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29 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
After enjoying a wonderful cruise on the Queen Mary 2 in 2010 our special anniversary cruise on the QM2 was a huge disappointment and we wanted to get off 4 days into a 14 day cruise! We had more complaints about the cruise but the 3 ... Read More
After enjoying a wonderful cruise on the Queen Mary 2 in 2010 our special anniversary cruise on the QM2 was a huge disappointment and we wanted to get off 4 days into a 14 day cruise! We had more complaints about the cruise but the 3 major areas that Cunard need to address urgently are: Food, Cleanliness, Attitude towards passengers FOOD. This was really shocking especially in the King’s Court dining area where the majority of passengers will eat at some time. Poor quality, very limited choice, unimaginative menu which hardly varied, badly presented, small portions and often cold or alternatively dried out under the heat lamps. Only the occasional curry or stir fry reflected the local cuisine and these were bland and unappetising and only a couple of items cooked to order. Some examples of dishes served regularly were curly fries, Irish stew, roast chicken, skate wings, beef olives, pea puree, sponge pudding and custard, pork belly, lasagne. Breakfast was particularly poor but lunch and dinner were awful too, like being in a motorway café or a posh care home and we only ate eat here if we were really hungry, and we were often hungry (on a cruise!). There are alternative dining areas (we usually ate in the Britannia at night) but we sometimes we wanted a more relaxed buffet restaurant, didn’t want to wait to be seated in the Britannia restaurant and have waiter service. And we objected to paying nearly $40 extra per couple per dinner to sit in a cordoned off area of King’s Court to eat food which should have been included in the main buffet (e.g. Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican) or nearly $100 extra per couple to eat dinner in the Verandah. CLEANLINESS. The new design of the King’s Court restaurant is ill thought out with multiple entry points, no staff to encourage hand cleaning and you can enter the food areas straight from the outside deck without even passing a hand sanitizer. The food stations could have been cleaned more often during mealtimes. The windows and glass doors throughout the ship were covered with greasy finger marks and dirt and we never saw anyone cleaning them during the 2 weeks voyage. The window in the restaurant was so smeared with dirty cloth marks and finger prints that someone had written ‘CLEAN ME’ on it and that was still there when we left. Outside the decks looked dirty and marked with cups/ glasses/ plates not cleared away. Inside there were carpet stains, light fittings missing, some chairs were tatty, needing repairs and again cups, etc not cleared away. ATTITUDE. An arrogant, unfriendly attitude pervades the ship from the top down. Although some staff were excellent (our Britannia restaurant staff gave outstanding service) it felt like passengers were merely an inconvenience and many times myself and others had to stand aside to allow staff members, including the ship’s officers, to pass without even a thank you. We were often ignored or given the wrong item because people simply didn’t listen properly and we rarely saw any officers to talk to except when they had to attend the Captain’s cocktail party where they stood huddled together. This attitude affected the ambience of the ship which lacked energy, interest and warmth with many areas empty by 10pm. OVERALL OPINION. Cunard is trying to cut costs in the wrong areas, it is relying on it’s past reputation but not living up to it and it is targeting a increasing elderly clientele who may happily accept these standards but they won’t sustain future growth. Although many passengers will be loath to admit to their friends, family or even themselves that their cruise was overpriced and of a low standard I can honestly say that this experience was so bad that it has put us off cruising completely and I would not recommend the QM2 to anyone I know. Read Less
35 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
I was booked for 28 days and left after 2 weeks. The staff are really miserable, apart from a few, JR, Alfred, Christian, the waiters on table 321 and one or two others, the maintenance crew were very nice too. The staff in Kings court ... Read More
I was booked for 28 days and left after 2 weeks. The staff are really miserable, apart from a few, JR, Alfred, Christian, the waiters on table 321 and one or two others, the maintenance crew were very nice too. The staff in Kings court were mainly really miserable, there must be something wrong with management. As I was leaving and paid for 2 weeks that I will not be on board I offered my cabin to a lady who was travelling with a companion on an inside cabin, she was on a world tour and a platinum member, so you would think a valued customer....... Cunard had me waiting for 30 minutes to their headquarters to ask "permission" for someone else to use my paid for cabin! They said no, unless she paid for it too! They are very petty with charges.... Mineral water, hello! Are you an upmarket brand or cheap and nasty charging for mineral water? No one asked me why I wanted to leave the ship 2 weeks early, I have been a business owner and I would be mortified if that happened to me and want to set it right or at least know why? Also, there is no shade anywhere on the ship? Steamer seats with no towels available, yuck! Maitre d is useless and very unhelpful. I understand that it is difficult to accommodate everyone but there were so many empty seats at tables, a lot of unhappy passengers re dining. One passenger decribed his experience as a prison sentence.. Glad I broke out of my prison experience!...... Never again! Read Less
10 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 ... 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I booked this cruise for 4 people after having a taster cruise on the Victoria in 2015 which was beautiful however despite being advised that we would probably have an 'upgrade' we ended up feeling as though we had been down ... Read More
I booked this cruise for 4 people after having a taster cruise on the Victoria in 2015 which was beautiful however despite being advised that we would probably have an 'upgrade' we ended up feeling as though we had been down graded. The balcony was smaller and as we walked into the room past the bed my husband bumped his shoulder on the wall mounted tv due to lack of space. The room looked tired and dated and as we stepped onto the balcony we were faced with a view at our feet of rusting metal. We asked for an unobstructed view but had lifeboats just underneath and a protruding balcony above us. The food in the Britannia restaurant was fine and the service could not be faulted but the food in the lido was always barely lukewarm and the quality left something to be desired. I even asked if it could be heated up but was advised they didn't have the fascillity to do so. We also walked out (as many others did) of the theatre shows as they were either a repeat of previous cruises or just old hat for people who were born in the year 1900. Alright I know this is impossible but it just felt like it. Being over 60 doesn't mean you want to sing "we'll meet again". Venice and Dubrovnik were very interesting but would have liked more free time to explore in fact we had to be back at the jetty for 2.30 when in Venice. Other shore excursions/visits were disappointing also about 9 of the 17 days were spent at sea. (Full itinerary not showing at time of booking) Despite complaining to the persors office and on the customer satisfaction forms nothing was done and no redress or contact regarding our dissatisfaction has ever been made. We have never been able to obtain an email to make our views known. We would have liked to travelled on all three Queen ships but unlikely to now. Disappointing birthday cruise Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Whilst this was a short cruise to Belgium I do wonder if Cunard are even bothered about missed opportunities with "new to the brand" cruisers. We are 'suite' cruisers 2-3 times a year and in our 40's, surely a ... Read More
Whilst this was a short cruise to Belgium I do wonder if Cunard are even bothered about missed opportunities with "new to the brand" cruisers. We are 'suite' cruisers 2-3 times a year and in our 40's, surely a demographic the company might be keen to impress for our future cruise dollars? As Queens Grill guests we were allowed to the front of the line but very little else to impress or separate the significant amount of money the short break cost. The embarkation was easy but again a very lackluster nod of a few heads as we boarded, nobody directing any joiners or nobody/nothing with a genuine welcome. The stateroom was beautifully presented, well equipped and meticulously maintained. The 'butler' team were nearby and thankfully gave us a genuine welcome that we've come to expect. The ship was well presented, immaculate and beautiful to explore. She has just returned from a refresh/refit with new carpets and new fixtures and fittings. The food & service I n the Q Grill was excellent and it was wonderful to see quite how much effort everybody made with their dress in the evenings. The tables for 2 were VERY close together. Thankfully we are a sociable couple happy to chat, but if you wanted private conversation or to be left alone you would have struggled. The Entertainment Director was no where to be seen, nor his/her team. Heard or seen no where. With an opportunity to impress they failed miserably. A lame 60's wedding/tribute band on the main theatre for the 1st night? Awful. Surely this is a great opportunity to really showcase Cunard at its best?! Thankfully the second night the cast were able to impress with a new production show which showcased a beautiful theatre, a pleasant story and a talented young cast working very hard. I can only hope that a longer cruise might trigger a better more comprehensive welcome, entertainment selection and genuine appreciation of our custom? Sadly Cunard won't see us return any time soon. A shame as we wanted to enjoy a lot more. We've been back for 2 days and still no post-cruise survey to complete, do they even care? Clearly not. Shop wisely people! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Summary: Beautiful ship. Disappointing experience. Details: Just got back from 22 day cruise on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth from San Francisco to Hawaii, Bora Bora, Tahiti, New Zealand, Sydney, returning home to San ... Read More
Summary: Beautiful ship. Disappointing experience. Details: Just got back from 22 day cruise on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth from San Francisco to Hawaii, Bora Bora, Tahiti, New Zealand, Sydney, returning home to San Francisco via 13 hour Quantas flight. It was our 20th wedding anniversary and I wanted to do something special for my wife. Especially since we had planned a Tahiti cruise on the Paul Gauguin in 1999 but job changes for both of us caused us to cancel. Cunard was running a free balcony upgrade incentive, so I booked this cruise and reserved a table for 2 so we could have some intimacy. We arrived at the Upper Britannia dining room the first night and were shown to a table for 4 people. I went to the maitre d' and asked if we could please have the table for 2 which we requested 3 months earlier. The maitre d' sarcastically quipped "Only three months" and then refused to provide the requested accommodation. The pursers office were extremely annoying. It took them 4 days, requiring us to come to their desk each day, to get our credit card authorized. The coffee was appalling. As an ex-pat, it grieves me to see how badly the Brits make coffee. We've been through this before when we visited the UK. Way too strong. The drink prices were ridiculous, averaging $14 each. We don't drink alcohol but Virgin Mary's and Cokes were still dear at $4.50 and $3.75 respectively. The food was un-imaginative "Carnival Cruise" fare although the fish and chips in the pub was decent as was the afternoon tea, stale sandwiches, scones with no clotted cream (unheard of).. The toilet in our cabin was ridiculously loud. A man came to fix it but we noticed no improvement and he never returned despite our asking. There was a terrible smell of raw sewage outside our cabin one night. They fixed it. But no apology offered. There were so many sick people onboard that the main Theater sounded like a diphtheria ward with so many people hacking away. My wife contracted the same flu-like infection and remains sick even after we returned home and got her an antibiotics prescription. Discussions with other passengers indicated the onboard sickness problem had been occurring since the ship left New York a few weeks earlier. Not sure why I escaped. Perhaps it was because of all the anti-bacterial lotion I applied hourly to my hands, nose and face every day. The weather was rough for at least 10 of the 14 "at sea" days". Not Cunard's fault, but the promenade deck was frequently roped off due to the rough seas so no walking possible. Regrettably, it's unlikely we will be taking any Cunard cruises in the future. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
we chose this ship to celebrate our Diamond wedding anniv on the day of departure (I was actually born on the day QM was launched) and its juicy itinerary. .having cruised about 120 times all around the world the three places that had ... Read More
we chose this ship to celebrate our Diamond wedding anniv on the day of departure (I was actually born on the day QM was launched) and its juicy itinerary. .having cruised about 120 times all around the world the three places that had most appeal were first timers for us Okinawa, Taiwan & Brunei persuaded us to pay up 16 months before cruise commenced. imagine our horror when we received an email on Xmas Eve cancelling all 3 ports of call---yes 2 weeks before boarding at Southampton with no offer of cancellation. the overall cruise was immensely disappointing and yes we feel it was poor value for what we paid (and are still paying the remortgage) entertainment was banal,repetitive & frankly boring.-- hygiene standards were abused, food in the Britannia was just acceptable, in the King`s Court unacceptable ,duplicate bridge (which interested me) was disorganised,chaotic and a shambles. embarkation at Capetown was as usual an utter disgrace, wine prices,excursion charges and quality were unjustifiable, port agents recommended by Cunard for emergency were unavailable all the issues were brought to the attention of senior staff on board and despite promises nothing was ever heeded. care for the infirmed in ports of call was non sympathetic..communication with Cunard is an established horror story and they confirmed this status to Maril & myself. they just ignore you knowing their ship will always be full because it is the QM2. the Purser, Mr Henry Wasserman, took devious measures to avoid even talking to us although we were spending 100 nights on board and were top category Cunarders.. we requested at booking for Southampton to Dubai quote. Cunard insisted for their convenience to divide this into 3 separate cruises which was more expensive and far more inconvenient for us. even the Hotel Manager Mr D Shepherd admitted this was totally unnecessary as he agreed that ourtreatment on board was way below standard a great disappointment overall with many special moments. if we can help anybody call us at marilbrian@btinternet.com Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
ONBOARD EXPERIENCE & SERVICE We sailed with Cunard on 23rd of July 2016 from Athens. Our sailing points were Athens - Santorini - Katakolon - Kotor - Venice. To begin the journey with Cunard was unpleasant to begin with as we lost ... Read More
ONBOARD EXPERIENCE & SERVICE We sailed with Cunard on 23rd of July 2016 from Athens. Our sailing points were Athens - Santorini - Katakolon - Kotor - Venice. To begin the journey with Cunard was unpleasant to begin with as we lost our luggage at Athens airport. We embarked on Cunard with whatever we had with us and Cunard crew was being sympathetic with our issue. They told us to let them deal with our luggage, so we can enjoy the cruise experience. At first, we were relieved. But as day went by, we can feel something was odd. For every embarkation point, seems there wasn't any news and when we followed up with them, it was seems like an excuse after another. One of the excuses given was the baggage handlers in Venice were on strike, therefore they can't get our bags delivered to the ship. We weren't willingly accepting their explanations but we had no choice. Until we got ourselves the PIR report from the airline rep and all of the excuses given by Cunard were bunch of lies. Based on the report itself, our bags reached on the very same day as the ship anchored in Santorini water. But the Cunard Manager lied to us in the face, telling the bags were still being traced and they still had no news from the airline rep. Oh yes, regarding the baggage handler strike in Venice? It was another BIG LIE by Cunard. the last airport strike in Venice was las month. Based on the PIR report, after Santorini, our bags were being sent to Venice and it was there for a several days before being sent back to Santorini because nobody was picking it up. They had a week to sort our luggage stuff, but failed to do so. Meanwhile it took us only 3 DAYS to find and get our luggage after we reached home. The staff from Purser's office were also not that friendly, but grumpy. One staff even questioned us,"what do you want me to do?" when we came to see him about our cabin issue. After all of the post cruise feedback we gave to Cunard, Cunard didn't bother much but instead, wished us to change our mind in the future about them. To us, the crew, our on-board experience and services provided by Cunard were so terrible that we would never pick Cunard as our future cruise consideration again. FOOD Food was absolutely delicious. Breakfast, Lunch, Tea time, Dinner, Supper have a lot of selections and variety. However, the buffet coffee was average, much better in the restaurant. Their cafe had two attempts at making a latte, both were undrinkable. ENTERTAINMENT It was quite poor from our honest opinion. The stand up comedian performed two different shows over the week. The first night was okay, but the second night was lame. Instead of performing live, we were entertained by his performance from a few years ago through a projector screen. The Cunard performing group was absolutely terrible. The dance were not synchronized at all, the singing was cheesy and off pitch, and the plot was lacking in substance. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
If you are booking a Saver Fare you may be kept awake by Band ( just the base player in this case ), you are not warned of this before booking. You should expect to contact the Pursar's desk 4 times before something is done. ... Read More
If you are booking a Saver Fare you may be kept awake by Band ( just the base player in this case ), you are not warned of this before booking. You should expect to contact the Pursar's desk 4 times before something is done. Many people have said that going with Cunard is a totally different experience and quality to that of Royal Caribbean, believe me that is not our impression now. Other problems we encountered : 1. Toilet broke 2. Shower broke 3. Table vibration in restaurant , I have video to show this 4. Being told no passport needed when got to Hamburg , only to have to walk back and get it. Not only us but most of the passengers , and no tannoy announcement to warn others. 5. Staff that hardly smile, some were really nice but that maitre d' was really rude when asking for a dinner menu. In summary , not sure why would book with Cunard , maybe we were just unlucky but to say qm2 remastered might be the wrong message. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
Just arrived home from a 10 day trip on the QM2. From the Embarkation process to the amenities on board, the line is outdated and behind the times. The entire cruise line is geared towards senior citizens There were more walkers, ... Read More
Just arrived home from a 10 day trip on the QM2. From the Embarkation process to the amenities on board, the line is outdated and behind the times. The entire cruise line is geared towards senior citizens There were more walkers, motorized devices and wheelchairs than one would expect. The shore excursions clearly stated not to register if you had mobility problems however, there were so many on the ship with these problems that it prevented a easy process for these events to take place. The casino is outdated, and clearly not ready to come into this century. There is no ATM on board. You can not pay cash towards your bill during your trip, and can not settle your bill in advance Many of the shore excursions went well into dinner time, and you had no time to return to the ship and prepare for dinner, as it is always formal or semi formal, so you are forced to eat in the buffet area which had limited choices, and there seemed to be limited staff to replenish. Our room was not well cleaned before we entered There was still food on the carpet from the previous occupants, stains on the wall where soda had spilled from the previous occupants. The deck furniture was worn, and rusted, the bathroom shower floor was stained and had mold on it along with the top of the shower. The bathroom smelled of urine throughout the trip. I believe they should of advertised the ports that required tendering in the brochure. This was our 4th trip on this line, and the last. The value is not there Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
I’ll keep this short as I find I stop reading if people write to much. In bullet point fashion. Embarkation: great Cabin steward: absolutely marvellous and they always are. Ship: a bit tired looking, could do with new carpets ... Read More
I’ll keep this short as I find I stop reading if people write to much. In bullet point fashion. Embarkation: great Cabin steward: absolutely marvellous and they always are. Ship: a bit tired looking, could do with new carpets and paint etc. Staff: reception: awful. If a smile is all your after, that’s all you will get. They really are dreadful. Waiting staff: at breakfast they are miserable and slow even though we were all extremely polite and patient. The evening the attitude is slightly better. Other guests: Rude, arrogant and miserable. Honestly why come on holiday if your going to be like that. I’ve found this to be true on Victoria as well. I think this contributes to the mood of the staff. Food: very good. Kids club: great Pools: dirty (all of them) I went in with my son wearing goggles and wished I hadn’t! Perhaps I’ve gone on too much but really I don’t expect anything to change and if Your only interest is to tell people you’ve been on Cunard you’ll probably continue to put up with it. Holland America beats them hands down (I’m English btw). Enough droning as I’ve definitely gone on too long. Happy cruising Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose a 3 night Sydney - Burnie - Melbourne cruise as a sampler and introduction to Cunard cruising. Embarkation was reasonably painless. We arrived a little earlier than the allocated boarding time and was told to board anyway. We ... Read More
We chose a 3 night Sydney - Burnie - Melbourne cruise as a sampler and introduction to Cunard cruising. Embarkation was reasonably painless. We arrived a little earlier than the allocated boarding time and was told to board anyway. We dropped off bags, queued for about 15 minutes and then found ourselves on-board. Finding our cabin was easy as we were escorted by our cabin steward who did a good job of explaining our cabin facilities. The cabin was comfortable and clean, though no larger than what we've previously experienced. Power is via British and American sockets, which is no problem, but there were no USB sockets. The bathroom was small but everything worked as expected. The bed was comfortable, but I found the pillows too soft. A nice touch was a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine on ice in the cabin. As a tip for Cunard though, next time source a wine that is drinkable. Two lunches and breakfasts were in the Lido buffet. As a buffet, the food was reasonable quality with a good variety. Shouldn't have to pay extra for espresso style coffees though. One lunch and dinners were in the Britannia Restaurant. This was disappointing. The food was no better than a reasonable RSL club bistro. The service was reasonably attentive though a little hit and miss. After our first night's dinning I found myself with someone else's keycard. This was quickly fixed up at the purser's office and provided a lesson to check the card after purchases. A highlight of the food experience was the high tea, which we experienced on our second day. Being our only day at sea, it was very popular and the overflow ended up in the Britannia Restaurant. The tea (or coffee) was plentiful and hot, the food, sandwiches, scones and sweets, were spot on and the service was attentive. Drink prices were on the expensive side, especially once you remembered to convert from USD and add the gratuity. Being Australian, gratuities, and tipping in general is a pain. If it is part of the standard or expected cost, just roll it into the overall price and be done with it. Then we can decide to tip if we feel the service deserves it. Overall though, the service was good. We didn't take in a show but did experience some of open the entertainment on other nights. The bands were what you would expect and reasonably entertaining. We took in a talk by a historical expert regarding WWII Japanese hold-outs (refusing to surrender after the war) in the Pacific. I found this interesting as I enjoy the historical aspect, but it wasn't to my wife's taste. My wife though did sample the shopping, fortunately without much success. Our one port day was in Burnie, Tasmania. This a good, honest working town, but not a very inspiring cruise destination, especially as it was a public holiday and would have been completely dead if it weren't for hundreds of cruise passengers wandering around looking for something to do. There were very few cafes and you couldn't even have a beer and lunch in a pub as they were all closed. At least the mayor was there to greet us when we came down the gangway. We didn't do any organised shore excursions, but my sister, who was part of our cruise group, did, and enjoyed the Cradle Mountain excursion. Overall, the ship had a decor in keeping with it's image and wasn't overcrowded. We weren't disappointed, but now feel we've done the Cunard experience and probably won't be sampling it again. We are going on a longer Oceania Mediterranean cruise later this year. It will be interesting to compare that experience. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise as an opportunity for my partner to experience a cruise steeped in history which he loves and for a little luxury. I have been on other liners and the difference was quite significant. We arrived early and was ... Read More
I chose this cruise as an opportunity for my partner to experience a cruise steeped in history which he loves and for a little luxury. I have been on other liners and the difference was quite significant. We arrived early and was pleasantly surprised to be let on board immediately. Embarkation was a breeze. To keep this review brief I will deal with the disappointments. I expected more of the food. It was very ordinary and at breakfast only one person was doing personalised egg choices. We gave up. Cheapest bottle of wine - $48 USD which equated to almost A$70. Toilettries were never replaced even after asking 3 times. In fact the steward was only seen three times and it was very poor service. Finalising of account queue on the last night. Both my partner and everyone in the queue were furious at the wait time with 2 people serving and another desk free being payment for tours with nobody at it. People eating at 8.30 pm session had to wait till 10.30 to see a show lasting sometimes till 12. My partner would have loved a tour of the ship's history perhaps as a speaking or walking activity. We spoke to others who agreed. It was both my birthday and our anniversary and there was no provision or opportunity/acknowledgement for anything special as with other liners where a sign and balloons are put on your door or they bring out a little cake to your group dinner table (sounds trivial and not that I wanted to be centre of attention but if it's a special occasion, it always goes down well). When I enquired about this they advised I should pay for the specialty restaurant or purchase one of their expensive gift packages. We did not go on a shore excursion with the ship as most were booked out and were quite expensive. We went on a private tour and it was the highlight for us. It was a public holiday in Burnie but as the operators were locals they knew all the places to go. We were stressing before we went as to how formal the gala dinner would be, what to wear and how this would be presented. It was over-rated and nothing special was done. On the positive side - room was comfy, smooth sailing, nice surprise of a bottle of bubbly in the room, entertainment good, good guest speaker talks, impressive fit out of ship and we particularly loved the bar near the theatre (can't think of name) where the meals there were better than most restaurants and were free with such a great atmosphere and we found the staff here to be the most welcoming and engaging of all Happy it was a sampler but wouldn't go again.. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We started as a cruise of a lifetime and ended as a demotivated disaster. This once great international liner is now a British floating holiday park, There is a ghost like senior management team only ever to be seen fraternising ... Read More
We started as a cruise of a lifetime and ended as a demotivated disaster. This once great international liner is now a British floating holiday park, There is a ghost like senior management team only ever to be seen fraternising with Grills guests and drinking wine. With the distinct exception of Captain Wells who seems now to do the job of Cruise Director and Hotel Manager as well as his own. In 34 Nights I only saw 4 Shows and 2 bumpers involving the singers and dancers. The rest of the evenings were guest entertainers of which only 3 were of a standard expected of QM2 ,the rest were not even suitable for my local village hall. I suppose not surprising as the whole feel of the entertainment was that of a holiday park. Who is booking this holiday park drivvle. No entertainment outside the sailaway party was more of a wake than a party with the so called band finishing their set before the ship had gone anywhere. The cruise staff who were not even upto holiday park standard spent most of their time chatting to each other and photographers rather than guests.Once again no senior management to be seen ALL SAID THIS IS THE WORST CRUISE I HAVE EVER BEEN ON. This once great elegant liner is now Haven holidays at sea. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My wife & I have done many cruises over the last 10 years,And this has to be the the lower end of all we have done,If this had been our 1st it would have been our last,1 With CMV, 1 with Tui/Marella/Thomson,2 with Cunard & about 16 ... Read More
My wife & I have done many cruises over the last 10 years,And this has to be the the lower end of all we have done,If this had been our 1st it would have been our last,1 With CMV, 1 with Tui/Marella/Thomson,2 with Cunard & about 16 with P&O,The check in at Southampton was amazingly quick,15 mins from pulling up to cabin is the fastest we have ever experienced,After that it was nothing special,We were experiencing a banging noise outside our cabin,we did contact the pursers desk,the head deck steward did respond very quick,after 30 minutes or so,The desk phoned and said it was a faulty part on the deck above,deck 9 lido,and was required for operational purposes from 07:00 to 23:00 hrs.,They did give some compensation & ear plugs.We were hoping that the faulty part was going to be repaired or replaced at our 1st. stop,Madeira,but no it wasn't and we had to endure this noise for the whole of the Voyage.The there's the entertainment,Or lack of it,There was an illness with 1 of the theatre group,OK I can understand that the show had to be rearranged,so accepted that,but the rest was poor,Pat Patton the the Golden Lion EVERY night,not that good either,A Juggler on the theatre,Come on,we are not 10 year olds,There was 1 night they had a pianist in 3 different bars/venues at the same time,John Martin "comedian" seriously needs new material,He's been on cruise ships for years & is still using the sames gags,Keeps going on about being from Bootle,I thought Liverpool was full of comedians,John not one of them.Entertainments teams didn't mix with the passengers,Cunard like to call us guests,Equinox were good stuck up in the club,but that was empty,with no atmosphere,They did the Golden Lion one night & the Queens room on the last,both were rocking when they were there,I did tick the poor box on the feed back,And the Entertainment Director phoned my cabin & asked if I/We could have a talk about my poor comment,I felt like a naughty child being summonsed to the head teacher,But he was OK,Don't know the average age,We are both in our late 50s.,were very young compered to others,We mention this to the director that Cunard need to move with the times.and start looking after today's generation of cruisers and not who are in the latter years of life,He did seem a little shocked at that comment,But when he thought about it,knew what we meant,they need to rotate the entertainers,We were asked about a cigarette stump/butt on our balcony & we don't smoke, Everything else was great. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Loved the ship.The interior was beautiful.The meals in the Brittania restaurant were very good and our waiter was cheerful and helpful. Not too impressed with the entertainment.although the Harpist and string trio were very good. ... Read More
Loved the ship.The interior was beautiful.The meals in the Brittania restaurant were very good and our waiter was cheerful and helpful. Not too impressed with the entertainment.although the Harpist and string trio were very good. Embarkation was a fiasco and disembarkation wasn't much better .StateRoom and table for dining not assigned when we boarded the ship. Don't bother with the Verandah as I thought the meal wasn't worth the extra although the service was good On the whole though the food in all the other restaurants was very good. The two gala nights weren't what I would have called special.The Roaring Twenties night was neither roaring or Twenties, dancing was done to contemporary music,a big let down for me and my partner. The ports of call were lovely apart from Corfu and the excursions were overpriced for what they were.i shan't talk about the exhorbitant drink prices and the added 15% "for your convenience" charge. On the whole it was an enjoyable cruise but not quite the experience that I was hoping for. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first cruise and had been looking forward to it for such a long time. Overall we enjoyed it and ensured we had a good time. However, our experience was marred by poor service on a number of occasions along with ... Read More
This was our first cruise and had been looking forward to it for such a long time. Overall we enjoyed it and ensured we had a good time. However, our experience was marred by poor service on a number of occasions along with indiscretions from two employees who were managers. Whilst the good old British class system is still alive and kicking, you don't expect it from the crew !!! The ship is beautiful and was a pleasure to be on. The food we found to be very good and we thought that Britannia Club dining was ideal for us. The drinks are very expensive in general, but the wines are extortionate. So how come P&O are more reasonable ? Our balcony room on deck 8 was bigger than we had expected and was very comfortable. However, the bathroom is small with a shower that was absolutely tiny. The water being either very hot or scalding no matter where the temperature control was set. Deck 8 is not ideal if you want a lie-in as the scraping of deck chairs from 06:30 becomes your early morning wake-up call. We also had to make do with the mini-bar contents being left on top of the cupboard, the entire two weeks as our cabin person didn't seem to want to move them anywhere else after "emptying" our fridge. Embarkation was efficient, although disembarkation was a complete shambles. Time in ports were limited. I suspect that they are just long enough for the official excursions from the cruise line. Could have done with longer to enjoy the local atmosphere better. Overall, like I said we did enjoy our holiday but it could have been so much better. It was the little things that let it down, mainly service and maintenance - shame. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Been on 7 Cunard cruises now and enjoyed them greatly with a couple of minor exceptions. This was our first on QM2 and we were excited as she is Cunard's Flagship. However, we did not feel the on board experience was up to the usual ... Read More
Been on 7 Cunard cruises now and enjoyed them greatly with a couple of minor exceptions. This was our first on QM2 and we were excited as she is Cunard's Flagship. However, we did not feel the on board experience was up to the usual Cunard standard. Good points, the cabin (12001) was lovely, seemed a little larger than same grade on the other ships. General ship interior is very nice, light and bright and clean everywhere. Ship layout is somewhat erratic, takes a while to get used to it, there are some quite long walks between venues. But then she is larger than the other two. The bad points, well, we did not like the Kings Court Buffet compared to the LIdo Buffet on QE and QV. This one is very very noisy, no sound proofing, ie carpet anywhere, horrible seating layout (straight rows with little separation - like a canteen) and the food was not up to the usual high standards we have had before. its a bunfight at best. We tried for Planetarium tickets - notice says they are available from 09:00 on first come first served. I arrived at 09:00 to find 6 other people waiting. No-one came with tickets. So one passenger called the front desk. A very curt female arrived to tell us the tickets had all gone. I asked how could that be since it was now only 09:05 and we had been there since 09:00 and some of the group before that - and no tickets had been handed out - whereupon she told me very rudely: " Well I don't know, ask your fellow passengers!" - I took exception to that and told her no - that does not answer my question as to why there are no tickets - and that I did not believe her. Clearly these had already been given to a group in advance. I returned some 20 minutes later to find another set of people eagerly waiting at the Connexions desk - and so I advised them all tickets had gone - as no-one from Cunard was anywhere to be seen to let them know. This was disgusting. At least be honest !! The staff do lack in many areas. Our cabin attendant never introduced himself on embarkation as is usual, nor did he advise us of the muster drill time, etc. In fact we only ever saw him once when he delivered a bowl of fruit. Bar staff, I ordered a diet coke, she opened a regular coke then gave me the evils when I told her I asked for a diet coke. As for the MDR - well once again Cunard assigned us a table in a dark corner by a service station - heaven knows how you get a good table - if anyone knows the secret please tell me - 7 cruises and not a decent table yet. And now we will be platinum! In general the mini-cruise itself was good and it's a great way to try out a different ship. We love it that Cunard has wrap-round promenade decks on all ships. Really like to walk around the decks both day and evening. The Cunard tour we took to Rouen was excellent, lovely town, even on a very foggy day. This was a taster of the QM2 for us as we have a 14 night one booked next year. This trip was the "decider" as to whether or not we would still go. We will. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Just returned from our 19th Nov--15th December QM2 Caribbean cruise and thought readers might like to share our experience. Embarkation The lady checking us in was very slow and overly officious to the point we felt she was nervous. ... Read More
Just returned from our 19th Nov--15th December QM2 Caribbean cruise and thought readers might like to share our experience. Embarkation The lady checking us in was very slow and overly officious to the point we felt she was nervous. It transpired she also hadn't taken our debit card details properly so we had to be called to the pursers office once on board to register the same debit card again. Cabin Regarding our A2 Cabin issues included an intermittent vacuum problem with our toilet not flushing on seven or eight occasions but resolved itself within a few hours, however it was very disconcerting sitting on it when the flush returned! The only other thing was whistling wind when at sea through the sliding patio door seals but the thick curtains helped. Our cabin was one of the new cabins on the 13th deck and a great improvement over standard cabins. The Club cabin living area looked similar in floor area but more luxurious than a standard Britannia balcony cabin. Our cabin had extra framed pictures and a very attractive bevelled mirror made up of six segments above the desk area. My wife did laugh though as she thought this was designed by a man because when she sat down for makeup and to dry her hair, her head reflected right into the bevelled areas of the central mirror segments. She looked like something out of the hall of mirrors and had to therefore stand up to do this which proved more than a little tedious throughout the cruise. The wall mounted television was central at the end of the bed and in a good position to view from there though we had to be a little careful passing the end of the bed as the screen protruded a few inches from the wall. From what I can remember there were mainly a few movie channels, BBC & Sky News and BBC HD and channel with soaps including East Enders, Coronation St, Emmerdale & White Chapel that might be welcome especially for longer cruises . Despite the recent dry dock there were still no movies on demand so we usually ended up seeing part of a film rather than all of it despite the programme times advertised in leaflets. We found the on board itinerary made it difficult to catch up for the start of films. Many of the cabin surfaces on our 13 deck cabin were roll tops of a luxurious marble look and very attractive. The bathroom surfaces were again of a marble look and the shower had large attractive light beige stone style tiling with a clear shower door that opened inwards or outwards, there were clear rubber seals on the door edges that prevented any water from escaping into the main bathroom area. We thought the doors also opening outwards very sensible for larger people. The shower itself was lovely! A light touch on the button on the shower head delivered four different settings! The bathroom itself had plenty of storage both under the basin and corner shelving. The Ship We felt the Carinthia Lounge was a great improvement over the old Winter Garden. Clearly much thought had been made to the new furnishings and dividing spaces where we sat in comfort while listening to the harpist or pianist. The area where snacks were served seemed like a good idea too. The newly improved Kings Court proved much easier to navigate and the new seating was very comfortable on the few occasions we used this. The films we saw in Illuminations were mostly very recent releases, and interesting films too (well done Cunard!) films like Dunkirk, Churchill, The Mountain Between Us, Kingsman II The Golden Circle etc. There were plenty of piano recitals. Our favourite past time was listening to the young talented harpist and pianists in the Carinthia and Commodore Lounges. The Theatre The newly boarded singers and dancers were in our opinion not worth watching, perhaps they will improve given time. Other acts seemed to be far more entertaining. Many of the speakers we found fascinating. Speakers Popular talks included the Costume Designer for The Greatest Showman and other well know films, the well respected author, actor & historian Joshua Levine talking about the blitz and Dunkirk; and a Canadian Astraunaut talking about his International Space Station experience. Such interesting speakers is one of the reasons why we book with Cunard. The Club Restaurant After an initial hiccup in the starboard side Club restaurant we asked if we could move to the Port side Club. This was because we felt the atmosphere was very tense, a couple of servers really did appear not to be team players and seemed disinterested to the point where my lovely DW was afraid to ask for another tea for fear of constant rolling eyes. A very unusual occurance and thankfully the Food and Beverage manager and head Maitre' D got back to us straight away and this was quickly dealt with. After the move we found Dominic and his team truly wonderful, his flambé seemed regularly available at table for customers who asked and Bruno our sommelier knew all the wines and gave us invaluable advice to the point where we left him to choose our preferred non EU New World wine selection. A suitable wine is an important part of our Cunard holiday and Bruno completed the 26 day challenge very well. Our table servers were lovely too, Carlo & Gonzalo were courteous and extremely capable. Overall we found the anytime dining experience suited our needs and the tables were spaced out well but close enough in many cases for neighbouringt ables wanting a quick chat. Food The food in the Club mirrored Britannia with the addition of the back page A La Carte section which remained the same throughout the trip but provided welcome additions such as scallops and beef tornados, the latter being my favourites. We found the quality and selection of the dinner menu very good indeed. The food in Kings Court was a little hit and miss, the minute steaks weretougher than my old boots but the succulent chicken kebabs were a hit with us. Late night KC offerings included savaloy hot dogs but I noted gone were my beloved KC late night burgers, oh how I mourn for them!. We also found that on occasion for lunch when there might be nothing on the Britannia Club lunchtime menu or KC to our liking, a better alternative was the in cabin food service. The sirloin steaks were OK and the club sandwich and delicious burgers were of a very good quality and delivered hot. Also Rose who answered our in cabin orders was always polite and helpful. Itinerary Amber Cove and St Kitts seemed a reasonable replacement to the islands of St Martin & St Thomas that had suffered the recent storm damage. Just a couple of observations though regarding the anchor tender ports. We noticed announcements for independent passengers disembarking were not made until 11am. Not a great deal of time to explore when the last call for tender was in some cases 4.30pm though I guess not entirely surprising for a ship with so many passengers. Something to be aware of if not on a ship excusion. Also Antigua the last port of call, an anchor port, happens to be our favourite was cancelled. The captain made an announcement that the anchor was dragging on the sand bed and with the 15mph on shore winds this left the ship at risk of drifting towards the shore. It was announced that a handful of passengers had already got off so the ship would have to maintain position using thrusters etc until they could be brought back on board which transpired to be not until 5.30pm that evening which left the ships passengers we spoke to disappointed to say the least! Nothing was offered from Cunard for the huge disappointment of missing one out of 5 Caribbean ports and it being the last and arguably the best, not even a drink! The itinerary experience of missing out on the last port really was the biggest downside. I will have to review sailing on the QM2 to the Caribbean in future because of the problems with tender ports.I hope this will help anyone who is thinking about booking a similar cruise. Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We originally booked this cruise to experience a different cruise line, and port destinations, expecting to have a great first class summer escape from our winter. Regrettably reality did not meet expectation. Embarcation went very ... Read More
We originally booked this cruise to experience a different cruise line, and port destinations, expecting to have a great first class summer escape from our winter. Regrettably reality did not meet expectation. Embarcation went very well but was spoiled by an unpleasant smell from the embarkation deck that never seemed to go away. Disembarcation also was one of the best we have encountered. The cabin real estate was probably the smallest we have ever had with a shower so small you needed to be a contortionist if you dropped the soap, however it was well serviced and always clean and tidy. Then things started to go downhill. The ship has a rigid policy of requiring a jacket for men and cocktail dress for women, and all this in 38 degree heat. Apart from formal nights where you had to dine at the assigned table we opted to go to the buffet. The food offering was typical british stodge reminiscent of boarding school. There was little in the fresh or healthy options , with food mostly out of a tin, or with a "commercial" flavour like it was bought in and cut up, or from a frozen packet. No fresh berries or avocado or tomatoes etc. The bread had a day old aspect to it. All the musicians, dancers and entertainers were among the best and professional, but the singers should stick to karaoke. The round ship service staff seemed slow and apathetic in their task and hard to find. The exception to this were for people who had already tipped these individuals separately. The drinks were incredibly expensive. I heard the phrase "mega ripoff" used by another passenger. I went to the trouble, for the first time on any ship ever, to make a complaint about this - it was not responded to. Clearly the line doesn't care. The ship was old fashioned with poorly utilised spaces. It seems to be begging for a rethink on how things should be done to get the best from it. The shore excursion book was missing from our room. On querying this we were told it was stolen by a previous passenger and was irreplaceable. They were kind enough to lend the desk copy to us to select excursions from the comfort of the lobby but we were told to give it back. The selections were limited and aimed mostly at the elderly. In summary, if you are over 80, prepared to pay anything and like a stuffy atmosphere and stodgy food, this is the cruise line for you. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Cabin 10133 on Cunard Queen Mary to ship travelling out on 24 May for two nights. We stayed in a penthouse suite. The suite was quite nice but there was certainly no butler service. Just a room steward whom we saw a couple of times if ... Read More
Cabin 10133 on Cunard Queen Mary to ship travelling out on 24 May for two nights. We stayed in a penthouse suite. The suite was quite nice but there was certainly no butler service. Just a room steward whom we saw a couple of times if that. When we really needed him, he was nowhere to be seen, nor to be contacted by phone. There was no particular dispensation for suite guests as they proclaim. The Queens grill food was dry and awful and lacklustre as was the service. There was certainly no filet mignon with eggs on top for breakfast nor was there châteaubriand unless you ordered it 24 hours in advance. I suppose ordering it in advance was so they could defrost a chunk of meat and try and save it up to you with icicles in the centre…! When we complained, no one bothered. It was our 40th wedding anniversary and they knew that. However we were not given any special treatment. Finally, I would like to state that the suites are fairly nice. However expensive for what they are. What's surprising is that there was no post-cruise survey so do they not care about future customer return? !! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We booked an excursion to Paphos in Cyprus. The description of the tour which appealed to us was 1. Taken to Paphos and have three hours free time to explore independently or 2. Visit the Villa and see the mosaics and the tombs of the ... Read More
We booked an excursion to Paphos in Cyprus. The description of the tour which appealed to us was 1. Taken to Paphos and have three hours free time to explore independently or 2. Visit the Villa and see the mosaics and the tombs of the kings and lastly 3. Take a stroll along the harbour. However, we were given no choices at all! We were dropped off at the harbour and left there. There was only a few restaurant and tacky gift shops. I was in a wheelchair and on 24/7 oxygen. We tried to find some shops but it was a long trek and we only found a very small mall and went back to the harbour and waited there for a coach to return. We put in an official complaint at this persons desk when we returned and received 10% refund which was an absolute joke we had wasted our money and our day in Cyprus. The literature is completely misleading and if we had known what was in store we still could of taken the free shuttle bus or gone to Limassol where apparently the guests had a fantastic time which made us even more fed up ..... I keep trying to get in touch with the excursions specialist team as we was advised to do once we got back to UK but I have had no luck getting through so needed to vent my feelings somewhere. As for the cleanliness of the newly refurbished Kings Court, we found it dirty, especially the walls next to the tables, the skirting, the windows. Infact, a lot of the communal areas needed TLC. They were cleaned but the staff were very lethargic and did everything at a snail's pace and didn't seem to take any pride in the fact that they were on a Cunard ship, although they cleaned they didn't clean the edges or the corners. This is where germs lie ......... Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
To put this review in perspective, here is some background. We cruise this segment almost every year at the same time for our wedding anniversary, using Royal Caribbean, Crystal and Cunard from Hong Kong back to Singapore. We also love ... Read More
To put this review in perspective, here is some background. We cruise this segment almost every year at the same time for our wedding anniversary, using Royal Caribbean, Crystal and Cunard from Hong Kong back to Singapore. We also love dancing and spend most of each evening on the dance floor. So the starting and ending ports are all that matter and the ports in between, we have been to more times than we care too. We went with pretty high expectations after wonderful experiences on the Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary, we were quite disappointed with the Queen Elizabeth. Embarkation in Hong Kong was a breeze, we arrived a few hours before the sated embarkation time ( at 1pm instead of 3:30pm) and encountered no queues anywhere. Our complaint was that the staff posted around the terminal building to direct people were not very proactive and maybe a bit racist. A couple dragging a carryon bag with Cunard tags and a sheaf of documents would obviously be looking for the Cunard check-in desk, no? They did not smile or point the way out to us but were quick to greet and direct any Caucasian walking past, even if they did not have a suitcase! We were able to go straight to our cabin which was ready, with a bottle of champagne chilling on the table. Our cabin was quite large(see cabin review) and close to all the things we wanted to get to however, very noisy on the last night as it was next to all the crew working areas. We booked early and so had early seating with a quiet table for 2, much in demand I heard, which was set well away from other tables- unlike another cruise where it was separated from the next table by 10cm. Our waiter was the 2nd worst we have had on any cruise. He was unsmiling, distracted and constantly facing away from his tables, fiddling with the silverware over and over instead of looking at his tables to see if we needed anything. He did not try to make any conversation not even to greet us on arrival! He never tried to make any food recommendations, never asked the standard " how is everything?", did not remember simple requests from the previous night (I asked for a slice of lemon in my water, the next night there was a small plate of sliced lemons on his service table but he never brought it to us). We had excellent service from other wait staff at lunch and breakfast so perhaps it was just the one person. Unfortunately the MDR waiter is the person we interact with the most on a cruise and so this gave a poor impression of the service levels. We had informed Cunard that we were celebrating our anniversary. We got a card in the room but not a whisper in the dining room. Food was disappointing but beautifully plated. All the fish was dry and over cooked. The only edible poultry was the duck and even that was just passable. Only the red meats were good. The side dishes did not complement the mains well. We went for the afternoon tea on the first day, white gloved service wasn't too happy we asked for Earl Grey instead of the generic tea they were serving. Sandwiches were dry and fillings were miserly. They only had dry raisin scones that were COLD! Cakes were poor quality ( we later found that they use Cadbury's cooking chocolate now - so brownies and chocolate cake did not taste of chocolate!).We did not bother to make it for subsequent teas. In previous cruises, this was one of the highlights of the afternoons. The best part of the cruise was the dance lessons - Sergey and Olga were amazing. They were able to teach more than 60 people, mostly beginners, in 45 minutes to dance quite complicated steps with good technique. Although we already dance well, we were still able to learn a thing or two from them. We spent most evenings on the dance floor in the Queens Room. It was large and a beautiful space to dance in when there was recorded music. The band spoilt it a little as they were not open to requests and there was a lot of down time between songs. They said they had a set of songs to play ( hence not keen to allow requests and yet did not seem to know which song it was they were going to play next and there was a lot of discussion between members before playing each song). The vocalist really ruined it. Everytime he appeared, you could almost hear the groans from the serious dancers. He was full of himself and used the same lame jokes every night that were very insulting and disrescpectful of his several ex-wives. Lots of talk before each song, called out the wrong dance ( could not tell the difference between a Viennese waltz and a Slow waltz) and switched tempos ( a big no-no in dance music) midway and always ended with a sudden stop which gave no time for any nice end to our dancing. The dance hosts on this cruise were all good dancers and all the single ladies seemed well catered to. We enjoyed having a matinee show in the Royal Theatre called La Danza - put up by the ships singers and dancers. They were not very good but certainly helped pass the time nicely. The magician/comedian on one of the nights was very entertaining. The rest of the programming was quite boring with hardly anything of interest to do in the afternoons. We did not join in the ship excursions as we had already visited both ports ( Nha Trang and Phu My) several times. Instead we took the free shuttle to Cho Dam ( market and bought lots of fish sauce - a specialty of Nha Trang and vietnamese coffee, followed by a very cheap and excellent massage at Sen Spa. We took a small group tour ( just 4 of us) with " Best Tours in Vung Tau" to visit the Long Phouc tunnels, local market and a fruit farm with an excellent home cooked lunch and accompanied by a very hospitable guide-owner. Both activities are highly recommended for people who have already done the usual tours in the 2 ports. Nha Trang was a tender port and it was a nightmare. While I totally understand the extra caution that QE was taking ( after the tragic incident they had on the same sector 2 years ago). Only 3 tenders were running and the waiting time to board one was almost 2 hours. We witnessed a poor family of 8 given tickets for tender number 22 who were told to go away for a coffee and come back in 45 minutes as the Queens Room was too full ( we were told the same thing as we were behind them and given the a number for 2 boats later). We remained in the Queens Room. No annoucements were made in the ship when the tender numbers were called, only in the Queens Room. When that family came back 35 minutes later, they were told they had missed their boat and given new tickets for 32! which meant another 1 and a half hour wait. Amazingly they remained cool! Perhaps there were safety constraints that prevented putting on more tenders so the wait may have been unavoidable BUT there were many ways they could have improved the experience like providing pastries and coffee while people waited, making ship wide annoucements if tender numbers came up before the expected time etc which they did not do. I was not impressed. As Gold members we had 2 hours of free internet each which was a nice perk. The connection was slow but good enough for confirming tours and quick checkins home. Part of the thing about cruising is getting away from computers anyway. It was the shortest cruise we had on Cunard ( previous ones were 8 and 9 days) but we were actually quite glad to get home in Singapore as the overall experience was not great. We did self help disembarkation in Singapore at 7am and it was quick and efficient as usual. There was a little glitch at immigration as they had not put up the guide ropes to allow Singaporean passengers to use the automated passports gates, soon rectified. Lots of taxis were waiting so we did not have to use Uber. We will probably cruise Cunard again but we will take the Queen Mary and never Queen Elizabeth. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I chose QE because l had heard that Cunard was 'upscale". After cruising a couple of other lines l thought l'd give them a try. l was disappointed about the following aspects of the cruise: - Hot tub was seldom HOT ... Read More
I chose QE because l had heard that Cunard was 'upscale". After cruising a couple of other lines l thought l'd give them a try. l was disappointed about the following aspects of the cruise: - Hot tub was seldom HOT - Food was too British - No gala performance as on other cruises - only a single act each night: like it or leave - not much group activity - the men's restroom near the dinning room was out of order for 3 days The staff was very polite and helpful - except the head of the dinning area spoke very derogatorily about passengers. Overall, the ship was lovely, more conservative than RCL. Meals were beautifully presented, but lacked variety and great flavor. My fiance was disappointed in the entree selections. lt is unlikely that we would cruise Cunard again. Thanks to the great company, we still had a memorable time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Im a platinum member of cunard which means i have traveled a lot on all there ships mostly on QM2. the food in the britania resterant always arives less than worm although presentation is good,even though the ship has undergon a big ... Read More
Im a platinum member of cunard which means i have traveled a lot on all there ships mostly on QM2. the food in the britania resterant always arives less than worm although presentation is good,even though the ship has undergon a big re-fit it is still tied in parts its saving grace was getting rid of that terrible palm court. the shops are exspensive as products can be got ashore at a better price toiled papper is appoling and cheep staff seemed always to be stressed ,but always,well mostly are plesant . the big pluss are the new single staterooms although you cannot book the on the saver fair,disspite what cunard tell you,cunard were the very best at one time now they are only good to ok christmass is not recomended on cunard,not my opinion but having spoken to passangers who had don christmas told me it was only ok. Read Less
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