Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by photosg: The most beautiful ship in service
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The most beautiful ship in service
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Why do people choose Cunard? The strictly enforced dress-codes? The link with the golden age of liners? Good service? Your fellow passengers at dinner?
On the sailing I was on more than half the passengers were from the UK. The next largest nationality were Australians. The Americans came in third, closely followed by Germans and Canadians. If I remember correctly there were a total of 44 nationalities among the passengers. Their fish and chips come battered and they have limp and pink as well as crisp and brown bacon for breakfast. With jars of vegemite and marmite lurking beside the marmalade and jams. And then there is the three course afternoon tea: finger sandwiches followed tiny cakes and only then the scones and clotted cream appear. Accompanied by a harpist or a string quartet. I had high expectations for their Chicken Tikka Marsala but was impressed at how good the Beef Rendang at the Lido lunch buffet was.
It was summer in the Med but I was still surprised More by how little motion there was onboard, almost none. You would not have guessed we were sailing.
What impressed me the most was how stunningly beautiful the ship was. Art Deco very consistently applied to a very charming effect.You could almost pretend you were in a bygone age. Except that they have a 40" flat screen TV on your cabin wall and five, yes FIVE, electrical sockets along the top of your desk. (only one of which was the UK style square pin.)
Why on earth do they use US dollars rather than GB Pounds on board?
I won't pretend it was perfect in every way. The (balcony) cabin design doesn't allow for both bedside drawers to be placed between the beds when configured as singles. There wasn't enough shelf space for clothes, even for a 7 day voyage. (The space in the wardrobe was ample with two full length hanging sections and one half-height hanging section that I would have preferred as shelves or, even better, drawers.) Note that there are secret drawers under the bed but one was used to store the queen sized bedding, so only one was available for our use. Less
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Cabin review: 5058
Note that while technically not "obstructed view" if you look down while on the balcony you will not see the sea but the tops of the life boats plus your neighbours in rooms 5054 forward and 4054 below. It all felt a bit voyeuristic so didn't spend that much time on the balcony. There is no compromise of the view from inside the room itself, only when you went onto the balcony. Also, I'm not sure about this, but I think the balconies on deck 6 upwards are deeper than they are on deck 5 at this position on the ship.
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