Travel Diary | Mediterranean Cruise | Island Escape
23rd June 2015
Just as I did with my trip to New York, I will be sharing posts all about my Mediterranean cruise every Tuesday for the next 6 weeks as a part of my Travel Diary series. Enjoy!
For the first post I’ve decided to talk a little about the cruise ship we stayed on – the Island Escape.
It was my second time on board the Island Escape, and sadly my last as it’s going into retirement in October. It’s owned by Thomson, and so all the other guests on board else on board are English.
Back in 2012 when I first sailed on the Island Escape you could upgrade to an all inclusive drinks package, but it came at an extra cost. Since then, the policy has changed and the Island Escape is now all inclusive for everyone. I have to say, unlimited drinks is always an attractive feature when it comes to picking a holiday.
We drank a lot. Unlimited cocktails, wine and beer? How could I say no!
We also made the most of the food. There are quite a few restaurants on board, including a 24 hour buffet. There was even a pretty good selection of food for vegetarians, which kept Tyrone happy.
The Island Escape is probably one of the most relaxed cruise ships out there. You don’t have to dress up in suits and ball gowns for dinner, and there’s no Captain’s Night.
The entertainment is also really laid back and fun. Every night there was a show in the theatre, a game show in the Bounty Lounge, as well as a band, a duo and solo artists performing in the various bars throughout the ships, so there is something for everyone.
There was also lots of entertainment and activities going on throughout the day, so if you weren’t going on an excursions then you wouldn’t get bored. Some of our personal favourites included the Poolside Olympics and Masterchef, involving a cook-off between the cruise director and the head chef.
I was too distracted by the free food and booze to remember to take pictures inside the ship, but I did get a snap of my bed in the cabin. We opted for an inside cabin because 1) They’re cheaper and 2) You don’t feel the movement as much. As you can see cabins are quite basic and small, but the bathroom was larger than the one I had in student accommodation so I couldn’t complain.
Despite it looking basic, the beds were quite comfy and the room was always clean. The steward or stewardess would pop into clean about three times a day, including just before we went to bed to turn down your bed sheets and deliver your Island Chat (daily cruise newsletter).
The stewards also surprise you with animals made out of towels. One day we came back to find a towel monkey hanging from the ceiling. Only slightly terrifying.
Our cruise began in Majorca (where we flew to) and our first full day was at day at sea, travelling to San Remo in Italy (for Monaco). We then sailed to Livorno (for Florence and Pisa) and then Civitavecchia (for Rome). Following Italy we headed to Corsica and finally Palamos in mainland Spain before retuning to Majorca.
The itinerary was called “Glitz and Glamour”, but as I’ve previously mentioned I’ll be writing more about the ports of call over the next few weeks.
Have you ever been on a cruise? If not, would you consider it?