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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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720 Cunard Southampton Cruise Reviews

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Jerome Frecon
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We had driven around the Fjords of Norway in 1972 in a Saab I purchased in Amsterdam and shipped home from Goteborg, Sweden. We have seen the Fjords in New Zealand by air and bus and in Alaska by seas so we decided to go back to Norway to ... Read more
Cruisealotcruisealot
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
The service and food were amongst the best out of the 30 or so cruises we have been on with various cruise lines from the Med to the Far East. The ship is spotless BUT we are keen ballroom dancers and overall the dance experience was very ... Read more
McleodT
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Embarkation- Handed keys over to CPS parking services 23 minutes later we were being shown into Q2 Master Suite Cabin 7070 OMG it was fabulous.. Ship is really lovely Elegant and refined lots of space never seemed crowded even though ... Read more
simon point
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Not been to Gurnsey before. Trip was a total disaster. Food was not as good as I could get in a greasy spoon but without the grease. We finished up by having toast & coffee in the the bedroom for breakfast & all other meals on ... Read more
Flite3
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Overall, we were thrilled with our Baltic Cruise on the Queen Elizabeth. This is my third cruise with Cunard (my husband’s 2nd) – Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mary II and Queen Elizabeth. Embarkation was handled in very ... Read more

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Nell from Troon
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We had sailed on the two other queens which we thoroughly enjoyed. and had high expectations of a cruise on Queen Elizabeth which I now wished we had not bothered. Congratulations to the hotel team, the food, restaurants, bars and ... Read more
Rod McDermott
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
First Cunard cruise (done P&O and Fred Olsen before) but we joined up with friends who favour Cunard and who were going to the Baltic. where we wanted to go again for the second time (P&O previously). This cruise advised us we ... Read more
Peter CAP
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
11 helpful votes
Whilst the destination was what we had hoped for, the Queen Elizabeth is a hopeless shambles. We chose Cunard as we have cruised on QM2 previously and that was superb in almost every way. On the QE, waiting staff appeared demoralised, ... Read more
Chrissie W
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
20 helpful votes
Only decided at Easter to book the cruise as we don't normally go at this time of year but so glad we did. We had been on the QM2 before so knew it would be great but this ship was even better. The service was impeccable and we had ... Read more
Happy Scottish Cruiser
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
22 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Had done similar one before and enjoyed it. Loved everything about the ship -cleanliness,variety and quality of food,friendliness of staff. Weather was more unsettled than last time. Fortunately dry and sunny on sea days,but showers in ... Read more

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Maigret56
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Our first trip on a cruise. Why have we not done this before. Embarking was a stress less experience and the meet and greet was a nice touch. Our state room with enclosed balcony was a good size and the bed was so comfortable. Having ... Read more
MarkBearSF
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
718 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Returning to the QM2 was like revisiting an old friend. Immediately upon boarding, I let out an audible sigh. Over the next few hours, as I returned to favorite haunts like the Commodore Club, that warm comfort returned as I relaxed into a ... Read more
Biscay Bay
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
30 helpful votes
A bit about me and my age etc first. I have done 17 cruises in total and have been on various ships, In my early days Carnival, MSC, Royal Caribbean and Cunard. We went on the cruise as a family, Myself aged 47 male, my partner 49 female ... Read more
Bromsgroverover
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
My lifelong dream had been to sail across the Atlantic on the QE2. Sadly, it was taken out of commission before I had that opportunity, but after I retired and I decided I would treat myself to a crossing. As my nephew was to be married in ... Read more
peterfreerash
Member Since 2016
1 review
23 helpful votes
Not been on Cunard before so wanted to try. Good reduction on brochure price as booked 4 weeks before. Food and entertainment both excellent. Excursion to Hamburg good, on board activities good. Embarkation good, disembarkation bit ... Read more

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jontyboy
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Excellent four day cruise on Queen Elizabeth to Hamburg. Service as always very good. Only complaint is the double whammy of the daily service charge plus a 15% surcharge when you order drinks of any kind. Onboard entertainment ... Read more
Kevin Reynolds
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Reading other reviews, it seems that cruisers can be very tribal, “we love P & O, nothing else compares” or “RC is the best by far”. We have written this review with a totally open mind and reported on what was ... Read more
ian43
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 helpful votes
This was the first half of the 2016 world cruise. The main problem was the entertainment staff. There was very little organised activities, and those that were were aimed at 6 year olds! These included a craft activity of making rubbings ... Read more
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Mimippsb
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
9 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Having cruised 34 times before Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, I can offer a perspective on how QE compares to other lines. Our embarkation at Southampton was smooth. No issues with luggage or transport to pier. The layout of the ship is ... Read more
Weloveourholidays
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
15 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We found the embarquation painless and only had to wait a little while,however we were early in case of accidents etc on journey to Southampton. We went straight to our cabin and to our delight,particularly mine,our luggage was inside. ... Read more

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Cactus77
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We travelled on Queen Mary 2 from Southampton to Rio, via New York, Fort Lauderdale, Amber Cove, Barbados and Salvador, from January to February 2016. The ship then carried on with her World Cruise. We thought the ship was mostly ... Read more
Steveoka
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
16 forum posts
9 helpful votes
When we boarded the QM2 in Southampton and there was no "Welcome aboard" not even a smile as the staff were too busy chatting amongst themselves and consequently ignoring passengers trying to find their way to their staterooms ... Read more
BnB Cruiser
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This review is a continuation of '2 Queens on Queen Victoria.......' We disembarked Queen Victoria for our ‘back to back’ cruise on QM2 to Fort Lauderdale - the first 10 nights of the world cruise. It was painless – we ... Read more
Nekochan
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
519 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
The ship was beautiful and very clean, although it is definitely in need of some sprucing up. The crossing was very cold and very rough, so I stayed indoors. I did not find that there were a lot of activities - I am used to Royal ... Read more
Gary999
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
82 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
So, having previously sailed on short breaks, this was my first longer Cunard voyage. Not only that, my 12 nights were on the first segment of the 2016 World Cruise. The differences are clear to be scene! Firstly, the evening entertainment ... Read more

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