My first ever review hope it helps anyone going on the Queen Elizabeth.
We arrived in Southampton the Saturday before, we had booked the Holiday Inn right near the Docks, the location was perfect to get into Southampton City Center and West Quay shopping center just over the road, the views from this hotel were great, got to see the Queen Victoria sail out and the Independence of the Seas. Only down side to the hotel the bed was so uncomfortable we could not sleep!!!!..........
Next morning we checked out around 10.30 and headed towards dock 4 QE2 Terminal, only a short drive from the hotel, we had our car booked in with CPS, we drove into the outer terminal, our bags were taken off, and our car was driven away. A short walk into the terminal, checked in straight away, and headed off to the terminal lounge. This had been one of the quickest and smoothest check in I have done. After about an hour we got called to board the ship. So we were on board by 12.30.
As we boarded were greeted by lots of staff but not one said where to go or if our cabin were ready? We decided to head straight there to see, what a surprise they were ready we booked an inside Deluxe 8047, WOW the cabin was big, king size bed, lots of wardrobe space, draws and cupboards, bathroom was well kitted out with toiletries and the shower had ample space.
This is the largest inside stateroom I have been in, even bigger than the outside stateroom on the Aurora!!
There was a Complementary half bottle of champagne (good for me as my husband don’t drink!!)
But the bad comes with the good…………… there was a rumbling sound coming from the next room, we looked to see our stateroom was next to the Pool machinery equipment!!!! We thought don’t worry as we only sleep in the stateroom and with earplugs we would not hear it…………….but we did the wall was vibrating by our heads, we tried sleeping at the other end of the bed! and the rumbling got louder in the end I went down to the Pursers desk and complained, they sent some one up who had a listen and said they would be in touch and leave a voice mail as we were on a tour into Brugge. When we came back from our trip we had no voice mail, went to the pursers desk, they said they called us at 11.00 and 14.45, we were off the ship? Anyway they had an emergency stateroom they could offer us on deck 4 obstructive view 4142 so that afternoon we moved staterooms.
So two nights without sleep we had to move just so we could have a good night
Overall the stateroom was lovely and big but if you want to sleep don’t book 8047
We booked the thermal suite for the two days, $50 each, worth the money for 2 days even though we only spent a couple of hours in there each day. Floor to ceiling windows great views, it had 3 steam rooms, 5 hot beds, big Jacuzzi bath and soft comfortable sun beds.
Lido restaurant was very busy at certain times, the food was good and we always found something we liked to eat.
Britannia restaurant was elegant, the food was very good and had lots of choices, my only criticism was it took the wine waiter some time to take our drinks orders we were into our mains before he came round to us.
Did the Bruges at your own pace tour 4 hours, it was very well organized.
We had afternoon tea in the Queen’s room, now was an experience, we managed to get the last table before the long queue started forming. You could not here the harpist, it took such a long time for the waiters to come round I had 4 cups of tea before the sandwiches came round!! Some of the tables were on seconds before other tables had been served once, and the queue was getting longer so as soon as we finished we left to give our table to someone else.
Never saw any shows in the theater but the theater was stunning, you could pay extra for a box.
Bowls, croquet and paddle tennis, giant chess again ran out of time to experience any of these.
Pools were on the small side compared to other ships but clean and well maintained, two Jacuzzi, sun loungers were all around the decks.
The Golden Lion pub looked fun and was always busy when we walked by.
As a smoker I found two places to smoke on deck 3 and 10.
Overall the ship was a delight; it was beautiful and elegant, friendly and helpful staff.
Would I sail on her again? ……………….