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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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850 Cunard Southampton Cruise Reviews
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Mally900
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
First let me state that this was the second of two back to back cruises my friend and I took (the first being to Spain and Portugal.) Truthfully by the end of the second cruise I felt a bit jaded, overfed and kind of done with the famous ... Read more
FranMan55
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We wanted to do a transatlantic crossing on a real ocean liner and the QM2 is probably the only benchmark for that kind of travel. The passengers were dominated by the average age well north of late 60's; 40% Brit 40% US. Overall, ... Read more
ALH1957
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
We loved the Queen Elizabeth and thought she was a beautiful, traditional ship. The ship is not too big, which gives it a very friendly feel as we often bumped into people we’d eaten breakfast with etc. Embarkation was efficient ... Read more
David Wheeler
Member Since 2014
9 reviews
7 helpful votes
If you like the older style of passenger ship, then this Queen Elizabeth may appeal. Although beset with lines of balconies which would fit well into a Benidorm apartment block, the overall shape, albeit without any sheer at all, is ... Read more
FunnyTallMan
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
33 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Our 1st time with Cunard, a 7 day cruise from Southampton to Lisbon and back. boarding was very quick and a small bottle of fizz in the room to help one settle in. The on board entertainment was very good the only problem being that ... Read more
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Bagitha
Member Since 2012
1 review
95 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I went with my next door neighbour. She doesnt like more than 7 days. I like longer. It's useful for me to have someone with me as I'm slightly disabled. There is a problem with charging mobility scooters which the onboard engineers ... Read more
BCHappyGal
Member Since 2002
4 reviews
7,887 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We used the Queen Mary 2 as transportation from Europe (Southampton) back to North America (New York) and for that it was OK... Would I book a cruise on the QM2 - NO Found the food to be only OK... poor selection in the buffet compared ... Read more
Taffy11
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
It was on my friends bucket list so that was the reason for the cruise. I have cruised with Thompson princess and silverseas before but I expected to be wowed when I eventually arrived on board from the worst embarkation I have ever ... Read more
F355c5
Member Since 2004
1 review
256 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
Nice ship- confusing to get around when parts of the kings court are closed. Rooms nice sheltered balcony great for transatlantic crossing in May. Crew helpful-stewards perfect, casino very small with limited slots and old. ... Read more
FLEXWARE
Member Since 2017
1 review
28 helpful votes
We decided to return from Europe via the QMII since it was leaving just days after we left our Western Mediterranean Cruise and left from the port where we disembarked. The ship is impressive, very lovely. We enjoyed the lecturers and ... Read more
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tctommy
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
285 forum posts
10 helpful votes
I don't like to fly was the main reason for taking this cruise. getting on and off the ship was a nightmare. 2500 people and it took hours for the process. We are used to 5000 people and have it take half the time. Maybe if they pulled ... Read more
Vera123
Member Since 2016
1 review
54 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
Embarkation very quick and easy, the staff were very efficient. The cabin was ready when we boarded so we made our way there to drop off our carry on bag. I was surprised at the spaciousness of the cabin,loads of storage space, lovely ... Read more
Liverpool Lin
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
179 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as a thirtieth anniversary celebration, we love ballroom dancing and managed to have some lessons with world champion dancers....excellent. Our cabin was spacious and well laid out with a complimentary bottle of wine ... Read more
ivy babe
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
Choose this cruise for a short break for my husbands birthday. The ship was very clean and pleasant but found that the service was not what I had expected. Crew were not as smiley or friendly as I have experienced on other cruise lines ... Read more
KeithM52
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We expected , luxury and we certainly received it and experienced it for the 5 days we were on board. From embarkation to disembarking we enjoyed the elegant and opulent surroundings and experienced the world renown service. the ... Read more
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Lakeland369
Member Since 2017
1 review
18 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We boarded the QM2 on January 10th sailing from Southampton to Cape Town. Embarkation was very good. Stateroom 5319 with enclosed balcony. Not as clean as expected, one light fitting tied on with plastic ties as it was obviously broken. ... Read more
CunardPR, Specialist, Public Relations at Cunard North America, responded to this review
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Kerrieb1
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
we chose this cruise because even though we have done many shorter cruises on other cruise lines we were excited to cruise across the Atlantic ocean, down to the Caribbean, through the panama canal and home to Australia. Both our ... Read more
CunardPR, Specialist, Public Relations at Cunard North America, responded to this review
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HumphreyB
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
The overall package was very good value for money. The opportunity to sail around South America through the Magellan Straits, including a voyage up the Amazon to Manaus, plus a crossing of the Pacific past Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, ... Read more
daff01
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
27 forum posts
24 helpful votes
First of all I apologise in advance to all the Cunard lovers on here. Start with the positives (this won't take long!). It was cheap deal! House band quite good. Balconies large. Table tennis and Paddle Tennis Had one ... Read more
StLucia
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
1,612 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our time on Queen Elizabeth, she is a beautiful ship. Our cabin was bigger than we expected and perfect for us. The bed was so comfortable, the best ever. There were good quality toiletries provided in the bathroom. ... Read more
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southampton observer
Member Since 2012
15 reviews
15 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
"Embark on a very civilised adventure. Sail with Cunard to experience your ideal oasis of discovery, relaxation and sophistication" "The Cunard experience. Everything you wanted Nothing you expected.". The above ... Read more
sennen
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
85 forum posts
We booked this cruise our third on QE 12 months ago and were not disappointed Arrived at the terminal at .12 noon and was on board by 12.30 pm this is one of the things I like about Cunard. straight to stateroom and drop our bags off. ... Read more
signer1
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed 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
Spacemagnet
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
29 forum posts
19 helpful votes
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 ... Read more
Alaska_addict
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
15 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I was on the Queen Elizabeth just before Christmas. Embarkation was excellent. However nobody greeted you on the ship and no welcome drink. I found the cabin and it was ok. Had a wander around the ship and it is a stunning ... Read more
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