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  • Aims for big-ship luxury; still has "Golden Era" feel
  • Classic transatlantic crossings as well as other itineraries
  • Afternoon tea is a white-glove affair
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799 Cunard Southampton Cruise Reviews
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Lakeland369
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We boarded the QM2 on January 10th sailing from Southampton to Cape Town. Embarkation was very good. Stateroom 5319 with enclosed balcony. Not as clean as expected, one light fitting tied on with plastic ties as it was obviously broken. ... Read more
daff01
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
27 forum posts
9 helpful votes
First of all I apologise in advance to all the Cunard lovers on here. Start with the positives (this won't take long!). It was cheap deal! House band quite good. Balconies large. Table tennis and Paddle Tennis Had one ... Read more
StLucia
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
1,576 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our time on Queen Elizabeth, she is a beautiful ship. Our cabin was bigger than we expected and perfect for us. The bed was so comfortable, the best ever. There were good quality toiletries provided in the bathroom. ... Read more
southampton observer
Member Since 2012
13 reviews
14 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
"Embark on a very civilised adventure. Sail with Cunard to experience your ideal oasis of discovery, relaxation and sophistication" "The Cunard experience. Everything you wanted Nothing you expected.". The above ... Read more
sennen
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
84 forum posts
We booked this cruise our third on QE 12 months ago and were not disappointed Arrived at the terminal at .12 noon and was on board by 12.30 pm this is one of the things I like about Cunard. straight to stateroom and drop our bags off. ... Read more
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signer1
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was our second cruise and the first time on Queen Victoria, our last one was on Queen Elizabeth. We found we preferred Queen Victoria it has a lovely feel about it. We stayed in a Queens Grill Penthouse suite which was very nice and ... Read more
Spacemagnet
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
29 forum posts
14 helpful votes
This cruise (our first with Cunard) was sold to us as a luxury cruise. I think there is a difference between luxury and tradition and I don't mean traditional in the sense of cruising in it's 'glory days' but traditional as in, how the ... Read more
MBLangton
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our first experience, as sixty-somethings, of cruising and, overall, we were not disappointed. The Queen Elizabeth may lack the exterior grace of its earlier namesake (the 1938 version), but offers sumptuous, comfortable ... Read more
Traceuk
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was the 2nd time that we embarked on the carribean cruise but first time with transatlantic crossings. The staff were as last time, wonderful. The room on deck four was adequate but we could hear the old guy in the room next ... Read more
Gareth1234
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
this was our first Cruise ever and what a way to start - we travelled as a family Me my wife and sons aged 18 and 21 - to think 70 years ago this was the only way to get to New York made the trip even more interesting - Arriving in ... Read more
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mintie123
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
15 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We decided to tick another thing off the bucket list and booked a transatlantic cruise from Southampton to New York as part of our big 30th anniversary celebration. From initial booking to receiving final documentation, all was very easy ... Read more
gallhiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I chose Princess Grill accommodations for a December/Christmas crossing on the QM2 (room 10.036). The upgrade from standard Balcony Suites is well worth the cost, if it is within your budget. The room is wonderful and the Princess Grill ... Read more
tv24
Member Since 2013
10 reviews
1,419 forum post
8 helpful votes
We've sailed Cunard 9 times including 6 Transatlantic crossings on the QM2. We love the interior design of the ships, so many lovely spacious public rooms where one can relax and enjoy the experience. We love the variety of things to do ... Read more
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BaddyPurt
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
PART ONE Where am I ?, Well mid Atlantic actually, and travelling over a relatively smooth, rough ocean. The decks are closed again as they always seem to be on transatlantic crossings during the winter months and everyone appears to ... Read more
bandakirkham
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
...the level of entertainment in the theatre. Not a major issue but annoying to be offered third class acrobats, jugglers and so-called comedians. Cunard should try to understand that a Butlin's type inter-active panto style offering is ... Read more
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cunardaddict
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
880 forum posts
2 helpful votes
As a regular (Diamond WC) I noticed again lowered standards. The meals in the Britannia restaurant have again lost quality and taste. Almost every dish was served cold. It was impossible to have a beer or a wine with a lunch neither at the ... Read more
seasoned cruiser 1000
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
What a surprise we had with this ship. Having read the reviews on cruise critic we were a little worried about what we we find with this ship but we were so pleased to find that she is amazing. Clean, good food, excellent ... Read more
Tim B
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
This was for us a "taster" cruise to see if we liked the whole concept of a cruise break/holiday - having become disillusioned with airports and the delays and waiting times. The experience could not have been smoother and more ... Read more
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NHarwood1979
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
My friend and I booked this cruise as she wanted to go the Christmas market in Bruges, Cunards dates Friday to Monday worked best for us and I live in Dorset so Southampton is an ideal port for me and a free day at sea to make use of the ... Read more
Eric2005
Member Since 2015
1 review
16 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
The Queen Mary 2 has a virtual monopoly on trans-Atlantic service. Cunard is also probably the most traditional line today. This is why I chose the QM2. Cabin was more than I had expected - far better than what I had experienced on the ... Read more
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bklynlinny
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We have never been on any of the Queens and felt that the time had come to have this unique experience.. a time warp.. a visit to an era long past. We are experienced cruisers, being frequent passengers on the Celebrity, Regent and ... Read more
iandjm
Member Since 2004
4 reviews
1,593 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sadly this cruise was totally miss-sold as a Big Band Cruise, as the only sign of the theme was on the Saturday Night with a Big Band Ball in the Queens room (The theatre orchestra joined up with the Queens Room orchestra) Most of your ... Read more
David Wheeler
Member Since 2014
6 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Embarkation at Southampton was acceptable - much as other cruise companies. Our cabin, a sheltered balcony was, again, quite acceptable - and albeit winter, I in particular appreciated the balcony. But we were fortunate in having ... Read more
bklynlinny
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We have never been on any of the Queens and felt that the time had come to have this unique experience.. a time warp.. a visit to an era long past. We are experienced cruisers, being frequent passengers on the Celebrity, Regent and ... Read more
dreich
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Very poor food and menu. Better in Britannia class! Head Waiter and Maitre "D" completely uninterested in passengers. This was evident throughout most of the ship although one or two staff were excellent. Suite had ... Read more
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