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2 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Melbourne

2 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Melbourne

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  • Day 1
    Melbourne
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Adelaide

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth - Cunard Line

Pros

Excellent dining and beautiful decor.

Cons

Service is under par, which doesn't match the rest of the atmosphere.

Bottom Line

Queen Elizabeth charms with traditional elegance, Old World-style and modern touches.


Cruise Reviews

Overall a great cruise, value for money. Ship looks great. Maintenance seemed up to date and all looked clean and shipshape. Main dining room food was excellent, maybe Lido buffet a bit underwhelming but certainly ok. Tried Veranda ... Read More
Overall a great cruise, value for money. Ship looks great. Maintenance seemed up to date and all looked clean and shipshape. Main dining room food was excellent, maybe Lido buffet a bit underwhelming but certainly ok. Tried Veranda restaurant and was execellent. Had the sole not steak. Not as stuffy as I had expected and surprisingly gala nights made a nice special occasion but I would still prefer not to wear a stupid tie. Not everyone on this Australian cruise dressed up and some without dark jackets were let into dining room but who cares really..Cabinwas well appointed and super clean, maybe bathroom a bit small but a first world problem. Entertainment ok but maybe have late show earlier before dinner a few more nights so do not do not have to watch show at 10 pm after late dinner sitting. Virtually all staff seemed to be happy and interacted well with passengers... Did no ships excursions. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I wanted to try Cunard for the experience so paid 3.5 times the usual daily rate of other ships. Unfortunately it was the worst dining experience of any ship I have sailed on (10+) and I complained to the Executive Chef in person. Meat and ... Read More
I wanted to try Cunard for the experience so paid 3.5 times the usual daily rate of other ships. Unfortunately it was the worst dining experience of any ship I have sailed on (10+) and I complained to the Executive Chef in person. Meat and Foul were of very poor quality so if you wanted anything not to be tough you had to order rare. I had tough steak and lamb n poor quality shrimp. One lady at my table had duck which was like shoe leather. The same lady complained to the wine waiter about her wine being stale and he just walked away. When challenged the next night by another lady about it he walked away again. One lady ordered lobster maccoroni but could hardly find any lobster. She said they have weird combinations on this ship plus you need a dictionary to read the menu. As an example one night they listed a Phirthier of Cauliflower. At afternoon tea one waiter was rude to me when I asked what fillings were in the sandwiches. He said " I have already told the others" meaning the other 3 at my table. The decor of the ship is simply stunning and it felt spacious and the highlight of the cruise was afternoon tea at 3pm each day. The evening shows were really great and having a private box made it special. The vast majority of the staff are fantastic and can't do enough for you. Unfortunately on the last evening there was a long line up of people wishing to settle their accounts but few staff. Overall I enjoyed the cruise but it's not good value for money and if you are a foodie sail with someone else. I think Cunard is resting on a tradition that is gone since being now owned by Carnival. As an example on the last evening there was a $10 SALE, mainly watches, rings, sunnies and bling. The original British owners must be horrified. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My cruise was a surprise arranged by my friend. I was amazed. Arriving we were greeted by friendly porters and our suitcases were taken to our booked cabins. We then waited some time in five rows filling out paperwork before being served ... Read More
My cruise was a surprise arranged by my friend. I was amazed. Arriving we were greeted by friendly porters and our suitcases were taken to our booked cabins. We then waited some time in five rows filling out paperwork before being served at a counter, then given further documents for customs. Staff were continually on hand to manage the rows. Once through Customs we walked towards the gangplank stopped to have our photo taken, then into the entrance area. We were greeted by friendly officers and staff and given directions to our cabin. During the seven days the cabin crew were efficient cleaning our cabin daily, replacing linen and tidying the cabin. The phone marking for enquiries was clear. We had a television and during the emergency gatherings we were told channel 41 contained a viewing of the ship. Unfortunately we learnt an inside cabin not having windows or a balcony encouraged us to walk down stairs or arrange a lift downstairs from deck six to deck three to view the marvellous ocean or see any action during sailing towards docks or leaving docks. I watched the ship leaving the dock in Melbourne and it was marvellous watching the men on the dock and the gang blank being lifted into the ship. Activities on board included, shows, staff employed to dance with ladies without partners or husbands, craft, card games, ping pong, massages, swimming, line and modern dancing classes, art training, tour of galleries, virtual bridge tours , gymnasiums, casino, bars, shops, violins, police bands, Irish dancers,international dancers, singers, harps and piano bar with trumpets. There was a black and white and a masked ball and judging. Staff were friendly and continually cleaning. Blankets for cold days on decks supplied. Any emergency was dealt with immediately. Embarking and disembarking off ship was well organised. with sanitizers for hand washing supplied on docks along with face washers with Dettol and cold water during hot days after excursions. Umbrellas were also supplied for the rainy day at Bernie. Days were busy with so many choices to make, walking up and down stairs for activities with crowded lifts at times and wonderful meals at the Britannia Restaurant. The ludo deck supplied snacks twenty four hours a day for staff and guests. The decor was opulent and relaxing. We all enjoyed dressing up for gala and ball nights while the masked ball was fun with people relaxing hiding behind well designed masks. The cruise was fantastic Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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