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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We have cruised with P & O, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Fred Olson and Thomson and this was our 8th cruise and as Cunard are regarded as the number one in the cruise ship ratings we were looking forward to our 5 night New Years Cruise ... Read More
We have cruised with P & O, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Fred Olson and Thomson and this was our 8th cruise and as Cunard are regarded as the number one in the cruise ship ratings we were looking forward to our 5 night New Years Cruise to Bruge, Amsterdam and Cherbourg. We had just checked into our cabin when a tannoy announcement from the Commodore of the ship informed us we wouldn't be visiting Bruge after all and we would head straight to Amsterdam to ensure we were in Amsterdam for New Years eve instead of cruising out of Amsterdam at 1.00am on New Years day we didn't actually cruise out of port until 9.00am which meant we lost some of the New Year spirit. No compensation was offered for the change in itinerary and with the currency charges the cancelled trips ended up costing us extra money as the extra commission transaction charges were not taken into account to transfer back from dollars to sterling. On a positive note the fireworks in Amsterdam port were fantastic and worth the trip up to the outside desks to get the best panoramic view. Our cabin was off a good standard (7059) and was cleaned and serviced to a high standard. We had a small problem with the noise of the air conditioning unit but our room attendant reported this and it was fixed on day 2 of our cruise. Food and service for dinner in the main restaurant was poor, menus were not particularly adventurous and certainly were not matched to the countries we were visiting as per the suggestions in the Cunard brochure and off a much lower standard that other cruise ships we have travelled on before. Service was rushed at dinner and staff whilst not unpleasant did not seem to want to be there serving us. There appeared to be a lack of supervision in the restaurant at dinner, not once were we asked if food etc was ok and a few people at our table left their main courses due to poor quality of meat etc. Service and food at breakfast and lunch was so much better. The service and food in the Lido was of a very good standard and room service was also good. We had afternoon tea on 2 afternoons in the Queens Room which was very nice and well organised. The general bar areas on the ship are small for the number of people on board and we were unable to get seating for a pre-dinner cocktail etc during our 5 night stay, we visited the pub on a couple of occasions but service at the bar was very curt and slow, again no supervision of staff was apparent. There is only 1 theatre on board the ship, evening entertainment was good, however the general daytime activities schedule was the same each day and a bit boring and was more suited to the over 70's rather than the majority of passengers who were in the 40 to 60 age range. We were disappointed to find that the wine tasting was also cancelled with no reason given. We didn't get to see the Commodore or Captain during our cruise and they didn't appear at the New Year countdown which was also disappointing, they kept a very low profile throughout the cruise apart from hearing them on the tannoy announcements. We spoke with many people who advised us to give Cunard another try but perhaps opt for the Queen Mary next time, they were also disappointed with this cruise and the standard of service and said it wasn't the normal standard provided by Cunard. On our arrival back into Southampton we were unable to dock back at the original berth but coaches were provided to take us back to where we should have been docked to enable us to pick up our car. A disappointing cruise overall and not as enjoyable as the cruise we did previously with P & O at New Year in 2015. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was the first time for us to take a New Year cruise. We had high expectations and have cruised Cunard more than 10 times. The ship had been remodelled since our last cruise (Oct 16) and was looking swell. We knew that it would be cold ... Read More
This was the first time for us to take a New Year cruise. We had high expectations and have cruised Cunard more than 10 times. The ship had been remodelled since our last cruise (Oct 16) and was looking swell. We knew that it would be cold and the weather would be changeable but we caught the storm Eileen in full flow. I thought that the portions in the Britannia dining room were definitely smaller than before. The waiting staff were under pressure and told us that the galleys were in chaos and that there would be a longer wait for our main courses on each evening. We had booked 2 inside cabins deck 7 and they were in good condition. Normally book balcony cabins but thought that the weather wouldn't be fair so saved the money for next time. This cruise was twice the price of the same cruise that left earlier in December. Good party atmosphere, ship decorated for Christmas. The drink prices are extortionate probably 3 times higher than a local up market bar. With prices for a large one with mixer around $13. White wine around $8 for a small glass. Overpriced wine and fizz because Cunard know that they have a captive audience. Free toast fizz at 12 midnight on the 31st. Missed out on a port so that the ship could get to Amsterdam on time. Storm Eileen meant force 10 winds and high seas but the ship coped well with this and we arrived back to Southampton on time. ( Wrong terminal but Cunard had shuttle buses back so that we could collect our car. Will probably book again soon for next year but a summer cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Whether it’s far into the most remote and hostile reaches of the Atacama desert, deep in the abyss of the Marianas trench or in the bowels of a seething volcano there will be no place on the planet where some inconsiderate ... Read More
Whether it’s far into the most remote and hostile reaches of the Atacama desert, deep in the abyss of the Marianas trench or in the bowels of a seething volcano there will be no place on the planet where some inconsiderate knuckle-dragging cave dweller has not foisted his screaming, bawling brat toddler on the sensibilities of peace-loving holiday makers. Thus it was both in the Britannia and the Lido buffet restaurants of Cunard’s magnificent Queen Victoria. In general, Cunard’s customer base would be well-off retirees with a smattering of younger inquisitive explorers who feel the need to be acquainted with the reputed delights of the cruise scene. Cunard promotes the excitement of travel in various grades of luxury with the added novelty of dropping in for a day or two at resort ports around the world so that tastes of exotica can be sampled with the reassurance of coming back to the mother ship at the end of the day. There are distinct attractions in this leisure market but some disappointments for the unaware. Cabin is a long bygone term and modern guests enjoy “Staterooms”. The degree of stateliness is directly proportionate to the price paid and this might vary from a few hundreds to tens of thousands of pounds for the same cruise which might be from 3 to 100 or more nights. Dining options and degrees of restaurant sumptuousness vary with the stateroom grade, though the menu will be impressive throughout. Standards of dress at the twilight of the day are expected to conform to smart semi formal or full evening dress depending on ship’ schedules. Food is of consistently high quality, free and abundant for better than 22 hours a day but alcohol is an extra at breath-taking, some say obscene, prices and in US dollars. Various supplements, additions and extras will rack up a hefty load on the unprepared wallet accompanied by a 15% surcharge on shown prices. Liberal use of Wi-Fi might set you back hundreds of dollars. Cash on board is considered somewhat vulgar and cruisers are issued with an identification card which is used for ingress/exit for the ship, stateroom doors and payment. At port visits, shuttle busses are arranged to ferry the troops to town centres or on numerous ship’s excursions arranged by a dedicated team but the cost of the any trip will considerably exceed the same expedition if arranged in port at the roadside or via local taxi. Entertainments aboard ship will satisfy practically every whim with dancing, theatre entertainments, recitals, concerts, lectures from celebrities, art exhibitions, film shows, card games and instruction in subjects as diverse as computer use and painting classes. Cunard identify very strongly with the romance of ocean travel from the golden era of the 20th century and this is reflected all over the ship with prominent images of famous liners of the past and photos of film stars, celebrities and luminaries sporting camelhair coats, wide flared trousers, pearls and silk scarves. Many of the traditions and customs from the past including deck quoits and the cigar room remain along with clumsy 1900 era slatted wooden deckchairs on the outer decks which are cripplingly uncomfortable. Titanic passengers must have been delighted to get off. Whilst lifeboat drill is no longer practised, passengers will get a stern telling off if they fail to attend the safety lecture which includes instructions and practice on the donning of lifejackets. Stateroom televisions show the ship’s progress in the manner of an airliner screen, a bow camera, updates from the entertainment director, lectures you may have missed, dress code for the evening and a selection of films and News broadcasts in various languages with repeats of popular UK TV shows. Sundecks are screened from the wind and surround at least 3 swimming pools with towels to hand for those intrepid enough to be thrown up and down the pool in rough weather. The ship’s furnishings and décor outdo the extravagance of the finest hotel and stateroom refinements and comfort are particularly impressive with the caveat that bathrooms might be bijou. As with all ocean travel Queen Victoria is not immune to vagaries of weather and rough seas can bring on the misery of seasickness. Modern developments in ship design include stabilisers under the waterline which reduce the amount of roll and larger ships such as Victoria suffer less from the pitching motion you might have experienced on cross channel ferries. Daily, the captain announces progress and expectations of weather conditions with times of arrival. If you consider yourself tolerant of motion sickness, happy with confinement in a big village for a few days and fancy brief samples of holiday destinations which would otherwise takes years to achieve, then the ocean wave may be the life for you. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Having sailed from Southampton many times we were a bit surprised to find a tail back with CPS parking at the Ocean terminal.The weather caused a certain amount of anxiety amongst those travelling from a far and to make sure they never ... Read More
Having sailed from Southampton many times we were a bit surprised to find a tail back with CPS parking at the Ocean terminal.The weather caused a certain amount of anxiety amongst those travelling from a far and to make sure they never missed their time or indeed the ship they left in plenty of time, only to find the roads clear and turning up hours before embarkation time. But once inside and having taken up the donated F card we found time quickly went by and I suppose 30 minutes later we were on the shipKnowing with Cunard that our cases will be safely placed in our cabins we headed for the Lido buffet and with our couple of cruise chums started the cruise from there. We have always found that the lido gives a varied and tasty selection with the addition of an ice cream cone be a child again, if one desires any time of the day. As this was a short 5 nighter we chose an inside having had a balcony last year for the longer trip to the Canaries which we have booked again for next year so 6027 was our home for the next few days and night's. Now here is a gripe as we found the room rather stuffy the air-conditioning not refreshing the air and sometimes even with the control right down we found it a tad too hot in fact my wife said that this was probably causing her a few bad nights sleep. Thinking this must be just us being in and inside ,we were surprised when standing at the excursion desk talking to a lady who was supposedly enjoying a balcony cabin, that she remarked first that it was too hot and she had opened the balcony door sometimes ? never have we or she experienced that before. Restaurant - I thought I would check with the Head Poncho in the Britannia restaurant and make sure we were seated with our cruise chums only to find after the usual long wait to see him that we had been put on separate tables?.The request having somehow been lost whilst booking back in August. But he did a grand job and we found ourselves by the rear window on a table of 4 so great job by the Maitre D. The food we experienced we all agreed, looked better than it tasted some dinners better than others some warmer than other's, but never really as at home = Hot!. I had a nice steak the first night and this was the only night offered and I did remark that we all thought there used to be a every day option running along side the actual day menu so if you were not particularly struck by the evenings menu you could switch to the back up plan.,that had gone and in fact when before I had asked for a steak when none was on the menu, the answer was always yes - this time our waiter looked confused and said he would have to ask his senior and he would get back to me. He came back and said "the Senior waiter would be over to see me soon", but the time all others had ordered their food, he had never appeared and I had to choose one of the other options on the days menu. Not really a 5 star approach one would think. The shows on the other hand in the main theatre were all excellent ,the singers and dancer's -Bernie Flint -and the 4 Guys playing 60's numbers all were worth the watch. Ports of Call Cruising is a a learning curve this being our 19th cruise the 2nd on Victoria and the 5th with Cunard, having done all 3 ships ,we fell foul for the first time of booking in advance excursions and travel with the companies direct instead of booking through Cunard. The weather played it's tricks and prevented the Captain from keeping to his original Itinerary so instead of Bruges from Zeebrugge the first port of call we landed up in Rotterdam at 7pm overnighting and not on the schedule at all ,high winds and rough sea's was the reason. Both of which, no one on board experienced, even after a warning from the bridge that the night would be a bit rough - nothing moved - so still -and this was discussed by everyone we met, as to why this warning and change of plans when all seemed very quiet. The dreaded sea lock probably. So the Train tickets went out of the window as they were dated for the 13th and with the dismissal of Amsterdam completely, a boat trip on the canals and Heineken brewery visit went the same way. So not so cost effective after all. Rotterdam was a bonus in a way, as neither myself and my wife or my Nephew and his wife had visited this part of South Holland. The ship berthed right in the centre of town next to the famous Swan bridge which cost 165,000,000 Euros to build back in 1989 and arriving at 7pm in the dark it was lit up and very pleasing to the eye, being directly in front of us poor people, sipping our G&T's in the Commodore lounge. In Rotterdam we did our own thing as per usual, visiting the Cube houses ,which has one house thats open at a small entrance fee to visitors @ 3 euro's each and seeing as to purchase one, would cost 250,000 Euro's ,we thought was quite cheap lol.Well worth a visit just for the experience of being disorientated for a short while as out through the window is the Pencil building another exercise in architecture.The market was next and again most unusual experience where we purchased various gifts to take back and finishing off in a nice bar to taste the Coffee and the local ale. We decided in Zeebrrugge to walk to Dorp station 23 minutes away, that's after getting the shortest bus ride in the word ,taking us from the ship to the port gates about 100 yards as we were not allowed to walk , Why Dorp? because the Blankenberg station would be full as there was 2 ships in Port and obviously Bruges the target for all transfers were to Blankenberg for the train to Brugge. This station was a small affair with just a a few people milling about cooking and serving but with a 15 minute wait we treated ourselves to cups of coffee which were some of the best coffee we had on the trip and the cheapest .The train cost 6 Euro's the return price and the train pulled in dead on at 10.05 am and 15 minutes later we were at Brugge station. The return trip due to inclement weather we returned to Blankenberg to pick up the shuttle which was waiting and took us back to the ship. Its just a lovely affair that you have with a Cruise ship like the Victoria its a sanctuary from the world, a place of indulgence, warmth and pleasure ,its your home for a few days its your ship !! its just a shame you have to give it back. Cherbourg was next and we actually got to use one of our pre booked tickets for the Maritime Museum which couldn't be closer if they tried -with a dedicated entrance for the ships the door being called "cruise Ship Passengers" we were inside the warm in minutes. "Le Redoutable" submarine was definitely the high light and worth the fare on its own--Huge monster of a vessel and an education in warfare. This is from another review and I couldn't agree more "On the other hand the The 'March into the Deep' was truly apalling. Tacky, poor taste, and a complete waste of our time. Once you enter into this area you cannot leave until you have completed ' the training'" I would like to add unless you were brain dead, or 4 years old, we found It was pathetic and embarrassingly bad .If you still intend to do it make faces at every opportunity as you are videoed and this cause some light relief at the end as we all looked bored stiff and pulling faces. Once in town we visited the market and found a nice small French restaurant for some Moules Marinière and a 1 Tasty Steak a large beer some wine for 4 people cost with tip 80 euro's = cheap.and Considering 1 bottle of Australian Black shiraz was $46 on board with a street price of around £10 its ouch again ,so we opted for the drinks package for 6 bottles costing $296 ?( I think thats right) which gave a 10% discount on a rip off price tag. So thats the lasting feeling you have with this trip yes the 5 star tag is in the fabulous bed and decor The whole ship is beautifully done having had that recent refurb. The library is worth a visit unlike the one on the P &O Azura which was dreadful - the bars are great - the G&T bar great, just leave your idea of fair pricing at home , hey ho your on holiday , Eat less when you get home and shop in the Super market for wine etc. we are here and now, its like life its a fab ship Make the most of it whilst you can. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
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
Embarkation at the Ocean terminal was extremely quick and smooth, after arriving around 11:30am - we were on board and in the Lido for 12. We did a back-to-back with the next cruise, so didn't disembark this one. The other passengers ... Read More
Embarkation at the Ocean terminal was extremely quick and smooth, after arriving around 11:30am - we were on board and in the Lido for 12. We did a back-to-back with the next cruise, so didn't disembark this one. The other passengers were a lower average-age for a Cunard trip, and seemed to include a lot of groups of friends or families - not too many children though. Consequently, the evenings were good (despite DJ Michael) and the final party night was fantastic in the Queens room, with a 60's band The Overtures. Our one and only port stop in Bruges was unfortunately cancelled due to the weather making it impossible to dock, so we got an extra day at sea. The Captain did warn everybody the night before, so we weren't surprised. It would probably have been a bad day to wander around outside anyway, and good travel insurance will help with this. Food and service in the Britannia restaurant were very good. We asked to be moved from 6pm to 8.30 dining after the first night, and they accommodated us well. In June '16, on Victoria, we had some really good party nights in the Yacht Club bar on the top deck, so were looking forward to the same on Queen Elizabeth. Unfortunately, after the (very good) band Synergy finished, we were subjected to 'DJ' Michael, who had no concept of how to keep people on a dancefloor and mainly took random requests, leading to a only a handful of people dancing to each tune. Unfortunately this continued on the next cruise and ruined any chance of a party atmosphere ever developing in there. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise because we had massive items to transport from US to Germany, and because I have a back problem. We booked a package that included 2 days at 5 star hotel on Times Square in NYC -- wonderful. Embarcation a little ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had massive items to transport from US to Germany, and because I have a back problem. We booked a package that included 2 days at 5 star hotel on Times Square in NYC -- wonderful. Embarcation a little slow, but ok. The gym and daily YOGA classes were great for my back; steward excellent. I was content to contemplate the Atlantic, even though with two wind strength 10-11 storms, we suffered. My husband enjoyed the GYM and he GREATLY enjoyed the Pinot Noir tasting and cocktail tasting in the forward Commodore Bar (I enjoyed that bar as well). I, a retired orchestra conductor, found all musical entertainment beyond the pale. My husband didn't like it either. Movies and tv were only slightly better. We admit to being -- to our own regret, sometimes -- gourmets. We almost always got something acceptable from the complimentary room service (which we adored) or from Kings Court buffet. However, the Britannia restaurant as well as the heavily advertised but relatively empty Verandah Restaurant really disappointed our expectations A lot was made of the service, but no interesting or excellent foods came out of the kitchen. The Coq au vin in the Verandah was ok. My bean soup and scallops were not good, the 'wild strawberry' dessert contained no wild strawberries. Wines prices were exorbitantly high for the value. Shuffle board, bridge, bands singing Beatles are all boring. Wifi too expensive and slow. We would have liked more technical infos (lecture from the captain, or on how the ship functions). There was an excellent lecturer from the New Work TiMES, other than that... I doubt we would take this cruise again. Was't what we were looking for. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
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
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Return journey from New York 18 days round trip ,the pinnacle being a half day tour of New York , but only got only 23 minutes in the Big Apple. If I wanted 18 days non stop at sea would have joined the Merchant Navy. After leaving New ... Read More
Return journey from New York 18 days round trip ,the pinnacle being a half day tour of New York , but only got only 23 minutes in the Big Apple. If I wanted 18 days non stop at sea would have joined the Merchant Navy. After leaving New York on our MINI expedition made our way to Brooklyn Harbour to board the QM2 , no problems here swift embarkation & check in. However this is where after our party expected a bit of entertainment and fun . only to find that to get a decent meal you have to dress as if going to a Royal Command ball. Not our scene at all . Not to be on a complete downer, found there is an English pub on board. Hooray said we all.. Joy short lived Formal dress is required to go to the pub WHAT ? We where then directed to the informal area, one Corinthian Lounge more like an undertakers waiting room ,awful piped piano chamber music .Poetry recitals . a very talented Harp player,but not for me thank you,. Wine tasting Embroidery Book club etc dowdy and for the more refined ,so maybe its me that does not conform ,still only seven days of my life wasted on a boring fuddy duddy ship that needs some life bringing to its decks. Moan over hope you all enjoy your next cruise on QM Boring 11 Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was part of our bucket list, to sail on one of the Queens to England, that is basically why we cose the QM2. We had a very nice flight to LaGuardia fro6tnm Toront. We had the Black car driver from heaven for our transfer to the ... Read More
This was part of our bucket list, to sail on one of the Queens to England, that is basically why we cose the QM2. We had a very nice flight to LaGuardia fro6tnm Toront. We had the Black car driver from heaven for our transfer to the cruise terminal, who gave us the best tour of NYK as we inched our way along the fast route to the terminal. (My advise is to get a flat rate taxi or car). Then it turned into a nightmare. We arrived around noon and met the first line up of those who were waiting outside the doors to get into the lineups inside. We were about 30 minutes in that line, then we got inside and were directed into another line. Where we inched along for the next 2 1/2 hours. We were told by the staff that "Its never like this...everybody came at once, sorry for the delay." I know everyone was getting angry. We had five staff serving our line, plus they also were taking the priority and special needs line. The other line had about 10 serving, and you can imagine that they were moving a lot faster. This fiasco should have been handled better. There was a sitting area which could have been used as a staging area with a numbering system as is done by ther cruise lines. By the end of all this people were exhausted. We got on board at 3pm, I'm not sure I'll got on their line in future. Someone should mention to cunard that first impressions are the most meaningfuull. After that embarcation the cruise was just OK, a little over dressed, but food was good, activities OK, weather was mostly foggie, not good to go outside. Disembarkation was slow, but heck of a lot better than embarcation, don't expect to make a train reservation. As to the stateroom, it was a good size inside. The bed was comfortable, there was a nice chair for relaxing and we were given a welcome aboard bottle of sparkling wine. Lots of wardrobe room for our clothing. The room stewart was good, always made up the room while we were gone, so we seldom saw him. Ship buffet was on the prominade deck, which I thought was different from other cruise ships I've been on, but it was large with lots of seating tucked along the way. Lots of choices for breakfast, lunch or dinner there. If you don't want to join in the dressup you can have a good dinner here, mostly the same as in the main dining room. There are a lot of areas of the ship that you can spend some alone time, just to sit and read or play cards with your friends. We did participate in the trivia and went to the planetarium show, but most of the other entertainment was not our thing, others we met enjoyed the lectures. Read Less
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