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Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by mezza: A Queen in every respect


mezza
15 Reviews
Member Since 2007
770 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 2.0
Enrichment Activities 5.5
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 5.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 4.0

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A Queen in every respect

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Los Angeles

Embarkation

One would like to forget this ridiculous beginning of something as enjoyable as a world voyage sector but I guess it must be included. Unfortunately our shuttle got us to the pier much earlier than we asked and when we arrived at 10.30 am, passengers were still embarking. There was no formal area to put our cases (just the corner where we could keep our eye on it)and a small area of seating where other early bird passengers were waiting. Apparently the delay was due to customs taking their time in clearing the ship but we did not start the embarkation until 1.00pm. It was a good opportunity to start socialising with others around but none were too thrilled with the wait. At least when we did get to our cabin, it was not long to wait for our cases and besides, we were easily engrossed in checking out how similar (or dissimilar)the decor may be, to her sister Q Victoria

Decor

We felt it subdued - lots of creams and sea greens, compared to her small More and big sister. This grew on us after 10 days as the decor is still very elegant but the dining room has a lot of timber and just needs more uplifting colours. There is also a lot of very attractive patterned glass, which makes the walk to the Brittania dining room a very pleasant experience. The furniture is again subdued but looks luxurious and for the most part very comfortable

Service

We couldn't fault it - from the cabin steward to Dining and Bar staff. Everyone was very professional efficient and friendly. we had the best Dining waiter we have ever had on all travels. Reinoldo, take a bow,we hope you are promoted quickly! What a difference it makes to have someone genuinely care about your dietary needs as well as consistently providing excellent service.

Food

We ate most often in the dining room as we enjoyed the service and menu. The Dinner menu started superbly with wonderful soups and salads especially but towards the end became somewhat boring. This did not mean the food was bad, just a little boring. The smooties in the Kings Court were superb and the rest of the food always good. The Pizza and pasta always excellent each time we had it for lunch. All round the food very good.

Entertainment

Hmmm, this is where there were some problems. A lot of individual entertainers of varying standards and entertainment value. Refraining from being specific, suffice to say some were excellent while others were very ordinary. We thought there were too little production shows for the length of the sector. Lectures, on the other hand were excellent - again some better than others but we did not miss any and looked forward to our sea day mornings for what we learned in the Royal Theatre. Alexander Downer was sooooo good. Cunard! - more of those calibre speakers please - perhaps a female would be good

Disembarkation

Ok - better than LA but could have been quicker with more staff. Coming into the harbour was so exciting and something that will stay with us for a long time. To have some hassles in getting off after that was just a tad deflating.

Highlights

1. The Captain - Julian Burges. He was always there socialising informally with guests and being involved in the entertainment with graciousness.

2. Having Downer speak on current affairs

Lowlights

The LA embarkation

Overall - a very enjoyable trip on a beautiful ship. Thank you, QE staff Less


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Apart from the ridiculously small shower and the limited space outside the bathroom, it was fine. Thought there was far too much rocking and rolling as a midship cabin - it definitely is not the QM2. Plenty of drawers and decor nice

Port and Shore Excursions


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