the ancient wonders: Queen Victoria Cruise Review by theshecat
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the ancient wonders
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Flew from Manchester , Titan Airways. Journey good , but breakfast was , a full english in an aluminum container, a eat and mess combination. Hot towels and free papers given to you, comfortable seating.
Arrived in Rome, journey by bus 1 hr ,quick and efficient transfers, worried about 600 cases all piled into a furniture van, but delivered to the stateroom in less then 2 hrs of arrival at the port.
Embarkation, was so quick, although the hall was packed on board in less then 10 mins. Directed to the lift,s then shown to the stateroom on deck 5 by the deck housekeeper.
Balcony stateroom, was the same as the Queen More Mary , drawers under the bed had been added, even had 4 complimentary slippers, found everything up to the standard Cunard preaches. Bathroom,s shower was big enough for me and i am not a small person. Kept wonderfully clean and tidy by our steward Nelson, nothing was to much for him and always with a smile.
Britannia restaurant Was a joy, everything that was wrong on the Queen Mary was brilliant on this one. The restaurant manager kept our open sitting table for us as we gelled with our two waiters. Kriystoff the head waiter was a dream , made our holiday. Arranged a galley tour for the two of us with Nick the executive chef, and gave us the menus in advance, so my wife could order what she liked. On my birthday the rest manager and the head waiter and 4 waiters "sang happy birthday " and gave me a birthday cake. The service , food and treatment we were given was beyond the 5 star i had hoped for. It was so far in front of the Queen Mary.
The first night we were invited to a Sailaway party in the Mauritania suite, by some of our friends. found on this site. We sailed away to champagne and met interesting and varied new friends from America and Canada. and the U.K
The entertainment was not as good as the Queen Mary , but enjoyable none the less. Although i do prefer Victoria,s theatre, i wish that they had put a planetarium on here.
Being a trivia person , we had a good time in the Golden Lion at various times, and the food there was first rate, and very busy at lunchtimes.The in house band ,dixieland special was brilliant.
The Food Court , nicknamed the zoo , was quick clean and the food up to a high standard. The special nights were booked up within 1 hr, must have been the 100 japanese on board,
The only sour note was on remembrance day when a few of these people , glared at our friends and us as we wore our poppy,s, time to move on for them , i think?
The Queens room Afternoon tea twice the standard as the QM, it helps that they can rope the area off and lay up without anybody there, run in military style , a joy to watch if you have ever been a catering.
Excursions These are always expensive , but you know this before so you can always do your homework and go alone. Pyramids and the sphinx , long and hard , 13 hr day, and only on the sites for a total of 2 hrs. Why they have never seen a dustbin in Egypt, defies me, it was a bit off putting seeing dead and bloated ,water buffaloes, in the river with rubbish strewn around the banks, if you go be prepared for a culture shock, Turkey, Greece and the Italian historical sites ,educational and interesting. Malta was one of the best went on our own tours 14 euro,s for 4 hrs.
To cap it all , my friends had a birthday party for me in there suite on the last night, canapes to die for and a pleasant butler Victor serving us all At 11,000 per person, it was luxury , i could never afford, but a taste , i will never forget.
I can only say , that i could not find a fault on this cruise, (i was not looking for any) and it exceeds a 5 star rating. Not a liner but a very superior cruise ship. Special mentions to the executive chef Nick ( who will go to the new QE if rumors are true ) and his no2 twin mark, who we had many conversations with
Krystoff the Head waiter , who was a star as was all the restaurant personal A holiday to remember and the best of out 10 plus cruise by a mile Quality of Food Britannia Restaurant Dinner and breakfast lido and the golden lion for lunch Entertainment 3 Stars Shore Excursions 3 Stars Staff how many above 5 stars can i give Children's Facilities n/a Onboard Activities 4 Stars Cabins 5 Stars Less