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Queen Victoria Cruise Review by agcarr@sea: A great pre-Christmas cruise on Cunard ..

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A great pre-Christmas cruise on Cunard ..

Sail Date: November 2013
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton

This was our second cruise with Cunard with the previous one being to Norway on QM2 which I would rate as 9/10. First of all the Queen Victoria, it is very beautiful and impressive inside with elegant fittings, lush carpets and many pleasant seating areas in a variety of bars and lounges which do tend to all look similar but are of a very high standard. Drink prices I found to be ok with a nice cappuccino working out at about £2.50. 9/10 for the ship overall

Entertainment - We had a really good selection and variety for the evening shows which take place in a wonderful old fashioned theater with very comfortable seats. Definitely west-end standard every night with singers, dancers, comedians and variety acts. A great string quartet and multiple pianists and harpists played around the ship almost constantly. 10/10 (Films are shown most days when the theater is free)

Enrichment program - We had three great speakers on board who did a total of 10 45min talks in More the theater on sea days. There was an ex BBC presenter, a crime writer and a Bletchley park historian. I found all the talks and Q&A sessions totally fascinating and well put together so I would rate them as 9/10.

Dining - We were on the 6pm sitting at a fixed table of 8 in the main Britannia restaurant. Our fellow dining guests were all great and enjoyable company for the cruise . The food choice and quality I thought was just slightly below the QM2 experience which I couldn't fault. The service was just as good however with no delays and very professional waiters. 8.5/10 . The buffet dining area (Lido) on deck 9 is a big improvement on QM2 with regard to its layout. It had plenty of really good food available all day long and afternoon tea at 3.30 every day if you didn't fancy the real deal in the Queens room downstairs with the white-gloved waiters. 9/10

Stateroom - A few issues here .. Our balcony cabin on deck 7 had loose roof panels which squeaked like hell as the ship moved and upset our sleep so much we finally complained (on night 3) and were moved very quickly to a balcony on Deck 4 . The stateroom itself was fine with a very comfortable bed and pillows and a functional bathroom with a decent shower 8.5/10. Great room steward though and room service was always very quick.

Overall it was 8.5/10 for us and a great cruise and we will probably book with Cunard next time Less

Published 12/04/13

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