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Chose this cruise as we love all the dancing aboard Cunard lines. This was our second, the first being 17 days on Queen Elizabeth. Had not been to the Canary Islands so it was a good fit. We had an ocean view as compared to a balcony ... Read More
Chose this cruise as we love all the dancing aboard Cunard lines. This was our second, the first being 17 days on Queen Elizabeth. Had not been to the Canary Islands so it was a good fit. We had an ocean view as compared to a balcony last time and all was well. Room steward was great as always and room was clean and comfortable. Could not see the difference in cost being worth it on this 12 day trip. I think the main dining was OK but not great. Service was good but a little unorganized compared to last time. Never asked for second slice of bread and hardly filled an empty water glass. My wife is gluten intolerant and they prepare everything on the menu for her which other lines only have restricted menus. Did miss the shrimp cocktails as they were not ever there and the lobster tail was breaded? Only attended a few shows as most were with the ships compliment and not acts brought on. The few acts were good but I would rate as below average as a whole concidering they used their own talent most nights, Ballroom dancing was good but I would have enjoyed more than one afternoon tea dance.. Upstairs club was great as was the party band(very varied in their different types of music) Also had a 60's review band that played in auditorium and in the Queens ballroom the last night. Ports were interesting and all were walk off into the local city. We did not do any excurions as the ports offered nothing we hadnot already done. We just enjoyed walking around and sampling the local areas, and were usually back on board by 1-2pm. Overall an enjoyable trip though I prefered Queen Elizabeth Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was a back to back cruise coming off the Mediterranean & Adriatic cruise. We wanted to see what the Canary islands have to offer and it was a delight. We enjoyed the experience of the beautiful greenery and 585 metre high ... Read More
This was a back to back cruise coming off the Mediterranean & Adriatic cruise. We wanted to see what the Canary islands have to offer and it was a delight. We enjoyed the experience of the beautiful greenery and 585 metre high expose sea cliffs in Madeira island, the collapsed gigantic volcanic Caldera Taburiente in La Palma island, the ride up to 3550M of the tall volcanic mountains Mt Teide in Tenerife island at 3718M above sea level and another 4000 metres below sea passing through the rolling clouds below us at 1600M and finally, the fun camel ride and coach tour of the moonscape of Lanzarote island. The experiences were all new and exciting for us. The shore excursion Pilgrim walk of the Santiago de Compostela in La Coruna was very ordinary. That's just me. 4Km and no scenic views. The other 300,000 annual walkers must have found some spiritual enlightenment along the 100Km to 700Km walk. Good for them. At least, I have seen the image of St James inside the Church. While waiting for the return, we enjoyed on our won, some fresh Galician seafood cuisine in a nice restaurant opposite the Church and the service was very friendly. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
See cabin review below. The Victoria was in very good order, and nicely decorated for Xmas and NY. No welcome drink despite slick embarkation and with bags in cabin immediately. Entertainment in the evening was above average and ... Read More
See cabin review below. The Victoria was in very good order, and nicely decorated for Xmas and NY. No welcome drink despite slick embarkation and with bags in cabin immediately. Entertainment in the evening was above average and during the day OK with good lecturers in the morning although the port lectures had funny timings. Plenty of quizzes and table & paddle tennis which suits us. The Lido restaurant was good with plenty of variety though just sometimes tricky to find a table . Dining in the Britannia Restaurant - The food was OK but often not exciting, though plates were hot. Service was professional but the waiter wasn't good at the socialising. Need to talk about Service Standards. The service overall wasn't as good as on other ships who do much much better in the Friendliness stakes and for going the extra mile. This was a surprise - not terrible but the others are much better, and we are experienced cruisers. I also suspect that staff were managed by the stick and not the carrot. Docking - Cunard was not in the best position at the docksides so longer walks and in Madeira were supposed to Tender and other ships were docked. Then the sea was rough so we did not get to Madeira! Luckily the NY fireworks were as good as ever - a real plus. Disembarkation was fine. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My partner and I have been on several cruises before, mostly Princess. We wanted to try Cunard, so decided 12 nights for a winter sun break in the Canaries would fit the bill. We chose a balcony cabin in the standard Brittania class. ... Read More
My partner and I have been on several cruises before, mostly Princess. We wanted to try Cunard, so decided 12 nights for a winter sun break in the Canaries would fit the bill. We chose a balcony cabin in the standard Brittania class. Embarkation: the fastest we’ve ever got on board! From dropping off the car to stepping on board it took 17 minutes. Lovely check in staff and a nice smooth process. First Impression: Queen Elizabeth is gorgeous to look at. The Grand Lobby area is beautiful, with plenty of seating areas and plush carpets. The artwork suits the style and there is a calm and relaxed atmosphere on board. This ship is very quiet during the day, with more guests coming out in the evening. Always lots of space to sit down and relax. Cabin: balcony cabin on deck 8 (the highest deck for accommodation), towards the back of the ship. The cabin was pretty much the same as any other, however we were greeted with some sparkling wine, which was a nice touch. Lots of space to move around and a comfy bed. There was also a sofa, desk and wardrobe. The wardrobe had lots of hanging space, but less room to put things like undies and other folded items. The bathroom was standard sized, with a shower. Other reviews say the shower is small, but it was no different to other ships. Lovely toiletries included! Dining: we selected the early sitting in the Brittania restaurant for dinner and were placed on a table of 6. The food was beyond our expectations in both the main restaurant and the buffet. Every meal at dinner was fabulous, with plenty of choice. The waiters would chat and were always friendly, something we haven’t seen on all cruises. We ate breakfast in the buffet each day as the food was so good. We found the buffet was quiet early in the morning, getting very busy between 9 and 10am. The additional restaurants of Verandah, now a steak house, and the various alternative dining choices were excellent and worth the money. Entertainment: this cruise was definitely aimed st the over 50s, with entertainment certainly more geared towards older people. Ballroom dancing was on every night, and the theatre featured acts such as opera, piano and other singers. There was a comedian on one night who was great. On the whole, the entertainment was the weakest part of this cruise. The cruise director, Chris was boring as hell. Every day, the activity schedule was virtually the same as the previous day, with most evening activities centred around listening to music and ballroom dancing. Overall, we loved this cruise but there were definitely areas for improvement. The drinks are very expensive on board, with most alcoholic drinks costing upwards of $10. We bought a soft drinks package each, which was good value for our needs. We found that the crew were much nicer on this ship, with pretty much all crew greeting passengers around the ship. The onboard shops had a weird, unfriendly vibe. We strolled round the clothes shop, and the assistant stalked behind us constantly, making us feel unwelcome. All the shop staff were overly cautious of people looking at or touching their stock. We would definitely book with Cunard again, as the positives were so massively outweighing any negatives! Will also investigate some dance lessons so we can take part more... Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise to the Canary Islands in November in order to enjoy the last of the sun without flying. We thought the amenities and entertainments on this great ship were outstandingly good. Our accommodation was also excellent, ... Read More
We chose this cruise to the Canary Islands in November in order to enjoy the last of the sun without flying. We thought the amenities and entertainments on this great ship were outstandingly good. Our accommodation was also excellent, but so it should have been in the most expensive category. We found the best food in the no-frills Lido buffet although the service and ambience of the Queen's Grill made an enjoyable and upscale dining experience. There are two alternative restaurants available at a supplement of 20 or 25 dollars per person. We tried them both and enjoyed the change of scene and the somewhat better cuisine. I gave this ship only four stars because of the evidence here and there of crude cost-cutting at the expense of the passengers' experience. Cocktails were served in miserable pours and were vastly overpriced, fourteen dollars for a glass of ice with what looked like half a pub measure of spirit. The company would make more profit if it offered better value for money in this area. Wine was also pricey for what it was. The excursions were also expensive for what they were. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise having previously travelled with celebrity and expecting the Cunard name to be synonymous with quality. It seems that the name Cunard was acquired but most of the quality of service and cache associated with the ... Read More
We chose this cruise having previously travelled with celebrity and expecting the Cunard name to be synonymous with quality. It seems that the name Cunard was acquired but most of the quality of service and cache associated with the name was lost. The buffet food was excellent but in all honesty was the only area other than the general style of the ship, that came even close to surpassing that which was experienced on the celebrity cruise we took in the Autumn. It was extremely annoying to many guests to discover that passengers on the same decks and with identical cabins, booked within days of each other, had paid up to £3k less on a 14 day cruise. We all know that discounts are available and repeat custom is often rewarded, however discounts on the same product of almost fifty percent are an insult to full fare paying passengers. Overall extremely disappointing and we will certainly not be travelling with this company again.. Cabin TV choice was very limited with no pay peri view or movie channels. Formal dining ( second sitting) felt rushed and portions were small. Staff were often unhelpful and occasionally aloof. Cunard need up their game with services and the attitude of some staff because this was not up to our expectations.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I had heard about Cunard for a few years but figured it was out of reach for me. Finally, after 45 cruises, we did the 15 night Canary Islands cruise over Christmas and New Years. I cannot believe how amazing it was! We could tell ... Read More
I had heard about Cunard for a few years but figured it was out of reach for me. Finally, after 45 cruises, we did the 15 night Canary Islands cruise over Christmas and New Years. I cannot believe how amazing it was! We could tell immediately that this wasn't Princess or Royal Caribbean! We were blown away by the elegance of the ship and the feeling that this was a step back in time to how cruising is meant to be. We absolutely loved dressing for dinner each evening - what a wonderful change to see all the men in their suit coats each evening and women dressed so elegantly. And fornal nights were in a totally different league than any other cruise we've been on! The guests were just stunning. The food in the Britannia restaurant was delicious - hot, varied, just the right portion size. We also really liked Cunard's afternoon tea service - we never missed one! I know there have been some unflattering reviews about QE and Cunard and I was a bit nervous. How fantastic it was that we didn't experience any of these. We had the best cruise ever and it exceeded our expectations in every way. Embarkation and debarkation out of Southamption was a breeze. We were on the ship enjoyng lunch in the Golden Lion Pub by noon. We purchased a couple future cruise certificates so we are now excitedly looking for our next adventures. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Embarked smoothly on previous cruise at Ocean terminal and disembarked this one at Mayflower - so anyone who had parked at the port had to have their cars transferred. We had used Airlynx who shuttled us to their car park after we ... Read More
Embarked smoothly on previous cruise at Ocean terminal and disembarked this one at Mayflower - so anyone who had parked at the port had to have their cars transferred. We had used Airlynx who shuttled us to their car park after we disembarked. The guests on this cruise were of quite an older average-age (we are early 50's) and so it was quite a subdued atmosphere relative to others, but still very pleasant, and probably due to the fact that is was the pre-Christmas cruise so extremely good value for 12 days and with generous on-board credit that virtually covered our drinks bill. Dining was excellent, although there were a couple of hiccups with time and table selection. We also ate in the Lido a couple of times and were invited to dine with a couple of the officers one evening. Very entertaining learning about life on the ship. Cafe Carinthia was a nice place to have coffee in the day and pre-dinner drinks/canapes in the evening. Daytime activities were average. Hard to please everyone I suppose but there could always be more to do. We went to every dance lesson with the excellent Dan & Alyona. There were lectures and movies in the theatre approximately every sea day and similar with art lectures, painting classes etc. The shops on board are very good if you have the spare cash for those high-end brands. Football was shown most days in the Garden lounge. Evenings in the Queens room were aimed mostly at ballroom and sequence dancing. We are learning to join in with this but had hoped to enjoy the Yacht Club on the top deck. Unfortunately despite the very brave efforts of the excellent lead singer of the house band 'Synergy', the atmosphere was spoiled completely by DJ Michael, who I'm afraid is simply not cut out to do that job. The dancefloor was never full and his insistence on playing requests betrayed his inability to judge the crowd and keep things going. More than any other thing, this detracted from our enjoyment of this particular cruise. On Queen Victoria last summer, we had some great party nights, but this time, we just went to bed early to escape the pain. Cunard really need to give the man a different role. Photos: average Casino: good, if smaller than some Library: good Pools: both heated, if a little small Loungers: easy and light to move, and towels very nice and clean Promenade deck: narrow but goes all the way around the ship for good walks in bad weather! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Our original choice of holiday was cancelled due to the company going into receivership and our travel agent suggested this as a replacement. She managed to get us $400 each on board spend which, we decided, would be spent on trips out. ... Read More
Our original choice of holiday was cancelled due to the company going into receivership and our travel agent suggested this as a replacement. She managed to get us $400 each on board spend which, we decided, would be spent on trips out. This worked out well as we went on excursions at each port that we called at. However they could only be booked whilst we were on board and not booked beforehand. Most of the local couriers were very good, explaining the different sites we visited. However, if you were at the rear of the coach it was rather difficult to hear. We were quite careful what we spent on the ship itself as (from experience) its easy to knock up a bill with the odd drinks and bottles of wine. There were numerous trips up to the Lido for orange juice etc. The Lido buffet gave quite a choice: it was a long area and if you were sitting at the far end, you had to go to next section to find the food you were after. Anyone with walking problems might find this a problem. Saying that there were numerous guests who were less mobile and they seemed to manage all right. We went to the early sitting (6pm) for dinner at the Brittainia restaurant: our two regular waiters were friendly, fast and efficient and, on the whole, we enjoyed the meals ranging from steak, fish to vegetarian and on the last formal night lobster tail. Nice cabin, large king-size bed, good sized wardrobes with numerous hangers, space to put cases and a safe. Fridge. Hairdryer. Easy to use shower in bathroom. Everything very clean, well kept by our cheery steward. Our "obstructed" balcony, had 2 seats and a table. The lifeboat obstruction didn't worry us as they were below and not in our direct sight line. We went to some of the on board activities, quizzes etc. Played shuffleboard. What did slightly annoy, loungers etc tended to be left over the marked boards. On deck 11 was crochet, bowls, tennis which were well used. Everything seemed very clean. Staff were scrupulous with hand disinfectant for guests and food handlers wore gloves. Enjoyed this cruise. Relaxed and the decor was less "gawdy" than some ships with some fine marquetry. Lots of Cunard memorabilia on the walls which were interesting to browse. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This cruise (our first with Cunard) was sold to us as a luxury cruise. I think there is a difference between luxury and tradition and I don't mean traditional in the sense of cruising in it's 'glory days' but ... Read More
This cruise (our first with Cunard) was sold to us as a luxury cruise. I think there is a difference between luxury and tradition and I don't mean traditional in the sense of cruising in it's 'glory days' but traditional as in, how the world views the UK. Formal, polite, good table manners, royalists etc. There's no doubt it's a beautiful ship and Cunard as a company has a very interesting and rich history but you get the sense it's holding on to the days of the 'Empire' which is something we are not anymore. I may be wrong but I suspect that in a couple of generations time, this style of cruising will not be relevant anymore. We had a 'luxury' inside cabin which actually means you get some extra space round the bed. The bathroom is no bigger so if you get a thrill out of showering, whilst sitting on the toilet and brushing your teeth at the same time then this is a good option. To be fair, most of the cruises we have been on are the same. The food was very good both in the MDR and in the Lido buffet but due to the fact that my husband was expected to wear a jacket on 'informal' nights (a jacket that inevitably ended up on the back of his chair as it was so hot on board) we dined, most of the time, in the Lido with a few nights in the Verandah restaurant. We only participated in two of the five 'formal' nights as I find getting into my corset and high heels takes a good six hours by which time I'm exhausted and look more like a drag queen by the end of it. The wine was very good but like most ships now, over-priced. The service was so-so. Always friendly but like so many ships these days, not enough staff. The entertainment staff, again, very friendly but with an air of not really wanting to be there. The entertainment in the theatre was hit and miss. They had a couple of really good bands, an aging acrobat who thinks telling members of the audience in a deep, husky Russian accent "I like you" on a regular basis will hide the fact that they have a very dated act, an old London comedian with a routine based on cruising...........Oh! Haven't heard that before and a theatre group who performed a rendition of 'Bridge over troubled water' whilst the dancers thrust their crutches at each other like it was mating season. Have they not listened to the lyrics? We were treated to some fantastic afternoons with Robin Colvill, a classical pianist who not only played beautifully but entertained us with amusing anecdotes. The resident band were very good but the sound quality let them down. There were three guest speakers, two of which were very entertaining. A lady called Maureen Ryan talked about her career with Cunard and her days on the QE2 and Caroline Aston who talked about all things royal and had lots of juicy stories from days of yore. The weather was generally good with a little hiccup round Madeira and Lisbon. We love the ports and always enjoy a spot of lunch with old friends and a little shopping. I love the fact the photographers are not in your face all the time or there's constant selling of bingo or 'bargains'. A few quieter areas with comfy seats would have been nice to be able to sit and read without constantly listening to 'Jingle bells'. The thing is, it's human nature to compare and if you listen to all the conversations around you over breakfast in the Lido, you will here just that. All of us talking about what we like and what we don't like, how cruising isn't what it used to be, how all the companies are penny-pinching. The problem I see, is that this is not a cheap holiday and for that there are certain expectations. We had a good holiday but that was down to us making it fun and having a laugh not down to Cunard. What would have made it great is for us to walk off the ship and say 'Wow, that was worth every penny'. We're now going to start looking at Regent, Silversea and Crystal. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our second cruise and the first time on Queen Victoria, our last one was on Queen Elizabeth. We found we preferred Queen Victoria it has a lovely feel about it. We stayed in a Queens Grill Penthouse suite which was very nice and ... Read More
This was our second cruise and the first time on Queen Victoria, our last one was on Queen Elizabeth. We found we preferred Queen Victoria it has a lovely feel about it. We stayed in a Queens Grill Penthouse suite which was very nice and spacious and our butler was lovely. We had priority Embarkation and Disembarkation. The Queens Grill restaurant was also first class, the waiters were very polite and could not do enough for you. There was a very good choice of food, however if you preferred something that was not on the menu this would be cooked for you. We were also very lucky with our dining companions and had a fabulous time at dinner with many laughs. Christmas morning there was a service in the theatre by the Captain and crew, there was also a Carol Service (with a snow machine) which was a nice touch. The shows on board by the Cunard entertainers (singers and dancers) were particularly good and on 3 occasions we treated ourselves to a box in the theatre with champagne and chocolates and a nice souvenir photograph of the dancers. We thoroughly enjoyed the excursions we had booked particularly La Palma which is very quaint, we also enjoyed the excursion to Casablanca and were escorted round the Mosque then on to Ricks Cafe with memorabilia of the film Casablanca. The excursion in a quaint old tram in Lisbon is not to be missed, we were served Port wine and little custard tarts which are a local speciality and were delicious.However it was too choppy around Madeira to have a tender and were rather disappointed to miss this port but it did not stop us enjoying the fireworks on New Years Eve that were viewed from the ship. There is nothing we can fault with this ship and are looking forward to booking The Queen Victoria again for Christmas and New Year 2018-2019. Many Thanks to all the staff who made our holiday so enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our first experience, as sixty-somethings, of cruising and, overall, we were not disappointed. The Queen Elizabeth may lack the exterior grace of its earlier namesake (the 1938 version), but offers sumptuous, comfortable ... Read More
This was our first experience, as sixty-somethings, of cruising and, overall, we were not disappointed. The Queen Elizabeth may lack the exterior grace of its earlier namesake (the 1938 version), but offers sumptuous, comfortable surroundings and plenty of options for entertainment. We paid the 'Cunard Fare' for our cruise which gave us the option of free valet parking at Southampton. This was handled brilliantly. We arrived at the port, unloaded our luggage and then left the keys with the parking staff. Check-in was smooth and within 45 minutes of arrival were were in our cabin with all luggage waiting for us and our cabin steward on hand to advise us of all the necessary information on our cabin and facilities. We had a BE Category outside cabin on Deck 7 with balcony and were pleased with the location just behind and down one deck from the ship's bridge. Being near to bow of the ship the pitching was more noticeable but it was much quieter than cabins and entertainment areas near the stern where there was a little vibration (although not uncomfortably so). We ate on the early sitting in the Britannia restaurant Deck 3 area and meals were of a very high quality. Wines were, however, expensive for the quality offered. We elected to take the 'Captain's Choice', providing a bottle of what turned out to be rather mediocre wines each evening. This was $495, not terribly good value for money in our opinion, however, the experience of being served and topped up regularly by the sommelier partly compensated for this. Waiter service by Mohammad and Miguel was friendly and efficient, if a little rushed at times. I think we'd possibly take the later sitting in future. Cabin service by our steward James was excellent. It has to be said that, at times, the ship felt a little like a floating care home. That's not in any way a criticism, just an observation - we met some delightful people of all ages. Just something to bear in mind when booking a festive cruise. Our friend who used to work in the travel industry has told us since that Christmas cruises do tend to have a lot of elderly folk shipped off on cruises by relatives during the festive season! Overall a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I can't say this holiday has us now hooked on cruising, but a Baltic or Norwegian Fjord cruise is something we'd consider in the future and, if possible, on the QE which we liked very much. That's just our personal preference - we're more solitary beings and being on board with around 2,000 other people was not something we are used to. Having said that, it was good to talk to other folk and there are still plenty of places on the ship where some privacy can be found. I spent most mornings at sea in the Commodore Club on Deck 10 reading and sipping hot chocolate while my other half was at his water-colour art classes. Shore excursions were quite good, We did three (Madeira, La Palma and a trip from La Coruna to Santiago de Compostela). For two 6 foot + chaps the coaches were incredibly cramped and uncomfortable. At $50 plus per person they were pretty expensive and the tour guides were satisfactory but not brilliant. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We booked this holiday as first time cruisers thinking it would be a memorable and wonderful way to renew our wedding vows, see a few places and relax. Embarkation went smoothly. The room was like a small premier inn room but was clean and ... Read More
We booked this holiday as first time cruisers thinking it would be a memorable and wonderful way to renew our wedding vows, see a few places and relax. Embarkation went smoothly. The room was like a small premier inn room but was clean and tidy and the balcony helped reduce the sense of being in a small space. Very quickly however it became clear we had booked into an overcrowded home for the elderly and that there was little in the way of personal space to be had anywhere on the boat unless you stayed in your stateroom. People would even come and sit at your table uninvited if there was a space. You had to quickly get used to being bumped into, walking everywhere slowly, queuing for dinner, cringing as people got into the spa pool without washing first, talking loudly in spaces designed for relaxation and personally, I felt overwhelmed with the lack of personal space and ended up feeling trapped. As a result, a lot of my time was spent in my stateroom. Activities, shore excursions and entertainment were all focused on people of a certain age and consequently we were constantly bored, thank goodness for the gym and book shop. We ended up doing our own thing ashore as none of the excursions remotely appealed. The stateroom was very hot and creaked, loudly and constantly at sea. I didn't sleep more than 2 hours a night for the first 9 days and was eventually given diazepam by the ships doctor. The ports of call were OK, with Lisbon being the only real highlight - it was beautiful and would return for a city break for sure. We both found the experience so bad we cancelled our renewal and discussed booking flights to leave at our first port of call. It is also very expensive with all sorts of charges added, even to fitness classes which they provide a price for, then add other charges. It soon mounts up, and almost 20 dollars for a glass of wine....really?? It really was not for us and don't think it would be for most people under 70 unless holiday camps for seniors is your thing, and we aren't even young ourselves. We will never cruise again. On a positive note, the food was good with plenty of choice, and the staff were great, so helpful and pleasant and the ship was clean, even if it did feel like an old fashioned hotel. My advice is don't go for this unless you are happy sitting around in close proximity to lots of other people, eating a lot, paying lots of extras, find sessions on constipation and bloating arthritis, posture etc of interest and enjoy holiday camp type entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We had last minute inside 8175 Space is limited but we spent such a short time in it,so what Bathroom same as balcony cabin,it serves a purpose,so.... Its reasonable as we spent only time for sleeping/washing Only downside is ... Read More
We had last minute inside 8175 Space is limited but we spent such a short time in it,so what Bathroom same as balcony cabin,it serves a purpose,so.... Its reasonable as we spent only time for sleeping/washing Only downside is lunchtime the pool grill food smells in cabin If wind wrong way even more! Ship wonderful Great public rooms Guests where like 70+ Lido food was never really hot Scrambled egg cool all the time Bacon sausage should be cooked more Booked Queens Grill next time!! Brittania food much better Choice in evening is great You can always get something you really like We thought it had improved Tea /Coffee end of meal nice Entertainment was good/but dancing is so dated! Bang good in Queen's room,big band night was so popular Lots of return guests,some spend half their life on board Some of the people constant moaning Don't come back!!! Go to Carnival!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Our second trip on QE and Cunard once again delivered a fantastic voyage. Long may Cunard NOT offer an all inclusive drinks package - even though my husband likes to drink but the lack of such an offer does seem to maintain the high ... Read More
Our second trip on QE and Cunard once again delivered a fantastic voyage. Long may Cunard NOT offer an all inclusive drinks package - even though my husband likes to drink but the lack of such an offer does seem to maintain the high standards on board. We had a standard balcony cabin, the same one as before 6211 which was right at the end of the corridor to the back of the ship. Beautifully quiet as no-one passing by and the 2 cabins at the rear of the ship are Queens Grill Suites. Its a bit of a walk from the lifts, but we preferred it. Cabin was lovely, light and bright and modern in decor, lovely linens and spotlessly clean. No bath, just a shower cubicle but very nice shower-room with nice toiletries too. We loved this ship the first time we sailed on her, and were equally impressed on this occasion, so much so we have booked again for 2018. If you cruise only once in your life and enjoy luxury, great live music (big band), ballroom dancing and a generally relaxing atmosphere, then make Cunard your choice. You will not be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This is the best ship out there for ever thing staff were great. Queen Grill food and service is the best at sea. all the port were good Entertainment very good Gym was great and all the class very friendly ship. Captain was good fun with ... Read More
This is the best ship out there for ever thing staff were great. Queen Grill food and service is the best at sea. all the port were good Entertainment very good Gym was great and all the class very friendly ship. Captain was good fun with his daily weather report, bar staff and waiters always had time for you. It was great still to have formal nights. the best thing is CUNARD DO NOT GO ABOUT TRYING TO SELL SELL SELL like other company's.The cabin was always very clean and drinks ready for you 24/7 towel were nice and soft no noise in the cabin even when the ship was moving, the queens grill sun deck is great lots of room to move your sun lounger around. Dinning and food lovely nothing was any bother to the staff they made anything you asked for, the whole cruise was outstanding and looking forward to the next one Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
A bit about me and my age etc first. I have done 17 cruises in total and have been on various ships, In my early days Carnival, MSC, Royal Caribbean and Cunard. We went on the cruise as a family, Myself aged 47 male, my partner 49 female ... Read More
A bit about me and my age etc first. I have done 17 cruises in total and have been on various ships, In my early days Carnival, MSC, Royal Caribbean and Cunard. We went on the cruise as a family, Myself aged 47 male, my partner 49 female and my mum who is 74, think the word mum explains. We are gold members on Cunard so we have done a few. We have been with Cunard before and decided to take my mum on a cruise again with us. There were quite a few people on the ship that had their parents with them which is always very heart warming to see. Now the list: Boarding the ship was the usual easy way Cunard deal with passengers. From dropping the car to being on board was about 30 minutes even with the thorough security checks. On board we took my mum to her inside cabin and we were amazed at the size, 3 seater sofa, 4 wardrobes and a huge space. We had a balcony cabin that had the usual Cunard soft luxurious bedding and a larger than most ships balcony. Unlike P & O Cunard do not have tea facilities in the room but we had a bottle of sparkling on ice and if you are near the back its an 2 minute trip for tea etc, plus room service. Dining was the Cunard standard, food delivered to the table with waiting staff that covered your needs and let you eat without them chatting. With all the price cuts in food etc I can say that the evening dinners were well proportioned in size and at no point did you leave the table feeling bloated but had a very good dinner packed with flavour. If you ever felt hungry then the lido was 24 hours a day. The LIdo on the Queen Victoria is fabulous, always fresh changing food and they have a roast on every day. Breakfast is always fresh with cooks making it all when needed. We always found a seat in the lido even in busy times. The ship also has 24 hour coffee, tea and fantastic juices available. This ship has so much to do on sea days. The Golden Lion pub for lunch does the best fish and chips, plus steak pies etc. Cunard have build a great ship that caters for all ages. Personally I love to have a quiet cruise and the age group is probably mainly 50 to 70 plus but they are lovely people. A very British ship with British traditions. Cunard have got it right. If you want a cruise that parties all night and has a belly flop competition in the pool during the day then its not for you. I can not report on ports because if I didn't want to get off then it was fine as the ship was a great place to be. Dress code on Cunard: A few formal nights and the rest with a shirt and jacket, no tie. Perfect, it is lovely to dress up for dinner. I have not sailed on the Queen Elizabeth yet but talking to people on board they prefer the Queen Victoria. I hope this review helps people to decide. This is my personal opinion and I will not sail with anyone else unless Cunard do not visit it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We booked this cruise 18 months ago, in fact before we did the 2014 Christmas/New Year cruise. Last time we were in Britannia Club which was excellent, but we thought that we try the grills and booked into the Princess Grill. Embarcation ... Read More
We booked this cruise 18 months ago, in fact before we did the 2014 Christmas/New Year cruise. Last time we were in Britannia Club which was excellent, but we thought that we try the grills and booked into the Princess Grill. Embarcation was very smooth, we were in our cabin within 30 minutes of arrival. The cabin was spacious with plenty of drawer space and a nice balcony. We were on deck 4 and we noticed a compressor noise early in the morning whcih we think was connected to when the ship was tendering - this was alarming the first time it occured. The Princess Grill restaurant was vey nice and the service was excellent as it was throuhout the ship. We were a little disappointed with the menu choices as the signature grill dishes (Dover Sole etc) wee not available on a daily basis. In fact, Dover Sole only appeared twice during the cruise. Again no dessert flambes (which we had daily in Britannia Club), but when I mentioned that Britannia had Crepe Suzette one evening which wasn't on our menu it was made table side the next evening. We didn't have any difficulty ordering off menu provided you gave 24 hours notice. As we dont eat meat it was important to us to be able to order off menu simple things as an alternative to fish. Of course we also had access to the grills lounge and terrace which is very pleasant. It should be noticed that only two lifts go up to the grills so occasionaly there could be a wait for a lift. As I mentioned service throughout the ship was excellent - whether it be the cabin steward, restaurant stewards, public room, deck or pursers areas. Entertainment was very varied, from acrobats to a member of the Rat Pat so there should have been something for everyone. Again this year I thought that the production shows were very, very poor, although the boys and girls work extremenly hard. Cunard really ought to copy the P&O production shows which are far superior. I understand they are produced by a different company. The weather was very good in the Canary Islands and Madeira although during the morning of the second day in Madeira it did rain but cleared up in the afternoon in time for a wonderful midnight fireworks display to welcome in the new year. The first two days and last two days weather was not so good with rain and wind. We love the ship, but wish that it had a proper cinema so that if we didn't fancy the show we could watch a film (we don't want to sit in our cabin). Other than the fact that the bar prices are high we had no complants and had a wonderful cruise and are booked again for July this year. By the way I was amused by people who say we don't like sea days - to me that is what a cruise is all about - sea days interspaced with some ports of call. It takes all sorts! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our first cruise ever and it exceeded our expectations. From the start Staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and catered to our every need. Personnel could not have been friendlier or more courteous and we ended ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and it exceeded our expectations. From the start Staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and catered to our every need. Personnel could not have been friendlier or more courteous and we ended our cruise feeling we were leaving friends. So many things to do both at sea and on the tour excursions. All meals were superlative and the "Behind The Scenes" Tour offered an opportunity to really get to know what goes on in the everyday running of the ship - a real insight. The only quibble was with the White Star Luggage Service where the luggage pick up from home was scheduled for a certain day but DHL did not do the pick up as advised on the document. Apart from this, we would definitely choose Cunard and, particularly, the Queen Victoria again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
...some aspects of the cruise which let Cunard down. There were two of us. We booked two balcony cabins next door one another for single occupancy. Cunard certainly knows how to charge for these! The embarkation process was rapid and ... Read More
...some aspects of the cruise which let Cunard down. There were two of us. We booked two balcony cabins next door one another for single occupancy. Cunard certainly knows how to charge for these! The embarkation process was rapid and totally efficient. They mislaid one of my suitcases but hey, they found it again some time later. The balcony BB cabin on deck 7 (a deck to be recommended) was very nice but not spectacular spoilt by the tiny shower room. Wake up Cunard. People who cruise expect more. There is a huge gap between the suites and the balcony cabins. I've stayed in a Queen suite previously and it was indeed luxurious. Service was excellent. I don't think Cunard takes time any longer to match dinner companions adequately. We asked to sit on a table for eight to meet people. Our fellow diners were OK and we generally had a laugh but we had very little in common. On previous cruises more effort seems to have been made. The worst aspect of the cruise was the so-called evening entertainment. It was patronising in the extreme; childish and amateur. Third rate, in fact. The lectures though were better. None of the other activities appealed. Food was very good indeed. No complaints there though wine was over-priced. However, Cunard gave me some champagne for my birthday which we enjoyed and shared with our fellow diners. As for port and shore excursions, the best advice is to do it yourself. Cunard's tours are extremely overpriced offering little extra value. The excursion in Las Palmas was pathetic. Overall we enjoyed the cruise a great deal but Cunard please stop selling all the time. The cheap jewellery deals on board were junk as were the handbags and yards of gold. If I want a photograph taken, I'll arrange it. On a positive note it was very good not to be bombarded with messages from the captain; just one delivery at noon. One word of warning: if you expect to find the ship full of middle and upper class retired and working professionals you'll be very disappointed. It is full of well seasoned cruisers quick to tell you about the amazing deals they achieved and to discuss the numerous other voyages they have made. Finally just to stress the Queen Elizabeth is a fine vessel with beautiful decor and it looked magnificent with its tasteful Christmas decorations. It couldn't last, of course. Along came Cunard with some of the naffest Advent decorations I've ever seen. Did all this put me off. Yes, but I'd go again and again just to sit in the Lido restaurant late afternoon and enjoy the view over a cup of tea or to gaze at the open sea from my balcony. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We embarked from Southampton on 12th December 2016 on a ten night all inclusive cruise. This all inclusive cruise was a first for us with Cunard and entitled us to all drinks under $9.00. As many of you will recall bar drinks prices ... Read More
We embarked from Southampton on 12th December 2016 on a ten night all inclusive cruise. This all inclusive cruise was a first for us with Cunard and entitled us to all drinks under $9.00. As many of you will recall bar drinks prices on Cunard tend to be at the top of the range so having this facility was a major factor in a our enjoyment of the cruise. We have not see any repeat of this offer since! Queen Elizabeth is still a very beautiful ship and retains her elegance. Embarkation was very smooth and our luggage was with us in very short order. We had three days on board to enjoy the facilities before reaching Lanzarote. Unfortunately, we could not dock here due to a heavy swell and headed for Gran Canaria instead where we had an overnight stay. This gave us extra time for a good look round the town and explore the cathedral area. Even in December the temperature was very pleasant for sightseeing and catching a beer on the beach. On arrival in Madeira we opted for the ship excursion which covered a sightseeing bus trip after doing the sledge run. Never having done this before it was well worth it and great fun. The trip was well organised and gave a good start to Madeira. We were dropped off in town for some free time after a brief visit to a Madeira wine visitor centre. Final port day was in La Coruna. The ship docked very close to the city centre so it was easy to explore. We decided to walk to the lighthouse. Very interesting place to visit and well worth the walk. The food and service provided in the restaurants and bars was to a high standard, especially in the Verandah. The service in the Golden Lion was always very slow. All the shows we attended were good with no complaints from us. Interestingly the final show by the entertainment team had to be moved to the next night due to choppy seas and was unsafe for the dancers to perform. Absurdly the replacement act was a juggler who juggled knives on a uni-cycle! He was extremely funny and one of the best acts we have seen on a cruise ship. Cunard has made changes to the casino area to accommodate extra single cabins. This means the casino area has been reduced and results in a bottle neck when the theatre is emptying on the port side. Disembarkation was pretty smooth and no problems collecting our luggage. In all an excellent cruise again Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Boarding was first class, they gave us a 3.30pm slot but we drove down from North London without a stop and thats the first time for ages, so we were early and on board by 1.30 ish CPS wizzed the car off and the luggage was taken on ... Read More
Boarding was first class, they gave us a 3.30pm slot but we drove down from North London without a stop and thats the first time for ages, so we were early and on board by 1.30 ish CPS wizzed the car off and the luggage was taken on board within minutes. This was definitely the fastest we have embarked in all 16 cruises. My Nephew and Niece followed not far behind arriving later and by 2.30 we were all enjoying a nice meal in the Lido restaurant. This was our third Cunard cruise having sailed on the other two ships previously so we knew more or less what to expect. The whole cruise was most enjoyable -this time we had an inside cabin on deck 7 which was fine a tad smaller than the P&O ships we have sailed on recently but well presented and a very comfortable bed. We attended most of the talks given by the relevant speakers and enjoyed the insight into cricket - Custom officers and their roles - and an in depth view of shipping.We attended just one film "the Martian" as we do not really feel that an afternoon in a dark theatre is the place to be, unlike the QM2 which had some late night viewing. It has to be said that the food on board was possibly the best we have encountered as a good standard of food was experienced by all on our table of 6. The only exception was the unfortunate choice of using the specialist Veranda restaurant where we all had a laugh at the expense of the poor waiters who thought that this 6 course taster was "a taste of France" - well it wasn't - my Niece and Nephew having lived in France for some time and myself and my wife travelling and staying many times in different areas of France have never come across Pigeon livers cooked in thick dark chocolate and covered in the sauce so thick you couldn't see the livers -the only saving grace was the small piece of steak in another dish as the rest was awful ,cold and tasteless.I asked what part of France the chef came from? and the response was "the Philippines" "hhm not so close then".We even had the waitress laughing and standing talking about the non French - French food. That said we never complained as it would have cast a shadow over the fun we had. We paid for one excursion to Santiago de Compostela which we enjoyed from La Coruna. We hired a car in Madeira and enjoyed the chance to see Porto Moniz -Cabo Girao and Curral das Freiras or valley of the nuns.The cost for all four was just 38euro plus a bit of juice and we had the car back by 3.15 pm from 10 am in the morning so forget coach excursions that wouldn't have covered all those points for something like $300. The port of Lanzarote was a non runner due to high winds the maximum being 40 knots and that was exceeded apt. So we only had 3 ports of call in all a very low ratio for ten nights. But we had a really enjoyable time well worth the money we paid even though the bar bill's and gift purchases plus tips plus personal tips came to over $1000 we had a ball. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We embarked in Southampton, we were booked for 14:30 but arrived at about 13:10. CPS took the car straight off us, and the luggage porter was helpful. There we no queues, and we were on board straight away, very smooth. Oh by the way ... Read More
We embarked in Southampton, we were booked for 14:30 but arrived at about 13:10. CPS took the car straight off us, and the luggage porter was helpful. There we no queues, and we were on board straight away, very smooth. Oh by the way this was our first ever cruise, we were a group of 5, my parents myself, hubby and pre-teen daughter. We really enjoyed the cruise, the food in the Britannia Restaurant was fantastic, we had chateaubriand, lobster, lots of seafood the baked Alaska was divine. Our waiters Romeo & Joy were excellent, actually all of the staff we came into contact were marvellous, and I think this made the cruise for us. The Lido had a good variety of foods, however at times it can be a bit of a scrum to get a table, especially for 5, but we managed this. I think at peek times Cunard could maybe allocate the seating, or come up with a system to help with this. The Lido was always very clean and tidy. It was quite windy at times and we had a day where we were most ill, and taken to our cabins. My husband visited the ships doctor and came back with some marvellous tablets, which meant were could fully enjoy the cruise, ( we did take some other tablets with us , but they were not working at all)!! We very much enjoyed the insight lectures particular Malcom Nelson who was a customs officer, even my daughter was totally enthralled by his presentations. We went to about 4 shows as a family. We enjoyed David Copperfield, although an older guy, we did enjoy that older generation humour ( bearing in mind most of the audience were well into there 60's ++). The dancers were good, but let down a little by the 4 singers, the 2 women need a bit more tone to there voices, and were a bit shrieky at times!! We missed one port of call due to bad weather. I have no qualms with this, and would rather be safe, we sailed straight onto Gran Canaria, the captain kept us up to date at all times. We thought the crew were very professionally, and the Captain safety conscious, they even had an extra crew drill whilst we were in port. We paid for 2 excursions, as we were new to cruising, we were a bit apprehensive about been back on time, but both excursions were well organised, particularly Madeira. Rosa was our guide, and as we were travelling as a party of 3 ensured we got a family basket for our toboggan ride, which I recommend. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We booked an early savings fare for an inside cabin as we were on a budget. The cabin and shower room was small but perfectly adequate and spotlessly clean. The beds and pillows were the comfiest I have ever experienced. ALL the staff ... Read More
We booked an early savings fare for an inside cabin as we were on a budget. The cabin and shower room was small but perfectly adequate and spotlessly clean. The beds and pillows were the comfiest I have ever experienced. ALL the staff could not have been more helpful. The food was first class in the Britannia restaurant, we did not feel the need to go to any of the ones you need to pay a supplement for, the Lido self service restaurant could get a little busy at times but food there was again excellent. We did not have a drinks package, the wine was a little pricey so we kept to the cocktails which were varied and delicious, cost ranging from $8 to $12. All of the ports on this cruise were within easy walking distance from the ship so we did our own thing with tours from the local companies offered at the ports which were good value. There are one or two snobbish people on board but overall the majority of passengers were lovely. We were a little worried about the formal nights but felt at ease in a tux, dark suit and a smart dress. There is tea, coffee and cold drinks available at all times in the Lido restaurant, and breakfast, snacks and tea etc. were available through room service at no charge. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
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