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Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by Cressnick

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Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth
Member Name: Cressnick
Cruise Date: June 2013
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: P1
Cabin Number: 8080
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5+
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Superb Grills experience

Have just returned from the Baltic and our first trip on the Queen Elizabeth, although we have previously sailed on the Queen Victoria and the QE2. It was, once again a wonderful experience from embarkation to disembarkation we could fault nothing. We always choose the Grills and I think it is the nearest that I will ever get to being treated like royalty! The priority embarkation is very much appreciated as we seem to be gently wafted on board with none of that dreadful airport queuing. We also appreciated the Grills being open for lunch on embarkation day, something that we had not had before. We had a table for two, as requested, by the window cantilevered over the deck above the water. In addition to the great choices of meals, we were able to choose from a large a la carte menu and if by any chance there wasn't anything to our liking, we need only ask for what we wished and it would be prepared for the next meal. We also took advantage of the good weather and had quite a few lunches in the courtyard, the lovely outside area between the Grills.

The top terrace on deck 12 and that outside the Grills Lounge were much used by both of us, the stewards were attentive bringing us iced water or orange juices from the containers and cooling fruit kebabs, even bringing the afternoon teas to us outside if we hadn't ventured into the Grills Lounge in search of some - they were faultless and we felt thoroughly spoiled.

The entertainment was good and we loved the beautiful Edwardian style Royal Court Theatre with its sumptuous boxes, of which we availed ourselves most evenings, sitting in splendour.

The ship's decor is magnificent, harking back as it does to the Art Deco grandness of the original Queens. The Grand Lobby is a spectacular initial entrance to the ship and everyone seemed to gravitate to one of its 3 decks most evenings at some time. The Yacht Club is another beautiful venue with its crystal chandeliers and Deco styling. We also loved the styling of the Grand Arcade shopping area based on London's Burlington Arcade. The shops sold good quality merchandise and even on the tables situated outside where the 'sales' and 'bargains' were to be had, the quality was generally good. I note they still have the $10 bargain day, this goes back many years to the QE2 days, and I managed to find 4 'bargains'!

Our suite was spacious with top quality bedding on the large king size bed, we had a separate sitting area with settee, chair and coffee table this also had its own TV, well stocked fridge and constantly replenished silver plated fruit bowl. The bathroom could have been larger as on the QE2, but it did have a full bath with shower over and I think they have now incorporated that extra space into the room itself, which makes sense. The balcony was of good size with chairs, footstools and a table.

Although there were many people on board, the ship never felt crowded, it was very spacious, luxurious and comfortable and I can't wait to get back!


Publication Date: 07/24/13
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