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Queen Victoria

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

Pro

Stylish and sophisticated, offering world-wide itineraries

Con

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

Sail Date: March 2018
We took advantage of Queen Victoria's earlier than usual return from her Voyage round South America to go on an almost birthday trip. We booked Britannia Club to see the new restaurant (& at the time of booking it was only slightly ... Read More
We took advantage of Queen Victoria's earlier than usual return from her Voyage round South America to go on an almost birthday trip. We booked Britannia Club to see the new restaurant (& at the time of booking it was only slightly more expensive than Britannia). We enjoyed it very much and would definitely book this grade again if the price difference was reasonable. Our cabin was very quiet, we had booked a Guarantee but we were very happy with the cabin allocated. Embarkation was one of the quickest ever, we were onboard having lunch in the Golden Lion by 12.30. Pre-voyage all 4 nights had been described as informal, once onboard the second night was described as formal optional. There were plenty of sea day activities in both directions - including a speaker who gave her lectures in English in the morning and German in the afternoon! There were a mixture of production shows (which we didn't see) and a group of 4 male singers who were very well received in the theatre and then a packed Queens Room on the last night. We enjoyed sample the new cocktails in the Gin & Fizz bar and the Commodore Club. WE docked at the Steinwerder terminal in Hamburg, it's quite a way out of the city centre but there was a free shuttle, we didn't have a wait in either direction. It was a pleasure to be back on board. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
Why did we choose this? Time, Cost, and Destination. Food was great--I know some don't think British Food is good but we really enjoyed it. Frog Legs, Escargot, lamb and more lamb, pub food, we enjoyed it all as well as the sweets. The ... Read More
Why did we choose this? Time, Cost, and Destination. Food was great--I know some don't think British Food is good but we really enjoyed it. Frog Legs, Escargot, lamb and more lamb, pub food, we enjoyed it all as well as the sweets. The weakness of the cruise was its entertainment. Now I must say the Brits on board really enjoyed some of the entertainers but as an American they did not appeal to me. The Cunard singers and dancers were outstanding and so energetic. I don't know how they do it. Since we only had 3 stops I really enjoyed the onboard library. Got to read 6 books on the way over. Malcolm Nelson gave a great series of talks on the HM Customs service. My wife really enjoyed the movie selection including the one on Hawkins which was so timely as he passed away as we were on the cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
The Cunard queens have enjoyed a reputation for elegant cruising that we wanted to experience. The 14 day T/A on Queen Victoria was offered at a reasonable rate and we booked it for our first Cunard cruise. We found the public rooms ... Read More
The Cunard queens have enjoyed a reputation for elegant cruising that we wanted to experience. The 14 day T/A on Queen Victoria was offered at a reasonable rate and we booked it for our first Cunard cruise. We found the public rooms spacious and well appointed. The theater/showroom is large enough to accommodate all of the passengers in the two shows each evening without reservations. There is a large ballroom where nightly big band dancing is held. The main dining venue, Britannia, and the buffet are nicely decorated and of adequate size. There is a promenade deck that goes completely around the ship. Our balcony cabin was clean and of average size with a balcony that was slightly larger then the average cruise ship balcony. The food was of the same quality one would find on Celebrity or Princess. The service was slightly better than average. We were concerned about the assigned table dining for two weeks, but found our other six table mates most enjoyable. Surprisingly, there are only two alternative dining venues, a French restaurant at a $40 per person up charge and a pub with a smaller up charge (not counting a corner of the buffet that was roped off where one can dine at a $20 up charge). Entertainment on the ship was geared to the mature audience. Shows by the cruise ship staff were better that those on the average cruise ship. Shows by other entertainers were mixed, some better, some not so good. There were at least three speakers who each put on a series of talks during the cruise. All were interesting and educational. A string quartet and a harpist provided classical entertainment daily during tea in the ballroom and at other times in the atrium. The orchestra/big band provided ballroom dance music daily. The dances were well attended and the ship provided male and female dancers so singles could enjoy dancing. Give Cunard a try if you find a cruise that interests you or if you enjoy ballroom dancing. Don't feel you're missing something if you stay with your regular cruise line. Read Less
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