Queen Victoria Cruise Review by gwentman: Queen Victoria: Maiden Transatlantic
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Queen Victoria: Maiden Transatlantic
Having been fortunate enough to experience the QM2 maiden transatlantic, my wife and I were hoping to duplicate the experience on the Queen Victoria. Unfortunately the weather was not as turbulent as on the QM2, but the sight of the QE2 ploughing through the waves alongside us was very spectacular and more than enough to compensate for the lack of a Force 10 gale! Overall, we were very impressed with the Queen Victoria. We felt that the decor was superb, the dark wood veneers (or plastics?) gave exactly the right impression of a dignified London club or hotel and the Royal Court theatre was the best we have experienced at sea with no sight line problems and gave a real feeling of being in a small London theatre. The arrangement of bars was good, with sufficient feeling of separation while allowing good passenger flow.The Commodore Club was especially well done and gave a comfortable feeling, avoiding the rather cold feeling of other such rooms on HAL ships. I particularly liked the More
Winter Garden which gave the opportunity of fresh air without the ocean 'breezes' of a winter North Atlantic crossing. Service throughout the ship was good, and the earlier complaints from passengers seem to have been mostly solved. One area that we thought could be improved was the 'in-cabin' electronics. The television was badly adjusted and the programming was not good. In particular we were disappointed that no news channel was available when out of TV satellite range - other ships have provided a BBC World Service radio feed or even a text news service. Also, some improvement of e-mail facilities is needed. The Internet Room was almost always full, and why was it not possible to install facilities for cabin texting as in the QM2? We are travelling on the QM2 again in October and will see how we like it now, but the more compact size of the QV was an advantage. And yes, the bathroom was too small (how do large clients manage?)and there are few drawers (although my wife says that more shelves would be better than more drawers),but overall we thought she was a well-designed ship and well able to carry the Cunard name. Less
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