Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox
Luxury Deals Luxury Ship Reviews Luxury Itineraries Luxury Features Luxury Cruise Forum

Queen Victoria Review

Home > Cruise Ship Reviews > Cunard > Queen Victoria Review
71% of cruisers loved it
  • Elegant formal nights & great service
  • Upscale interior pays respect to Cunard's history
  • Lots of itineraries, four-nighters to world cruises

Show the Lowest Price
Departure Month
Please select at least one vendor.
American Discount Cruises
iCruise.com
Expedia
LuxuryOnly.com
Direct Line Cruises
Cruise.com
Priceline.com

Queen Victoria Overview

(4.0) 4.0 out of 5+ star rating
Queen Victoria, which debuted in 2007, lacks some of the high profile glitz of Queen Mary 2, its much larger sibling -- but never mind. The ship is large enough to feature plenty of space, but also cosy enough to foster a sense of intimacy, and is actually the most beautiful ship Cunard has built (at least in my day).

The ship's interior pays many tributes to Cunard's venerable history (the British line dates back to 1840) as well as to England. These celebratory nods range from black and white photos of the rich and famous as they travelled on various Cunard steamers to an homage to Queen Victoria herself in the design of the two-deck high Queen's Room, meant to replicate the general ambience of Osborne House, the monarch's favourite residence.

Polished veneer on the walls in staircases also harks back to the age of liners; trumpet light fixtures in the Chart Room Bar remind us of those that graced the First Class Observation Lounge on the first Queen Mary (1936).

As important as history is in creating a certain elegant ambience onboard, what makes it all work is that Cunard has successfully fused heritage with modernity. Cabins are relatively state of the art while the Golden Lion pub boasts an antique-ish pressed tin pub ceiling.

Ultimately, Queen Victoria doesn't awe passengers with breathtaking extravaganzas as does Queen Mary 2 (which it must be admitted I admire even so). It's grand -- yet with warm colours, familiar and competent service and plenty of smallish-sized public rooms, it's built on a human scale. This is a much more British ship in the sense that it's overall ambience is understated rather than stunning. Ultimately, it's worthy of note that while there's a museum on the ship, by no means is Queen Victoria a mere museum itself.
Queen Victoria Fellow Passengers
On Queen Victoria, you will be travelling mainly with quite well-traveled, well-to-do people in their 50's (and up). However, the ship does attract first-timers too, and it's not a bad choice for those who want an elegant experience that focuses on good entertainment and service.

A spring cruise from Southampton in April had some 1,500 Brits, 200 Americans and around 200 other nationalities from around 30 countries onboard. The ship caters mainly to couples -- there were quite a few gay ones too on the cruise -- but you will feel welcome if you come just on your own.

As the duration and geographical coverage of the cruises the ship takes vary greatly, from a four-night mini-cruise to circumnavigation, so too will the passenger mix.
Queen Victoria Dress Code
The first and last night of your cruise will be "elegant casual" (jacket but no tie), while up to three sea days each week will be formal (black tie or black suit). Port days and sea days beyond the up to three formal nights are semi-formal (jacket and tie).

Practically everyone observes the dress code on formal nights and so much the better: This is an elegant ship and looking at your best on those evenings is definitively part of that experience.
Queen Victoria Gratuity
A daily charge of $11.50 for Britannia passengers and $13.50 per day for Queens and Princess Grill passengers is automatically added to your shipboard account as gratuity for the hotel and restaurant staff. A 15 percent tip is added to all bar and spa treatment prices.

Print the entire ship review


Queen Victoria Member Reviews 220 Reviews
   A Very English Cruise
September 2014

Stayed in the Meon Valley Marriott the night before good quality hotel and a good deal including parking for the duration of the cruise and efficient inclusive transfers to terminal.

I called this review very English because the vast ...continue


   Expensive Queen Victoria
September 2014

I must first say that we enjoyed the Cruise. The Queen Victoria is a fine, comfortable ship, and our cabin was excellent. However there were so many irritations, some of them avoidable, that we will think twice before going with Cunard ...continue


   CUNARD HAS BEEN CARNAVALIZED!
August 2014

Firstly, we are not regular cruisers but we have been on QM2, short trip around the Carribean shortly after she was commissioned and then transatlantic on QE2. Both these trips took place prior to Carnival buying Cunard.

The differences ...continue


1 - 3 of 220 Reviews


Overview   Cabins   Dining   Activities   Family   Itineraries   Deck Plans   More Reviews  
 

Show the Lowest Price
Departure Month
Please select at least one vendor.
American Discount Cruises
Expedia
iCruise.com
LuxuryOnly.com
Priceline.com
Cruise.com
Direct Line Cruises
Sponsored Listings:
red arrow
red arrow
Queen Victoria Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
4.0
4.3
Public Rooms
5.0
4.8
Cabins
4.0
4.3
Entertainment
4.0
3.9
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.9
Family & Children
3.0
3.4
Shore Excursions
3.0
4.2
Enrichment
5.0
NA
Service
5.0
4.4
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.8
Rates
3.0
3.7

Sailing From

Cruises To
Baltic & Northern Europe
Caribbean - All
Eastern Mediterranean
Europe - All
Europe - Mediterranean All
South Pacific
Transatlantic
Western Mediterranean
World

Explore This Ship
Ship Stats
Crew: 900
Launched: 2007
Decks: 12
Tonnage: 90,000
Passengers: 2,014
Registry: Great Britain
CDC Score: 98
 
Community
Join the Forums
Get answers from real cruisers on the forums

Join the Roll Call
Make friends, share tours
About UsAdvertisingEditorial DisclaimerPress
PrivacySite MapStoreSubscribe
X

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.

We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.