Something for everyone: Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Cranbrookcruiser61
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Something for everyone
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
You can't please all of the people all of the time when it comes to entertainment. Karaoke and bingo aren't our thing, but we enjoyed the quizzes, talks and jazz. Likewise, the evening shows were not always what we'd choose to see at home, but you couldn't fault the professionalism of those involved, and if you don't fancy the main event there's always an alternative. Some of the shows were repeats of what we saw last year. More Exquizit were a great addition and really brought the sail away parties alive.
The downside was the extra costs on board. We noticed more nominal charges for activities such as yoga and boot camp, and most people thought the prices of spa treatments were outrageous. Passengers who have sailed before are also wary of the fitness suite talks, which involve hard selling of expensive supplements (none of which appear to be supported by evidence of efficacy). I bought a spa pass ($250 approx.), but was dismayed to hear that it was being offered much cheaper a few days later. Unlike last year, this part of the ship was practically deserted with staff looking at a loose end. With such an emphasis on repeat custom, they really need to address these problems and make on-board services more attractive.
Getting on and off the ship was extremely efficient. Just a 15 minute wait on arrival, and a little longer when we left, but in the comfort of the theatre with newspapers on sale. We were really sad to leave and wouldn't hesitate to book again. Less
Cabin review: BC8055 Balcony
Directly opposite laundry, but we found this useful. Very handy for Lido buffet and spa on deck above, but expect early morning noise as deck stewards put out furniture. This cabin has a problem with its panelling -- loud creaking and cracking with any movement of the vessel, so take your earplugs! Wardrobe area is pokey and dark and clothes seems to get lost in there. Lovely balcony with uninterrupted views.Read All Balcony (BC) Reviews >>