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10 Cunard Adelaide Cruise Reviews

Being Cunard we expected something better that Holland, Princess and Royal Caribbean but we were disappointed. We booked some months in advance and requested the early dining @ 6pm but found we had been allocated 8:30pm. No good for me ... Read More
Being Cunard we expected something better that Holland, Princess and Royal Caribbean but we were disappointed. We booked some months in advance and requested the early dining @ 6pm but found we had been allocated 8:30pm. No good for me with gastric reflux issues. We saw the Maitre D' who was disinterested but put us on a waitlist of 2 pages of other people. This meant we ate in the Lido Buffet for the first two nights - the food was typical cafeteria food and nothing special. After 2 night of poor food we complained to the Purser that we didn't book the QE for poor quality food. Next day we were given the early dining. We joined in Adelaide but 2 people on our table joined in Melbourne and had only booked 3 days before and were given early dining - pathetic. TV picture quality in Balcony room 6119 was poor, given that we were cruising in Australian waters there were no Australian channels for news. At the time we had bush fires in TAS, NSW and floods in QLD and parliamentary chaos federally and in NSW so news would have been nice to hear. The shows were excessively loud, even with ear plugs and pretty boring. Service in the main Dining room was very good once we got access to it. Service in the Lido buffet was not good, especially if you were old and with a walker (not us). We helped an old lady get a glass of water because none of the staff would and she said she had to get only a half-full glass because it would spill carrying it back on her walker. A couple of the lectures were interesting 1. Lowry the painter and his stick people paintings; 2. RAF pilot and his experience of being shot down in the 1st Gulf War and being captured. In addition there were water colour painting classes which were very helpful. On shore tours were the usual price of most cruises but there were some interesting ones. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Last year we really enjoyed a 14 night Baltic cruise on Queen Elizabeth in a Princess Grill room. Decided to try the Queens Grill on this short cruise and regretted the decision to move up from the Princess Grill. The Queens Grill room was ... Read More
Last year we really enjoyed a 14 night Baltic cruise on Queen Elizabeth in a Princess Grill room. Decided to try the Queens Grill on this short cruise and regretted the decision to move up from the Princess Grill. The Queens Grill room was larger but didn’t provide a significant upgrade over the Princess Grill. The Queens and Princess restaurants have the same menu and waiting staff rotate through the range of restaurants so there was no upgrade there. The menu in the Grills restaurants is very conservative and quite bland but the waiting staff were excellent and dealt very well with some very rude passengers. The singers and dancers currently on the Queen Elizabeth are much better than the previous group and the entertainment was really good on this cruise. The room staff, waiting staff and other service staff were very good but the security staff who manage the port disembarkation/embarkation were awful and on a number of occasions were rude and overly officious with passengers attempting to get on or off. The things that annoyed us with the earlier Cunard cruise, very expensive Internet and the gratuity/service charge gouging, haven’t changed and we’ve decided we won’t travel with them again until this is improved or they are offering free gratuities and Internet. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Ok after the last 2 disappointing cruises with princess we thought we'd give cunard a go.Def aimed at.a diff market. .only one child on board for first half of cruise (poor bugger was lonely in kids club) The average age was ... Read More
Ok after the last 2 disappointing cruises with princess we thought we'd give cunard a go.Def aimed at.a diff market. .only one child on board for first half of cruise (poor bugger was lonely in kids club) The average age was older and this changed down to around 55 after melb. Embarkation and disembarking was brilliant.so much more efficient.Food was.great 8 out of 10 the ship was immaculate no leaking roofs and the carpet was stain free and trip over buckets or carpet dryers. The rooms were very good. The mens change room had a sauna which looked out over the sea...didnt have to pay for the expensive spa suite..9/10 and no one used it most of the time i was the only person there. The only downfall was the way they bill you in us dollars and charge your account. Drinks were expensive . Our semillionier in the Britannia dining room was Mysdrago from serbia who was so charming you could take him home. The only other issue was dining in the buffet for lunch or breakfast as there were not enough seating for everyone inside. The entertainment was very good. This cruise was not a booze cruise with everyone just having a nice time relaxing. Its not carnival or princess and doesnt cater for that market. We enjoyed dressing for dinner and whilst some standards were enforced (No swimmers.in buffet ) most of the time everyone dressed accordingly..had a great cruise definitely a much better standard for me anyway. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Just spent 7 magnificent and relaxing days on the Queen Elizabeth,our group of 12 were spoilt by a band and classy singers that kept our dancers very satisfied.the selection of music and songs were perfect for us to dance to.you can’t ... Read More
Just spent 7 magnificent and relaxing days on the Queen Elizabeth,our group of 12 were spoilt by a band and classy singers that kept our dancers very satisfied.the selection of music and songs were perfect for us to dance to.you can’t find many cruise liners that can do what this band did in the queens room.they guaranteed many more visits with a much bigger audience once we tell our dance groups about it all. The service and food was second to none.so happy you are catering for us downounder.well more often.The ship was always clean and staff were always available to assist.the quality of food was 1st class and very good value for money.if you want a cruise to be spoilt and dine with real quality food and excellent entertainment.....you must try this cruise ship.....the staff make this all possible...see you all again real soon!! Ps...we all danced so much that we are nursing so feet and that has not happened for some time....thanks again BiG Band! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My partner and I had cruised with Cunard once before in the Med. This was a very short cruise for us (2 nights - Adelaide to Melbourne) but the purpose was to give our elderly parents (76, 77, 87 and 89) a taste of the Cunard experience. ... Read More
My partner and I had cruised with Cunard once before in the Med. This was a very short cruise for us (2 nights - Adelaide to Melbourne) but the purpose was to give our elderly parents (76, 77, 87 and 89) a taste of the Cunard experience. We were a party of 6. Embarkation in Adelaide was the worst I had experienced in 6 cruises on different lines. As we had booked late , we had 2 A1 Club Balcony and 1 x BE Balcony cabin booked but were all told to arrive at the port at the same time of 12pm. It would seem all 750 embarking passengers were given the same time. Nobody was allowed to board prior to about 12.30 and by this stage the small waiting area at the port was packed and full of angry, impatient cruisers. Not a good start for my claustrophobic 89 y.o. mother. Once on board at 1pm that was soon forgotten and we enjoyed a lovely lunch in the Lido buffet. As the continuing passengers who had embarked in Southampton, Cape Town or Perth were out exploring Adelaide, the Lido did not suffer from the usual embarkation day buffet scramble that can be so unedifying. We had been wait-listed to try and upgrade our BE balcony cabin to a Club Balcony like our parents had secured, but it didn't come through. So first task was to try and organise the dining arrangements. They wouldn't let us 2 BE passengers join the other 4 A1 passengers in the Club Dining Room so we all ended up dining at the late sitting in Britannia. We were given a fantastic table for 6 by the window in the upper level overlooking the stern and the wake of the ship which was fabulous. Dinner in Britannia was very good although the first night the sommelier left me holding the wine menu for the entire first course and only took our wine order after we had finished the appetizer. I went to the 'Hollywood nights' floor show in the Royal Court Theatre which was terrific by cruise ship standards. The first night out of Adelaide the ship encountered heavy seas which the Captain informed us had not been forecast. Squalls of up to 70 knots had the ship rolling considerably and I was worried for my parents in what was their first night ever at sea. It was by far the roughest night I had experienced in my short cruising history over the last 5 years. We changed course the next morning to go around the weather and things were pretty smooth for the rest of the trip. I was pleased to see that the Australians were all well presented and complying with the dress code - even the hop on hop off crowd like us. We had 'smart attire' nights both nights on board but my partner and I decided to go black tie regardless as quite a few others on board did. So it gave the night the suitable sense of occasion I had hoped for my parents benefit. I saw no jacket less men in the Dining Room or bars after 7pm, but I wasn't particularly looking. Disembarkation in Melbourne was a breeze. I'm really not sure why Adelaide was such a schemozzle. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Embarked at Adelaide on a16 day cruise of several Australian ports.The ship handled well in a force 7 gale at night with 8metre waves with no roll but with a gentle pitch to lull you to sleep.The public rooms are large and with 2700 people ... Read More
Embarked at Adelaide on a16 day cruise of several Australian ports.The ship handled well in a force 7 gale at night with 8metre waves with no roll but with a gentle pitch to lull you to sleep.The public rooms are large and with 2700 people on board one never felt crowded,in some areas there were 20 to 30 people.This vessel is not for people who want nightclubbing.There are 2 floorshows each evening with singers,dancers& other international quests.Dancing in the Queens room every night accompanied by a full orchestra is a popular event.In the same room afternoon tea is served in a grand manner every day.We had any time dining in the Brittania Club restaurant where the food was of a very good standard.The wait staff & sommelier were knowledgeable and friendly.The guest speakers spoke about past court cases,forensics,astronomy,Wreck of the Titanic,and more.We found tendering to be very organised with care taken with older people.A true ocean liner in the grand tradition with lots of room without feeling cramped. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We decided to take a short voyage to sample a Cunard product and a larger ship. As a background, we have taken four cruises with Seabourn in recent years, and thought this mini voyage with Cunard would be an interesting exercise, before ... Read More
We decided to take a short voyage to sample a Cunard product and a larger ship. As a background, we have taken four cruises with Seabourn in recent years, and thought this mini voyage with Cunard would be an interesting exercise, before taking a longer cruise with them. Apart from the size of the QE, we had an expectation that the two cruise lines would have had a comparable experience ... not so!. The decor had an over the top "traditional" look to the point of looking like a theatrical stage set, but we were prepared for that and realized that it was what many people like about Cunard. What we found was a balcony cabin that was not a 4/5 star experience, but one that exhibited the hallmarks of a lesser cruise line. The bathroom was a miserable fail, and inserting my 6ft 4in frame in the shower was an interesting experience!, as was the rest of the micro bathroom. Seabourn :- large shower, decent bath and twin hand basins, plus room to move, all finished in marble and not poverty beige paint!. The same difference with the actual cabin fit out, Seabourn has the same quality 5* finishes and fittings across almost all cabin types apart from the "owners suites", Cunard a 3* fit out with a small balcony. There is as we know, the "Grills" cabins on the Cunard Line, but we rated the QE Balcony product against the similar Seabourn offering at a comparable costing. In fact, Seabourn is less expensive, as there is almost no add on's apart from excursions, and internet. The dining experience was a fail in many areas apart from the truly excellent experience we had at the Verandah Restaurant ... superb food and great service!. It would be nice if the likes of the Britannia & Lido could meet similar standards. There food was average and service spasmodic. The embarkation and disembarkation was somewhat chaotic with no clear directions provided resulting in very average implementation, again a fail. The service ranged from excellent to very average, and the general crew were quite pleasant at times, is the best that can be said. The TV programming was frustrating as there were no on demand offerings. There were a number of guest speaker presentations we wished to see but it was luck of the draw if we turned on at the correct time to see the start of the talk. The movie list was limited with old movies and again start times were not clear. The range of restaurants, entertainment and activities appeared to be limited for a ship of this size. The location of the "ball room" in the middle of the ship thoroughfare acts to discourage participation in activities due to the passing prying eyes. What was included in the cruise price we paid and what was extra was confusing. Coffee served with meals was included while coffee served in a cafe needed to be paid for separately. This coffee was no better than the dish water served with meals. So this could be seen as an attack on Cunard, we can only say that the senior Cunard staff at base should have a good look at the smaller luxury cruise lines and set the corporate compass accordingly, or the line will follow in past history in the direction of failure!. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
The Cunard line is far too convinced of its own distinctive name. Sadly, the brand is more McDonalds than Michelin star. Perhaps it was the best line on offer at some point in the LONG DISTANT past, but we would never bother again. We ... Read More
The Cunard line is far too convinced of its own distinctive name. Sadly, the brand is more McDonalds than Michelin star. Perhaps it was the best line on offer at some point in the LONG DISTANT past, but we would never bother again. We waited and queued to embark for so long, like cattle to the slaughter- and there was no priority queue for suite passengers- which set the tone of service for the entire trip. The whole ship and our cabin was tired and shabby, noisy and creaky. Service was non existent. Everything was too hard for any staff member to consider - many seemed utterly put out and most displeased when we asked politely for any small thing- the general feeling was that we should be grateful just to be allowed to be there. As for a butler? What butler? The food was also average. At least we were in a Penthouse Suite, not stuck in a tiny cabin and dining with the cattle at the Brittania dining room feeding trough. We were happy to get off in Perth and felt lucky we were not stuck on board any longer. TOO MANY RULES, NOT ENOUGH SERVICE. Cunard Line, WAKE UP or watch the passengers flock to Seabourn, Silver Seas, Regent line, Holland America....well anyone else really. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
The Cunard line is far too convinced of its own distinctive name. Sadly, the brand is more McDonalds than Michelin star. Perhaps it was the best line on offer at some point in the past, but we would never bother again. Ship was tired and ... Read More
The Cunard line is far too convinced of its own distinctive name. Sadly, the brand is more McDonalds than Michelin star. Perhaps it was the best line on offer at some point in the past, but we would never bother again. Ship was tired and shabby, noisy and creaky. Service was non existent. Everything was too hard for any staff member to consider. Butler? What butler? The food was average. Happy we were, at least we were in a Penthouse Suite, not stuck in an average cabin and dining with the cattle at the Brittania dining room feeding trough. Cunard Line, WAKE UP or watch the passengers flock to Seabourn, Silver Seas, Regent line, Holland America....well anyone else really. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our first ever cruise and it was a toe in the water for me. Nowhere in earlier reviews could I discover the actual dress code for this QM2 cruise with any sense of accuracy (that is from someone who had actually experienced the ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and it was a toe in the water for me. Nowhere in earlier reviews could I discover the actual dress code for this QM2 cruise with any sense of accuracy (that is from someone who had actually experienced the event). For those travelling in the Queens Grill (suite) one should on the "informal dining nights" wear a jacket and tie for men and a cocktail dress for ladies and on the "formal nights" an elegant long ballgown and a tuxedo or dinner suit. If you don't like dressing for dinner, elegant dining and fabulous food then don't go on this cruise. Our limited time on the cruise was very relaxing and it was fun to dress up each evening to enjoy fine dining in the Queens Grill restaurant. We also dined in the Todd English restaurant and the small additional cost was well worth the experience. Again be respectful of the ambience and dress for dinner. The food and service in the Queens Grill restaurant and the Todd English restaurant could not be faulted. We did not eat in any of the other numerous venues. There were many elegant bars including the Commodores Club, the Winter Garden and the Royal Court venue and so many more that were well patronized. If you desire a peaceful few days in elegant surroundings with fine dining, this is the ship for you. I managed to read three books in four days so consequently I confirmed cruising is not for me (yet!). Give me New York, Paris, Rome or London and shopping any day but that's just me. The ship was enormous and far beyond my expectation. Walking around the circumference of the deck on Level 7 was exercise enough for me. It was a truly beautiful ship and luxurious in every way. It was a privilege to be able to participate in the experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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