We recently returned from an extremely enjoyable 10 night voyage on Queen Victoria. Before I booked we were rather spectacle about what to expect as had heard many stories about class and different dining options, but this was transparent and we didn’t notice any difference or visible ‘grills’ class only areas.
This was our 1st time with Cunard, but have cruised many times with others.
We booked a restricted view ‘oceanview’ on a late deal and were extremely happy with the cabin allocation, as it was mid ship on deck 4 and proved to be more comfortable in rough sea’s in the rather angry bay of Biscay.
Embarkation and check in was quick and no hastle. We arrived at 2pm (later that we normally check in) due to the morning fog, and waiting till it cleared before we travelled down the M3. We used CPS for parking and were extremely happy with the service, especially on the return when the weather was miserable and there had been a terminal change – no problem for CPS – the brought the cars to the new terminal (undercover), no queuing or delays or getting wet in the rain.
Our cabin was spacious, we were pleased we booked the oceanview, as it was more spacious than the inside. Others have commented about the small bathrooms, but this was nothing different to P&O, RCI and Holland America, and we are not ‘small’ people but found the shower cubicle large enough. The welcome bottle of sparkling wine was a nice touch.
We ate in the Britannia restaurant 2nd sitting, and no complaints. Our dining companions were lovely too, and a good time was had by all. Breakfast and Lunch were mostly in the Lido. I’m not a lover of buffets, but appreciated the freshly made pancakes for breakfast and the freshly made to order pasta station for lunch. We also ate in the Golden Lion one lunchtime, very popular for fish & chips. We had an enjoyable afternoon in the Queens Room but as it was a tea dance and we were seated by the dance floor, found it very busy with people constantly walking past.
The Royal Cunard Singers/Dancers were some of the most talented we have seen at sea. Being involved in theater, we appreciated that shows were rather unusual and not the normal type of shows based on songs from movies or musicals, but there were of a very high standard. The “singers in concert” was astounding…
We are not ‘dancers’ and found that the evening themed balls were more concentrated around the dance activities in the Queens Room and being 2nd seating dinner, missed most of the highlights. However, there were still lots to do after dinner, including lots of activities in the Golden Lion, great Karaoke, and the band in Hemispheres were fab too.
All staff were extremely friendly and nothing seemed to be a problem. The South African barman in the Golden Lion was a pleasure and gave some very good advice on how to cope in rough seas.
Our only negative comment would be the high price of onboard internet/wifi. But this is the same for all cruise lines…! Repeat guests seemed to have had free onboard minutes, but as we were 1st time Cunard, this was not available to us…
We were extremely impressed with the whole cruise and would definitely choose to sail with Cunard again, if the price and itinerary were to our liking.