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9 Cunard Queen Elizabeth Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Baltic Sea from Southampton

Embarkation - went quickly and smoothly, we had no problem with the alcohol we were brining on board at all - a box of wine, several bottles of wine and many mall bottles of gin, rum and port. At ports we had no problem bringing tonics ... Read More
Embarkation - went quickly and smoothly, we had no problem with the alcohol we were brining on board at all - a box of wine, several bottles of wine and many mall bottles of gin, rum and port. At ports we had no problem bringing tonics and coke on board as our mixers. We have never sailed Cunard before, previously only sailing on more casual cruise ships, so were somewhat apprehensive about the dress code. Dress Code - The apprehension was missplaced completely. In the two week cruise there were 3 ball nights, and we knew the ladies and gents dress codes for them. Apart from that, if you were going to eat in the main Brittania restaurant men had to wear trousers, jacket and shirt (no tie necessary) and ladies normal smart going out clothes. If you wanted to wear jeans and t-shirt and stay completely casual, you could eat in the Lido buffet and drink in the Golden Lion pub, but could not go to the ball room, other bars, the main Brittania restaurant or the theatre. Some nights we stayed completely casual. Staff customer service - staff always had a smile and a 'good morning/afternoon/evening' whenever they walked past you or dealt with you. We had an enquiry at embarkation when a case was missing. The customer service team where friendly and helpful, finding the case within 10 minutes. Our cabin steward was friendly and welcoming, keeping our cabin immaculate and was always able to bring additional towels or other items we wanted without delay. Other facilities - there was access to several lauderies on the ship, and these were free!! This included the washing powder as well. The laundry included washers, dryers, washing sink, iron and ironing board. An invaluable resource on a cruise of 14 nights. State of the ship - the ship was kept spotless and any faults seemed to be sorted quickly - there was some water ingress in the ceiling of the central buffet area in the Lido. When in port the ship looked stunning and traditional in comparison to other cruise ships. The decor of the ship is art deco, with lovely wood panelled interiors and themed art work for each stair well. Food - there was excellent choice in the Lido buffet most of the time, ranging from early breakfast, main breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, early main tea, later main tea, to later evening snacks (till 1.30am). There was shortages of some items, such as the clotted cream for the afternoon tea, hot chocolate drinks, earl grey teabags etc during the last few days - The main Brittania restaurant, we were on early sitting at 6.00pm, also had at least 4 - 6 choices for starter, main and dessert. On one occasion my daughter and I could not decide which dessert we wanted, and then asked if we could order two each - no problem at all. You left the restaurant feeling pleasently full but not stuffed. - There were snack options during the day available in the Cafe Carinthia. Lunch and dinner were also available in the Golden Lion Pub, we enjoyed Friday fish and chips at lunch time here. Waiter served afternoon tea was available on sea days in the Queends Room, this is not to be missed as the sandwich and cake selection is extremely appetising. We also use the Lido grill, deck 9 stern, at lunch time for fish, burgers and chips etc. - We did not try any of the paid restaurants and were not grills passengers. Room Service - On some mornings, and one evening, we chose to have breakfast and dinner in our cabin. It was such a treat being able to be served just what you wanted for breakfast rather than get up and queue up. The evening menu was not as varied, burgers and pizzas mainly. The room service menu was included in the cruise and not an additional extra, which was very good. Drinks - the bars and deck bars were all welcoming and very good, and we did treat ourselves to an occasional glass of wine with dinner, cocktail at sail away, or cider/beer in the evening or day time. The only issue, is that with the value of the pound to the dollar the cost of drinks is very expensive, especially if you are from the north east of England! If we had not brought our own wine, gins, rums and ports on board, plus mixers, it would have been a somewhat dry cruise! Entertainment - the theatre was exceptional, with proper theatre tiered seating, boxes and an exceptional theatre orchestra!! The ships crew were good (but not exceptional) in the two shows we saw them do. We also saw The Opera Boys both times they performed, they were brilliant. We say a violinist once, she was excellent. There was also a pianist/commedian, Jon Courtenay for the last nights of the cruise who was extremely good. The ball room/Queens Room was a bit of a let down as it was almost like a corridor between the front and back of the ship to one side separating the seating, and there was not enough seating for the passengers who wanted to enjoy the dancing most evenings. There was a ball room orchestra as well, who were also excellent. We did attend some dancing classes during the day and put our steps into practice in the evening when we could. There are some very serious dancers on board, so it did make it a bit awkward for novice dancers if they felt they were getting in the way. Other entertainment we enjoyed was the band Next Steps, both on sailaway celebrations and at the Yacht Club. Also, most evenings, we attended, and enjoyed, quizes in the Garden Lounge and later in the Golden Lion pub - we even won the Husband and Wife quiz in the Golden Lion. As you wandered around the ship in the evening there were other muscians and ensembles to enjoy listening to, such as pianist Andy Law in the Golden Lion, who could play/sing anything. Sea days - My daughter and husband thoroughly enjoyed the talks by Robin Scagett, about astronomy, space and time - my daughter, as a primary teacher she took a lot away from those talks. My daughter and I both enjoyed the inspiring John Peters talk and question/answer session. There was another speaker throughout the cruise, but we did not attend his talks. I went to the beginners bridge classes with Chris Jarosz, which was pitched at the right level. I attended on my own and that was a slight problem as many others attended as a couple, but Chris found solutions to this. I certainly hope to continue to learn bridge. Otherwise, I loved the afternoon social craft group in the Garden Lounge. I did also treat myself to an afternoon in the spa pool, warm loungers and steam rooms but I did not have any spa treatments. My husband attended the ships choir, who gave a wonderful performance on the last sea day. He made many friends through this group. I would say that all but one of the passengers we encountered, or met through groups, were lovely, engaging and warm people and came from all over the world. Aside from what we did, there was a wealth of activities to enjoy on sea days, outside there was a full bowling green and other outdoor sports, plus two swimming pools and 4 bubble pools. Indoors, there were card tables, board games, puzzles and puzzle tables, and a two story library that gave out daily quizes, cross words and sudoko. If you just wanted to relax, there were lots of indoor and outdoor quite areas to relax, read and sleep. Disembarkation - we were going to take our own luggage off, but a very experienced cruiser said to put it out, and explained that at the port luggage was arranged by deck number. She said that you could take yourself off at your own convenience rather than follow the instructions if you wanted to make an early get away - we had a long drive back up north, so got off at 9.00am, and collected our luggage very easily ready for the pre booked taxi back to collect our car from the hotel. Overall, we would definately cruise with Cunard again. A thoroughly enjoyable cruise with excellent choice of activities, ports that we wanted to visit and the chance to meet some fantastic people. Our party only did one shore excursion, my daughter and our friend did the segway in Copenhagen and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was $99, which I could have booked on my own for about $79, but not for the times that were best for our days plans. As my daughter and our friend were novice cruisers we felt better leaving them in the care of the excursion team. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
DW and her sisters wanted to visit the Norwegian homeplace, near Trondheim, from which her grandparents emigrated to the US. We chose this Cunard itinerary and arranged for a Trondheim tour guide and bus through the Trondheim visitors ... Read More
DW and her sisters wanted to visit the Norwegian homeplace, near Trondheim, from which her grandparents emigrated to the US. We chose this Cunard itinerary and arranged for a Trondheim tour guide and bus through the Trondheim visitors bureau. The QE is a beautiful ship. The only item that visibly needed refitting for her upcoming drydock in November is the love seat in our balcony cabin. The upholstery on the arms was frayed. As with many others we disliked the shower with a fixed shower head. HAL's shower head mounted on a flexible hose is a much better arrangement. Our cabin attendant was outstanding in every respect. The cabin was maintained in spotless condition and he was friendly and helpful at all times. With the exception of one meal (a lumpy "pate" was very unpleasant) the food was outstanding. Our server was extremely helpful but had some language problems with the menu. We loved the grandness of the QE's public spaces, as well as the small touches such as afternoon tea. The evening shows and the music in the public spaces were superb. We had unusually good weather during the cruise, with the exception of some rainy drizzle inside the Arctic Circle. The weather at Geirangerfiord was crystal clear, and it is one of the prettiest spots we have seen, especially from the excursion to the top of Mt. Dalsnibba. Overall the scenery during the entire cruise was spectacular. The bar menu is unusually comprehensive. I was able to enjoy both a Sazerac and a Ramos Gin Fizz, two New Orleans-based drinks that are usually not available in even first class bars. Cunard does a great many things right, and we would readily sail on the QE again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Embarkation at the Ocean terminal was extremely quick and smooth, after arriving around 11:30am - we were on board and in the Lido for 12. We did a back-to-back with the next cruise, so didn't disembark this one. The other ... Read More
Embarkation at the Ocean terminal was extremely quick and smooth, after arriving around 11:30am - we were on board and in the Lido for 12. We did a back-to-back with the next cruise, so didn't disembark this one. The other passengers were a lower average-age for a Cunard trip, and seemed to include a lot of groups of friends or families - not too many children though. Consequently, the evenings were good (despite DJ Michael) and the final party night was fantastic in the Queens room, with a 60's band The Overtures. Our one and only port stop in Bruges was unfortunately cancelled due to the weather making it impossible to dock, so we got an extra day at sea. The Captain did warn everybody the night before, so we weren't surprised. It would probably have been a bad day to wander around outside anyway, and good travel insurance will help with this. Food and service in the Britannia restaurant were very good. We asked to be moved from 6pm to 8.30 dining after the first night, and they accommodated us well. In June '16, on Victoria, we had some really good party nights in the Yacht Club bar on the top deck, so were looking forward to the same on Queen Elizabeth. Unfortunately, after the (very good) band Synergy finished, we were subjected to 'DJ' Michael, who had no concept of how to keep people on a dancefloor and mainly took random requests, leading to a only a handful of people dancing to each tune. Unfortunately this continued on the next cruise and ruined any chance of a party atmosphere ever developing in there. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Whilst the destination was what we had hoped for, the Queen Elizabeth is a hopeless shambles. We chose Cunard as we have cruised on QM2 previously and that was superb in almost every way. On the QE, waiting staff appeared demoralised, ... Read More
Whilst the destination was what we had hoped for, the Queen Elizabeth is a hopeless shambles. We chose Cunard as we have cruised on QM2 previously and that was superb in almost every way. On the QE, waiting staff appeared demoralised, the Pursers desk was a "cant do" attitude to anything you ask. The Tour desk handed out poor quality maps and information sheets that bore no resemblance to each other. The ship looks tired with peeling paint on balcony furniture, and had problems in St Petersburg, although this was put down to the weather, it didn't explain the work at the stern of the ship at 23:30 when we should have set sail at 18:00. Some serious vibrations at the rear of the ship. The cabin was clean and satisfactory. Dining: Britannia Resturant: The Maitre de was arrogant, poorly prepared food, served in a rush because they were too few waiting staff. Lido Resturant was in contrast more relaxed, better food and better service. Entertainment: Only two shows came anywhere near acceptable. Cunard you really need to look at you choreography for your own dancers, it was somewhat weird and dark, one show was set as a Dance Agent interviewing dancers and giving jobs to those that appeared to please him????? Very weird concept to put in a show. Whilst the dancers were good, they were working against the odds with the weird choreography they were given. Again just very poor compared to QM2 Service: This ship has a "Cant Do" attitude. Whenever you ask someone something they pass you off saying you need to speak to "xxx". NEVER taking ownership. Particularly the Pursers Desk. Ports were fine with the exception that the ship skipped Skagen altogether, effectively we spent 5 days at sea after St Petersburg, WHICH WAS VERY BORING! Why do Cunard charge for shuttles to town? In Tallin they charged $6 to travel 1200 mtrs. Most people walked to the town, but it seems a con to charge the less abled to travel 1200 mtrs. Disembarkation was a complete and utter shambles, Because the ship was very late arriving at Southampton, many poeple chosed to Self Disembark. Cunard knew the numbers but took no action to control the queues, it was an unsupervised bun fight to get off the ship. I would never travel on QE again Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was truly a most beautiful amd relaxing destination. The scenery was breath taking and I would highly advise anyone to take this cruise. The Queen Elizabeth is an experience in itself and a most beautiful ship. The decor is stunning ... Read More
This was truly a most beautiful amd relaxing destination. The scenery was breath taking and I would highly advise anyone to take this cruise. The Queen Elizabeth is an experience in itself and a most beautiful ship. The decor is stunning and very art noveau . Cleanliness is of a very high standard and the majority of the staff are very friendly. However we did find that our cruise last year on the Adonia could not be faulted atall where the staff were concerned. Some of Cunards staff struggled to smile. The evening dining staff in the Brittania restaurant were amazing and Very friendly, attentive and just wonderful. On arrival day Service from port to ship was amazing . The only negative comments would be with the Spa on board ship. We found the treatments fantastic but be very aware of the hard selling of products after treatment. Absolute extortionate prices and tried to sell my husband of 64 eye cream! We were put off by this and decided not to have anymore treatments . We felt pressured which took away the feeling of relaxation. Overall an amazing experience. Thank you Cunard Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
My wife and I cruised on the QE out of Southampton for 14 days. The ship was super and the ports were super! Over 35 cruises and this was one of the top ones for us. We had an Oceanview cabin and it was ok for an alternative to a balcony. ... Read More
My wife and I cruised on the QE out of Southampton for 14 days. The ship was super and the ports were super! Over 35 cruises and this was one of the top ones for us. We had an Oceanview cabin and it was ok for an alternative to a balcony. As the weather was pretty cool but clear then a balcony would not have been of much use. The cabin was very nice and well laid out. The steward was excellent. The ships crew could not have been nicer and always smiled and spoke in passing. Seasoned and well trained. The Queens room ballroom was great for dancing in the evenings and dance lessons were held there for anyone on sea days. Orchestra dancing each evening was very pleasant for participants and onlookers. There was always an activity to do on the ship even when it was too brisk to be outside. The only ding on this whole cruise was the FOOD. Great ship, great crew, lousy food, except for breakfast. The dining room menu was not real appealing and the choices were usually a disappointment. Fancy names and descriptions, then bland and not tasty in fact. No alternatives dishes on the menu. No shrimp cocktail on the whole cruise. The steaks were tough and not edible. They need to fire the chef and ditch the menu and lean more toward other cruise line menus and preparation. Even the British guests were not pleased with the dinners. We ate in the dining room for breakfast almost every morning and I will say the breakfast there was very good. The lunches in the dining room were also ok. And, there is not much in alternatives to the dining room. the Veranda speciality restaurant was not appealing and was not busy ever. The Lido was just buffet food, except for the pasta made to order that was super. The ports were fabulous. St.Petersburg was a two day history lesson and was a highlight of the cruise. All the Scandanavian ports were real good. We took an outside tour in four of the ports with a tour company called Alla Tours. While some of the passengers complained about the Cunard tours our could not have been better. Especially the lady guide (Paulina) in St.Petersburg. The entertainment was very good and nicely done. Tea every afternoon was very nice but again the food was not tasty, even the scones were like they were canned storebought. Most of the passengers were British and as we were Americans we found them to be warm and friendly. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Checking in was a slow, hot, bothersome procedure. The staff were lovely, but Southampton needs a new terminal! The state cupboards were simply furnished, but looking a little tired. Strangely the wardrobes and the ... Read More
Checking in was a slow, hot, bothersome procedure. The staff were lovely, but Southampton needs a new terminal! The state cupboards were simply furnished, but looking a little tired. Strangely the wardrobes and the "afterthought" under the bed storage was ill conceived. Usually so well sorted in these mobile hotel skyscraper.... Life on board. I think that the average age on board was in their early sixties but the entertainment throughout was pitiful. Certainly nothing to interest us (43 and47respectively.) deck quoets, bingo, and oldish films. The entertainment in the evening relied on the piano, string quartet, the dancers and some very old cruise ship fiddlers and crooners. Sad. Shame cos the theatre is a lovely space. The busiest area after dinner was the old time dancing. Though not very strictly come dancing! Two good singers/piano players stopped us from nearly going mad! The food was excellent from start to finish, and the speed that our table requirements was sorted was impeccable. Shame the maitre d forgot how to smile. The service was excellent, although some staff were old QE2, and you could tell! Not that any of them were less than fab but the edge wasn't there. Me thinks that the white star service has been compromised...... The lido restaurant was superb. Quite the best at sea, especially for breakfast. But finding a seat was a nightmare, even after the rush period! The major gripe came with the bar prices. I recall on the queen Mary 2 the currency on board was pounds. Now it's dollars, and very expensive it was. No wines were available at under 30 dollars. And that one was vinegar. The drinks were very very expensive and the added insult to add the fifteen percent gratuity "for your convenience" perhaps it was naive of me but an institution like cunard should be in pounds, with the cost of the bar staff hidden into the prices. ( a la P@O) then you can give a further tip should they deserve. ( the bar staff were great) Trips? Well you know that you will be robbed but the ship wanted 50 to get from the ship to Edinburgh. A return train journey was less than a fiver! Robbery. The photographers were not pushing but unsmiling and felt it was always just doing their job.... Not good. Disembarkation was interesting. Independent travellers are assigned a time to leave regardless of the time your forwarding journey begins. When I complained I was told I had to therefore get my own bags off!!!! Luckily a receptionist saw pity and found a wee loophole. But there was many old and confused people at the pursers deck. After that, getting off was easy. In conclusion, Cunard is living off old times, and now the scale and Americanisation of the whole hotel experience is diluting the white Star service. I understand that many more can travel, but I hope that's the unique Britishness of Cunard is not ships wash.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
The first thing you will notice is that this review will sound really negative, yet I have given 5 stars for most of the areas. The truth is that we all had an amazing holiday. We saw some fantastic places, met lots of nice people and ate ... Read More
The first thing you will notice is that this review will sound really negative, yet I have given 5 stars for most of the areas. The truth is that we all had an amazing holiday. We saw some fantastic places, met lots of nice people and ate way too much first class food. I read lots of reviews before departure and I was specifically interested in the negative ones. Most of them seem to be from people that are used to having perfection all the time whereas most of us can enjoy a holiday for what it is and not get caught up on the bad points. Cunard are trying to appeal to a broad range of people here. The expectations of someone paying £1500 for a cabin are going to be wildly different to the sort of person who is paying £15,000. I know the grill dining areas are apparently better than the Brittania (quite how the Brittania food can be improved upon is beyond me) and they get their own deck, but all the public areas are the same so there are bound to be people who aren't happy with things. If that is enough to ruin your holiday and make you give 1 star reviews then perhaps you should think about chartering your own private boat in future. The boat is fantastic and we saw no evidence or wear and tear or bad workmanship. The decor was lovely and finished to a really high standard. The staff is all well trained and everything ran smoothly. I can't help but feel it is a shame that when designing the boat they had an opportunity to create something magnificent and push the boundaries of what luxury cruising will be in the future. Instead they dug out the old QV plans and said lets save a few quid and build another one of these. The two boats aren't just similar, they feel identical. Yes the lobby is a little different and the games deck has a new look but these all feel like minor cosmetic difference. 99% of the ship is the same which is a shame when you think about what they could have done with a skilled team of nautical architects. The cabins are lovely although with the sofabed pulled out (which the maid does from 6pm if you have kids) you can't access the balcony or fridge. The beds were comfortable and the climate control worked well even if it was a bit noisy. The onboard entertainment didn't feel quite as good as the QV but maybe our expectations were set too high. There just didn't seem to be as much variety, plus the shows were 45 min whereas I'm sure they were an hour on the QV. It was a lot of singing or dancing with only the comedy juggler and pickpocket acts bringing in something new. They were both absolutely brilliant though and more than made up for the lack of other different acts. The in-house dancing and entertainment teams were all fabulous and if you are into musicals and dance then you would be very happy every night. One thing people might be interested to hear about is the kids facilities as this is an area not many people have written reviews about so far. We have 2 boys who were aged 8 and 5. The younger was in the Play Zone and the older one was in the Zone. Both rooms are amazing and the kids couldn't wait to get there after meal times. All of the staff were brilliant with them and always managed to keep smiling even after 8 hours of looking after 10 - 15 kids! Izzy deserves a special mention as she really took an interest in every child and would go the extra mile to make sure everyone's needs were catered for. There are a few things I felt could be improved however. 2 years ago we went on a Med cruise on the QV. Both kids were in the kids club most days and at the end of the 2 weeks they came out with a huge folder stuffed with the things they had been making, painting, colouring, moulding e.t.c. This time I think we had 3 or 4 sheets of colouring in. The reason for this is clear. Both clubs are very video game focussed and if you give a kid a choice of playing on a Wii or PS3, or doing some colouring I expect most would choose the video games every time. The older club had a big screen with a Wii and about 6 or 7 LCD screens connected to PS3's and XBox's. There was also an air hockey table and table football so at least the kids were getting plenty of exercise. We didn't really mind them playing games so much, it was just nice that last time they spent so much time doing creative things and this time they didn't. It felt like a step backwards. The other big downside is that you can drop the younger kids off at 6pm (there is a special kids dinner in the lido at 5pm every day) but the older kids aged 8+ can't be dropped off until 8pm. This is a real pain if you are on early sitting for dinner (as we were) and fancy an adults evening. The problem is that the older teenagers are given the Zone from 5pm - 8pm so the others can't be in there. I don't see why they couldn't go in the Play Zone for those 2 hours to watch a film or something, they were rarely busy in the early evenings. In addition to this, you can only leave your kids on the boat all day when you are in port IF you have booked a tour through Cunard. There were a couple of days when we would have preferred to leave the kids on the boat for the day rather than dragging them around museums that they have no interest in (St Petersburg for example). We paid a lot of money for the holiday and you expect everything to be included which in this case it wasn't unless you spent more money with the. So this brings me on to our biggest gripe - tipping. Now I don't mind giving money in return for good service. This is the point of a tip as far as I know. At what point do we get to decide if we have had a good service? Certainly not before the holiday so why assume we will be happy? I think it was 11 dollars a day per person which includes the 8 and 5yo so for our family it was 44 dollars a day for 15 days, that's 660 dollars. They say it is fair so everyone gets a share but why would I want to tip the barman in the commodore club that I never went to, or the health club workers that I never saw? I've also never in my life felt the need to tip a chef or pot washer. They aren't giving me a good service, they are doing their job. If they aren't paid enough and Cunard need to use our tips to top up their salary then something is wrong. It gets worse though. They justify this auto-gratuity as a way of people not having to worry about leaving tips throughout the day. That's fine but why then does EVERYTHING have a 15% gratuity added on? You want a beer from the bar? That's 5 dollars plus 15% gratuity, a bottle of wine with your meal? 40 dollars plus 15% gratuity. Even a one dollar can of sprite from the mini bar has it added on! It starts getting expensive should you decide that 100 dollars is good value for a health treatment. Where does all this money go? I'm not ashamed in any way to say we asked to have all gratuities removed from our bill and we left cash for out chambermaid and our waiters who all really exceeded our expectations and gave us an excellent service. I'm assuming by using cash they actually get to keep the money. Other gripes include photographs - why are they so expensive? Make them half the price and you'll sell twice as many and have happier customers. Also, you really can't expect people to buy a photo of you standing next to a tacky life ring with the name of the port in the middle. Other ships we saw had people dressed up in local costumes to greet people as they disembarked. The casino was good fun but they really need someone who understands poker to run the tournaments. I think the buy-in was 40 dollars (no gratuity but the house too a decent chunk of the pot). We each got 1500 chips and the tournament started. Those who have played poker before would assume the staring minimum bet (or blinds) to me 5 and 10 chips, maybe 10 and 25 at a push, these then go up every 5 minutes to give a tournament that lasts about 60 - 90 minutes. With this one the starting bets were 100 and 200 chips and they went up every 5 minutes. It wasn't about playing poker it was about getting lucky in the few hands that were dealt. I think the whole thing lasted 20 minutes at the most and we all felt really cheated. We questioned the casino manager who said it was policy from the shore and they couldn't change it. We all agreed we wouldn't play again under those rules and the boat didn't try and put any more one. This becomes even more crazy when you realize there was always 2 or 3 people paid to stand next to the roulette and blackjack tables with no customers at all. Poker is a massive game globally but the high buy-in and short format was a real disappointment. They could have had 5 or 10 tournaments a day if they were cheap and fun. These were neither. I guess it all comes down to the central theme of this review. You don't feel like you are stepping onto a luxury ocean liner, you feel like you are entering a giant machine designed to extract every penny it can from you. For the most part people overlook this and get on with enjoying the experience but look closer and you will see what I mean. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We embarked on the Queen Elizabeth on for a cruise around the fjords and the northern cost of Norway. We only have experience of Cunard and only after the company was taken over by Carnival, however, our 10 year old son loves his holidays ... Read More
We embarked on the Queen Elizabeth on for a cruise around the fjords and the northern cost of Norway. We only have experience of Cunard and only after the company was taken over by Carnival, however, our 10 year old son loves his holidays aboard and we have a great time too. If there is a downside it is that we do not see our son enough, as he spends as much time in the "Zone" as he is allowed. As soon as we embarked we made our way to our cabin to which our luggage had already been delivered. Within a short while our cabin steward came to introduce herself (this is something that has happened on each of our cruises). We were warmly welcomed back on board. The Britannia restaurant was everything we had hoped for - excellent (and plenty) food presented beautifully and served by friendly waiters. While our sommelier was rushed off his feet, his guidance was always worth following. The "Zone" (children's area) was available between the hours of 9 - 12, 2 - 5 and 8 - midnight. Thank goodness it was close some of the time so we actually saw our son. The activities were well suited to his age and he enjoyed the company of the other children. We didn't use any of the organised shore excursions, having undertaken a little research before we had travelled. Experience had taught us that these tend to be very expensive, so we undertook our own excursions and enjoyed the freedom those offered. The ports of call were excellent with plenty to see and do with the notable exception of Stavanger the Sunday after the Norway shootings. Understandably the food festival had been cancelled, leaving little to do. However we did not feel like being in the holiday mood while the country was in mourning. We visited the Cathedral, signed the book of condolences and returned to the ship. Our stateroom was more than spacious enough for three people during the day, however the placing of our son's bed did limit access to the balcony at night - this was something we knew in advance and were able to work around. How good was our cruise? We have booked to go again with the same cruise line. Enough said! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
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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