We have just spent a fantastic week on board the island escape. In fact we are still at Tenerife airport awaiting our flight home. The ship was clean, and our cabin steward Morrison did his best in ensuring a clean and tidy cabin for us. He made 2 cabin visits a day, sometimes 3, to tidy up and make the beds e.t.c. He transformed our towels into turtles/monkeys e.t.c. Granted the cabins could do with a little upgrade, but we were more than content with it. At the end of the day you get what you pay for. If you want a chic, spotless top of the range cruise, then pay the price and go on the QE11.
The food was fantastic. We only went to the Beachcomber once as it was on top deck, buffet style and crockery was all plastic. We ate all our meals in the Island restaurant that was buffet style but had waiter service for seating, and drinks. This was much better considering there was no extra charge. On the last evening we dined in the Oasis restaurant, this had a supplementary charge of 14.99 (GBP) per person, but after 9pm it reduced to 10.99 (GBP). The food and service here was absolutely exquisite. We had tempura prawns to start, fresh lobster tail for mains, cheese board for dessert (hubby had tiramisu). The waiter de-shelled the lobster in front of us, and then to chose the dessert, they are all brought out for you to see them.
As it was my birthday, our waiter made me a candle and holder (out of my napkin), then the live guitarist and a couple of the waiters came to the table and sang Happy Birthday to me. It was great but a little embarrassing.
The staff were all fantastic, and lots of fun. To be honest there was so many activities, and variety you don´t really need to leave the ship!!. Chris the cruise director was fantastic, and Mathew the welsh wonder (entertainments manager) was great. What a comical pair. You had everything from Ready steady cook (which was hilarious), a talent show, blankety blank, Mr and Mrs, cabaret, deck parties, live musicians, comedian, bingo, quizzes e.t.c. You name it, they had it. Even the entertainments team shows were of high standards.
We would have no qualms to going on this ship again , however we did hear a few complaining that the ship was old, and needed re-vamping e.t.c. I heard no other complaints however.
The only thing that did let the week down was the weather and that is by no means anybody´s fault.