Fun in the Fjords: Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Cometeer
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Fun in the Fjords
Destination: Baltic Sea
EMBARCATION: No matter how long the queue embarcation invariably goes smoothly at Southampton, where years of practice have, no doubt, perfected the whole operation.
RESTAURANTS: The Britannia changes little, whether the QM2 or the QV. The standards are high, the service exceptional but, as always, the food is never hot, just warm. We were pleasantly surprised by The Lido, as we always thought the Kings Court a little More like a works canteen. Floor to ceiling windows make The Lido an attractive proposition for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And the food is excellent, both for quality and choice.
ENTERTAINMENT: Away from the set theatre shows, entertainment was sparse and not particularly inspiring. Pub singer/pianists in the Golden Lion and Commodore Club were average. The shows, however, exceeded expectations with, for once, the Cunard talent shining throughout the cntire voyage.
PORTS OF CALL: Four ports of call. Stavanger, Olden, Gerainger and Bergen were handled with the usual efficiency by the QV staff. We did not avail ourselves of the excursions but found exploring on our own very easy.
SHIP'S LAYOUT. Regular Cunarders will argue forever about the best layout - Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. We found some goood, some not so good points. Many favour the Queens Room in the middle of the vessel but we found it off-putting to use it as a corridor; likewise the open sided Chart Room does not have the charm of the QM2 enclosed room. The Golden Lion seems dark and a little claustrophobic but the Commodore Club seemed larger and the gym is certainly larger and better equipped on the QV. Less