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Thomson Island Escape: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

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Thomson's Island Escape is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with seaworthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Island Escape.

Eastern and Western Mediterranean

The Thomson Island Escape sails to the Eastern and Western Mediterranean. Western destinations include La Palma, Propriano, Rome, Livorno, Villefranche, Palamós, Ajaccio, La Spezia, Nice, Tangier, Casablanca, Gibraltar, Almeria, Cartagena, Valencia, Naples, Toulon, Barcelona, Trapani, Olbia, Cannes and Mahon. Eastern destinations include Valletta, Kalamata, Aghios Nikolaos, Rhodes Town and Limassol. The seven- and eight-night cruises run from April to October.

Passenger Ship

The 607-foot Thomson Island Escape is a very relaxed and informal cruise ship. It includes 10 decks and holds 1,544 passengers.

Special Features

The Thomson Island Escape offers a spa, a swimming pool, a gym, gift shops, an arcade, the Ocean Theatre (with comedy acts and cabarets), live music, a beauty and hair salon and a casino. Enjoy salsa classes or demonstrations of fruit carving as well.


Accommodations on the Thomson Island Escape include 768 cabins. Cabin categories consist of standard inside and outside staterooms, premier, deluxe and suites -- sized in that order.


Cruises on the Thomson Island Escape run from about $540 to $1,500 per person. Prices vary depending on cabin, time of year and length of voyage. The cruise line does offer holiday package deals.


According to past passengers, the Botanical Beauty tour of the island of Madeira is an attractive excursion offered by the Thomson Island Escape. Madeira, a year-round resort area north of the Canary Islands, is known for its flowers.

Dining Experience

Dining options on the Thomson Island Escape include one restaurant with waiters and two that are buffets. Room service is also available 24 hours a day for an extra charge.

Maiden Voyage

The Thomson Island Escape made its first voyage in 1982. It was previously owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines before joining Island Cruises in 2002. This ship is the first of the Island Cruise ships.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Thomson Island Escape.


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