A wonderful Cunard experience: Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Edward J Kelley
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A wonderful Cunard experience
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
On this trip Americans were a minority being outnumbered by citizens of the "British empire", along with French, Japanese, Chinese etc.
Embarkation was easy, cabins ready when we got aboard, early luggage delivery, very comfortable staterooms, with the exception of an overly small bath and limited shelf storage for belongings.
Food in the Britannia Dining Room was excellent as was service. As an American I wished that there were fewer formal nights - 4, and that "elegant casual" More didn't mean "suitcoat required"; however others dress up more than we. I must say that very few attempted to violate the evening dress code and they were shunted off to the Lido.
The trip thru the Canal was fine, Pacific ports in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cost Rica and Mexico were as they always are - which is to say "not much"; however most people were there for the Canal passage, I was there for the extensive "sea days" and a beautiful ship.
We arrived at Los Angeles on time and as so often happens ran into difficulties with our overly aggressive ICE personnel who refused to clear the ship until many were delayed in their transfers etc. O well - you learn to expect it with ICE.
A very enjoyable trip with Cunard; however unfortunately neither QV nor QE will be making hardly any cruises from US ports in 2012-13. Too bad. Less