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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
When originally booked cruise was going to spend 2 nights in Istanbul; after the problems in Turkey last year the itinerary was changed with Sarande, Albania and Heraklion, reteadded. After research into Sarande, decided to stick wit ... Read More
When originally booked cruise was going to spend 2 nights in Istanbul; after the problems in Turkey last year the itinerary was changed with Sarande, Albania and Heraklion, reteadded. After research into Sarande, decided to stick wit hothead reservation. From the moment I stepped on board I got the feeling that the QV was a good ship. Crew were friendly and the whole embarkation process was handled smoothly and efficiently; certainly more so than when boarding the QM for the Christmas cruise. There were even shuttle buses to take us from the terminal building to the ship. The Victoria recently came out of a refit and my cabin was immaculate. I had booked a deck 4 guarantee obstructed view cabin and was pleased to be assigned a cabin on deck 5 and the only obstruction was when looking down. I was concerned about the quality of the food given some of the reviews I had read but was very pleased with the quality and quantity of the food. I am lactose intolerant and got to chose my meals the night before and have them cooked without dairy. Lots of choice so no complaints there. Lunches were taken in the Lido except in Crete and Rhodes when I ate ashore. Lots of choices and even a few lactose free sandwiches. The salad bar was particularly good and there was no wilting lettuce. Breakfast was also usually in the Lido, usually lox and bagels and scrambled eggs on one day when a new pan appeared in front of me. The bread and rolls were freshly baked and far too tempting! I took one course on using an IPad for photography. I wish it had been offered on one of the sea days before our first excursion as it had lots of good advice and was worth the $15 charge. I did not attend the shows, nor did I attend any of the lectures. Neither interested me. I had hoped there would be something on the history and culture of the area in which we were sailing rather than an ex White House staffer from the “W” era or some one talking about pop music. Enjoyed listenening to the string quartet, and the hardest on a couple of occasions and watching the ballroom dancers. Most passengers were from UK and man, many of themcould dance! Only did one shore excursion in Sarande. An interesting stop and tour of Butrint. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We crossed the Atlantic from New York. Our 4th cruise on QM2 and it did not disappoint. QM2 never lets you down. The balcony cabin, close to mid-ship was superb with a bottle of wine waiting for us as we are Platinum members. Freshly ... Read More
We crossed the Atlantic from New York. Our 4th cruise on QM2 and it did not disappoint. QM2 never lets you down. The balcony cabin, close to mid-ship was superb with a bottle of wine waiting for us as we are Platinum members. Freshly laundered robes, shampoos etc supplied, chocolate on pillow every night. Very adequate shower. Comfortable King size bed. Coffee and tea making facilities. Don't be fooled by the coffee machine. It makes tea as well.Movies on the TVs. A little tip -go to the Pulsars desk to get a list and times of films. Our cabin Stewart, Bert, was efficient without being overwhelming. One night we could not sleep and ordered tea and toast at 3.00am. No problem and no extra charge. Shows in the theatre were good but a comedian would have been nice for a change. The food, well, it was wonderful. Lots of different dishes to choose from. If you didn't want to go to the King's Court buffet, check out the various bars that often serve wonderful, different food choices. Or the "pub" for fish and chips or shepherd' pie. We dined some evenings in the Britannia a Restaurant , the menu tended to be rather fancy but you could always order anything you liked as an alternative. Internet room was well stocked with computers with help on hand daily if needed. The library is the best at sea. Loads of books/Magazines. Comfortable chairs with sea views to sit on. The shops and spa are a bit pricey, but I think all ships are the same. The active casino is.a place to be avoided unless you don't mind loosing but occasionally winning.but in ether case the atmosphere is great. Embarkation was swift? We ignore our allotted time and always get off early with no problem. QM2 is an ocean going liner so just glides across the waves. The captain was superb, giving lots of interesting information at mid-day. He spoke very clearly and articulately. Nearly forgot afternoon tea in the Queens ballroom. This is a signature of the Cunard ships. I won't say anymore, just go and be surprised Finally, Cunard have a reputation sometimes for being "stuffy" . This is not the case. It has certain standards which benefit everyone. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinery, Venice to Athens. The check in and out was seemless. The ship had been refurbished beautifully, our cabin-balcony was large enough and very comfortable. The food in the Britannia restaurant was top ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinery, Venice to Athens. The check in and out was seemless. The ship had been refurbished beautifully, our cabin-balcony was large enough and very comfortable. The food in the Britannia restaurant was top class, with top class service. The Lido buffet restaurant had everything you could want and was mostly very nice. There were a variety of bars, a pub and nightclub which was always nearly empty. We usually stayed at the back of the ship pool area which had a few lovely daybeds with shade. The only thing was that to go anywhere but the nightclub, pool deck bar and winter garden bar, (which was lovely, but usually empty), gentlemen had to wear a jacket, which was not ideal, even to go in the pub a jacket was required, which we thought was unnecessary, collared shirt should have sufficed. There was a wide variety of ages, but mostly elderly on board. The band played some good music, but catered more for older guests. Formal night masquerade ball, did not require a mask even though we wore them. Not all guests wore formal wear, so long dresses were not a must for the ladies. All in all it was a great cruise if you don't mind dressing up. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
First off, let me say the ONLY reason I'm taking the time to write this review is because of the constant nickle and diming of Cunard and their stingy ways. Otherwise I'd have just blown even the extra $3,500 off. But they're just stingy ... Read More
First off, let me say the ONLY reason I'm taking the time to write this review is because of the constant nickle and diming of Cunard and their stingy ways. Otherwise I'd have just blown even the extra $3,500 off. But they're just stingy and to the bone. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary mostly - however, I am confused why we called a couple ports - and because of Cunard's reputation and reviews. We had priority embarkation so that was flawless. The community rooms, except for the Lido dining area, of the ship are well decorated with stunning under stated taste. Cunard had a half bottle of complementary sparkling win in our room which was a nice touch. That's where my amazement ended. Embarkation is at 2:00 and coincidentally lunch is over at 2:00-ish. We dropped our stuff off in the underwhelming state room (See Cabin Review Section about the stateroom's decoration and abysmal bathroom.). When we headed up to the Lido, which is decorated circa 1995 in pale blues, ugly yellow and white wood and can be hot, we found that not twenty minutes after getting on the ship on a turn-around day, they were closing up shop for lunch. I had to find a manager to leave the salad bar open. There is literally nothing to eat but mostly bread, skimpy on the filling sandwiches and cookies - all fattening - between 2:30 and 5:30ish on the ship. I don't like bread. I ended up hording bananas and cereal in our room. Other problems with the Lido dining are lack of service in at breakfast and on deck and surcharges to eat on the Lido in the evening. In the morning, there is NO table service. The food is good - in fact, except for the specialty restaurant - it is basically the only excellent food on the ship. The food is fresh prepared daily on the ship, there is a wide variety of foods, and the eggs and omelets are prepared to order. However, the beverage area is a free for all - Seriously. Oceana, or any high end hotel, has a server bring water, coffee and juices. Not Cunard. And forget any service on the deck in the pool area if you aren't ordering something that you have to pay for - like COKES. Yes, the charge nearly $3.00 for soft drinks. The Britiana dining room has food that is obviously not prepared on site. It is bland. It all tastes the same. The beef was TOUGH. And forget a vegetable. Well unless you like your vegetables drowned in the same brown gravy the meat is drowned in - day after day. So we tried the Lido one night. Um, no. The food is fresh prepared and not bad, but there is a surcharge to dine there of nearly $18.00. And the other side is a buffet style, lunch place. No, just no. The specialty restaurant was pretty good, but as per usual, they were stingy. They served a seven course meal that was quite good, but the wine paring - which was NOT INCLUDED - was two SHORT, AND I MEAN VERY SHORT glasses of wine for six courses! That's a sip of wine per course literally. And the wine didn't necessary pair well with all the courses it's supposed to pare with. WHAT?!? Normally it's a different wine per course or SOMETIMES a restaurant will combine two courses such as specialty breads and a light soup for just one glass of wine. The final course came with a so-so desert wine. And before all the diners had left the dining room they were clanking own the cages over the bar and making OBVIOUS attempts to move us along. Which brings me to the beverage prices on board. I already mentioned the charge for sodas. Wait for this. There is NO complimentary bottled water on board. There is no specialty fountains for filling Nalgenes or any other portable water device. Bottled water, wait for it, is $19.25 for a six pack of a liter and a half bottles or $3.00 for a half a liter - No, I'm not kidding. Wine? Expensive. Ordinary, and I mean nothing stellar, bottles of wine were $50 and up. Our wine package was $425 and it was only good in the Britiana which is the main dining room. Couldn't use it in the specialty dining room. OMG, and a glass of wine in the bars or in any dining room was $13.50 - nothing special either - plus 15% gratuity. Service in the Britania was so-so. And now we get down to the real cheap part. They CHARGED US $22 PER HEAD TO GET FROM THE SHIP TO SAINT MARK'S SQUARE IN VENICE. Yes. That happened. On one of our excursions that was eight hours, LUNCH WASN'T INCLUDED! And the coup de gras, and actually why I'm writing this review, is we bought a wifi package - expensive BTW, and the wifi was so horrible I couldn't get onto my bank. I talked to the lady who runs the cybershop's boss and he told me I needed to go ashore to get good wifi. Going ashore in this particular case was a fifteen minutes walk - and of course, as cheap as they are, they had no shuttles to take you to the terminal building. Anyway, they REFUSED to refund me the whole time I was logged on trying to get onto my bank. That's just stupid. I told them I would write a negative review, and nada. Another bone of contention is they have you all aboard at 5:00 to 5:30. Why? So they can sail at nine knots and save on fuel costs? I've never been on a ship that had you on board consistently at that time. Anyway, we talked to a lot of people that are looking to move away from Cunard since they got bought by Carnival. And bottom line, our $6,500 cruise ended up costing us an extra $3,500. Sail at your wallet's own risk. We're going back to Oceana and/or we've heard great things about Crystal and Viking's new, ocean going cruises. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We selected this particular cruise for the dates and final destination (Quebec) Embarking in NY was a joke. You’d think they would have perfected this by now as they’re in the business of moving people. At first nobody knew ... Read More
We selected this particular cruise for the dates and final destination (Quebec) Embarking in NY was a joke. You’d think they would have perfected this by now as they’re in the business of moving people. At first nobody knew what to do with us. The process took hours... Left NY 4 hours late because we needed fuel... You’d think they could have used the hours we spend boarding to do this. The food was reasonable but nothing special. Wine list prices were fair. Not sure about the 15% tip. Most of the crew was good but some definitely didn’t feel they had to even try..... When we stopped at a port crew seemed to disappear so nobody around to tell you where to go (seemed to be a common theme). Lots of confusion and lineups some of which I guess can’t be avoided. The captain was a joke. Yes, he did get us there in one piece but whenever he spoke I felt like we were listening to an infomercial... Not much ‘Captain like’ information. Never saw the man but apparently us mortals were allowed to come up to the upper deck to meet the man (no hand shakes allowed though) Entertainment was ok I guess if you’re 80+ Didn’t mind the 3 formal nights as it lends a certain elegance to the place. Ship was very clean. It’s a beautiful ship. We went up the St. Lawrence at night....So much for the fall foliage. I have to admit I’m not really a ‘cruise guy’ but the one I took to Alaska before was much better overall. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
The Queen Mary 2 is a magnificent ship, our cabin and steward was wonderful. The late embarkation was quick and easy except that some ships elevators were not working, which was a common problem throughout the cruise. The fifth level ... Read More
The Queen Mary 2 is a magnificent ship, our cabin and steward was wonderful. The late embarkation was quick and easy except that some ships elevators were not working, which was a common problem throughout the cruise. The fifth level balcony cabin was great. The balcony is not much use unless in port or very carm seas. The signage to the mini bar was poor some things are free and some are charged. We only realised that the bottled water was charged when it was noted on our room bill. We were also disappointed when we ordered a bath robe to take home. We were told $US45 and charge $US55. We quaried the cost and were told Cunard charges what is on your account not what price you were told or marked on the order form. Not good enough. The only other problem we had with the cabin was that the door to the balcony rattled in windy weather. We had a person come to fix the door but he bad little improvement. The Britannia Restaurant food was average and usually failed to live up to the men description. Steak was not tough but certainly not tender. My wife returned one seafood dish as it smelt off and another person at our table felt sick after a seafood dish. The deserts were usually good. The Kings Court Buffet was average with some food cold and or dry out. The Golden Lion had good cod and chips. We felt that the food quality was well below the quality of food served by other cruise lines. The talks by the speak were wonderful, delivered by quality speakers who were passionate about their topic. The classical performances were good but the Cunard performers we energetic but we did not particularly enjoy the shows. The movies were average. The planetarium was great until it broke down. The staff were generally very friendly but often appeared poorly trained. The except being the staff in the shop who were happy to talk to each other about their shopping trip to Boston and how it was not as good as Paris while I stood in front trying to get served. The shop also was poor as on the second day they only had small sizes remaining for some cloths. We did two tours the first to Cape Cod was a poor. We left the ship just before lunch and got to have lunch at 4 pm by which time we were very hungry and had lost interest in the incessant taking of the quide an the tour. The vist to the Grit Mill in total darkness was a joke. I am still not sure if the building was there or not. The other tour to Montreal was great. The tender to the Port was poor your were treat more like cattle loading on to a ship than a guest. When tied up to a dock reboarding was general good but at some ports there was two gangways one with a long line to enter the ship other with only a few people in line. This could have been much better co-ordinated. There were other problems two toilets had a lot of water on the floor when I tried to use them. The seat in the planetarium would reclaim back but when you came to the same venue for a lecture some seats would not return to the upright position so if there were limited seats you had to sit facing the ceiling. Our cruise was a Falls cruise unfortunately there was no Falls coloured to be seen and we were disappointed that we did not visit two of the port on the itinerary. Newport was too windy to visit but a couple at our table said this was the second cruise that they were on that had missed Newport. During the the cruise we noted that the port of Gaspé had been replaced by Sept-Isles not an interesting place. We got on the shuttle bus that was to go on a circular route stopping at a number of place. The bus was to operation every 20 minutes. We made the mistake of getting off at the first stop. It was an hour and ten minutes until we could get on to another shuttle as they were full and would not allow people to board the bus. An hour and ten minutes standing in the cold was no fun. When we eventually got on to the shuttle we went back to the boat fearing that if we got off that there would be another long wait. We were sorry for all the passengers refused access to our shuttle. We thought that the ship is magnificent but for us the food, service etc was below what is provided by other cruise companies. We spoke to other people on the cruise who have been on the Queen Mary 2 many times and just loved the whole experience. Maybe we expected too much. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
The problem with the QM2 is that the food quality has deteriorated markedly since I went on it once before in 2011. The main Britannia Restaurant's dinner offerings were frankly poor, with almost tasteless starters, dry overcooked and ... Read More
The problem with the QM2 is that the food quality has deteriorated markedly since I went on it once before in 2011. The main Britannia Restaurant's dinner offerings were frankly poor, with almost tasteless starters, dry overcooked and unimaginative main courses, and desserts which tasted like they had either been bought in or prepared weeks ago and frozen. One main course was an inedible lamb shank on which the waiters (who were always courteous) poured some watery mint sauce. My wife's duck was overcooked on another occasion, mine was OK in that respect but they came with gravy rather than a proper sauce or reduction. Vegetables were incredibly bland. I usually had cheese and biscuits instead of the disappointing desserts. I needed to consume a considerable amount of wine at the table in order to make the food edible. We were not expecting Michelin quality, but we were expecting the quality of a restaurant in a 4* hotel. Worse was to come in the not cheap a la carte Verandah restaurant where my veal chop was a travesty and also inedible, coming as it did with a weak and watery mushroom sauce. Any chef worthy of the job description would know that a veal chop needs a rich wine-based jus to accompany it. The waiting staff (again courteous) offered to exchange it for another main course, but by then the evening was ruined. The only truly good food which I ate on board were 2 lunchtime offerings - a hot dog in the Chef's Galley, and a club sandwich in the Carinthia lounge! The boarding procedure at Brooklyn was chaotic and the QM2 departed several hours later than scheduled, meaning that we could not view the Statue of Liberty or the Verrazano Narrows Bridge as we sailed from the open decks in daylight. The following morning's stop at Newport RI was cancelled for "weather and safety reasons" (day at sea instead). Boston was an interesting port of call, but Sydney Nova Scotia was not. Our final port was Quebec which is a most attractive city. We disembarked there, and were grateful to have done so. Organised tours at Boston and Quebec were satisfactory. And the entertainment personnel on board worked hard (we like quizzes), as did all the waiters and waitresses. An e-mail of bitter complaint, mainly about the food quality, has elicited a fairly bland corporate response and a cabin credit of £400 which will be of some use to my wife as she is going to venture onto this ship again in 2018 with friends, but I will never darken Cunard's gangways ever again. If you like and expect good food at sea, avoid this ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
It was my first West bound transatlantic. The embarkation was very smooth. I recommend doing all forms on line before you leave. I sent a bag ahead with the while glove service. It worked prefect. I boarded the ship and my bag arrived ... Read More
It was my first West bound transatlantic. The embarkation was very smooth. I recommend doing all forms on line before you leave. I sent a bag ahead with the while glove service. It worked prefect. I boarded the ship and my bag arrived with in minutes. It is a beautiful and grand ship. The cabins were bigger. They added many new storage areas in the room. The service was unbeatable. From cabin steward to wait staff. The ship was clean and neat. It was very easy to get around. It was quiet and respectful. The entertainment was very talented and a good variety. Before I left I wondered about 7 days at sea. It was easy to stay busy or rest and relax. Your choice. I had read on cruise critic that west bound was easier. I totally agree. Each day at noon you gain an hour which was nice. Your on New York time when you arrive. The food was outstanding. We stopped one stop in LaHavre France. That was amazing port of call. At the end of our voyage we got in the end of a hurricaine. Yes, it was rain and high winds. But the ship is designed for such weather. The crew was always reassuring that the ship would be fine. For a non swimmer that helped me. That can happen. I would definitely recommend traveling on the Queen Mary 2. she is an elegant classy ship. You do need to be aware of the dress codes. The passengers do follow them. guys in Tux and women in long dresses on formal nights. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We picked the cruise for the itinerary, as i do not enjoy flying anymore. I had the choice as well as it was my belated 50th birthday present. The only way i feel i can do the review justice is do some comparison to Celebrity as they ... Read More
We picked the cruise for the itinerary, as i do not enjoy flying anymore. I had the choice as well as it was my belated 50th birthday present. The only way i feel i can do the review justice is do some comparison to Celebrity as they are our favourite cruise line. Embarkation had a little of a shaky start as the gangway malfunctioned, so we had a bit of a delay. Got on about 1pm. Disappointed no glass of champagne to greet us, which celebrity do. Our cabin was ready, when we got on which was great. The cabin was lovely we were happy with the size, very clean and that we had a sliding balcony door, which saves a lot of banging doors. Lots of clothes hangers as we ended up with too many as we always pack some of our own, I plead guilty in i took my own pillow and quilt with us, so cannot comment of the bedding. The cabin steward we had the first 3 weeks was excellent, we did the little things like clean the bathroom glass every day that we kept our toothbrushes in, as previous cruises and hotels, they do not. The steward emptied our mini bar fridge for us, as we know we will never drink any of it. When we get on board we always check out dining table as we do like a table of 2, so we can eat at our own pace. We were happy they had got this right. The 2 waiters we had for dinner were excellent, you could see they worked well as a team. We heard lots of comments that the service in Britannia restaurant could very hit and miss, as we found out when we decided to try breakfast, where the service and the food was terrible; the food was cold and once the waiter and taken our order and brought it out, we never saw him again. We never went back for breakfast in there again,. We did have room service breakfast as few times and that was always hot and on time. Lunch buffet in Kings Court, could be dull sometimes, the food was good and tasty, but does not even compare to Celebrity's buffet lunches on Oceanview Cafe and the late night snacks were very disappointing. We did have fish and chips in the pub Golden Lion, which was very good, but would not recommend going in when England are playing football; far too crowded. We did go to one afternoon tea in the Queens Room and was very disappointed, it was very noisy, the sandwiches were dry and curled and you had to keep getting the waiters attention if you wanted more. Not the glamorous experience we hoped it would be. The entertainment was excellent except one act (can't remember her name) but she was meant to be a stage show sensation, but she was dreadful. We had Roy Walker (commedian) but sorry he has had his day. The production shows where very good, and we were worried been on the ship so long, we would have lots of repeat entertainment, but we only had the 3 repeat production shows, on those nights we either went to the cinema or the Queens Room. We did learn that to get tickets for the Planetarium, with quite a lot of Americans on board, you have to queue half an hour before they put them out to get one. On our way over the Atlantic we had amazing weather and calm seas, except for the last 48 hours, where we caught the end of Hurricane Hose, so happy i was on QM2 for that, we manages the high seas so well, nothing moved in the cabin and we could walk around easily. The only time we noticed it was when we were in bed, when we felt like we were either floating or going to role out. The ports of calls were great except we had to change one port of call due to the Canadians slowing the speed limit down, so we ended up going to a Canadian port of Sept illes, and it had nothing; very disappointed. We were unable to dock in Rhode Island, due to bad weather, we took it in our stride, but many moaned, but the captain did try up to an hour to see if we could stay. We did excursions on all the ports of call except Sept Illes, and we enjoyed them all. All the days we were on board, we were not bored once, which has got us keen to save up for a world cruise one day. We did not realise how highly the Canadians think of the QM2 and it was great the greetings we received when we arrived and left; apparently QM2 was on the news in Canada when we arrived in most ports. The Captains cocktail parties felt a bit like, here is your free drink, speeches done, now go and have your dinner. Celebrity have free drinks galore and wonderful nibbles. We are disappointed with Cunards loyalty scheme as you do not really get any benefits with them for been loyal, where we get excited with Celebrity when we manage to go up a level, due to the extra perks you get. I agree with most reviews i have read, alcoholic drinks are very expensive, so we did not drink much alcohol at all. As we did a long cruise we did have trouble with the photography side of things as we always had to make sure each week our photo's were saved as they wiped them off as each week was considered a separate cruise, and trying to get the code to get the photos back into our folder could take a couple of days. My husband bought one of the welcome aboard packages and we had trouble with using the vouchers we had for money off spa and photo's as no one seemed to know how they were used, so we had to go the purser desk a few times to get our bill corrected. I liked QM2, as you had lots of places to go and would usually find a quiet spot to sit, as i know with celebrity that is harder to do, but the temperature difference around QM2 was quite frustrating as one minute you would be okay, but then you go to another part of the ship and you would feel cold. We did get woken up on at 7.10am on the morning before we got back to Southampton, with the Coast Guard coming to airlift someone off, which was a bit of a shock as the helicopter was very load. Would i cruise cunard again, yes definately. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary plus the time of year we could go. Having whittled it down to two possible cruises we went for the cheaper option. It turned out it was probably NOT cheaper at all because we ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary plus the time of year we could go. Having whittled it down to two possible cruises we went for the cheaper option. It turned out it was probably NOT cheaper at all because we hadn't factored in the 'add-ons', as this was our first cruise and the excitement overcame the research. However it was a good choice because it's a lovely ship and the service is amazing! Finding the dock was the difficult bit but mainly because of our sat-nav abandoning us as 'within the area of your destination' about a mile and a half before we reached it. Embarkation was amazingly fast and easy - for those of us who have only ever experienced the nightmare of airports before, it was wonderful and over in minutes! We had a balcony cabin on deck 4 (BE class) It was about the size of an average hotel room but with a smaller bathroom and a larger wardrobe. The steward to this room was a hard working, helpful and considerate man and nothing was too much trouble for him. The bathroom is a bit tight but was well thought out for space (all that we use by way of toiletries and medical items fitted well. Dining in the Britannia restaurant was lovely, the waiting staff were kind, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We were pretty unimpressed by the entertainment on all but two evenings to be honest but it did not spoil our enjoyment of the cruise as a whole. The service in every area and from every staff member was second to none. There were seven ports over 17 days, we did four organised excursions. Had we realised what Cadiz would be like we would have done an excursion that day as well. Probably we should have realised that a port town is not the prettiest or most entertaining place to spend a day. Split, being a city, was one of the places we booked a trip and we were glad we did (far too busy otherwise) Dubrovnik is beautiful and we will be hoping to return one day for another look at it. Gibraltar was surprisingly much nicer than anticipated. Messina was interesting but the people who went on excursions seemed to have enjoyed it more than we did. Venice was far too busy to do an organised excursion, it was hard work keeping track of the tour guide with so many people around. Corfu is always lovely. We are a middle aged married couple travelling alone. There was a high percentage of elderly people on this trip but it was billed as the QE 50th Anniversary Cruise so maybe people booked for the romanticism of that. This was probably the most relaxing holiday we have ever had. Read Less
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