Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Chloe Wakefield: Autumn Break with Queen Victoria
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Autumn Break with Queen Victoria
Have just returned from 4 nights on Queen Victoria. Checking in/disembarkation like clockwork. Food very good but no better than cheaper cruises-one night 3 out of 5 main courses had cheese-husband allergic. Wines expensive (upwards of 25 dollars) Staff varied from stewardess(lovely) to aloof waiters in Britannia restaurant. Very little atmosphere on board apart from Golden Lion pub. Entertainment (what entertainment?)-very poor.
Excursions expensive-D day landing beaches not far from Cherbourg but cost approx 150 dollars each.Absolute robbery. 3 ports of call, only 2 visited,couldn't disembark in Belgium due to 'high gusts'- not unusual at end of October in North Sea?)-naughty naughty Cunard to include unsuitable ports at this time of year when there's a good chance you can't disembark-happens quite regularly according to one travel agent.Felt sorry for the Americans & Japanese on board who missed out on Bruges or Brussels.Never mind, Cunard made lots more money More out of us spending an extra day at sea. 15% gratuities added to onboard spend as well!No compensation offered,not even a free drink.Jazz band in pub saved the day. Many announcements missed as could only be heard in corridors. Shopping mall limited and expensive.Plenty of really expensive paintings for sale (cost thousands)-if you could afford them why buy at sea? Never saw Captain or other crew and wondered why we had dressed up for a formal night. Beautiful ship but somehow disappointed overall. May be better on New York trip but feel Cunard are trading on their name. Have emailed Cunard for their comments but no reply received. Less
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