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  • Aims for big-ship luxury; still has "Golden Era" feel
  • Classic transatlantic crossings as well as other itineraries
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64 Cunard Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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cheekyricko
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We boarded the Queen Victoria in Melbourne Australia and cruised to the Milford Sound & coast of the south island New Zealand, we thoroughly enjoyed the 7 night cruise we had a oceanview room on deck one, was very nice and also quiet, ... Read more
jeremylawrance
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
17 helpful votes
I enjoy the short coastal cruises offered by Cunard. They allow me to escape from my otherwise busy schedule. The uncrowded feel of an ocean liner rather than the glitz of a cruise ship is the most appealing aspect of the Cunard offering. ... Read more
kierinryan@hotmail.com
3 reviews
10 helpful votes
Massive fail from Cunard. I've been on more than 15 cruises. Loved everyone one of them, and am constantly amazed at whingers (but sadly the experience on Queen Elizabeth has made me a whinger this time).The service on Australia's ... Read more
Iris Bleu
Member Since 2017
1 review
22 helpful votes
My husband and I chose this Cunard cruise as it afforded us the opportunity to try a voyage on a cruise liner which is world renowned. Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smoothly. All staff polite and professional. We had ... Read more
Gallacher
Member Since 2017
1 review
24 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Cunard was the only shipping line I considered. Reason being, that the choice was about the class and quality of the ship and its services, what a misguided perception. Sadly Cunard no longer represent either their own publicity nor their ... Read more
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Dracken64
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Always wanted to cruise on Queen Mary 2 and experience the legend, Cunard and the past splendour of a transatlantic ocean liner. It was also my first cruise. Sailing from Sydney to Tasmania - return seemed a good way to enjoy this ... Read more
gaby64
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
The opportunity to travel on QM2 was too good to pass up and the 5 night itinerary afforded me the opportunity to travel in a Queens Grill suite. The itinerary was a round trip from Sydney, visiting Port Arthur and Hobart. Embarkation ... Read more
megavfm
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
7 forum posts
21 helpful votes
The best things: An elegant ship. Attentive service; staff frequently carried the meal trays for my elderly mother in the Lido, excellent room steward - Louie, MDR maître d against expectations managed to change our late dining ... Read more
lightning25
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
50 helpful votes
Problems from the start. Ticketed as new cruisers when in fact it was cruise #3 for us , it took 3 visits to the pursers office (waiting in line) to correct that error. Even then, there was no way to ensure early dinner sitting, a ... Read more
naata
Member Since 2011
1 review
19 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We decided to take a short voyage to sample a Cunard product and a larger ship. As a background, we have taken four cruises with Seabourn in recent years, and thought this mini voyage with Cunard would be an interesting exercise, before ... Read more
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Hugemongrel
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
41 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
White glove service, staff who care about your personal preferences, accurate assistance, and a crew who genuinely look out for your comfort and safety to deliver a relaxing and fulfilling journey. Congratulations to Cunard for ... Read more
Davelen
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
27 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
What a fabulous cruise - wonderful ship, lovely food and just the best dancing ever. We booked this cruise because we love to dance - although we are only social dancers, we do enjoy it. There was a dance class each sea day taught by ... Read more
Vivien Boyd
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We wanted to get away from our winter in Toronto! We had a balcony (partially covered) deck 4 aft but was good as we did have some rough weather. QM2 is definitely the best ship to be on when seas get rough! Even some of the staff who had ... Read more
Natalie-Richard
Member Since 2015
1 review
This was our first ever cruise and it was a toe in the water for me. Nowhere in earlier reviews could I discover the actual dress code for this QM2 cruise with any sense of accuracy (that is from someone who had actually experienced the ... Read more
Very Unhappy
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
The Cunard line is far too convinced of its own distinctive name. Sadly, the brand is more McDonalds than Michelin star. Perhaps it was the best line on offer at some point in the LONG DISTANT past, but we would never bother again. We ... Read more
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last tango
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We did one month section of a three month cruise commencing in Sydney. This cruise was more suited to 75+ age group therefore as a very young at heart 60s couple we found it a bit dull compared to previous cruises with P&O. ... Read more
marg_alex@hotmail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed March 2015
Wow, what an amazing lifetime experience for us. Even before we boarded the ship we were notified that we were to be upgraded to a balcony stateroom and this was the icing on the cake. From the time we embarked at Auckland everything ... Read more
joansone
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed March 2015
We sailed from Auckland to Adelaide on this beautiful, elegant ship and were wowed from beginning to end. We were upgraded to a balcony cabin 8103 and thought we were just so lucky. It was roomy, had a balcony which was a bit covered by ... Read more
Jordy
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
60 forum posts
Sailed March 2015
Well, i would normally not write a review for such a short cruise on such a well know ship, but feel i must after whats been said lately. This trip was for a birthday present for some one who has never been on QM2. The three of us ... Read more
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baycruising
Member Since 2007
1 review
189 forum posts
A couple of years ago we managed to book a 2 night cruise on Queen Elizabeth - we were so impressed that when the opportunity came up for a short trip on the Queen Mary 2 during her world cruise we jumped at it. We joined the ship in ... Read more
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aussiebird
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
Sailed March 2015
This was a very short cruise to experience the excitement of life on the Queen Mary 2 - the great dame of the sea, the 5 star experience, I would like to point out we paid full price for our 2 days, in fact, more than what some passengers ... Read more
TonyMerc
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2015
we were told we had accommodation in Hong Kong which happened to be new years eve which never happened and were lucky to have any accommodation at all. even though we had an email saying we had they would not cover our accommodation. So we ... Read more
heyjude69
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
We embarked in Hong Kong for the leg to Australia. Our first problem was our cabin which had creaky floors before we even set sail so we asked to be changed. We took the third cabin on offer. We had inadvertently booked a sheltered ... Read more
RicherthruTravel
Member Since 2013
1 review
39 forum posts
As seasonal cruisers, we decided on the Cunard Queen Victoria due to its wonderful itinerary to the French Polynesian Islands plus Australia and New Zealand. We had not visited these ports before. I was a bit leery that the ambience on ... Read more
Jeeve1
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Yes, the ship is magnificent. It is a magnificent structure, with a grand and beautiful fitout in the public areas that makes you feel very special. The facilities onboard are generally first class EXCEPT FOR THE INTERNET which had over ... Read more
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