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69 Southampton to Europe - British Isles & Western Cunard Queen Elizabeth Cruise Reviews

We booked this cruise 18 months ago as it was an excellent price and it was booked as our first ever cruise (we actually managed to fit in two before we went in the end) The ship was beautiful. Lots of wood and Art Deco style, very ... Read More
We booked this cruise 18 months ago as it was an excellent price and it was booked as our first ever cruise (we actually managed to fit in two before we went in the end) The ship was beautiful. Lots of wood and Art Deco style, very classic as you would expect. Our stateroom was nice but no nicer than what we had experienced with Princess or P&O earlier this year. The food was nice but I had expected Cunard to be a cut above the rest. It wasn’t any better than P&O. The service wasn’t any better although the food was as nice. The waitress asked if anyone wanted wine with their dinner and if we said no, we weren’t asked if there was anything else we wanted. 10 minutes later I had to ask for a gin and tonic and it seemed like it wasn’t normal to have anything else but wine or water with dinner. Drinks and other items on board are priced in dollars. We were extremely shocked at the price of the drinks on board. A glass of Shiraz at dinner was $17! You have to be very careful when ordering drinks as most of the time you aren’t asked if you want single or double spirits. 4 gin and tonics cost $62! We had to be out of our stateroom by 0800 on disembarkation morning. This isn’t out of the ordinary but the main restaurant closed at 0800. Thinking we would have time to have a nice breakfast before our disembarkation time of 0915, we arrived at the buffet restaurant extremely shocked to see that we couldn’t find anywhere to sit. Upon finding some seats outside by the pool area, we returned to the buffet only to find that the queue was out the door. People walking round the buffet with extremely large suitcases didn’t help either. We ended up leaving the ship and stopping for breakfast on the way back home. This did leave a somewhat sour taste as we had had, a lovely weekend away The evening entertainment in the theatre was excellent. The 4 Tunes on the Friday were exceptional. The Top Hat production on the Saturday wasn’t really my cup of tea, however I understand that it was of excellent quality We went to the golden lion pub for the trivia which we enjoyed but unfortunately there was a large group of people very drunk and about to fight . There seemed to be lots of groups and I’m not sure if you would get this on a standard 7 night Cunard Voyage? I would only go back on a Cunard voyage if it was an excellent deal. The drinks were unbelievably expensive and it would make things very unaffordable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Just wanted to experience a (mini)cruise to see what it would be like and if it would suit us (myself and my wife) for a future trip. We found the Queen Elizabeth a great fun experience! The meals were excellent quality, not oversized, ... Read More
Just wanted to experience a (mini)cruise to see what it would be like and if it would suit us (myself and my wife) for a future trip. We found the Queen Elizabeth a great fun experience! The meals were excellent quality, not oversized, and appeared to be nutritious (ie not rubbish American style food - fruit and veggies were included). We travel (sometimes up to 3 months per year) and eat out a lot and to us the service was excellent. The only other cruise we have done is a Ponant Antarctica cruise with 200 passengers and I found it interesting/amazing that it didn’t appear to be to different (ie. overcrowded) on this ship with 2000 passengers. The entertainment varied from having some excellent musicians (ex Moody Blues, Cliff Richard backing band members, etc ( they were great!) to having terrible dancer/Caberet acts (same as on the Ponant cruise!) but that’s just our preferences. The ship couldn’t stop at Guernsey because it was to rough to disembark passengers (disappointing) but they went to LeHavre instead and we went to HonFleur nearby which was lovely. For us we did conclude that touring by cruise ship was probably not for us as you could not get to really know a place you visited (like we would want to) because of lack of time but as a self contained experience a mini cruise was a fun experience and we would be happy doing a transatlantic crossing on one of these Cunard ships which is what we tried to do in the first place but we couldn’t fit it into our timetable. We would recommend a mini cruise as a fun experience. Whether you would want to tour on cruise ship (ie use a cruise to visit different places) depends on how you want to travel. We had fun on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth . Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
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
Sail Date December 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
Sail Date November 2018
We have been cruising for 24 years and have travelled with most of the popular cruise lines excluding P&O. We have been on the QM2 in 2004 and so had very high expectations. We had never sailed from Southampton before and we had hotel ... Read More
We have been cruising for 24 years and have travelled with most of the popular cruise lines excluding P&O. We have been on the QM2 in 2004 and so had very high expectations. We had never sailed from Southampton before and we had hotel stays both before and after the cruise. Overall, the cruise was very good and the cruise critic.co.uk summary is very accurate. The ship is beautiful with many wonderful features including a superb library. The ship is very spacious and absorbs the high number of guests very well. The food was generally very good with interesting menu choices. We did not sample any extra cost speciality restaurants as we were happy with the quality in the main dining room. The lunch in both Cafe Carinthia and the Golden Lion pub were excellent. The Lido buffet was disappointing especially the lunch menu as there appeared to be no quality control so sandwiches became stale and unlike the QM2 where you had chefs making wonderful speciality sandwiches on order there was someone making basic cheese,tuna,etc sandwiches. There was only one serving station for the daily roast and the stir fries were left to stew....same with some of the hot pastries they were just left to become stale. The service throughout the ship was mediocre with the crew generally being uninterested with hardly any interaction with guests or there colleagues...you hardly saw anyone with a smile or a few woods to say. The exception was the over Manager from Romania in our section of the Brittania dining room. The entertainment was very average with daily music shows which became one long musical...some variety is urgently needed as there is music throughout the ship. Equinox the raggae band were brilliant and the classical performers were very good. Quizzes were hit and miss. We avoided karaoke and bingo. Movies are screened daily in the theatre and there are a few movies on the TV in several languages.The outside cabin was excellent and a reasonable size. Cabin Steward was fine. There were plenty of sun loungers,etc and good area of shade. Nice swimming pools and good deck sports. There is a small casino. The public areas including the Queens Room are stunning. We loved the Commodore Club on deck 10 both day and night. Drinks were reasonably priced for a premium cruise ship. Embarkation and Disembarkation were excellent. The itinerary was interesting and went to ports we had never visited: La Rochelle, Bilboa, Gijon and Guernsey. Cunard included shuttles to the first three ports and we neede tenders in Guernsey ( where some Brits were complaining about the slowness due to rough seas! ) We would certainly recommend this ship despite the criticism above ( no ship is perfect ) but our favourite cruise line is still the wonderful Princess company. Currency is the dollar. Men are required to wear a jacket in the evening in most public area. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Out first cruise was with Cunard & were told that "we had started at the top". A couple of subsequent cruises with Celebrity confirmed we were told right. This was our 5th with Cunard & (for us) it was perfect from ... Read More
Out first cruise was with Cunard & were told that "we had started at the top". A couple of subsequent cruises with Celebrity confirmed we were told right. This was our 5th with Cunard & (for us) it was perfect from start to finish. This company really knows how to look after you & make you feel special. EVERY crew member encountered was charming, cabin immaculate, Britannia restaurant food & service excellent. The modest selection in the nicely panelled upholstered seating Lido self-service restaurant was of no consequence as it seems Cunard does not pander to those who have to eat non-stop ( or lie cheek to cheek on sunbeds glistening with sun oil & perspiration). How different to the Wimpy-like troughs of other ships. Cunard seemed to have upped their game when it came to evening entertainment in the theatre, professional & well rehearsed save for the occasional screeching female singer. The comedian was brilliant although some of his jokes didn't exactly endear him to the many overweight & obese passengers. Having been a feared that the loss of the Chart Room lounge was a cynical move to make more money by making it a dining room it was a joy to discover there were numerous areas around the ship to relax & be quiet. Best of all NO daytime loud music or the sight of crew members cavorting with passengers around the pools. Plenty of late night buzzing tunes & dancing though. It was obvious Cunard have to comply with current legislation & insistent demands by facilitating the easy movement around the ship for the many who were wheelchair bound using mobility scooters or walking aids & frequent announcements asked that they be giving priority when using the lifts. There were even special shuttle bus's at a couple of the ports for them. Of course this also allows Cunard to be perceived as a caring company. Cleverly Cunard seem to have imbued their ships with a sense of the companies illustrious past in terms of the aesthetics, the subtle memorabilia displays & the presentation & manner of the crew. For those of us that missed out on the era of the past Queens Cunard are right to take the rather superior tone by saying you voyage with them rather than cruise. Another Cunard cruise already booked for August 2019 & if the deal is right may slot in another before then Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Just returned from a 7 day 'bounce around the Bay of Biscay' to quote Captain Hasmi. Captain Hashmi is a very amusing Captain. Helping to create a great atmosphere on board. We have sailed several times before on the Queen ... Read More
Just returned from a 7 day 'bounce around the Bay of Biscay' to quote Captain Hasmi. Captain Hashmi is a very amusing Captain. Helping to create a great atmosphere on board. We have sailed several times before on the Queen Elizabeth and each time have felt totally relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the Cruise. A beautiful ship that is going in for a two week refit in November so should look even better. Whilst we were a disappointed with the two 'special' guest entertaining acts on this Cruise the Royal Court Singers and dancers were excellent. On previous QE cruises we have found the entertainment to be very good. We have always found the service through out the ship to be excellent, especially in the Britannia Restaurant and from the room steward. We also enjoyed an excellent lunch in the Verandah Restaurant and the fish and chips in the Golden Lion at lunch time are superb. Cannot wait to join the ship again in July 2019. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This cruise was a short holiday a break from the stresses of work.. my boyfriend and myself decided to try club balcony room8045.. lovely room but really small shower for my boyfriend who’s 6ft..2..couldn’t stand under the shower ..no ... Read More
This cruise was a short holiday a break from the stresses of work.. my boyfriend and myself decided to try club balcony room8045.. lovely room but really small shower for my boyfriend who’s 6ft..2..couldn’t stand under the shower ..no chocolates and strawberrrys on arrival even though they had been payed for before so that started the holiday off bad.. next don’t get me wrong I can’t tie all Americans to the same brush but our room was sandwiched between the worst Americans loud talking late at nite outside our door the teenagers knocking on their parents patio door so loud I thought it was ours ..no respect for other people on the floor ..club balcony meal times we only did two we felt people looked down their noses at us.. in Britannia Restaurant plenty of bread rolls and water always comes your way but in club balcony had to wait ages for the meals .. I’ve never experienced soup in Britannia the bowl was always full and clean round the edge but we had all soup dripping all down the sides it was like a faulty towers scene..spent the rest of the meals in the lido.. the only other thing that was so disappointing was the destinations we went to.. the last two ports were not what we expected and to make things worst the last mooring was at a large ugly gas station I kid you not .. think this holiday was doomed from the start and the weather at home was hotter than away but all in all we enjoyed inside the Elizabeth but we won’t be doing club baloncy again..we didn’t rate any of the staff at the end of the cruise as white star but we did see a lovely staff member who was on the Victoria who was in the Lido.. Brian was lovely.. lastly like I said not all Americans are the same we did meet on the last evening in the lido at the area where you can get them to cook spaghetti at lovely couple in their mid 60s they were off on a another cruise as soon as they departed today lucky them lol we love cruising with cunard and I asked my boyfriend what his most memorable time was on the ship and he said getting off..sad but true.. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise for its itinerary and that it sailed from Southampton so no flying. Embarkation was seamless and our bags arrived promptly. The Cabin was fine (7090 balcony). On deck seven midship. The bathroom was small especially ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its itinerary and that it sailed from Southampton so no flying. Embarkation was seamless and our bags arrived promptly. The Cabin was fine (7090 balcony). On deck seven midship. The bathroom was small especially the shower with a cheap curtain. Bed was very comfortable and our cabin steward was great and saw to our every need. We had trouble with the air conditioning in our cabin which was blowing freezing cold air despite the thermostat being set at maximum and complained about it everyday for 6 days. They did nothing to rectify this problem until I threatened to take it higher whereupon an engineer came and change the thermostat and fixed the problem. This was disgraceful service and was spoiling our cruise. The food was excellent in every restaurant and bar. We were on the second sitting in the Britannia restaurant at 8.30pm which was a bit late for us but preferable to 6pm which was too early and the only other option in the main dining rooms. The afternoon tea was delightful and a must do. Overall the staff throughout the ship all seemed a bit miserable and fed up and there was little interaction between customers and staff. The drinks on board are fairly expensive and there is no drinks package available plus they slap on a hefty 15% service charge.Thank god for the on board spending allowance we had which pretty much took care or it. We have to say that all though we appreciate that Cunard have a reputation for the elderly and disabled that this cruise had an abundance of them and did distract from a nice cruise experience. The entertainment was fairly good but only from the invited professionals and not the resident troupe who we thought were poor. The band however was excellent. We only did 2 shore excursions which were ok but overpriced and poor value. Doing our own thing proved much better value and was easy to organise at the ports. Personally we think Cunard need to up there game and look at the competition for advice. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Friends have travelled on Cunard ships and recommended them, also sailing from Southampton fitted in with our life. Have cruised before on two P&O ships so know the routine. Firstly check in was so easy, eating lunch just after 1pm, ... Read More
Friends have travelled on Cunard ships and recommended them, also sailing from Southampton fitted in with our life. Have cruised before on two P&O ships so know the routine. Firstly check in was so easy, eating lunch just after 1pm, everything was so smooth. Cabin was on deck 4 aft, lovely and spacious and quiet (even though many people told us midships is the best) have found no difference in location! Queen Elizabeth is very Art Deco and certainly a step up in fixtures, fittings & cleanliness from P&O (but again P&O served us well on a half world cruise and I not knocking them) but obviously you pay more on Cunard and probably expect more. Certainly the food served in the dining room or found in the buffet was outstanding & they totally catered for my wife being gluten/dairy free, not a single meal was disappointing. So whilst I give 5 stars and generally loved the whole cruise, let me just briefly give what I personally didn’t rate or found irritating: 1. The shows were nowhere near as good as on P&O 2. Having to wear a jacket to dinner is unnecessary and too hot/uncomfortable 3. The chairs in the Britannia restaurant make your legs sweat profusely 4. Drinks far too expensive 5. Entertainment team dreadful (maybe the elderly clientele don’t need such), again P&O win hands down 6. Lack of British plugs in cabin (all American except one) 7. Everything in dollars so you pay more in the end when exchange rate is added So would I sail Cunard again, but other cruises and other ships, there is choices out there, you pay your money you take your choice! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Embarkation was fine. The cabin was well presented and serviced well. Didn't get into Bruge because of bad weather. Entertainment was basic to say the least. Sometimes nearly impossible to get a drink ....even when sat at the bar. We ... Read More
Embarkation was fine. The cabin was well presented and serviced well. Didn't get into Bruge because of bad weather. Entertainment was basic to say the least. Sometimes nearly impossible to get a drink ....even when sat at the bar. We ordered some sandwiches one lunchtime and they never arrived. The food in the Brittannia restaurant was cold and unappetising so we tried the buffet which was exactly the same. My daughter has a severe egg allergy so we informed the waiter at breakfast time. She was served up an English breakfast with the egg scraped off the plate, you could actually see where the egg had been on the plate. I have cruised with 4 different cruise lines and this was by far and above the worst experience. There were 15 of us celebrating my wife's 60th Birthday and every single one said they would never use Cunard again.I don't know if Cunard use the mini cruises as training exercises for new staff but it has put me off totally.Such a shame that such a prestigious name as Cunard has been allowed to serve up rubbish such as we experienced on our trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Firstly I must say that we have enjoyed all previous cruises done at this time of year and have sailed on QE before, so had no hesitation in doing this again. Although relaxing, despite being a little colder than usual, our experience ... Read More
Firstly I must say that we have enjoyed all previous cruises done at this time of year and have sailed on QE before, so had no hesitation in doing this again. Although relaxing, despite being a little colder than usual, our experience this time was not so good and here is why. Cabin – 6175 On arrival had to clean the drawers on the right hand side of the bed as there was a sticky residue (red wine?) on the front. Nothing noted for a few days until went to use a glass from the tea tray, this is where it went really downhill. The tray was extremely dusty along with the spoons and their rest. There was a dried spillage under the rubber mat, resembling dried milk, also there was evidence of dried milk under the front of the mat and in the tray itself. I did write a message in the dust ‘clean me’. The following day the message had been wiped, but the rest of the tray was still dirty with significant rings where the mugs/glasses were. We then moved the mugs onto the clean bit. On returning to the cabin after breakfast the mugs were back in place but the tray had still not been dusted. It felt like a game was in play. It was also noted that there was significant ‘old’ dust in the bathroom. The shaver socket dust was solid, the dust/dirt on the shelves and edging strips under the shelves was grimy, and had been like that for some time. I have an interesting photographic timeline! The final straw was when the chest of drawers (as above) both opened and on closing them noticed a sticky residue from the previous spillage under the drawer fronts. At this point housekeeping was contacted, an inspection undertaken and confirmation that this fell well below standard and would be addressed. The tray was dusted but the dried milk remained. The shelves in the bathroom were partially cleaned with some residue at the very edge of the shelving still visible. It should be noted that after this clean the shower had been set to the hottest setting, we do check but there was no reason for it to have been turned this high, despite being normal all week! When packing we discovered a daily planner for a day during the previous cruise under the bed. So in summary, dirty tea tray, dirty bedside, dirty shelving and socket in bathroom, lack of cleaning under the bed. I hope you will address this and perhaps consider giving this cabin a deep clean that it needs if not already done so. Entertainment We favour a cruise this time of year as there is usually a subtle hint to Christmas. I waited until 1 Dec to ask about Christmas background music, to be told it will be when the decorations go up. Then I was told it was up to the entertainments team. Then after many of the decorations were up after Gibralter, I was told that they were waiting on the ok from head office. Totally ridiculous!!!! The strings did play ‘Carol of the Bells’ which was delightful and applauded accordingly. Others also commented on the lack of ‘quiet’ areas due to piped music all over the place, and not very nice music at that, during the day. All you could hear was either a hiss or similar. This music was pleasant in the buffet in the evening, but undecessary during off peak times when it would have been nice to have a coffee/sandwich in peace and quiet. I did comment to guest services that background music should be turned off when harpist/string trio are playing as it is difficult to listen to one thing when there are several different sounds going on and I am sure the resident artists appreciated this. The Band, this group is very good, but why on earth in the low temperatures were they left to perform outside, passenger numbers outside were testament to this poor decision. We were in our cabin and could hear their bass on one occasion as it was so loud. This needs to be monitored, it may be for a short time but should not carry so far through the accommodation areas. On the issue of volume, some music was too low to make out and just irritating to have in the background as it was often repetitive and equivalent to long play records, other music was so loud it was uncomfortable to be in the same room as. Mainly this was The Band, which was a shame. Quizzes Time to realise that you have a lower demographic cruising and the 70’s/80’s should start featuring in your entertainment and quizzes, listen to the feedback from your team. The quiz hosts, and craft and natter host were really excellent. Drinks Prices are getting a little high! Illy coffee is not the best, it would be nice to get a coffee card as the package does not really represent good value. The speciality ‘half and half’ I ordered was awful. It was just cold coffee with hot chocolate, and arrived as nothing better than a luke warm mocha, total waste of money. A few years ago there was a hot chocolate with Baileys orange truffle, this was divine and would have gone down really well in view of the weather, something to think about? Afternoon Tea Scones – excellent. Queens Room – asked for coffee, pot brought promptly. Food service waiter did not seem to be able understand when asked about fillings, when asked about one, met with a blank stare as it was put on our plate, the same happened again so gave up and made do. Cakes the same thing, if we asked what something was it was immediately put on our plate, this happened for each choice whether we wanted it or not. Food perfectly acceptable although not entirely our choice. Buffet This was ok, but food was frequently luke warm in the buffet or not replenished regularly leaving gaps in choices of items that should go together, and long waits for them to be provided. From day one the staff were few and very very slow when it came to clearing tables, a bit awkward at a table for two when going for the next part of your meal. I did have to point out to someone in charge how dirty the mouldings around the panels were at the bottom of the glass, especially next to the tables for two, this was not daily dust, this was clearly dust that had not been cleaned for much more than a week! This had been rectified by the following day. Main Dining Room - 2nd Sitting Food ok, and our waiting staff very nice. Onboard Shopping Awful! So limited, some items came out on the first sea day, and were not seen again, surely with people looking for gifts this is missing an opportunity. Some good value drinks deals were to be had. Overall ok value for money for what was paid. The ship looked lovely with Christmas decorations up so at least there were a couple seasonal of days! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Great time met some lovely guests staff from cabin staff wait staff and pushers all very polite and freindly ports of call were great weather abit cold but Cunard can't help that , Embarkation was so fast from getting out of our ... Read More
Great time met some lovely guests staff from cabin staff wait staff and pushers all very polite and freindly ports of call were great weather abit cold but Cunard can't help that , Embarkation was so fast from getting out of our car to stepping on board 20 mins cabin was already so left all our carry owns and had a walk around public areas were all very welcoming , it was only 11.30 so we had a drink on the top deck and relaxed until lunch time which did not disappoint , the meals from then on where lovey well served and tasted great . The entertainment was fine not all to our taste but watchable ,what we do like is all the music. Around the ship just to sit and listen to as you walk through . We will go on Elizabeth again . It is our new go to favourite Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Ship beautiful and cabin a very good size. Only observation being it’s a bit beige. The odd splash of colour would warm it up a bit. The food was to my taste but there seemed to be a problem getting it to the table hot on quite a few ... Read More
Ship beautiful and cabin a very good size. Only observation being it’s a bit beige. The odd splash of colour would warm it up a bit. The food was to my taste but there seemed to be a problem getting it to the table hot on quite a few nights of the cruise. Some passengers got rather irate about this and I felt sorry for the staff. Robert Powel was an excellent and very entertaining speaker but there was a lady policeman advertised on web site whom I was looking forward to but not onboard. Cabaret style entertainment is not my thing so I can’t comment on that, however the band in the Queens room was fabulous. Fantastic rendition of sing,sing sing one night. Service good and unobtrusive and ports very enjoyable. So only thing that stops this getting top marks was the couple of Luke warm meals we had. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The ship was up to the usual standard with good food, entertainment and service. As usual the service was wonderful as was the food. We went to Southern Spain and got a few days of nice warm sunshine which is what we wanted. There ... Read More
The ship was up to the usual standard with good food, entertainment and service. As usual the service was wonderful as was the food. We went to Southern Spain and got a few days of nice warm sunshine which is what we wanted. There was a bit of rough weather on the way south but the ship handled it well. Cunard have increased the bar prices quite a bit and also the cost of a meal in the Verandah so we only went for our free lunch. Some good news is that Queen Elizabeth now has tea and coffee making facilities in the room. I can recommend lunch in the Golden lion but we only go on boarding day or sometimes a port day when it is quiet. We had lunch one day in the lido due to be back too late to for lunch in the MDR, I was not very impressed with the choice so will not go again unless I really must. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Cabin was too warm on embarkation. Technician came in and made adjustments. Cooled off considerably, too much. Had difficulty adjusting it (I like it around 68-70) so kept it on the cold side rather than warm, never right though. ... Read More
Cabin was too warm on embarkation. Technician came in and made adjustments. Cooled off considerably, too much. Had difficulty adjusting it (I like it around 68-70) so kept it on the cold side rather than warm, never right though. Thermostat does not allow you to set temp at precise temperature - you can only turn knob to adjust it. Public areas were warm for me. Britannia restaurant on the first two nights was hot. Waiter suggested men could remove their jackets. In general lounges were kept a bit on the warm side. Food varied. Room service breakfast was a disappointment compared to Queen Mary. Quality of eggs and sausage not good. After first breakfast switched to continental breakfast. Meals in Britannia ranged from good to average. Beef on two occasions was inedible. Missed Queen Mary Chart Room. Found nothing comparable on Queen Elizabeth. Overall did not like design of the ship compared to Queen Mary. Enrichment programme was limited with many gaps that should have been filled. Lectures about ports of call were nothing more than advertising for excursions. There should have been information on history and culture of destinations. Crew were generally efficient. Wine stewards knowledgeable. Not a bad experience but neither was it brilliant. Food needs improvement and public area temps need adjustment - I suspect some people will disagree with the latter as many passengers are quite elderly and may want warmer temps. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I have cruised with Cunard and other similar companies before but I choose this specific cruise for its dates, convenience and pricing. The itinerary was not new to me and I embarked with mixed feelings about the voyage. I strongly feel ... Read More
I have cruised with Cunard and other similar companies before but I choose this specific cruise for its dates, convenience and pricing. The itinerary was not new to me and I embarked with mixed feelings about the voyage. I strongly feel Cunard's ships offer very elegant surroundings, ships that feel like ships unadorned with gimmicky features and, of course, excellent service. I like the fact that the dress code is stricter and smart wear is encouraged in the evenings but it is in no way stuffy or superior, everyone is very friendly and relaxed. There are a few areas solely for Queen's Grill passengers but I have never been aware of these or felt excluded as all the main areas and facilities of the ship are open to everyone. I am pleased that fellow passengers respect the standard Cunard offers and behave accordingly so that, for example, sitting in one of the bars sipping a cocktail and chatting or listening to live background music is uninterrupted by noisy behaviour. There is plenty of opportunity for fun and more informal surroundings in the Golden Lion pub and deck parties, etc. I particularly love the Queens Room ballroom as it is spacious with a superb dance floor and a big attraction to anyone interested in ballroom dancing which is held there every evening. There are dance hosts, too, for anyone travelling solo as I do. I found all the evening entertainment in the theatre to be excellent and also enjoyed the lectures on sea days. The itinerary was similar to other ships but mostly enjoyable, especially as we had sunny and warm conditions for most of our ports which felt like a bonus in November! Another bonus was that most of the ports were easy to get around independently, apart from visiting Seville, and it was well worth booking the coach transfer there. The embarkation and disembarkation were extremely efficient and the fastest I have ever experienced. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
A beautiful ship in its looks. The public areas around the ship are fantastic. A ballroom and live band a big draw for those who love to dance. Dance teachers on hand to help you along but very obviously guests return because of this. A ... Read More
A beautiful ship in its looks. The public areas around the ship are fantastic. A ballroom and live band a big draw for those who love to dance. Dance teachers on hand to help you along but very obviously guests return because of this. A most lucsurious theatre with great acts in the evening. What a treat on sea days with the actor Robert Powell giving talks on the life and works of Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling. I wish we could here more from him we thoroughly enjoyed this and enthused us both to revisit the classics. Thank you. Unfortunately the dinning was a let down. We felt our selected restaurant Brittania could improve in many areas. We found the atmosphere gloomy, noises, rushed. After ordering from an uninspiring choice, it arrived not always hot, very basically arranged on the plate, and wasn't very nice. So we chose to eat in the Lido buffet each night. Here we had a fantastic choice, excellent views out to sea and lovely atmosphere. Very enjoyable destinations would recommend this itinerary to everyone who has not been. We were able to travel in luxury to all the places we had never visited and visit some fantastic galleries, historic places and beautiful locations. Really enjoyed our holiday, just a shame we did not dance. Perhaps next time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Our 1st time with Cunard, a 7 day cruise from Southampton to Lisbon and back. boarding was very quick and a small bottle of fizz in the room to help one settle in. The on board entertainment was very good the only problem being that ... Read More
Our 1st time with Cunard, a 7 day cruise from Southampton to Lisbon and back. boarding was very quick and a small bottle of fizz in the room to help one settle in. The on board entertainment was very good the only problem being that we had 2nd sitting, this meant (1) hardly anybody else at our table for 6 (this was a common thing looking around the room), (2) all shows for the sitting at at 22:30 meaning one had to choose between the show and the other entertainment (balls etc). Food was very good along the American lines so had extra vegetables every evening, felt no need to use the other restaurants. Shore excursions expensive as normal, but they are very reluctant to give any information: only giving the port times the day before, or whether there will be a shuttle service. Tendering at Guernsey was badly handled, they made a big thing of a slight swell so that only one one person could board the tender at a time making it very slow as they used only one disembarkation point. Disembarkation at Southampton, were we did our own bags, was a farce as they got us to assemble on the wrong level so we had to be taken down in the lift in groups. All said we will probably cruise again with Cunard, just need to find the right itinerary, and with only 3 ships there are not many to choose from. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
3 friends decided to celebrate a 90th and a 70th birthday with a cruise on the QE2. We drove down and left the car with Penguin Parking (brilliant firm,used before). Embarkation easy and right on time. Balcony cabin with 2 single beds and ... Read More
3 friends decided to celebrate a 90th and a 70th birthday with a cruise on the QE2. We drove down and left the car with Penguin Parking (brilliant firm,used before). Embarkation easy and right on time. Balcony cabin with 2 single beds and pull out sofa bed, all really comfortable. Beautiful ship, decorated very elegantly. Buffet for lunches had plenty of choices but service was often slow clearing dishes away. Evening meals in the restaurant were lovely but have to say that the staff were ok but nowhere near as nice as Emerald Princess had been last year. This was also the case with cabin stewards who did not always empty bathroom bins etc. Have to say the Princess staff were superb and Cunard came a poor second. Best thing on board - ballroom & band wIth dance hosts. Always do our own exploring and that was easy with these ports. Have to say that somewhat disappointed with Cunard - happy staff make a big difference and they did not seem to have those for some reason. Embarkation was easy enough with the wheelchair. Just booked another cruise but not with Cunard. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We loved the Queen Elizabeth and thought she was a beautiful, traditional ship. The ship is not too big, which gives it a very friendly feel as we often bumped into people we’d eaten breakfast with etc. Embarkation was efficient and ... Read More
We loved the Queen Elizabeth and thought she was a beautiful, traditional ship. The ship is not too big, which gives it a very friendly feel as we often bumped into people we’d eaten breakfast with etc. Embarkation was efficient and fast. There were no check-in delays and no waiting to board. Our balcony cabin of deck 6 was in an excellent location. The bed was extremely comfortable. There was a full bottle of sparkling wine. The shower room although small was perfectly adequate and had all that was necessary. We ate in the Britannia dining room on the 2nd sitting and had a wonder group of people on our table for 6. We really looked forward to seeing them at the end of the day for lively conversation and laughter. The food was excellent and the varied menu made if difficult for us to choose. The food was always generally hot and always well-presented. As I'm not keen on desserts I chose the fruit platter each evening which was great. The entertainment was really varied and very enjoyable: a great illusionist, well known on the circuit. A comedian and four wonderful opera trained female singers, Aida. They sang a range of popular opera arias and musical theatre songs. An excellent classical pianist played a couple of afternoon concerts and there were additional musicians playing in the various bars during the evening. We also enjoyed the speakers, one a retired senior civil servant with experience of Number 10, and a retired female police officer who talked about her rise through the ranks and her experiences as a woman in the Police Force. She was great fun and really entertained her audience. All talks by these two speakers were almost full. The itinerary was more interesting than I had initially expected: Vigo, Lisbon, Oporto - and Guernsey. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
If you like the older style of passenger ship, then this Queen Elizabeth may appeal. Although beset with lines of balconies which would fit well into a Benidorm apartment block, the overall shape, albeit without any sheer at all, is ... Read More
If you like the older style of passenger ship, then this Queen Elizabeth may appeal. Although beset with lines of balconies which would fit well into a Benidorm apartment block, the overall shape, albeit without any sheer at all, is pleasant. The funnel makes it. The red and black Cunard funnel has class. The ship is not too big, given the size of many modern cruise ships, and the public interior spaces have a theme - it is loosely art deco. It is unostentatious and comfortable. Embarkation was efficient and fast. There were no check-in delays and no waiting to board. Our cabin, grade BF, was pleasant although rather bland. The bed was comfortable. There was a bottle of sparkling wine. The showerroom had all that was necessary. The blandness of the cabin matched the theme of blandness in the corridors. Cunard corridors are the least attractive element of their ships, at least at this level of cabin. Perhaps things get better the higher you go and the more you pay. I did mention how unutterably boring the corridors were to a director of Cunard whom I mistook as a junior member of the hotel department staff. He took it in good part but the corridors remain, in my view, the worst feature of this ship. You can spend a lot of time walking along these corridors if your cabin is not conveniently placed close to a stairwell. It should not take too much to liven them up a bit. Make them more attractive. We used the Lido self-service buffet exclusively this time. Chosen carefully, and with timing being important particularly for the chef's carvery, all in all quite good both as to choice and quality. Quantity is up to you. Service was on the whole good, although clearing away was sometimes, but not always, rather slow. I liked the availability of fruit juices throughout the day. Not all cruise lines offer this.And the ice machine which scatters all over the place. Little choice as to cheeses, but the chefs know how to bake cookies. Entertainment was typical basic cruise fare: a good illusionist, well known on the circuit. A comedian. Four female singers, singing at full voice popular show songs, apparently highly trained but not evidencing this. A competent classical pianist playing undemanding popular pieces. It just depends on what you like. Three speakers, one a retired senior civil servant with experience of Number 10, another a whizz on computors, relevant given the NHS and others hacking affair. And a retired female police officer and her reminiscences. There seems to be a lot of retired police officers on the cruise ship speaker circuit. Nothing special, nothing particularly memorable. Nothing very different. But acceptable. The itinerary, given the seven days, was predictable: Vigo, Lisbon, Opporto - and Guernsey. So nothing special there, either. That about sums it up, for us. It is all a bit predictable. Nothing particularly exciting or novel. But sometimes that is good enough. This is a comfortable ship and a friendly ship. It is not trendy and it is not brash. It has on the whole competent and friendly staff who try to help to make your stay on board enjoyable. With a certain amount of style. In particular, the fish and chips for lunch in the Golden Lion pub. Now that does have style. We like this ship. We would travel on it again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I went with my next door neighbour. She doesnt like more than 7 days. I like longer. It's useful for me to have someone with me as I'm slightly disabled. There is a problem with charging mobility scooters which the onboard ... Read More
I went with my next door neighbour. She doesnt like more than 7 days. I like longer. It's useful for me to have someone with me as I'm slightly disabled. There is a problem with charging mobility scooters which the onboard engineers can't understand as everything seems to be working and compatible. I do wish they'd sort it out!. Otherwise the Queens Grill service was excellent and I couldn't fault the cabin service. The food was excellent and the waiters and maitre d' couldn't be faulted The only minor complaint I have is that the wine service in the Lido grill is so slow, you tend to have finished your main course before the chosen wine arrives! Otherwise you have to wait for the wine and the food gets cold. Overall, a short, but very good cruise. I'm looking forward to the next one, which is the QE2 anniversary cruise in September. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We expected , luxury and we certainly received it and experienced it for the 5 days we were on board. From embarkation to disembarking we enjoyed the elegant and opulent surroundings and experienced the world renown service. the ... Read More
We expected , luxury and we certainly received it and experienced it for the 5 days we were on board. From embarkation to disembarking we enjoyed the elegant and opulent surroundings and experienced the world renown service. the staff were friendly, efficient and extremely professional. The cabin was as described and provided for an extremely comfortable stay on board. We ate in the Britannia Restaurant which was exactly as we expected and beyond. Food and service was first class with a wide variety of choice. The wine selection is extensive and the Pinot and Cote Le Rhone were a good choice. The public areas are spotless and always offered a place to relax usually listening to live music. We made our own way in to Hamburg and had an interesting day confirming that the cost of the on board excursions were a little over priced. Drinks are priced as you would expect in a 5 star hotel. It was our first cruise and celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary in a way we will always remember.....truly memorable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Queen Elizabeth Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 5.0 3.7
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 4.0 3.5

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