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In 2001 Royal Caribbean International initiated a joint venture with UK holiday operator First Choice to operate the cruise ship Viking Serenade. The new company was marketed simply as Island Cruises, and Viking Serenade renamed to Island Escape. The brochure is aimed at young first-time cruisers, and emphasises the informality of their operation. The ship operates two alternating 7-day itineraries from Palma de Majorca.

When Royal Caribbean purchased the ship from Sundance Cruises in 1990, that young cruise line disappeared from the scene. Renamed Viking Serenade, the ship began 1991 at Southwest Marine Company's San Diego shipyards, being enlarged to 40,1432 gross tons which effected extensive renovations to her interior, balconied cabins added aft, the line's signature Viking Crown Lounge was constructed aft of her funnel and the car decks were built out, replaced by rooms for several hundred additional passengers. Using every bed and berth, her capacity is now 1,740, and she has a crew of 540. In 2005 Island Cruises added a second ship to its fleet - Island Star - the former Horizon of Celebrity Cruises and Pacific Dream of Pullmantur Cruises. Since the travel giant TUI PLC purchased Royal Caribbean's share in Island Cruises in late 2008, MS Island Escape became part of TUI's subsidiary Thomson Cruises while keeping the Island Cruises brand. MS Island Star was returned to Royal Caribbean and re-deployed to Pullmantur Cruises (a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises).

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MS Island Escape: Bahamas registered; built 1981, refitted 1991; 40,171 gross tons; 1,740 passengers; 540 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Palma de Majorca, Spain.
  Island Escape cruise ship

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