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52 Southampton to Europe - Western Mediterranean Cunard Queen Victoria Cruise Reviews

Our 2018 Cunard cruise was a short, 3 day trip trying out the Britannia Club restaurant on Queen Victoria, so our last experience of the Britannia restaurant was in 2017 on Queen Mary 2. Having found that experience pretty disappointing ... Read More
Our 2018 Cunard cruise was a short, 3 day trip trying out the Britannia Club restaurant on Queen Victoria, so our last experience of the Britannia restaurant was in 2017 on Queen Mary 2. Having found that experience pretty disappointing (see my review on here), I was hopeful that the improvements suggested by our Club dining last year might have also worked their way into the main restaurant. I am very pleased to say that was the case! Cunard has re-worked the menus fleet-wide since 2017 and I found the choices far more inspiring than 2 years ago, often having trouble deciding what to order because so many of the choices appealed, particularly the main courses. There are 8 main course options, of which two are always fish or seafood-based and 2 vegetarian. Lamb was featured far more prominently than on previous cruises and poultry offered across the fortnight included turkey (twice), goose, squab pigeon, guinea fowl, partridge and of course chicken. Fish mains included salmon several times, sea bream, sea bass, barramundi, cod, plaice, scallops (twice), langoustine risotto, crab cannelloni (divine), mac & cheese with king prawns, lemon sole, lobster tail and Goan seafood curry. The starters, soups and salads are under a single heading on the menu but you can order what you like. It was good to see that the excellent consommés are still offered on many evenings. The dessert range had also had a make-over and I was delighted that souffles were offered on 4 nights (chocolate soufflé twice, pistachio and my all-time favourite Cunard pudding, lemon vanilla soufflé with limoncello sauce). In all, there were six desserts, including a low sugar option, an ice cream selection and the spa dessert, as well as cheese. We often asked for one of the ice cream choices to accompany our chosen pudding and Shailendra, our fantastic waiter, was happy to arrange that. He was able supported by Abner - both these gentlemen couldn’t do enough for us and they really helped to make our dining experience memorable. Shailendra was especially helpful to my partner who likes his food to be on the plainer side - he often asked for the vegetables from one dish to be served with the meat or fish from another one. We were given a copy of all of the menus on the penultimate evening. Our sommelier, Marko, was one of the best we’ve had on Cunard and was excellent at anticipating our requests. We were on a table for two on deck two of the restaurant - two lovely Australian ladies on the adjacent table provided great company. As usual, we had chosen second sitting - this trip was notable for the fact that a large area in the centre of the restaurant remained completely empty throughout the two weeks - Shailendra explained this was because so many people had asked to switch from late to early sitting. As a consequence, whilst second sitting was quite leisurely, first sitting was apparently frenetic with extra people squeezed onto tables set for six and eight. We went to the Commodore Club for pre-dinner drinks pretty much every evening and were very surprised by how quiet it was compared to previous cruises: we almost invariably had a window table and whereas the CC is often standing room only from about 7.30 until second sitting, there was always space to sit somewhere. I discovered my new favourite cocktail - “The Commodore’s Cure”, inspired by Sir James Bisset. It’s made with Pol Roger champagne and unfortunately for our onboard accounts, was something like $24 plus the 15% gratuity! Hot canapés were served each evening around 7.45 and consisted of two meat, two fish and two vegetarian offerings. We had dinner in the Verandah one evening - we enjoyed the meal very much and the portions were huge. I ordered the Rhug estate lamb cutlets which I enjoyed but the waiter and restaurant manger insisted that I would not be charged for my meal because they said there was too much fat on the cutlets and not enough meat. I said I was very happy to pay because I didn’t think there was a problem with them - however, I appreciated the gracious gesture which seemed to sum up the overall attitude of the crew we encountered. We didn’t go to the evening shows because generally they aren’t our thing, but I went on my own to “The Flyboys” - they perform mostly modern songs in the big band/swing style, with a touch of humour. I thought they were a breath of fresh air and really enjoyed their performance. During sea days, we both enjoyed classical guitarist Ben Kearsley’s concerts in the Queens Room - Cunard really excels at live music and cocktail pianist Lisa Harman in the Commodore Club was another highlight. Aside from Ben’s concerts, we mostly read, enjoyed the outside decks or watched the waves on sea days - there was a big programme of Cunard “Insights” lectures but again they didn’t appeal to us. We had afternoon tea in the Queens Room 3 times - it’s just a nice thing to do with the tables laid and musical accompaniment and most days we had coffee sitting at the bar in the Chart Room - the bar tenders there were excellent and got to know our preferences quickly. Cabin-wise, it was exactly what we were expecting - a few knocks around the edges after more than 10 years of service but kept very clean by Francis, who efficiently dealt with our requests: we asked if firmer pillows could be provided and for the underbed drawers to be cleared of their contents of spare duvets. We used the ship’s laundry a couple of times - our clothes came back beautifully pressed and it really was worth the money (I got the Diamond World Club member discount after we had spent our onboard credit). The voyage navigation channel was pitiful - far less useful and interesting detail than on either QM2 or QE and it stopped working altogether for about 24 hours when the ship’s call to Barcelona was cancelled due to the ongoing independence protests there. Fortunately, Cunard substituted Valencia instead and having not been there, we spent an enjoyable few hours in the old town - shuttles were laid on for this purpose. A port guide was also provided and Cunard even managed to arrange some tours at very short notice, so I thought the situation was handled very well. On a related point, I did appreciate that all of the port guides for the cruise were available in our cabin on embarkation - a thoughtful touch. Were there any negatives about this cruise? Not really - the internet was very slow, but to be honest, I just used it for checking emails and a bit of news browsing (normally I avoid news whilst I’m away but I wanted to know whether the UK was still going to be in the EU by the time we landed in Gibraltar...) It was also a bit irritating that the senior officers’ party seems well and truly relegated to the mornings on one of the final sea days (I don’t want cocktails at 11.15). All the cocktail parties are now much shorter than they used to be: the welcome aboard ones are just 30 minutes and the World Club and senior officers’ parties 45 minutes. We only went to the World Club party this time - we had a souvenir photo taken as I have been celebrating a significant birthday this year. I purchased future cruise deposits whilst on board, so look forward to booking a further trip for 2020 - I hope Cunard keeps up the improved standards we saw this time. If you made it this far, thanks for reading and I hope you found it useful! 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Sail Date October 2019
We went on the Queen Victoria Voyage du Vin cruise for 14 days September 2019 and in our opinion everything was better than last year. The Britannia Restaurant food was beautifully presented and the service was excellent. Thank you to ... Read More
We went on the Queen Victoria Voyage du Vin cruise for 14 days September 2019 and in our opinion everything was better than last year. The Britannia Restaurant food was beautifully presented and the service was excellent. Thank you to Olesha and Victor. The Lido Restaurant was very good and the staff were very helpful and efficient. The place to go for delicious omelettes to order. Our Stateroom was beautiful and very comfortable. The Stateroom was kept spotless and I appreciated the turn down each evening. I think there were more activities on offer than last year and I enjoyed flower arranging and singing in the choir. I was really impressed by the music on board everything from flamenco guitar, a reggae and R&B band and a former member of the Drifters with amazing backing singers. I thought the Port and Shore excursions were well organised and informative. Our favourite destinations were La Spezia and Palma. We are looking forward to our next cruise on the Queen Victoria. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We have been in the QG on Cunard many times and always enjoyed ourselves, so chose a Q4 cabin again. The cabin is spacious, with a lovely large balcony for lounging in the sun, separate bath and shower, and gorgeously comfortable beds. The ... Read More
We have been in the QG on Cunard many times and always enjoyed ourselves, so chose a Q4 cabin again. The cabin is spacious, with a lovely large balcony for lounging in the sun, separate bath and shower, and gorgeously comfortable beds. The pillow Concierge service enabled us to have goose down pillows, and they had complied with my request for blankets rather than duvets, which I had made in advance. Throughout, the cabin was serviced frequently and efficiently. Embarkation and disembarkation were both efficient, helped by the priority for the Grills. We were in our cabin before noon on the first day, and left the ship at 8.05 on the last. The ship herself is lovely. By modern standards she is not that big, but always feels serene, peaceful, and spacious, never crowded, so the voyage was truly relaxing. There were various lectures, which I didn't attend, preferring to watch the sunny sea from our balcony, but my spouse enjoyed the ones on space. I did attend the passenger choir, which all four Cunard singers gave up their time to rehearse, surely beyond the call of duty. The only show I saw was Top Hat, which was completely brilliant, singing, dancing, sets, costumes. We were lucky throughout the cruise with the gorgeous warm dry weather which obviously enhanced our enjoyment of the ports, most of which we had visited before. The only trip we went on was to a vineyard in Mallorca, which was most enjoyable. The service in the QG was excellent, but I have to say the food was somewhat inconcisistent. Most of the things we had were very nice. But, twice my husband was served very tough meat, once venison, once lamb, such that he did not feel like eating it. They were deeply apologetic, and offered something different, but that really should not happen. Also some of the menus were odd. One evening there were two tofu main courses out of five, which seems decidedly strange. Many other things we had were delicious, but not everything. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This 14 night voyage is my 13th cruise with Cunard and it is a few years since I have written a review. However, as this cruise was one of Cunard’s ‘special event’ and themed voyages and the longest single cruise I have done, I think ... Read More
This 14 night voyage is my 13th cruise with Cunard and it is a few years since I have written a review. However, as this cruise was one of Cunard’s ‘special event’ and themed voyages and the longest single cruise I have done, I think its time to share my thoughts again. At only 26 and 29 years old my husband and I are quite a bit younger than the stereotype Cunard passenger, however we enjoy the ambiance; dressing for dinner; the formality and the tranquility that a Cunard voyage provides. Indeed, with the addition of options such as the Gin & Fizz Bar Cunard is very much on trend and I feel many of my own generation are missing out. Embarkation and disembarkation was efficient and painless; in 13 cruises we have never had a bad experience in this area. We were on board by 11.30am. This cruise was the 2019 Voyage du Vin with guest speakers including Oz Clarke. We enjoyed a conversation with him and Cunard's Beverage Manager in the Commodore Club one night; they were engaging and approachable. There were a series of wine themed talks and events and overall, these made a pleasant addition to the Mediterranean itinerary. Many of the events were at an additional cost but those that we partook in were worth the additional spend. We are very interested in wine; it is a stroke of luck that this cruise was made the Voyage du Vin after we booked it. We would certainly consider booking a themed cruise again after the experience. This was our first time on Queen Victoria in nearly 4 years with Queen Elizabeth being our favourite ship. I was very excited to see her after her major refit a couple of years ago. The extra and more varied seating options on deck are a welcome addition and the Britannia Club restaurants looks very stylish and comfortable. I have already mentioned the Gin & Fizz Bar; we spent a lot of time here in the evenings. It is a new and innovative concept with an exceptional range of cocktails to complement the wide range of gins and sparkling wines. The move towards specific menus in specific venues around the ship adds variety and choice and is preferable to me to the generic bar menu that existed when we first travelled with Cunard. I would particularly recommend The Mary Rose cocktail. Bar prices are frequently mentioned in these reviews. I have no issue with Cunard’s prices; they are not dissimilar to London bar prices or indeed bar prices at a more average bar elsewhere in the UK. And remember Cunard use larger U.S. measures. The variety of canapes and nibbles served with drinks continues to impress again especially in the midships Gin & Fizz Bar. The food and service in the Britannia Restaurant was generally good throughout. There were some surprisingly good dishes such as ravioli with salmon caviar and some more average dishes. My lobster was a little tough one evening but was still very nice. Overall the food was pleasing, and we ate there all but one nights. We normally dine in the Verandah some nights however I am still of the opinion the Steakhouse concept is just not in keeping with the Cunard brand; we tried it QM2 and hated it feeling that it represented a major reduction in standards compared to the old Verandah menu. That said, I don’t eat beef and love elegant French cuisine. We didn’t try the Verandah this time. I feel that service aboard was very good; it wasn’t outstanding, just consistently good and reliable. Our cabin steward was faultless and the purser’s desk quick and efficient. Occasionally the sommelier was a bit slow in the restaurant or drinks took a while to come in bars at busy periods. Perhaps a couple of extra sommeliers or bar waiters in those areas would have improved this, but it really wasn’t a major issue and I am picky about service. It was interesting talking to other guests though that have travelled with different lines and feel that Cunard’s service is always better. We took several Cunard shore excursions for ease and peace of mind. We found all of them good value for money. We could possibly have done something similar ourselves for less but the avoidance of hassle and not having to worry about getting back to the ship was worth the additional expense of booking an excursion. The wine themed tour with tasting whilst in Vigo, where we visited the Albarino wine region was particularly good; it felt authentic with almost free flowing tasting and plentiful nibbles with the wine! There were a few niggles such as the air conditioning in our room not being very good; it was never so bad we actually got around to complaining so I can’t hold that against them. The Royal Court Theatre Vocalists were not great but the dancers were good. The hydrotherapy pool jets intermittently didn’t work in the first half of the cruise and the showers were cold, and indeed one morning the pool was empty. What was more surprising was that the spa staff didn’t know it was empty until we told them! Each time we mentioned an issue however it was fixed. We ate Alfresco one night for a small cover charge; the food was good and would have made a lovely change being able to watch a Mediterranean sunset had they not started jet washing and buffing the deck whilst we were eating. Obviously, this destroyed the ambiance. The maitre’d appreciated this and we were not charged. Clearly this was a communication issue between departmental managers. Despite these little problems I would give this voyage 4.5/5 stars overall. We had a wonderful time and I would happily book a similar voyage again. The combination of good food, good drinks, good service and excellent weather has made another memorable cruise. I can now start counting down the days until my next cruise of QE next year. A few notes regarding the ports of call. Vigo, Palma and Barcelona were all interesting and pleasant. In La Spezia we went to Florence and were disappointed; far too busy and polluted to properly explore its' history. In Cannes we went to Monaco. we absolutely loved Monaco; despite it being pricey I would recommend Cafe de Paris for lunch especially the profiteroles dessert. The Gothic quarter of Barcelona was very interesting and I highly recommend the little wine bar opposite Santa Maria del Mar. Finally Gibraltar was good; I recommend walking the Mediterranean Steps if able as it affords excellent views even when a bit cloudy. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
It has to be said, we were apprehensive about the way Cunard is expressed as being for the upper class, the snobs and the like. well there are a few on board, but the vast majority were like you and me, worried hard for what we have and ... Read More
It has to be said, we were apprehensive about the way Cunard is expressed as being for the upper class, the snobs and the like. well there are a few on board, but the vast majority were like you and me, worried hard for what we have and want to enjoy the fruits, as we grow older and being aware.... there are no pockets in a shroud and no safe in the coffin. The ease on which you board the ship in Southampton, is foremost. 20 minute's... your on and sorted. The first impression's are of it being dark and old fashioned, but believe me, this will soon grow on you. it is comfortable, cosy, in splendid art deco style and this ship has style by the bucket. The staff from the first step on board, are very, extremely curious. From the very first ,moment, everyone says hello, and it is not felt to be false. The rooms are small, same as all cruise ships, but these ships are Liners, not cruise. they cut through he water, the hull being designed to cut water, Blue Water! not sheltered sea's. Those who boat on the water will know. A small sailing craft will cut through the water, a small cruiser will need so much more power to make the same speed and efficient passage, therefore far more fuel efficient. I did not like the smoke she emitted at sea, but the fuel was visibly changed when near port. Back to the room's.... A much larger than average bed, memory foam and comfortable. The bed cover, in their coat of arms gives the right appeal and class of the company. It is not cheap and tacky, but refined and clearly announcing it is a Queen amongst ships. The bed pillows are pure class and comfortable, the welcoming half bottle of Champagne, a nice way to ease you into the Cunard scene and way of looking after you in style. Yes I liked it, but boy, how it grows on you! dining. Self service or waiter, from the first level into their dinning, at Red card ( first time clients) the Lido self serve experience is less fussy as to how you are dressed, and the food is (and i do not say this lightly) Excellent with a capital 'E'! No matter how fussy an eater you are, there is something to set you an happy dinning experience! On the ONLY REAL NEGATIVE! There is no drinks package! Wine packages, yes, but no all round package! Cunard could do worse than see how this basic to mid range package is run so successively as to try it on an MSC ship! It makes the cruise, and the ship money, but mostly, it en-hances the dinning and social experience. There is one other small negative, we found, but many commented on, throughout the ship at Lunch and Dinner. Broken by two good acts from off-board acts, the ships singers , can't sing! that may be cruel, but the one young lady had a terrific voice at and on certain songs, but screamed on others! ear peircingly. The standard was not good enough for such a ship, though it has to be said the shows were energetic, if poorly performed. but with Jugglers and a decent comic, plus a really good humorous classic 4 piece string quartet, were excellent and a joy to watch! Again Cunard should take an MSC cruise and see how to enthral their passengers, 9at least, that is our experience on 5 cruises and one other is booked for Cir-du Solie in early 2019. But! it has to be said, we will return time and again to Cunard. Once experienced, all others fall into the lower experience levels of excellence. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was a one way fly cruise, 10 nights Southampton to Barcelona. I booked a one way car hire to Southampton, cruise only with Cunard and booked hotel and then flights back to Cardiff. It all worked really well and I would happily do ... Read More
This was a one way fly cruise, 10 nights Southampton to Barcelona. I booked a one way car hire to Southampton, cruise only with Cunard and booked hotel and then flights back to Cardiff. It all worked really well and I would happily do something similar if Cunard reintroduce fly cruises in the future. I booked an extra suitcase on the flight (approx £30) so there was no issue with luggage. Embarkation/Disembarkation Very easy on both occasions, we were a bit early for our 12.30 boarding time and were on board and eating lunch in the Golden Lion by then. We disembarked in Barcelona at 9 am. Food/Dining We had a shared table of 6 on second sitting. Food service was great but our Sommelier was very busy. We got into the habit of ordering wine at lunchtime or the previous evening to make it sure it arrived in time for the food. We found something good on most menus, often more than one. I was a bit worried when I read comments about new menus but overall it was an improvement. We never ordered more than one soup/starter/salad but we never have so that wasn't a problem. We had starters as main courses a couple of times. We enjoyed the light bites at lunchtime in the Chart Room and room service breakfast, the time slots are now 30 minutes which isn't great if you have an early. We made it to the Britannia restaurant for breakfast and lunch on a couple of occasions, always had a table for 2. Entertainment Never a priority for us but we enjoyed a couple of the guests performers, particularly the Comedy String Quartet, it doesn't sound very promising but it was very funny. It was good to see The Royal Court theatre orchestra and Caribbean band Changez playing in the Golden Lion. One of our favourite evenings was the deck party. Cabin We had a metal fronted balcony forward on Deck 4. The cabin itself was fine but there was some noise from the crew pantry opposite. Itinerary We only took one ship's excursion, the others were easy to diy. Santa Margherita was probably the highlight for us. Summary Another great cruise on Cunard. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Although I have travelled with many different cruise lines, I had never cruised with Cunard and my partner had never cruised before. We sailed from Southampton, the embarkation very smooth. Our balcony cabin on deck 5 greeted us with ... Read More
Although I have travelled with many different cruise lines, I had never cruised with Cunard and my partner had never cruised before. We sailed from Southampton, the embarkation very smooth. Our balcony cabin on deck 5 greeted us with a complmentary bottle of bubbly which we drank sailing out of the harbour. The cabin was a good size with reasonable sized bathroom. The toiletries were replaced daily. Great cabin, beautfully presented and tasting food with superb service from all staff. One day we had breakfast delivered to the cabin and we ate on the balcony as the sun rose. The entertainment was first class and the enrichment lectures very informative and entertaining. We used the gym daily and my partner had a treatment from the sports therapist which was very beneficial. We used the complimentary launderette several times which minimised the weight of the suitcase. Special thanks to the Chief Engineer for making my partner's first cruise unforgettable. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
As an experienced cruiser with Cunard (34 cruises) I feel able to comment, Firstly I was travelling in Princess Grill. The cabin was fine albeit needing a new carpet or at least a good wash, the attendant was helpful and a good worker ... Read More
As an experienced cruiser with Cunard (34 cruises) I feel able to comment, Firstly I was travelling in Princess Grill. The cabin was fine albeit needing a new carpet or at least a good wash, the attendant was helpful and a good worker The ship itself was clean and tidy in all public areas and a credit to the brand The shops whilst shiny held a lacklustre stock but had a friendly staff to try and sell it. Standard perfumes and drink and high end art and jewellery, but a great place to spend on board credit The trip and itinerary were great, the weather hot, we didn't get off in Gibraltar since we had been there a month earlier and it was only a pitstop of a few hours . Dining experience onboard is worthy of comment, We chose not to eat in the princess grill restaurant at all, neither did we last cruise or most likely wont in the future. We see it as far too status orientated( and that's a different tale to tell!),its crowded and whilst fine dining is exciting, it takes forever, so we opted for the Lido. A great selection of help yourself, didn't always have to dress up, best soups ever and a much more casual atmosphere after a hot day out. We also ate in the Verandah on one night but it was not as good as it used to be. Service was less ( not saying bad but was not as great as it was with waiters synchronising delivery of food), food undercooked and all in all a disappointment. But will try again next cruise. Ironically that should be the eating venue for Queens Grill in staged sittings due to it being better ( we have done Queens grills before and never again!) Cunard need to change and adapt to the realisation that the world has changed and the formality that they strive to keep needs to be more flexible and not based on how much you pay or what grade cabin you are but to concentrate on all customer needs and wants and realise that the problem with that is that they change daily but cunard stay rigid Drinks are in my view overpriced as is wine in particular. Even a bottle of water comes in around £4.50 ($5.64) and the bottle size reduced from 1.5ltr evian to 1ltr. But why I am having to pay a 15% service charge for drinks even at the bar or for bottled water I am not sure nor do I like The other question is why you have to pay for alternative dining, its simply a food of the same standard as any dining room. The verandah , an exception, extra charge was introduced originally to forestall the hordes of people from eating there but now is a supplement of $39.99, that started life as $10 not many years ago and that was because it had a celebrity chef endorsement ( Todd English whoever he is). I don't know who endorses it now except me on a good day! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Previously sailed on various P & O cruises but over the years their service and cut backs has put us off so we had heard from friends that Cunard was better. We love dressing up and the four formal evenings are what we wanted. They ... Read More
Previously sailed on various P & O cruises but over the years their service and cut backs has put us off so we had heard from friends that Cunard was better. We love dressing up and the four formal evenings are what we wanted. They insist on smart dress on all other nights, men wear jackets to dinner. Again we haven’t a problem with this. However, what we do object to is 15% surcharge on all drinks! The wine at dinner is unbelieveably expensive. Cheapest bottle of wine $29 plus the 15% surcharge! Bring your own wine and you pay a $20 corkage fee plus 15%! Did notice that quite a number of guests at dinner were not drinking. Meals are what you used to call ‘nouveau cuisine’ and although quite different, sometimes not very appetising. Coach from ship to port entry at Barcelona cost $6 each way per person. What they failed to tell you is that there is a local cruise bus which cost 4euro’s both ways and are regular. Shows on the whole are weak. On P & O we had celebrity guests. Not so on Cunard. Took trip to Pisa. Amazing place but..........no time to visit inside, Baptist, catherdral or the leaning tower. 50 mins all we had to look around outside. Far too many crowds to visit inside any of these attractions in the time allocated. Although entry to catherdral was free, you had to queue for a ticket to enter at a separate location, then queue to enter building. It could have been organised that tickets could have been obtained in advance so as guest could visit the catherdral directly. Would we use Cunard again, possibly not. The biggest bug bear is that they rip you off at every turn more so than P & O. Plus we still have to pay the service charge at the end of the cruise at $11.50 per person, per day. What the icing on the cake was that we paid nearly £6,000 for two. A couple on our table was on the same floor and with the same view & balcony who paid £2500 for the same cruise. If I had a cake, I would have dropped my head into it! (Purple Bricks ad - lol) Read Less
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
Sail Date July 2018
All aspects of embarkation, room, public areas on board ship were excellent. The only thing that let the ship down was the extortionate charges for drinks and other amenities on board. In the first instance, the daily “service charge” ... Read More
All aspects of embarkation, room, public areas on board ship were excellent. The only thing that let the ship down was the extortionate charges for drinks and other amenities on board. In the first instance, the daily “service charge” for a couple is $23 per day (current exchange rate £1.27) which amounts to £18.11 x 14 night cruise amounts to £253.54. Then everything purchased on board is levied with a 15% service charge, no matter what. Cheapest bottle of wine in restaurant is $29. Average was around $45 plus 15% service change. If you take your own wine to the restaurant, then it’s $20 plus 15%! So if you are use to having wine with your dinner, it can get rather expensive. After dinner drinks are on average $20 each, so again things can mount up. Dining in the Veranda Restaurant will cost you close on $40 each plus of course any drinks you have during and after you meal. If visiting the theatre and you want a box for the shows, again this will cost you $60 plus 15%! But be aware the show is only on for 45 minutes. The shows on the whole were average, although the two nights with the comedians and the two nights with The Beatles Experience were first class. All other shows were passable, but bear in mind that this only accounted for 4 out of the 14 day trip! The two daily speakers were OK but one was about Customs and Excise, the other was about Military Bands, so if you are into either then it would be right down your alley – but not mine!. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
As a solo traveler I had hoped that this cruise would be enjoyable, it wasn’t. A lot of the time I felt that the ship was too crowded and it could be difficult to enjoy everything it had to offer. For instance, the sun loungers. Plenty ... Read More
As a solo traveler I had hoped that this cruise would be enjoyable, it wasn’t. A lot of the time I felt that the ship was too crowded and it could be difficult to enjoy everything it had to offer. For instance, the sun loungers. Plenty of them, but most draped with towels even though no one was using them. Obviously people would bag their lounger and keep it all day. The lido restaurant, often I had to eat later than I wanted to as there were no free tables. The staff were efficient at clearing the tables but the layout of the food areas was confusing. It would be better if the service area was more thoughtfully laid out. Lots of people seemed to be walking around looking for things. The cost of drinks on board was very high, not unlike London hotel prices. Fair enough, however, I was charged an exorbitant £25 for a large glass of Cloudy Bay wine in the restaurant! Plus all drinks carry an extra 15% service charge, and then they leave space for another gratuity. All this when you are also paying a “one off” service charge of $161 per person for the fortnight. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Expected a top of the line cruise and for the best part not dissapointed. On par with Celebrity cruises that we have done in the past. Having to dress up with a Jacket every night after 6pm got a little tiresome especially when it ... Read More
Expected a top of the line cruise and for the best part not dissapointed. On par with Celebrity cruises that we have done in the past. Having to dress up with a Jacket every night after 6pm got a little tiresome especially when it ruined a 20s Dress up night. If you love Ballroom dancing this is the cruise for you. Food is great even in the Buffet restaurant. The abundance of quality juices for free in the Lido restaurant at any time is very welcomed. Best entertainment by the ships singers and dancers that we have ever seen,quality westend type of performances. Lots of costume changes and great choreography. Entertainers on for just that cruise very high quality. Liked the guest speakers like Sir Michael Parkinson. We stayed in a Deluxe inside cabin that was set up for mobility challenged guest it was huge and a real treat to come home to . Missed the luxury of face cloth sized hand towels in the restrooms. Drinks are expensive like most cruise companies. Almost no Low sugar drink options just Diet Coke or water. Waiters to take drink orders are very rare to find. Each room attendant works on their own and services 16 cabins . Tipping individually proves to be the best way to reward the 4 persons that we dealt with each day. First cruise line we have used onboard cruise excursions. They were reasonably priced and with Gibraltar got us to the Rock very quickly and early. We had a rude French speaking bus driver in Corsica that would drive us mad singing with one hand only on the wheel . We got 50% refund following a complaint. Boarding and disembarkation very quick and easy. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Ship beautiful, crew fantastic, courteous, efficient, caring. Would book again... but excursions.... Oporto went on boat / wine making tour. 3 hrs. Guide extremely poor. Got to Port Wine making business for tour and waited 30 mins in ... Read More
Ship beautiful, crew fantastic, courteous, efficient, caring. Would book again... but excursions.... Oporto went on boat / wine making tour. 3 hrs. Guide extremely poor. Got to Port Wine making business for tour and waited 30 mins in dark reception. Weren’t aware we were coming! So didn’t let us in! Boat trip was rushed and guide on mobile all time trying to find another company to do wine tour. Then she rushed group through town to coach and left elderly behind as could walk at her fast speed. Then lost tour members, and another 40 mins lost trying to find them while coach parked on roundabout. No time to see Oporto shops or wander as so disorganised! Then Carriage Tour in La Rochelle- well it was a cart! And heavy rain and everyone got soaked. No plan B by tour company. Spent 40 mins sheltering in local church waiting for coach. Very poor organisation again and yet high cost. Q.V. is wonderful ship but do your own tours by local taxi- will be cheaper and you’ll use your own time wisely. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The cruise was just wonderful, everything we hoped for and more. It was an absolute bargain and from the moment we boarded the ship it was faultless. The itinerary was great. The recent re-fit was amazing beautiful ship! Itinerary ... Read More
The cruise was just wonderful, everything we hoped for and more. It was an absolute bargain and from the moment we boarded the ship it was faultless. The itinerary was great. The recent re-fit was amazing beautiful ship! Itinerary fantastic. Much older clientelle than on previous ships we have sailed on. We are a couple in our early and late forties so were one of the youngest couples on board ;-) despite this we had everything we needed except for maybe a disco (not the yacht club alternative) so we could have danced after the show. Not sure how our teenagers would find it in August whether there would be enouigh for them to do but for us in June it was great. Weather boiling! We met some wonderful people also. The lido was superb as were the cabins and service. As already stated for the price we paid it was absolutely amazing! We will definately sail with Cunard again!:-. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Wanted to travel from London/Southampton to Barcelona and visit Gibraltar and Mallorca. Everything on this cruise was boring and well over priced. Excursions in Gibraltar and Mallorca were a waste of time and money - drove around the ... Read More
Wanted to travel from London/Southampton to Barcelona and visit Gibraltar and Mallorca. Everything on this cruise was boring and well over priced. Excursions in Gibraltar and Mallorca were a waste of time and money - drove around the 'rock' in Gibraltar on a Sunday (everything was closed) and were dropped for 2 hours in a tourist trap market in Mallorca. Meals in the restaurant were lacking, tasteless and the meat was tough - some inedible. Drinks were easily twice the price they should have been. A drink was charged as the liquor + mixer + service charge (which was described as how the servers were paid). A $5 drink ended up costing around $11+. Photo shop delivered photos on CD that are damaged and Cunard nicely provided the name of the company but said they have nothing to do with it after the ship docks so that is probably wasted money as well. The Bridge instructor (folks learning) was rude and condescending. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We booked a Princess Grill suite last year. We were joining the ship at Barcelona. At the last minute we saw one cabin with restricted view advertised and decided to sail from Southampton. We switched to our suite in Barcelona. The ... Read More
We booked a Princess Grill suite last year. We were joining the ship at Barcelona. At the last minute we saw one cabin with restricted view advertised and decided to sail from Southampton. We switched to our suite in Barcelona. The six day voyage in our modest cabin was fine. The cabin was surprisingly roomy with plenty of wardrobe space, and a settee. The Britannia restaurant is vast, and the menus read really well but although we thought our main courses were pretty good, the starters were miniscule - a small blob on the plate. The wine waiters are definitely overstretched, and you could wait until halfway through the meal to get your wine. Cunard needs to employ more of them - they're cutting corners. The weather was excellent and the aft sunbathing deck was spacious. But the sunbeds are in the sun and settees and armchairs are in the shade, so you have to take your choice early on. The shaded furniture became very uncomfortable after a while - an all day session is not recommended. The ship looked immaculate after its month refit in dry dock. Everywhere is maintained to a high standard, but as another critic mentioned, shutting the pool area to revarnish woodwork when the ship has only been at sea for a fortnight seemed surprising. We switched to our grill suite at Barcelona, and suddenly you are living in a different world. The two top decks are reserved for Princess and Queen's grill clients, and the comfort of having sunbeds under shades was wonderful. The only trouble was that on sea days, everyone wanted to be in the shade and there wasn't enough room for everyone. The food is definitely better in the Grills. It was our third time in the Princess Grill, and we thought the quality and variety had greatly improved since we were last on the ship two years ago. The a la carte menu actually changed during our ten days on board. Before, the menu seemed to be identical year in year out. Surprisingly, though, we never saw lobster or Beef Wellington on the menu. Portions were definitely larger than in the Britannia Restaurant. On to value for money. No - Cunard is a money-making machine. 15% service charge on drinks took the prices up enormously. A $35 bottle of wine became $40. We reckoned that our onboard spend had risen an astonishing 50% since we cruised 2 years ago. We opted out of automatic tipping and reckon that we tipped individuals $410 dollars during our sixteen days. We seriously believe that passengers should not be subsidising crew on ships. Cunard should pay a living wage to their staff with the huge revenues they make. The excursions are overpriced. Our 3 hour Malta tour was disappointing and rushed towards the end and cost us $60 each. Cunard had the cheek to charge $6 per person each way on the bus shuttle at Barcelona, and there were queues of 150 people waiting an hour to return to the ship as the service was reduced to 1 bus. We demanded and received a refund. The cost of the shuttle launch at Venice was $24 per person per day. It was a 10 minute walk away from the ship in searing heat. There were no handrails on the launch gangplank . Then we had to fork out €30 in fares for a return vaporetto to the Rialto Bridge. Venice certainly knows how to charge its visitors. The disembarkation at Venice was delayed due to "congestion at the airport". We arrived with an hour and a half to spare and it took all that time to go through the most chaotic check-in, security control and finally absolute mayhem through passport electronic gates with queues stretching through the whole of the airside building. People on various flights were panicking as the last call times came and went. The airport cannot deal with the passenger volume. The Venice experience has made us think carefully about booking another fly cruise. We are in our seventies and a relaxed experience became a nightmare. You never know whether shuttle buses are nearby or whether they take you right into a city, and sometimes Cunard charges you and sometimes they don't. There's no uniformity, and Cunard has the upper hand all the time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I don't normally do reviews, especially bad ones so I apologise if it rambles instead of following some format. Chose this cruise to travel with some friends, some issues were our fault as we did not give it as much research time ... Read More
I don't normally do reviews, especially bad ones so I apologise if it rambles instead of following some format. Chose this cruise to travel with some friends, some issues were our fault as we did not give it as much research time as we would normally such as the ridiculous price of wine which we would not boost Cunard profits by paying for it, 5 formal nights on a 16 night cruise was too much, we did all formal nights and enjoyed them but cruise was 3 cruises really so this was why so many, however main issue with dress code was ALL other nights required jacket for dinner which made it impossible on some port days so maybe this could it'd be relaxed to smart casual - even if that meant long sleeved shirt etc, and dress codes were not enforced outside restaurant, seeing nearly everyone in formal dress in theatre after dinner and some in t shirt, shorts and sandals was a bit galling especially as air conditioning was not really effective. Another thing we didn't realise when we booked it was the price of drinks, especially wine - with all drinks having 15% service charge (what service) made drinks so expensive, A British Style cruise on a British ship...... not really, it was all so American, but let's look at it in a bit more detail. The ship, nice on the whole, rear deck huge since refit but shade areas not adequate, even some of the crew questioned why this was not done better, The pool was in parts out of action first 2 days with steps and woodwork around pool being sanded and oiled..... it's just come out of a refit ! and last 3 days pool was roped off half at a time to have woodwork oiled again.... and the smell of teak oil in the heat especially with people having breakfast and dinner on deck was terrible. Food... pretty abysmal really, often bland and poorly presented on the plate - if several people had same dish every one was presented differently sort of taking the edge off a restaurant dinner visually, it made it somewhat easier to accept that after arriving back from an excursion or port day and not eating in the Britannia restaurant as we didn't have time to dress up,in fact once we discovered on the whole food in Lido was better we chose to eat there some days. Lido food was ok, it was pretty obvious in all restaurants food was on the whole frozen and stored from start, bread was often cold in middle and soggy on surface, pastry was often like tasteless cardboard - maybe bread rolls were fresh ? But croissants came out frozen in a huge plastic bag. Breakfast was best meal of the day, and evening supper in Lido was not fresh like so many other ships I have been on, it was dinner left overs on the hot plate. On the whole cold food was slightly warm and hot food was......warm Good curries in the Lido though Stateroom 7035 was generous size being on the corner, room and balcony were bigger than normal. Air conditioning above bed was at times to strong in its direct delivery but not so efficient at the ambient feel, and too noisy directly above the bed. Stateroom steward was nice and fairly efficient, seemed a general thing on board that bedding was not changed often, maybe once during the 16 nights..... that is only a maybe ! Service, even though 15% added to all drinks orders the service was terrible.... now let me clarify that, the waiters were good, some were really friendly and a pleasure to get to know BUT there were not enough of them, most of the time on the new bigger rear deck that was always busy there was often only 2 waiters, at a sail away there was a few more but so many people having to go to bar to get drinks or at least to get a waiter. Entertainment in theatre was generally not good, clashing vocals not in harmony, the orchestra were great and did some excellent music nights in the pub... they were terrific, as was the pianist/singer in the pub. Visiting acts were on the whole excellent. The team on the whole were good whether it was a quiz or introducing the acts but music on deck did seem like a private crew party, yes they need to encourage others to dance but they did take over at times, Corridors nearly always had cabin staff trolleys and trolleys with old room service trays on, previously on other cruises we have been amazed how invisible this appears, and cleaning stairs during the day making hand rails soaking wet..... surely this is normally done during the night ? Ports of call were generally good but not often though out, too short a time in port at times, for example most people thought an overnight in Kotor was preferred to visiting Zadar the next day. So many queues for bus transfers, in direct sun without shade whichever must have been awful for some of the elderly passengers, queue was so bad with no buses apparent in Barcelona we decided to walk and got back on ship before our friends who were at the half way point in the queue ! It became a joke that they should be renamed "Queuenard" Officers and managers didn't seem to do their job of ensuring things went smoothly, more uniformed officers needed to take control and maybe even speak to passengers. A lot of staff, especially Lido waiters and Lido Managers just walk in front of passengers at times blocking their route, I saw several times crew walking through doors and not only not holding the door for a passenger but just letting it go without a glance - some (especially Lido manager) needs to have some training in in basic manners. Several times especially when disembarking at ports of call uniformed officers tellingly crew to "wait!," Cunard need to try harder, maybe it's because Carnival now own so many cruise lines they are all blending into each other, but we were looking forward to our first cruise on "A Queen" and we felt so let down by Cunard, it could have been fantastic and yet turned out to be the worst of our 5 cruises to date even though it was the most expensive, Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
...the level of entertainment in the theatre. Not a major issue but annoying to be offered third class acrobats, jugglers and so-called comedians. Cunard should try to understand that a Butlin's type inter-active panto style ... Read More
...the level of entertainment in the theatre. Not a major issue but annoying to be offered third class acrobats, jugglers and so-called comedians. Cunard should try to understand that a Butlin's type inter-active panto style offering is cringe making. Apart from this the suite was lovely, the service immaculate and the Queen's Grill food was excellent. Embarkation was rapid though disembarkation was somewhat but understandably rushed. Cunard has now thankfully learned to make picture taking more low key and less hard sell. The ports were OK: Lisbon, Cadiz, Malaga, Tangier and La Coruna. Unfortunately the weather was poor but this was hardly Cunard's fault. If weather matters perhaps better to stick with the Canaries in winter. As ever the excursions on offer were over-priced and rather disappointing. The ship was beautifully dressed for Christmas. It is a stunning ship. Those lectures and activities that were provided were adequate but there should have been more for those who think rather than those who do. Martin Bell was good but let down by poor technical assistance and this applied to all talks. I would certainly cruise again on the Victoria. Enjoyed it greatly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise for the price and a getaway before Christmas. I heard Cunard was a five star liner but was very disappointed with evening entertainment in theatre.Entertainment somewhat dated and needs more live acts. Some of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the price and a getaway before Christmas. I heard Cunard was a five star liner but was very disappointed with evening entertainment in theatre.Entertainment somewhat dated and needs more live acts. Some of the entertainment included a juggler (failed acts from Britain's Got Talent) and retired comedian. The theatre group were poor and singing dreadful. Come on Queen Victoria surely you can do better than this. Onboard service is excellent from cabin stewards to waiters in dining rooms all very friendly and give excellent service. Food always excellent very tasty and well presented. Cunard always wanting to charge you for every extra possible. Due to the time of year the weather was poor but nothing Cunard can do to control that even though that was on our survey at end of cruise!! All staff work very hard, poor wages and only 9 month contract because ships are registered in Bahamas they avoid any laws that apply to UK. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
What a surprise we had with this ship. Having read the reviews on cruise critic we were a little worried about what we we find with this ship but we were so pleased to find that she is amazing. Clean, good food, excellent ... Read More
What a surprise we had with this ship. Having read the reviews on cruise critic we were a little worried about what we we find with this ship but we were so pleased to find that she is amazing. Clean, good food, excellent accommodation and really good entertainment. The crew were fantastic and couldn't do enough for us. Embarkation was so fast. We arrived at Southampton port at 2:30pm and went straight on-board with no waiting at all. By the time we found our cabin, out luggage was already outside, waiting for us! The alcohol prices are a little high but the soda package is excellent value for money and includes soft drinks and juices. We just enjoyed alcoholic drinks whilst ashore and stuck to soft drinks when aboard and it suited us fine. The food was really good in the Britannia Restaurant but we ate in the alternative dining venue on the Aztec evening and were amazed at the service and quality. We had an obstructed view outside cabin and it was perfect for us as we spend little time in the cabin. The ship is spotlessly clean and considering her age, she looks pristine. There were a few glitches with the entertainment on this cruise but it did not spoil anything and the entertainment staff went the extra mile to ensure our evenings were very enjoyable. The ports of call on this cruise were good and we especially enjoyed Tangier, although a lot of people on the ship did not go ashore here. We arranged a self disembarkation and left the ship seamlessly at 7:30 am. No waiting or delays at all. We thoroughly recommend both Cunard and this vessel. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Our first time with Cunard, we chose this cruise mainly for the timing and reasonable price. We were disappointed we couldn't afford a balcony cabin, but needn't have worried (see cabin review). We booked direct with Cunard on ... Read More
Our first time with Cunard, we chose this cruise mainly for the timing and reasonable price. We were disappointed we couldn't afford a balcony cabin, but needn't have worried (see cabin review). We booked direct with Cunard on their website, which was straightforward, although once booked, their voyage personaliser never once let me log in at the first attempt - instead telling me I'd got it wrong umpteen times before relenting. Far better to ring up - queries were handled promptly and efficiently by a real person! Embarkation was fine, calm and efficient. We like to arrive independently, outside of the times when the coaches descend for this reason. Disembarkation (in Civitvecchia) was also good, with our transfer to Fiumicino airport taking just an hour once on the coach. The coloured tag on my suitcase managed to go missing, but there was a special area for 'cases without tags' so I found it within two minutes. As for the ship, it delivered exactly what I expected from Cunard. At 48 I'm at the younger end of the typical client profile, but it actually wasn't as 'old' a group as my first cruise - with Holland America. There were a handful of children, but also a nice number of couples in their 20s, 30s and 40s to add to the usual cruise profile of 50s, 60s and up. One big impression I quickly got was that everything was noticeably cleaner and more elegant than other cruise lines, even down to the pictures on the walls in the corridors and the Lido and the cabins being just that little bit more tasteful. I liked the layout of the ship, being a little bit different that the usual large-central-atrium style prevalent on everything other than Royal Caribbean. Instead, there are three small two-storey (decks 2 & 3) atrium-style areas. The first has the casino and pub below the shopping arcade, the next the Queens Ballroom below the art gallery, and the third just a mix of bars, library and french restaurant. The Britannia Restaurant is at the back of the ship. The layout is fine if unremarkable, but the food was the best we've ever had on a ship. Choice and quality was excellent and never felt 'samey' as has happened to us before on otherwise good ships. Service was also very good, but I've never really had much problem anywhere in this respect apart from lukewarm food on Royal Princess. We were initially put on a 6-place table but moved before anyone joined us because it was right outside the kitchen entrance, with revolving doors either side causing draughts, and every waiter flying past every two seconds - a ludicrous place to put diners. Far better to put a serving station there. But our request was accommodated quickly and we were happy in our new spot. The Lido was pretty much the same as you'd find anywhere, but cleaner and calmer than some. Food was again very good, apart from the lack of cookies in the middle of the afternoon for those of us late-diners wanting a bite to eat! The main pool area was smaller than most, but there is another at the back of the ship. There was no loud music blaring all day, so a quiet relaxing atmosphere. We're not show-goers, but we did sneak in for a few minutes to see what was going on, and the variety was better than most. Instead of song-and-dance shows every night, there were comedians, acrobats, singers etc. The theatre is a little smaller than on other ships, because Victoria seems to be a narrower ship than average, so a bit less space inside to play with. On sea days, we had fun with the ballroom/latin dance lessons provided by Darya and Yevgen in the Queens ballroom, which was constantly busy, but otherwise there is very little in the way of 'enrichment activities'. We went to one lecture, but as we are not early risers, we missed others. The Hemisphere nightclub was very popular in the first few days, although the house band (Blue Haze) was a bit hit and miss. Ports: Gibraltar - a pleasant two hour stroll up and down the main street for us - didn't go up the rock itself. Valencia - use the '95' local bus directly from the port into the centre of town (and back) for 1.5 euros, rather than the Cunard shuttle buses if you've paid a Saver fare and face paying $6 each way. An interesting city which we explored on a 3hr bicycle group tour. Walkable old town and fascinating 9km riverbed-turned-public park. Cannes - Slightly nicer than I'd been led to believe. Easy walk once tendered in. Cunards shore excursions are more reasonably priced than the likes of Princess and Royal Caribbean Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Embarkation- Handed keys over to CPS parking services 23 minutes later we were being shown into Q2 Master Suite Cabin 7070 OMG it was fabulous.. Ship is really lovely Elegant and refined lots of space never seemed crowded even though ... Read More
Embarkation- Handed keys over to CPS parking services 23 minutes later we were being shown into Q2 Master Suite Cabin 7070 OMG it was fabulous.. Ship is really lovely Elegant and refined lots of space never seemed crowded even though 1900 passengers were on board.. Entertainment & activities- Good shows in the evenings, Film showings during the day in theatre were pretty poor they were showing older films and not new films was very disappointed. Also in cabin TV is shockingly bad if airplanes can show 2500 movies and tv shows I am sure Cunard can sort something better out.. 2 films everyday but shown on a loop!!. Queens Grill- Table for 2 by the window number 22, excellent, superb, fantastic. We had Dom and Georgina as waiters and they were amazing really made our holiday also Satish and Sandro the maitre d cooked us special meals that were to die for. Wine waiters can be a nuisance you have to be strong with them but then I suppose it is their living... Weather and destinations were great and Bay of biscay was like a lake so great bonus lol.... Disembarkation really let Cunard down all herded into Public rooms and had to wait nearly 45 mins don't except to pay as much as we did to be told we couldnt stay in cabin until embarkation time and I realise they have to clean cabin but for the sake of an hour at most they could change their policy.... Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The service and food were amongst the best out of the 30 or so cruises we have been on with various cruise lines from the Med to the Far East. The ship is spotless BUT we are keen ballroom dancers and overall the dance experience was very ... Read More
The service and food were amongst the best out of the 30 or so cruises we have been on with various cruise lines from the Med to the Far East. The ship is spotless BUT we are keen ballroom dancers and overall the dance experience was very disappointing for the following reasons:- - for 12 of the 14 nights we suffered a Frank Sinatra impersonator 3 times each night. Even if you like Sinatra I believe the boredome factor would soon creep in. -the orchestra also played strict tempo jazz orientated music. The music was usually too slow and lacking in both oomph and modernity. -the floor is always packed so only social type ballroom dancing is practical. - little provision made for sequence dancing. In fact opportunity was only provided early in the evening when half the passengers were at dinner. The dance hostess was clearly out of her depth and didn't host at all (at least not as we know hosting). With a floor so crowded clearly sequence dancing, regularly interspersed with ballroom dancing would create much more opportunity for all especially if a knowledgeable host was to take control. - dance lessons were for beginners only, once per sea day, with no development lesson later in the day. There are other minor complaints but I like to retain focus for Cunard on the dance experience endured. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Queen Victoria Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 3.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.7
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 3.0 3.7

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