and not very tasty. The staff were really friendly, couldn't do enough for you, the entertainment however was like something you would find in an old peoples home they didn't think about the younger people on board. There is talk of the ship going in for a refit in the Autumn and boy… Read Full Review

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“Both of us went on this ship last year on a slightly...”

Written on: 13/06/2010

Both of us went on this ship last year on a slightly different ittinerary, and couldnt have faulted any aspect. This year however was one big let down. Our cabin was fine, deck 4 and a bit bigger than deck 8 last year which was a nice surprize for us. The cabin boy was fine, if not a little too forward and a bit over familiar i thought, although definetly in a well mannered way. Food was ok, with what wasnt used up at one meal being reinvented for the next.That sort of thing. A lot of gossip… Read Full Review

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