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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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703 Cunard Southampton Cruise Reviews

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jontyboy
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
8 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
0 forum posts
20 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
7 forum posts
13 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
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
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
13 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
81 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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Cipi&Pepe
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I know, I know….sounds weird “Welcome back Cunard!”, like a grammar mistake…But is not ! And I will explain you why. In the last 3 years we travelled with Cunard couple of times on all three ships: Canary ... Read more
sennen
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
45 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We had a embarkation time of 3 pm but we were on the ship by 1.15pm only took 15 mins to board. We did not book this cruise till November and we took a fare that allowed Cunard to allocate our cabin. We had a outside restrictive view ... Read more
murphyjim
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
4 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
HAMBURG CRUISE CAR PARK The hotel let us park for free. But we have then to get a cab £20 round trip so it didnt save us anything against using a local garage £6 per day HOTEL Blue Keys - Excellent, comfy chairs ... Read more
BnB Cruiser
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We embark the Queen Victoria bound for Copenhagen in Denmark. The ship is stunning – very similar to Queen Elizabeth with a Chart Room in place of Britannia Club on Queen Elizabeth. Our Princess Grill suite on deck 6 is fantastic ... Read more
Mickb
Member Since 2004
4 reviews
239 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We are experienced cruisers and have travelled twice before with Cunard on the QM2 transatlantics in the Princess Grill. We loved both trips so when we saw a short post Christmas cruise on Queen Victoria to Copenhagen and Hamburg we took ... Read more
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annarack
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
51 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We had sailed with Cunard a couple of year's ago on QM2, however this was our first voyage on Queen Victoria, or with an infant! My husband and I booked this cruise with our 8 month old daughter for a short winter break and to try out ... Read more
Queenie1603
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
52 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This is our 4th trip on the QV and was our second attempt to see in the New Year in Amsterdam via a ship (our Last attempt on the P & O Oceana was cancelled due to the weather and we spent 3 very rocky nights in the North Sea). This ... Read more
Hoveto
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
75 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We booked this cruise 18 months ago, in fact before we did the 2014 Christmas/New Year cruise. Last time we were in Britannia Club which was excellent, but we thought that we try the grills and booked into the Princess Grill. Embarcation ... Read more
Marjorie Blake
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was our first cruise ever and it exceeded our expectations. From the start Staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and catered to our every need. Personnel could not have been friendlier or more courteous and we ended ... Read more
Brindlebury
Member Since 2013
1 review
8 forum posts
16 helpful votes
The Queen Mary 2 is a lovely ship, beautifully run. Ours was a December passage; the Atlantic was rough, to put it mildly. The outer decks were rarely open. Having said that, the QM2 is so well built, that the high seas and strong ... Read more

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ged1967
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
208 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This is my second time on a Cunard ship, the first one being around 25 years ago onboard Cunard Princess. A bit of background to us first. We are two males (48 & 40) we have both cruised previously this cruise/crossing making it 6 ... Read more
Gary999
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
81 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My third short break with Cunard and like last time I noticed things missing, presumably to save Cunard more money at the expense of passenger enjoyment. The brochure advertised bath robe and slippers were not provided in the stateroom and ... Read more
bandakirkham
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
...some aspects of the cruise which let Cunard down. There were two of us. We booked two balcony cabins next door one another for single occupancy. Cunard certainly knows how to charge for these! The embarkation process was rapid and ... Read more
Jess100
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We booked an early savings fare for an inside cabin as we were on a budget. The cabin and shower room was small but perfectly adequate and spotlessly clean. The beds and pillows were the comfiest I have ever experienced. ALL the staff ... Read more
RosieStay
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We embarked in Southampton, we were booked for 14:30 but arrived at about 13:10. CPS took the car straight off us, and the luggage porter was helpful. There we no queues, and we were on board straight away, very smooth. Oh by the way ... Read more

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