Queen Victoria Cruise Review by CruiseRebel: A great cruise - but Cunard need to relax the dress rules
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A great cruise - but Cunard need to relax the dress rules
The embarkation procedure was somewhat chaotic, but as we had paid for a Princess Grill Suite we did manage to get on board fairly quickly. (Note to Dun Thinkin - not all grill guests were wealthy, some had saved up for this cruise, and some like ourselves dug around on the internet for bargains - they are there, you just have to persevere).
Calling the Princess Grill Suite a suite is a bit of a misnomer - more like an elongated cabin (or state room as they like to call them these days). We would have been annoyed if we had paid top whack for it, but we didn't, so we weren't!
The service received in the Grills Restaurant was top notch, our servers Elvis and Joanna were fantastic. We had a table for 2 by the window and enjoyed the Norwegian scenery. Another advantage of the Grills was having an exclusive deck - fantastic during the first few days when the weather was hot and sunny.
We've only cruised with Celebrity in the past and while the food was good there, More I have to say Cunard was a cut above. Aside from that there was little to separate the 2 cruise lines. Celebrity is less formal - personally, I think a jacket requirement for dinner on Cunard is a bit old hat, but then being in my mid 50s, maybe I was a bit young for this cruise!
The fjords ports were delightful - we mainly chose to do our own thing. Cunard's prices for shore excursions were very expensive. It's worth queuing at Flam railway station for a ticket, 50% cheaper than the ship's prices.
Venturing further north the weather and the scenery changes. Tromso is a bit of a dump, although a visit to the Arctic centre is worthwhile. Honningsvaag - who'd want to live there! Must be horrendous during winter.
Jubilee sailpast in Southampton was great - they certainly looked to be having a lot of fun on QM2!
Stateroom - fine, no complaints. Very comfortable bed.
Restaurant (Princess Grill) - great food and service
Bars - ok, so-so priced. Look out for the specials in The Golden Lion
Entertainment - resident singers and dancers were very good (I normally get quite bored for these shows, but Victoria's held my attention). The guest entertainers were mixed - the comedian who had a show on Scottish tv was pants!
Shore Excursions - we only did the one, very expensive for what it was. Less
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