Cunard First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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  • Aims for big-ship luxury; still has "Golden Era" feel
  • Classic trans-Atlantic crossings as well as other itineraries
  • Afternoon tea is a white-glove affair
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102 Cunard First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Ajaxtol
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
First time crossing for us. We decided to go in Princess Grill and it was well worth doing. Cabin was as nice as any good hotel room, with a sofa, arnchair, and a walk-in closet, as well as a balcony. The food was fabulous and so was ... Read more
GrannyDee
Member Since 2014
1 review
17 forum posts
Sailed April 2015
This I think was our one and only voyage so we were lucky it was on QM2 from Cape Town to Southampton. It was fifteen days of luxury. Our cabin 12006 was super, very comfortable and conveniently situated. We could keep a watch on the ... 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
cparada
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed March 2015
My wife and I joined the Queen Victoria on the 11th March 2015 for the return passage to New York, arriving on the 25th April 2015. It was my present to her for her 70th birthday as a once in a lifetime experience. Whilst I must commend ... Read more
Johnscone
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed January 2015
Our very first cruise and we were so looking forward to sailing on QM2 but by the time we arrived back at Heathrow from Dubai I could have kissed the ground so glad were we to be back. I suppose the omens were starting to show when we left ... Read more

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pothillaga
Member Since 2015
1 review
This was our first cruise!! The QM2 is the flagship so what can go wrong? You have to try cruising our friends said,so here we are after arriving in Southampton we queued for about 3 hours before boarding.The warehouse type building for ... Read more
Wilky1
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed January 2015
We have just returned from a 2 week cruise on Cunard’s Queen Victoria – our first experience of cruising. We joined the ship at Southampton on 20 January for the first leg of her 2015 world cruise. The cruise included a visit ... Read more
Karenallover
Member Since 2014
1 review
14 forum posts
First, I want to thank previous reviewers on the items that helped us the most: Packing - the North Atlantic is unpredictable so bring layers and "sensible" shoes. During our August crossing, we had sun, rain, fog and wind so shorts and ... Read more
Loveboat1995
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I am a big lover of ocean liners and get very irritated when I hear them confused with cruise ships (e.g. How was your cruise??). I went with my family (Who wasn't expecting to enjoy it). We all had a wonderful time and will ... Read more
thriftycrafter
Member Since 2013
1 review
36 forum posts
We are a couple in our early 50's on our first cruise, I didn't want lots of kids around, I did want to dress up in the evenings, I did a good bit of research before booking and it paid off; Cunard was perfect for us. The relaxation ... Read more

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sgill1125
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2014
Just returned from five nights on the QM2. It was our first time on a cruise ship and my reaction to the experience is "so-so". The ship is certainly grand, and there were many activities planned. It is definitely aimed at a more mature ... Read more
Sirtopher
Member Since 2014
1 review
I should say that this was my first sea cruise, previously I have enjoyed two river cruises with Scenic Tours who I would rate higher. Cunard is now unfortunately an American company, so you will be subject to the American tipping ... Read more
jasmine60
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed June 2014
This was our first experience of cruising though in actual fact it is a Transatlantic voyage. My husband and I did the West bound and returning East bound crossing. We enjoyed the whole experience immensely. My comments about the QM2 are ... Read more
mariposa777
Member Since 2014
1 review
88 forum posts
I put "cruiser" in quotes above as one of the reasons for taking this trip was to experience the closest thing still available to taking a voyage on an ocean liner. Cunard likes to call it a crossing rather than a cruise and that is what ... Read more
Borisnbridget
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed June 2014
I must say after reading some of these reviews, we were more than a little bit worried about cruising with Cunard! But We were very pleasantly surprised. I really can't see what Anyone would have to moan about?! I'm a non confined ... Read more

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PHSpeleers
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2014
Arrived at allotted time and told we were late! Cabin adequate. 30 minute queue for 2030 hr dining slot, Food 'dreadful'. Dishes being sent back by the dozen. Shown to our table at 0930 next morning. 40 minutes wait until a waiter ... Read more
asdf1245
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
We're first time cruisers and really looked forward to QM2, even after reading some of the more critical reviews here. That said our embarkation was relatively painless. No problems with photo's or credit card details, but a number of ... Read more
excell
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
22 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
My wife has never set foot on a Ship. If I was going to get my wife interested in cruising it had better be comfortable and luxurious. Answer book a cruise first class on QM2. We spent the better part of the voyage in Q5 Queens Grill ... Read more
lovely_serenity
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
1,908 forum post
1 helpful vote
We flew into Rome a couple of days prior to embarkation. This vacation was comprised of my mom, my dad, my sister & myself (Unfortunately, my brother wastherwise occupied with his university studies). This was to be my 9th cruise, but ... Read more
Sarah-Jean
Member Since 2013
1 review
My Husband and I are new to travelling via cruise, and as such we decided we'd try out the shortest cruise we could find. That lead us to booking a last minute deal to join Cunard's QM2 for 2 nights on a sailing to Hamburg. BOOKING: We ... Read more

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lordhowgill
Member Since 2013
1 review
My partner and I sailed on 10th Aug 2013 from the port of Southampton. We booked to go on the Cunard Queen Elizabeth in a Balcony stateroom for 8 nights. Our Destination was to Norway on a Fjords and Waterfall Cruise. Here is our ... Read more
Baddeley
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
This was our first ever cruise and I was very apprehensive of spending a week in the company of so many people. We had decided to take the option of onboard credit and so booked our own arrangements for getting to Southampton and parking ... Read more
jppalooza
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was my first cruise ever. On this cruise was myself, my husband and our 5 year old daughter. We decided on the 4th of July getaway cruise for several reasons and I had my expectations high since I heard that the Queen Mary 2 is an ... Read more
Ailbhe44
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed June 2013
It took a long time for me to convince my husband to sail across the Atlantic; he spent over 30 years in the US Navy, most of the time at sea, so of course he felt that it would be a busman's holiday. But for our Golden Wedding ... Read more
Bilich
Member Since 2013
1 review
My husband was very excited and really looked forward to sailing with QM2 as being one of the best ships. Overall experience was pretty good and most of the staff were very helpful and polite, plenty to eat in Kings Court , Britania ... Read more

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