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3 Cunard Fitness Cruise Reviews

Our cruise was to be a time of relaxation with our children. The discovery of the removal of the Basketball goals was horrible for two of my children who wanted to play and shoot every day. Over 2000 passengers would thus be awaiting to ... Read More
Our cruise was to be a time of relaxation with our children. The discovery of the removal of the Basketball goals was horrible for two of my children who wanted to play and shoot every day. Over 2000 passengers would thus be awaiting to play on the one paddle tennis court or two table tennis tables. There was no dedicated space for young people (Teens) as they don't even have a video game console dedicated to youth. The two daily times when youth can use the Zone facilities are during meal times....thus the pool or a 25 dollar per half hour golf similator is basically all you have (and a golf driving net with a few clubs and shuffleboard). Unless your children want to sit and read quietly for hours and play scrabble, this sort of cruise will drive them, and you crazy. I am not sure Cunard sees young people as their market and it is obvious in the lack of provision. The failure to notify guests of the removal of the Basketball court is just wrong. Their virtual tour today still shows this as an option for guests...."sports enthusiasts can enjoy a game of paddle tennis or basketball in the sea air".....it is not true! And your teenage son or daughter will be very angry with you when they stand on the lined sports court staring at steel poles. The ship is beautiful and it is clear that some things clearly are five star, but I was suprised by the disparity in the service at the purser's desk with young people who varied in their helpfulness and competence. The buffet becomes small in the evening as they try to make money by creating fee paying themed resturant areas...and the sparkle of white star service fades when you have to search out a single working ice cream machine (which will often have been turned off perhaps to save a few pennies. You can see where staffing levels in the Britiannia are very thin and servers are having to work very hard to keep up, and when you are travelling with children you don't really want to wait 30 minutes to order. No doubt quality is compromised on the QM2 in places which means the consumer has to work hard to seek out things which I am guessing used to be more commonly available. Finally, be careful in choosing to sail through Germany unless you want a German cruise complete with duel announcements in German throughout. 2000 Germans joined our ship in Hamburg and the culture of the ship naturally changed. Entertainment options changed and several of the English speaking things were apparently eliminated from the schedule. I think one should not underestimate the way the FEEL of a cruise changes when it is dominated by a single group.....this could be true of Americans or English....but for us, it was Germans...and by the look of things, Cunard had a special 7 day offer out of Hamburg which was cheap as the passengers who joined us were not refined professional Germans but working class holiday makers. So.....combine a boat full of workingclass Germans with some bored teens and you don't have a lot of easy relaxing fun. I imagine the transatlantic cruises on this boat would be better with a steady hum....but I think the "bean counters" are making it more and more difficult for the ship to feel like anything more than a tarted up Carnival party boat. If you have children, avoid this boat. If you are older and more refined in your tastes, enjoy the cruise, that is they have not cut back more of the quality of things such that even you will find it less than satisfactory. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We've made six cruises on the Queen Vic and all in all they have been enjoyable and met our expectations for food, service, safety , and entertainment. However, our last two cruises on the Queen Victoria have been less than ... Read More
We've made six cruises on the Queen Vic and all in all they have been enjoyable and met our expectations for food, service, safety , and entertainment. However, our last two cruises on the Queen Victoria have been less than satisfactory, as much for the attitude of the ship's staff as the specifics of our displeasure. Seems there is a trend aboard the Victoria toward "hucksterism" in the Spa...the selling of promises of loosing eight inches off the waste, unheard of physical improvements, and such, if only you'll buy these expensive products and services. They really have no shame. All the while the Spa staff ignores basic care and attention of the fitness center; spa shower shoes are cleaned by the staff in the sink in the restroom/sauna; blinds on windows are broken, the chiller in the water cooler is broken, rap music blairs, towels and wipes are not available, the list goes on! Meanwhile down below, the beautiful Queens Room, once home to perhaps the best ballroom dancing at sea, has been taken over by "dance clubs" or groups seeking a dance teaching platform at sea. The result is the ballroom is no longer a venue for the casual passenger to have social dance but home to competition dancers wishing to impress the world. It's saddening to see couples, once quite at home dancing in the Queens room, disappear night after night and give way to "wanna be" Dancing with the Stars and dance students. All that said, the good news is Queen Vic (and Cunard) do so much right and hold to so many wonderful seagoing traditions that they still can claim a unique niche that has had us coming back to them and other Cunard ships. We only wish they would remember those traditions and put the breaks on what appears a downward spiral. Unfortunitly the spiral will continue unless the ship's staff musters more than a big "Oh, Ho-Hum" which is all I got. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Crusing for me is one of the best ways of spending my vacation time. My partner enjoys it as well. This cruise was the longest we have ever vacationed. As you can imagine we loved having other take care of the chores while we endulged. ... Read More
Crusing for me is one of the best ways of spending my vacation time. My partner enjoys it as well. This cruise was the longest we have ever vacationed. As you can imagine we loved having other take care of the chores while we endulged. There were some highlights. Alison Farr played spectacularly on piano with fellow inspiring violinist for several concerts. I was messmerized and thrilled by their flawless interpretations. Another gift of the voyage was a former airline captain who kept audiences in stitches on several occations with his commentary and naughty film publicity clips. The people onboard were mostly mature and cultured guests. Only on rare occation did I witness passengers behaving poorly. One such occation, followed an accupuncture talk, where a senior citizen cut in front of the few people waiting to make appointments with the ship's therapist, ignoring those clearly waiting before her. The ship's staff did not ask her to wait for her turn. Another complaint was that a couple of the guests with electric wheelchairs would drivers into other passengers. Nobody was injured, but nerves were freyed. There were multiple stories told about ill-tempered passengers who hogged laundryroom equipment. One such incident only ended after the ships armed security staff had interviened. For myself, the one incident that could have been handled differently, was Cunard's standard response after having damaged my new luggage. It was considerate of Cunard's staff to use a piece of silver duct tape to close the hole they made in the $150 luggage. But, it seems odd to be told by the perser's staff that one's only recourse is to file a insurance claim, providing I had the forethought to protect my investment from Cunard's carelessness. All in all, there are a lot of words above devoted to describing what passengers might see on any cruise. I would like the reader to take away the notion that I was generally happing with staff's service, decor, weather, safety, and much more. I recommend going on this cruise. Do not let my discription of the few Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
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