We had free parking at the dock. This process was really well organised and in no time at all our luggage was taken and we headed for the lounge. We were given a coloured ticked and waited in the lounge for our number to be called. We were in the lounge for about an hour before we were called to board.We were greeted by the staff in a friendly manner and guided towards the Lido for a spot of lunch. Our cases were already in our room...very impressed.
We choose a C4 cabin which was an obstructed view. Our cabin was number 4123. The cabin was clean with ample storage space in wardrobes, draws and under the bed, as well as room for the suitcases. The shower room was small and compact. We had not really understood the level of how obstructed the views would be from our window. The lifeboat obstructed most of our view though gave some direct sunlight. The dark heavy curtains certainly kept out the early morning light. We had a half bottle of sparkly wine waiting in our room.There are no tea/coffee making facilities available in the cabins.
The colour scheme throughout the ship is subtle cream/beige/gold/brown. We thought this was lovely but we did overhear other guests saying how bland it was!!!information:
Every night an information sheet is left in your cabin highlighting all the activities that are offered the following day. Additional info about the visiting ports is also very useful. There are also dedicated channels on the TV which give useful information.
The trips ashore were pricey, though we did take advantage of the trip in Venice to the Doges palace and gondola ride.
There is little/no information announced over the public address system, although there is a daily report from the Captain (Julian Burgess) at 12 noon each day.
We chose second sitting- 8.30pm- in the Brittania Restaurant- table 574. Our waiter Gerald, and assistant waiter Bryan gave excellent service.
We were delighted with the food and menu choice and during the whole 17 nights there was only one night when the service was very slow. The waiters catered for our dining needs (my husband often couldn't choose between starters and ended up with two!).
During our cruise it was my husbands birthday and we went to The Verandah. We opted for the "degustation£ tasting menu. This price is set at $35 per head.This was a superb dining experience and we wouyld recommend a visit here. From observation it appears that not many make use of this restaurant.
The Lido is the buffet style dining venue. We usually had our breakfast here each morning. Generally, if we went early enough it was easy to get a table. However this dining area gets very busy around 9am and guests may struggle for a seat. There is a fab selection of hot and cold foods here and you would be hard pushed not to find something to suit all tastes.
Room service is available 24 hrs a day although we only used this service once for breakfast. We had no issues with this.
There are other places to have coffe/tea but be aware that you will be charged in these venues.
there is a wide variety of activities to take part in. The shows we went to were spectacular!!!
This ship is definatley for those who can dance!!! The Queen's room had opportunity to show off your dance steps.
The swimming pools are small but adequate. The lido pool has music playing for most of the time whilst the other pool area is quieter.
There is a large pub called the Golden Lion- good atmosphere and they serve excellent pub grub at lunchtime...The casino is also nearby....
We liked the Yacht Club as an alternative place to spend the evening- live music and less formal dancing.
Alcohol is not cheap- though if you buy a spirit you are not charged for the tonic/coke/etc. Cocktails are around $7 each... I worked my way through the menu lol....
Out of the 2000 guests the majority were British- only a few other nationalities.
The age group of guests was much older than we hadf anticipated. We are both in our late forties but generally the guests aged much older- 70+
I would say that this ship is definatley NOT for children. We only saw a handful throughout the cruise. There are some facilities for them on board though- personally I don't feel it is the right ship to take children on.
We made good use of the photo package on offer as individual pictures are $24.99 each. We bought all our pics and disc for $349- and the quality of these are superb.
We met some really nice people on-board- always wanting to share their cruising history with Cunard with you.
However we also met some rude, arrogant people who gave the impression that they were better than you ( yes I know this could happen anywhere). One of the comments "overheard" was spoken very loudly in the bar area "oh, it's so disappointing that Cunard have reduced their prices so "anyone" can cruise".- no comment
We had 5 formal evenings and people love to dress up on these nights- We loved these nights.
We loved "afternoon tea" served in the Queens room.
We had a wonderful holiday. However we do feel that the Cunard experience caters for the "older" generation of cruisers. I am not saying that we would not cruise with Cunard again, but feel that there are certainly cruise lines on par with Cunard that offer more to suit our personal needs/ choices.