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  • Aims for big-ship luxury; still has "Golden Era" feel
  • Classic transatlantic crossings as well as other itineraries
  • Afternoon tea is a white-glove affair
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860 Cunard Southampton Cruise Reviews
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sheenayoung
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We Chose this ship as it is the only real option to sail transatlantic into New York. The cabin was fine but nothing outstanding. The cleanliness in the cabin was high. We dined in Britannia restaurant on early sitting which was too early ... Read more
gourmetjan
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
8 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
Thankfully, we only used the ship to return to USA trying to avoid the inevitable jet lag. I can confirm all the previous reviews that the ship has too many problems. Firstly, we didn't need an alarm clock as we were woken early every ... Read more
30thanniversarycruiser
Member Since 2012
1 review
38 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Itinerary well-done, good order, didn't get anywhere on day when all museums were closed, so, that was great. In 14 nights, 7 ports, plus embarking/disembarking Southampton. Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, two days St. ... Read more
Spudbex
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
Life aboard the Queen Elizabeth was a bit like living at Cliveden/the Ritz or in endless episodes of Downton Abbey, or in a novel by P.G Wodehouse or Agatha Christie. We were constantly surrounded by live music of all types, and with one ... Read more
exlondoner
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
926 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
We have been with Cunard in the Queens Grill a number of times, so obviously like it, and get what we expect. Particularly enjoyable about Cunard is the sense of serenity and spaciousness, so the ship almost never seems crowded, which ... Read more
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Coooomikay
Member Since 2017
1 review
19 helpful votes
This was the first ever cruise for both me and my partner. Cunard wasn't our first choice. We had planned to go with Celebrity Cruises on recommendation however there were a few snags with the cruise we were considering and we looked for ... Read more
thumbun
Member Since 2003
4 reviews
21 forum posts
17 helpful votes
My partner and I just completed a 7-day voyage on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth to see the Norwegian fjords. Basic Details: We made the reservation via Cunard’s website in mid-January 2017 for a 6/24/17 departure from ... Read more
SusieWestSussex
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
We booked a Princess Grill suite last year. We were joining the ship at Barcelona. At the last minute we saw one cabin with restricted view advertised and decided to sail from Southampton. We switched to our suite in Barcelona. The ... Read more
Ian5509
Member Since 2017
1 review
31 helpful votes
I don't normally do reviews, especially bad ones so I apologise if it rambles instead of following some format. Chose this cruise to travel with some friends, some issues were our fault as we did not give it as much research time as we ... Read more
daveo999
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Wanted to travel from London/Southampton to Barcelona and visit Gibraltar and Mallorca. Everything on this cruise was boring and well over priced. Excursions in Gibraltar and Mallorca were a waste of time and money - drove around the ... Read more
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pirategold
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
It has been many years since we sailed on a truly dreadful Cunard cruise, and after 40 + cruises with other lines, we decided to give it another try - fortunately we were very impressed and have already booked another cruise for November. ... Read more
Jthequack
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
The staff were very good indeed, in particular, the Head Waiter in the Queen's Grill, our butler Joel, and our deck 10 waiter, Dragan. The smoking area my wife and I used was forward on deck 10 and not cleaned overnight. It was filthy and ... Read more
broadbent
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
54 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We cannot fly and the cruise went from Southampton - that simple. On our arrival, we never received our welcome bottle of cava. Small point. We noted that • our tv was not working properly • light bulbs were missing ... Read more
Johny Boy
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
5 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Diamond members so expected to walk straight on as with the last few cruises. Few problems embarking but still only took 30 minutes to be in our cabin. Cunard fare so able to pick our balcony cabin 4159. No welcome back sign in the cabin. ... Read more
Casamor
Member Since 2003
1 review
6 forum posts
13 helpful votes
This was our second cruise on the ship in 12 months, so it was interesting to compare the changes following the refit in May 2017. We travelled using a CruiseConnexions coach which was with a company called Ellisons, the coach was new, ... Read more
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rognsuewbay
Member Since 2017
1 review
23 helpful votes
Towards the end of our Rotary Presidents year some members go on holiday to celebrate the year and this year 17 of us joined the 5 day cruise on the recently revamped Queen Victoria. We have sailed on the QM2 a number of times so were ... Read more
EnglishCanuck
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
33 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
I'd always loved the romance of the old ocean liners and it was a bucket list item for me to do a transatlantic crossing on the last of the real ocean liners, QM2. I treated myself to this trip after a very difficult few years in my life ... Read more
LGC100
Member Since 2011
1 review
31 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We wanted to experience their 'iconic' transatlantic crossing so we booked a back to back crossing. Had it not been for the experience of storm conditions, 15m waves and the unexpected rescue of a lone yachtsman the westbound crossing ... Read more
MamaFrog
Member Since 2016
1 review
56 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Embarkation at Southampton was well organised and less time consuming than expected - much less hassle than any airport! Entry to the ship brings one into the Grand Lobby and there are well placed deck guides , good stairways, and elegant ... Read more
tv24
Member Since 2013
12 reviews
1,687 forum post
11 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
We've crossed the Atlantic on the QM2 a bunch of times, but this time was memorable because of the rescue at sea of a yachtsman from a disabled craft. We watched from our balcony, and then learned from a Q & A session between the ... Read more
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VacationgirlSandy
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
4 helpful votes
My husband and I planned a trip to London and Paris and decided to take this 4 night cruise so we could visit Amsterdam as well. We flew into Heathrow on June 4th and took the transfer to the ship which was a nice Mercedes van that we ... Read more
CheapIrish
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
85 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We were invited to join this cruise by our son and his girlfriend as she had never been to Europe. We had never been on a Cunard ship before and expected to be wow-ed by the ship and its offerings. We had previous sailed with Royal ... Read more
Cha-Cha
Member Since 2011
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We love Cunard ships, we are now Diamond status so have sailed with them many times, we normally chose them over Princess or P&O as in our experience, their service is the best of them all. This time is was a short cruise which ... Read more
Cornishcouple
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
Having cruised on the Queen Elizabeth a few times we were really looking forward to this one and once again were not disappointed, our stateroom on deck 8 was kept very clean and the king size bed very comfortable. QE is a beautiful ship ... Read more
Iane
Member Since 2017
1 review
24 helpful votes
I thought I would share with others my first-hand experience of being a newbie voyager. Firstly, you will note that I use the word “voyager” in lieu of cruiser the reason being is the trans-atlantic crossing is a voyage and not ... Read more
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