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Queen Victoria

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
491 reviews
Why Choose Queen Victoria?

Pros

Stylish and sophisticated, offering world-wide itineraries

Cons

Passengers who don't like to dress up will feel out of place

Bottom line

Queen Victoria is more traditional and formal than most ships, with an elegant atmosphere


Cruise Reviews

9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Previously sailed on various P & O cruises but over the years their service and cut backs has put us off so we had heard from friends that Cunard was better. We love dressing up and the four formal evenings are what we wanted. They ... Read More
Previously sailed on various P & O cruises but over the years their service and cut backs has put us off so we had heard from friends that Cunard was better. We love dressing up and the four formal evenings are what we wanted. They insist on smart dress on all other nights, men wear jackets to dinner. Again we haven’t a problem with this. However, what we do object to is 15% surcharge on all drinks! The wine at dinner is unbelieveably expensive. Cheapest bottle of wine $29 plus the 15% surcharge! Bring your own wine and you pay a $20 corkage fee plus 15%! Did notice that quite a number of guests at dinner were not drinking. Meals are what you used to call ‘nouveau cuisine’ and although quite different, sometimes not very appetising. Coach from ship to port entry at Barcelona cost $6 each way per person. What they failed to tell you is that there is a local cruise bus which cost 4euro’s both ways and are regular. Shows on the whole are weak. On P & O we had celebrity guests. Not so on Cunard. Took trip to Pisa. Amazing place but..........no time to visit inside, Baptist, catherdral or the leaning tower. 50 mins all we had to look around outside. Far too many crowds to visit inside any of these attractions in the time allocated. Although entry to catherdral was free, you had to queue for a ticket to enter at a separate location, then queue to enter building. It could have been organised that tickets could have been obtained in advance so as guest could visit the catherdral directly. Would we use Cunard again, possibly not. The biggest bug bear is that they rip you off at every turn more so than P & O. Plus we still have to pay the service charge at the end of the cruise at $11.50 per person, per day. What the icing on the cake was that we paid nearly £6,000 for two. A couple on our table was on the same floor and with the same view & balcony who paid £2500 for the same cruise. If I had a cake, I would have dropped my head into it! (Purple Bricks ad - lol) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
As a solo traveler I had hoped that this cruise would be enjoyable, it wasn’t. A lot of the time I felt that the ship was too crowded and it could be difficult to enjoy everything it had to offer. For instance, the sun loungers. ... Read More
As a solo traveler I had hoped that this cruise would be enjoyable, it wasn’t. A lot of the time I felt that the ship was too crowded and it could be difficult to enjoy everything it had to offer. For instance, the sun loungers. Plenty of them, but most draped with towels even though no one was using them. Obviously people would bag their lounger and keep it all day. The lido restaurant, often I had to eat later than I wanted to as there were no free tables. The staff were efficient at clearing the tables but the layout of the food areas was confusing. It would be better if the service area was more thoughtfully laid out. Lots of people seemed to be walking around looking for things. The cost of drinks on board was very high, not unlike London hotel prices. Fair enough, however, I was charged an exorbitant £25 for a large glass of Cloudy Bay wine in the restaurant! Plus all drinks carry an extra 15% service charge, and then they leave space for another gratuity. All this when you are also paying a “one off” service charge of $161 per person for the fortnight. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
If you’d like to cruise on the Baltic and visit some of its interesting ports, then a trip on the Queen Victoria may be just up your street. The Queen Victoria is basically a floating 5 star hotel. Designed with more American ... Read More
If you’d like to cruise on the Baltic and visit some of its interesting ports, then a trip on the Queen Victoria may be just up your street. The Queen Victoria is basically a floating 5 star hotel. Designed with more American taste in mind (you are in state rooms - not cabins) - but if you ignore this, it is a very pleasant way to spend two weeks aboard ship. Like everything in life though, there are pros and cons but in the main it is a pleasurable experience - if you have the money! Cruising is not a cheap pastime and certainly the Queen Victoria is not cheap. Be prepared to pay $11.50 per day each for a service charge This is supposed to be a gratuity that is split among the crew. Of course one might argue that if they were paid a decent wage tipping would be unnecessary. Personally, I find having to tip someone for doing their job is patronising but that’s just me. However, you can opt out of this by seeking the purser’s office and telling them you’d rather not get involved in the scheme and pay people individually. The other catch is that you are charged 15% on every drink that you purchase - what the justification is for this I don’t know. I wouldn’t mind if the drinks were cheaper in the first place (what happened to duty free?). To give you an idea expect to pay $13.95 + 15% for a large glass of Pinot Grigot - total $16.04 or a pint of London Pride Bitter $6.95 + 15% - total $7.99. Wine in the restaurants isn’t cheap either. I paid $40.00 + 15% = $46.00 and that was one of the less expensive bottles. The pound at the time of writing is currently $1.27 so for the Pinot Grigot for instance you are paying £12.62. Having said all this, the staff are marvellous and very welcoming. Nothing seems to be too much for them and they seem genuinely concerned that you have a good time. The food on Queen Victoria is excellent. One can choose to eat in the Britania restaurant - which is silver service all the time ie. breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or can choose the more relaxed style of the Lido restaurant which is self service. In either place, the quality and amount of food is outstanding. The only drawback of having dinner in the Britania restaurant is that you have a fixed time and men must wear a jacket (dinner jacket on gala nights). There are also other restaurants on board but they involve paying a supplement. We had dinner in the Verandah and it was very good. Accommodation is extremely comfortable. We had a cabin with a balcony and it does make all the difference if you want some privacy. Passengers are kept up to date by a daily newspaper and daily programme of events left in the cabin by the steward. Dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your own use and you can even buy the dressing gown from your steward to take home. Be warned though, you might find that you’ll be asked for $75 each for the privelege. Interestingly, the purser told me it was only $35 while another passenger told me he paid $55! If there was one gripe I had about the accommodation though it was non functioning toilets. Most mornings it didn’t work for about half an hour - most unpleasant. The trip on Queen Victoria was our second cruise (last year P&O’s Oceana) and like the previous ship enjoyed the evening entertainment. Now bear in mind that the majority of people on these ships are around the 60 mark so the entertainment is geared up to them. The stage shows were very good and the performers were talented however some in our group thought they were a bit ‘samey’. The other aspect of the activities offered on Queen Victoria are afternoon dances. It seems cruising is a favourite way of dance fans to spend there time. Finally, on our cruise we were offered a number of talks by experts - well, it’s up to you if you find them interesting or not. For example because we were visiting St. Petersburg, we had a couple of talks on the Russian revolution and Faberge eggs - all relevant of course but you’d be surprised at the amount of people who weren’t interested. In summary, would I recommend this ship - undoubtedly yes. Bon voyage. Read Less
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