Cruise review of Cunard Queen Elizabeth

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Booked this cruise for my mum's 75th birthday. It was her first cruise but my 8th one, although 1st time on Cunard. We went to Amsterdam, Bruges and Le Havre (for Paris) and these are my comments on the cruise. Dissapointed with the bedding (why can't they make pillow cases to fit and be bothered to iron the duvet). They were both stained and the velcroded vallance was falling off the sides of the bed!! We had our shower curtain changed twice during 5 days but never the bedding!!!! The cost of the spa ("special offer" for the 5 nights was USD 200 for the two of us!!!!), the days activities (great if you want to pay for the fitness classes, attend boring lectures or listen to "health" lectures where they are trying to sell you something, were all dissapointing too. We went to a quiz half an hour one morning as there was nothing else that appealed to us, and we were given 6 minutes to answer 20 questions, then swap papers to answer them so we were out of there in 12 minutes. Good points, the food was superb, the steward was great, the shows were OK. If you are going to Amsterdam and your brochure says the ship stops in Rotterdam, this is not true. ALL Cunard ships stop in Amsterdam so do not book a truely inflated priced tour. You can walk there in 12 minutes. We walked into Amsterdam and took a book cruise for EURO 11 per person. Cunard wanted about EURO 42 each!!! In Bruges we took the free shuttle bus to Blankenberg then the train to Bruges. The train was EURO 5.40 return per person. Cunard wanted EURO 50 per person for the same trip. We did succumb and book the trip to Honfleur when we were in Le Havre as we took the free shuttle into town and there was NOTHING THERE. Even the few shops were closed. So we had a 4 hour trip to Honfleur for EUR 66 each!!!!!!! Probably the worst of the 8 cruises I have been on and I know my mother has not been persuaded to go again. If you want a beautiful ship, great shows, better food, no extra expenses and a nicer room, use the Royal Caribbean line.
Queen Elizabeth Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean
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Cabin review: Balcony

Nothing luxurious about the suite we booked. Corridors very boring with no pictures and very easy to lose your way around. Should have colour coded floors or something. Ask for the tips to be taken off your bill and do your own thing. They wanted USD 160 for 5 nights which I thought was too much. PLUS, every time you order a drink, you automatically pay 15% service charge on the bill. Food was fantastic and waiters very good. Never been on a ship without an indoor pool or a ship where you pay for the spa.

Port and Shore Excursions

Nice and easy to get around. The canal trip is worth the money, but book there not with Cunard.
Easy to get around. We did the horse and carriage ride which is worth the money if there are 4 of you. Try and get another couple in the queue to go with you. Chocolates were yum!!
Published 11/02/11
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