Posted July 11th, 2010, 06:00 PM
I know this may sound a silly question to you people out there, but I am so unsure of which of these two ships to go on next year. Maybe if I explain a little. I have cruised 3 times all with OV2, which I thought was absoluty fabulous. Sadly this is not a option any more. Having read plenty of the reviews on both sites, still no decision!!!! Maybe one of you good people could help me decide to which one would be most suitable, both the Island Escape and Thomson Destiny have iteneries I would like. Price very similar. Would appreciate any of your views.
I haven't been on the Destiny but I think it depends on what kind of cruise you prefer and which deck you prefer. We've just been on the Celebration on Deck 1 after going on the IE on Deck 9 which was much more convenient for everything. I would study both deck plans carefully, for example on Deck 9 IE it was just up the stairs to the Beachcomber for breakfast, lunch etc. and the swimming pool, gym and so forth. On Celebration some of these places were scattered about the ship and more difficult to find the gym and spa. Also, the higher deck bars are easier to access than Celebration. Do you like to have 2 show lounges and all the music close to? I hope you're following what I'm trying to say. Also, what sort of dining do you prefer? On Celebration the evening restaurant is a menu with waiter service and on the IE Island Restaurant it is a buffet with less tables for two but the choice of dishes is wider. Personally I preferred the buffet, even though it was a bit of a scrum at times, as I felt the waiters had their pets among the diners and it definitely wasn't us. Hopefully someone who has been on the Destiny can give you better insight than me. If you like to try everything you could walk a lot more miles on one ship than the other. It's really up to you. Have a look for videos on YouTube which can be quite good in choosing.