We chose this cruise because of the itinerary around the British Isles, with stops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Dublin, Liverpool, and Guernsey. We had sailed on the former QE2 many years ago. The current Queen ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary around the British Isles, with stops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Dublin, Liverpool, and Guernsey. We had sailed on the former QE2 many years ago. The current Queen Elizabeth is a lovely ship, and overall the staff is good. This particular cruise catered to a much older crowd, many passengers in their 80s. I mention this primarily because I do not think children or teenagers would particularly enjoy this ship, even though they apparently have activities for children. I saw only 2 children on our cruise.
The cabin was certainly adequate and was attended to very well. We decided to try the Britannia Club level, which allowed us to eat dinner whenever in the separate dining room and the staff there is truly outstanding. The food is good but it is not great. We have sailed before on Crystal several times and there is no comparison between the food services on the 2 cruise lines. In the Britannia Club, the seafood dishes were generally successful but some of the appetizers and desserts were much less successful. The one outstanding dinner we had in the dining room was venison.
The Lido worked well for us for breakfast since we are up early. Wonderful omelettes, and full English breakfast if you desire...kippers, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, all sorts of bacon (I don't eat pork). The coffee on the ship is quite mediocre and a change in the brand they use would help things tremendously. Smoked salmon the first few mornings and then that disappeared. Problems with the toasters. They need more waiters to refill coffee in the mornings, and more staff to quickly bus the table.
We had dinner one evening in their special dining room, which charges a surcharge. Very pleasant, although the staff tries way too hard such that their "friendliness" becomes intrusive rather quickly. Nice pasta appetizer, beef filet was very good but I would not say outstanding. Still it was a nice change and I would recommend it.
One of the main problems on this cruise is the tours, more specifically the disorganization in the mornings. Because there are quite a few passengers with canes, wheelchairs, and walkers, passengers were not able to keep up with the staff member who was supposed to guide them off the ship. Staff members were giving contradictory messages between the Queens Room and the rest of the ship. It was confusing and irritating such that we were relieved we had left several dates without the annoyance of their tours.
On another note, most major cruise lines have made an effort to reach out to LGBT travelers. On Cunard, this is is noted in their Daily Program as "Friends of Dorothy". This term is old-fashioned, and goes back to a time when gays and lesbians were supposed to/needed to stay in the closet. Cunard should join the 21st century and use the appropriate term LGBTQ, especially if they want to appeal to gay travelers under the age of 65 or 70. You can do it, Cunard, and everything will be just fine. Read Less