Having just returned from a week on this, our first, cruise I have to reassure others that the reviews on here certainly do not reflect our experience. Yes, it was our first cruise so we can't compare with others, but we found nothing to complain about at all. The food was plentiful, excellent choice, unless you want junk food all the time of course! The ship was spotlessly clean, and bearing in mind the number of people using its facilities on a day to day basis, year in, year out, it was no wonder some areas needed refurbishing, but there is a difference between "worn" and "dirty". The cabins were small but no worse than being in a caravan, so don't expect a large room like in a hotel. The twin beds were narrow and with fold down bunks could accommodate 4 in a cabin, but I would think this would be cramped unless a young family. The swimming pool is small and the rows of sunbeds are quickly filled up, but there are lots of other areas to sit out. Books are available in the "library", which is really just a cupboard and the selection varies from day to day as people return books when leaving the ship. Onboard entertainment is varied and there is something to suit everyone, day and night. All the staff, without exception, were polite and helpful. We went on a few excursions where we were given local information by the guides but if we went again I think we would take a taxi from the port or make our own way around. The Beachcomber restaurant on Deck 10 is open 24 hours a day but we only went there a couple of times when we had an early departure as it reminded me of a works canteen. The plates and cups were melamine, but as some of the tables are outside this is understandable and is what you would use at home for al fresco dining. We preferred the main restaurant on Deck 6, where you were seated at a different table every meal enabling you to meet other people and not get stuck with the same ones every time. The food was buffet style but served by waiters, which we preferred as there were no people taking food and then replacing it when they saw something else they liked instead. There really was no reason to complain about either the standard or choice of food in this restaurant. The passengers were from all walks of life, from working class "rednecks" to more genteel people, but as anywhere, you mix with people from your own class. My only niggle was the lack of quiet "personal" space where you could sit alone and read or whatever, most of the outdoor areas were very busy. I did feel ashamed of being British on a couple of occasions - when people left towels on the sunbeds when they were not using them for a while, and when they almost fought to get to the food in the Beachcomber restaurant when afternoon tea was served at 4pm every day. Other than that, everything about the holiday was enjoyable so if you are thinking of going on the Island Escape or have already booked, then ignore the negative reviews on here and enjoy yourselves.