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2 Cunard Queen Victoria Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Europe - British Isles & Western from Athens (Piraeus)

We decided to do a short cruise on the recently refurbished Queen Victoria to see if the additions had improved things. They had. We had one of the club balcony staterooms and were able to dine in the Brittania club restaurant which ... Read More
We decided to do a short cruise on the recently refurbished Queen Victoria to see if the additions had improved things. They had. We had one of the club balcony staterooms and were able to dine in the Brittania club restaurant which allowed us to chose when we dined instead of having to chose an early or late sitting. The stateroom was adequate in size with a slightly larger balcony although we didn't spend a lot of time in our room. The only negative point regarding the room was the air conditioning. It was fixed on one temperature and we were unable to control the temperature with the thermostat. We did report it and it was alleged to have been fixed but nothing changed. The fixed temperature was bearable as we didn't spend much time in the room. The club restaurant was lovely. The food was good and the staff their usual friendly selves. Like others have commented on, the wines are very expensive and in my opinion unjustifiably so. There really is no reason to charge such high prices for drinks. The ports we visited were OK if unremarkable other than Venice which, despite the hordes of cruise liner tourists, is still lovely. Purchases on the ship, should anyone wished to have availed themselves of this opportunity had an additional 24% tax added to the existing surcharge Cunard already impose. This was apparently due to a Greek law ( we started from Athens ) that the ship had to comply with and would not be released from until the ship visited a non EU country! No attempt was made however, to call at Albania or Montenegro for instance to release this tax as we made our way up the Adriatic. Overall, we enjoyed Queen Victoria and will most likely book a cruise on her again some time in the future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Cunard are very much trading on their name and need to sharpen their act. We were in a stateroom and the Queens Grill so not a cheap cruise. The amount of paper which arrived in our suite every day was quite ridiculous and most of ... Read More
Cunard are very much trading on their name and need to sharpen their act. We were in a stateroom and the Queens Grill so not a cheap cruise. The amount of paper which arrived in our suite every day was quite ridiculous and most of the info could have been shown on the TV. Having said that, the communication with passengers was poor. We did not know we needed to take our passports with us at Venice and our cabin steward didn't know which deck was disembarkation. The service in the Queens Grill was excellent but the food was not up to the standard provided by other lines in their better restaurants. The Lido buffet was fine for what it is. We only went to one show and the dancers were, quite frankly, embarrassing. Why when there are so many talented youngsters looking for that sort of an opportunity. Don't know if it was them or the choreographer !!!! The main gripe, however, was the exorbitant cost of drinks. All attracted a mandatory 15% surcharge and wine started at £35 a bottle before the 15%. Glass of prosecco £12.95. Won't be going with Cunard again. Sorry Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Queen Victoria Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 3.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.7
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 3.0 3.7

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