Just got off the Queen Elizabeth in Ft Lauderdale,after a 14 day transatlantic & Caribbean cruise ,14 days of purgatory,what a boring & truly lifeless ship with no atmosphere.
Most passengers on board think they are someone they aren't because they are on a "Cunard " ship.As one chap said one day when we were cuing to get back on board after a day on a beach,a woman pushed past us up the gangway, "There goes one of the Cunard Mafia ".
Embarkation from Southampton was very well organized & when we got on board our cases were already in our cabin.The ship is quite old fashioned inside but very well set out, plenty of Bars etc,but the noise from the engines is very loud on deck 2 especially in the cafe/bar & the vibration in our cabin on deck one was very noticeable.
The service on our table in the Britannia restaurant was disgusting ,not once did our waiter call us by name as we have always have been on Celebrity & Royal Caribbean & was very rude to other guests & we had to order our desert with our starter & main course .One evening he cut his finger & carried on serving us ,dripping blood onto the table cloth,the Maitre D stood by & said nothing.The food was acceptable but nothing out of the ordinary.
The Lido buffet restaurant was a joke.Tables took ages to be cleared & were hardly ever wiped down when the were.The breakfast selection was always hot but quite limited .The only ray of sunshine was the young chef who fryed our eggs every day ,she was lovely & new how we wanted them cooked after the very first day 10 out of 10 to her !!.The lunch selection was o.k. with made to order food available as well as the normal buffet food.
Now onto the entertainment or should I say lack of it unless you like violinists, harpist,piano recitals,trivia (4or5 times a day),ballroom dancing & bridge & more bridge.One day there was even scarf folding (please bring you own square scarf ).The evening entertainment was not much better with people constantly walking out of the shows & to top it all one evening the show was A FILM,(not in the evening )
The library containing 6000 books says it all, you hardly ever saw any body walking around or sat without a book in hand.
Bar waiter service around the ship was good the waiters being very attentive once they knew who liked a drink.No drinks served in the theatre.
We were sat upon deck one morning above the Lido pool & all that could be heard was the splashing of the water in the pool as the ship rolled,the sound of ping pong being played & the snoring of the Mafia NO music being played Or the sound of people having FUN.
If you have not got a plum in your mouth & are not up your own ar--,don`t even think about it.
To cap it all once we arrived in Ft Lauderdale we were supposed to disembark at 8-30 am to pick up a rental car to continue our holiday in Florida but it was 12-15pm when we finally got through customs,due to a lack of customs officials so we were told ???.
After now having been on over 25 cruises on various lines ,this has to be by far the WORST to date & we will have to be hard pushed to venture onto a Cunard ship again !! well perhaps when we have " ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE "