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11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose Cunard - curious to sample the luxury service they claim to offer. The ship was indeed beautiful, clean and elegant. I was delighted with the stateroom - although anyone over a size 14 will have trouble fitting into their ... Read More
We chose Cunard - curious to sample the luxury service they claim to offer. The ship was indeed beautiful, clean and elegant. I was delighted with the stateroom - although anyone over a size 14 will have trouble fitting into their shower cubicle (and this applies to the higher costing staterooms as well) Plenty of storage space and the balcony was a little deeper than those on other cruise ships (this had been shaved off the length of the cabin - but worked ok) Usual naff hairdryer - but not worth bringing my own as the reduced power on ship makes it no better than the one provided. Nice toiletry bottles - no shower cap (although travelling friends had one in theirs) and I didnt have to ask for cotton balls and buds - these were there and waiting (you have to ask for them on Celebrity now) Pillows were so soft (I think they were filled with dandilion heads) they collapsed to nothing, so you had to fold them in half to get any support. Bedding good quality. However - for us the biggest disappointment was the staff behave as if you are invisible! Clearly they aim to have unobtrusive service - but this is to the point that no one gives the slightest interest as to whether you have had a good time ashore etc, They will reply if you greet them first - otherwise pretend you dont exist. (this is from officers down the line) and the impression is that they have been instructed not to engage in conversation with the guests. Our cabin steward joined the ship the same day we did. He was charming, efficient and smiling. (on the first day that was: although he remained highly efficient for the whole cruise - he looked exhausted after the first few days poor soul) Main dining room was a huge disappointment. Average to fair meals, served as if there was some race on! While eating desert - you had coffee cups slid under your arm while someone else was asking if you wanted petit fours as you tried to eat pud!!! This was every night. Every night I told our waiter - no thank you - I am allergic to pepper - every night he offered it again - he did remember I just wanted hot water and lemon after dinner though. Our waiters were nice enough chaps - just intent on getting us out asap. (had to smile when they gave us signed menus with the words 'exellent' written on them Clearly pleading for us to give them the high rating on survey forms. If you left your meal - other cruise lines always ask if there was a problem, or would you like something else - dont expect them to do that on Cunard. We became so tired of this that we began to eat in the Lido self serve buffet - where the food was so much better. Great choice, hot and better than the restuarant. They set the tables and you could have a relaxed meal and enjoy conversation with company without constact jostling and interuptions. The ship was packed with over 70s in wheel chairs and on sticks (75% were over 75 according to ships doctor and on previous cruise average age 85) also quite a few very young babies (who behave beautifully!). Not many young people and middle aged short in supply as well. Strict adherance to dress code after 6pm - companions had to make an emergency dash to the shop at 6.15 and passengers glared down their noses at them for not wearing evening dress - Drinks in bars were extortionate - we expect to pay premium prices - but doubles were being served without being asked for and they always serve the highest priced options if they could get away with it. Loved the formal nights - just a pity they decided to change all the days they had previously published and failed to tell us which themed night was which - plus we had two in close succession including one on a port day - never thad that before and hope not to again: far too rushed Entertainment was average. A new dance troupe had joined ship same time we boarded, and actually were very good (surprised me). There was an awful Irish comedian - whose material was about himself having survived a stroke and wanting us to applaud him for this alone, as his material was dire. Many passengers were upset by the content - having suffered strokes themselves and not wanting it used like this when they were getting on with it and not wanting to be reminded of the issues they face daily). So although I came back relaxed - I did not feel like I had had a fun holiday (unlike when we cruise with Celebrity) and we were more than ready to get off the ship and get home again. Glad I had the opportunity to try them but Cunard are clearly not for us - brace yourself Celbrity we are on our way back (you at least pretend to be pleased to see us !) Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose a Q6 suite 5196 at aft of ship to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. Beautiful suite and balcony with excellent service from butler and assistant butler but perhaps wouldnt suit everybody if you suffer as we endured a lot of ... Read More
We chose a Q6 suite 5196 at aft of ship to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. Beautiful suite and balcony with excellent service from butler and assistant butler but perhaps wouldnt suit everybody if you suffer as we endured a lot of movement across the BoB on our return. Food and choice of menu was excellent in Queens Grill with excellent service. Style and layout of QE is virtually the same as QV and even though due a refit in 2018 didnt look tired except for some carpet in passenger stateroom areas. Carpets in lifts were replaced during the cruise and coffee machines fitted in all suites during cruise and tea/coffee making facilities already fitted. In general very good cruise throughout but entertainment was mixed, I suppose could be down to personal taste, but thought the Cunard dancers and singers who were on their first cruise very poor. Marked low marks for embarkation due to the fact of a late change of terminal, due to ship breaking down blocking Ocean Terminal, to City Terminal causing huge problems as not set out for CPS valet which was very poor and disorganised embarkation. Ship was also late due to medical emergency on way back to Southampton causing diversion to Vigo. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We originally booked this cruise to celebrate my retirement (however I decided to stay on for another 6 months ) so we then decided to upgrade from an inside to queens grill This was our first cruise with cunard, We have cruised ... Read More
We originally booked this cruise to celebrate my retirement (however I decided to stay on for another 6 months ) so we then decided to upgrade from an inside to queens grill This was our first cruise with cunard, We have cruised several times with Celebrity and princess We stayed in a B and B (primrose cottage ) the night before, booked again for next cruise We parked our car at cruise park about 5 mins from terminal private taxi to and from the port We arrived at the terminal nice and early 9.30 in the am ( it’s my DH ) The start of the cruise was a bit disorganised due to the late arrival of QE and a broken down cargo ship, however nothing put us off, so we sat and waited, not much to do apart from people watch and get my 12500 steps in Well before we new it we were boarding 12,15 I have to say the boarding was a bit flat, as we steeped into the atrium ie no atmosphere just a few nods from the crew members We were advised that our cabin, stateroom which ever you prefer would not be available until 1pm So off we went doing a lot oh wow look at that over and over, took several photos and then what to do now, although I had read reviews, on cc joined face book cunard groups I hadn’t picked up that queens grill restaurant was open, so we went to the lido and enjoyed a light lunch Then off to find our cabin we knew it was on the back of the ship deck 4 ( after years of cruising I still have no concept of port and starboard - which I feel I should know as I was in the brownies - those of you that were in the brownies will hopefully know what I am referring too Cabin located again we were impressed cabin a lot bigger than we have ever had, more pictures taken as once the luggage arrived it wouldn’t look the same ,!!! Luggage, well 6pm arrived the butler had popped in several times to say hello and he said he would go locate our luggage - I thought I was going to be confined to barracks as the 6pm cut off time for jeans had passed - that was the info I had read up on Anyway all 6 cases arrived probably 2 of those cases were full of just in case clothes and shoes Suited and booted Off we go to dinner, we had requested a table for 8, we were the first to arrive, so I was able to choose my seat - we always use the stairs ( an attempt to keep the lbs off) getting from 4 to 11 in heels was no mean feet I needed oxygen - we did get a few looks Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We went to Greece for the first time last year on the Queen Elizabeth. We wanted to visit the Acropolis and other sights in Pireaus and I found a super taxi firm (Michael Sterianos Taxi Tours). Michael gave us a fantastic day out. He ... Read More
We went to Greece for the first time last year on the Queen Elizabeth. We wanted to visit the Acropolis and other sights in Pireaus and I found a super taxi firm (Michael Sterianos Taxi Tours). Michael gave us a fantastic day out. He was on time, such a gentleman, a fountain of knowledge, gave such good rates that there was no contest in booking him again when Queen Elizabeth toured the Greek Isles again this year. Michael was there to meet us again in Pireaus and this time we visited the Olympic Stadium, Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth and we finished up having lunch in a local restaurant in the village which was excellent value at 7 euros per head including food and drinks! We also visited Rhodes. The ship docked within walking distance of the walled city and it was so picturesque walking through the streets and bartering in the shops for leather bags, clothes, jewellery and belts etc. We then went up the cobbled streets, passed the museum and church on the outskirts and then passed some time away in a local bar/restaurant. Katakolon was another lovely port. We ambled through the shops bartering for goods and then strolled along the restaurants and bars on the seafront. I had to congratulate the Greek people here for their skill in speaking the English language so perfectly with no trace of an accent. Mykonos was another pretty place and we ambled along the bay into town and again passed the time away in a local bar on the seafront. We dawdled back through the pretty streets to the bus pick up point to rejoin the ship. I am not sure if Mykonos is always windy but we certainly picked up a tan there. We would have liked to go to Cadiz again rather than Palma as there is more to do there. We had very informative and excellent speakers on the ship, in particular Ken Lennox, Jack Crawshaw, Tony White, and Bill Miller. The only disappointment was we were too tired on the last night to go to the theatre to see the film 'Jackie'. It was a pity it was not showing earlier on the cruise. We also enjoyed the interview of our super Captain Inger Klein Thorhauge. Entertainment was good, in particular the choreography for the dancers and the costumes were superb. The food in the Britannia Restaurant was a bit repetitive this year when compared to last year. Our 2 waiters (Rosley and Carl) were very friendly and efficient at their jobs, always smiling despite being very tired some nights. Rosley was back at our request from last year. We had 6 p.m. sitting which was a bit too early, and 8.30 p.m. too late as you come out feeling full for the rest of the evening. Some nights we gave it a miss and continued to relax on our balcony in the sun and then went up to The Lido around 7.15 p.m. The food in The Lido was very well presented, tasty and there was a good choice. Again the staff were very friendly and helpful and the dirty plates disappeared fast! This year we had afternoon tea in the ballroom twice, and again the sandwiches and scones were delicious and the waiters and waitresses were helpful and efficient. The food in The Pub was also well presented and delicious. We feel you do need more seating here because we struggled at night and during the day to get seats. We used the lounge bar on Deck 3 after the theatre to relax with an evening drink. Johnny our waiter made a point of having tables and chairs waiting with a big beam on his face, and he looked after us extremely well. The main gripe though, throughout the ship was the price of the drinks plus tax. We all felt if you halved the price of the drinks more people would buy one, or even two, which would inevitably put your profits back up. It might be worth an experiment! We have yet to go on the Queen Victoria and of course the new ship when it is launched Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Our original choice of holiday was cancelled due to the company going into receivership and our travel agent suggested this as a replacement. She managed to get us $400 each on board spend which, we decided, would be spent on trips out. ... Read More
Our original choice of holiday was cancelled due to the company going into receivership and our travel agent suggested this as a replacement. She managed to get us $400 each on board spend which, we decided, would be spent on trips out. This worked out well as we went on excursions at each port that we called at. However they could only be booked whilst we were on board and not booked beforehand. Most of the local couriers were very good, explaining the different sites we visited. However, if you were at the rear of the coach it was rather difficult to hear. We were quite careful what we spent on the ship itself as (from experience) its easy to knock up a bill with the odd drinks and bottles of wine. There were numerous trips up to the Lido for orange juice etc. The Lido buffet gave quite a choice: it was a long area and if you were sitting at the far end, you had to go to next section to find the food you were after. Anyone with walking problems might find this a problem. Saying that there were numerous guests who were less mobile and they seemed to manage all right. We went to the early sitting (6pm) for dinner at the Brittainia restaurant: our two regular waiters were friendly, fast and efficient and, on the whole, we enjoyed the meals ranging from steak, fish to vegetarian and on the last formal night lobster tail. Nice cabin, large king-size bed, good sized wardrobes with numerous hangers, space to put cases and a safe. Fridge. Hairdryer. Easy to use shower in bathroom. Everything very clean, well kept by our cheery steward. Our "obstructed" balcony, had 2 seats and a table. The lifeboat obstruction didn't worry us as they were below and not in our direct sight line. We went to some of the on board activities, quizzes etc. Played shuffleboard. What did slightly annoy, loungers etc tended to be left over the marked boards. On deck 11 was crochet, bowls, tennis which were well used. Everything seemed very clean. Staff were scrupulous with hand disinfectant for guests and food handlers wore gloves. Enjoyed this cruise. Relaxed and the decor was less "gawdy" than some ships with some fine marquetry. Lots of Cunard memorabilia on the walls which were interesting to browse. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because it was Southampton to Southampton, and because of the itinerary. We found that the sea days at the beginning were fine, as we were getting use to the ship, but on the way home, they seemed endless. Also, we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was Southampton to Southampton, and because of the itinerary. We found that the sea days at the beginning were fine, as we were getting use to the ship, but on the way home, they seemed endless. Also, we knew that Cunard go for formal wear, and many go on the cruise for that reason. For us it became a chore. We had been on the QE on a 4 day cruise in 2011, but this was our 1st proper cruise, and so compared with most, we were novices. The embarkation and disembarkation were very good, and all the service on board was to a high standard. We were disappointed with our cabin, but we did book late, so had little choice. We were on floor 8 and that was OK during the poor weather. We chose Balacony Club to get the flexible eating times, and although costly, it was very good. The entertainment was a mixture, the highlight acts were all good, the on board troupe were OK. We didn't do any paid for excursions, but walked to the port, or took the shuttle bus. It worked for us, but in most of the places visited we weren't the only cruise ship in, so they were crowded and you needed to plan your priorties. The Cunard line isn't the cheapest and we found the on board priced high, it was OK for people who had a lot of on board spending, but otherwise the money ratchets up. I think we became aware that all inclusive may have a benefit, as you know the cost at the start. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary plus the time of year we could go. Having whittled it down to two possible cruises we went for the cheaper option. It turned out it was probably NOT cheaper at all because we ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary plus the time of year we could go. Having whittled it down to two possible cruises we went for the cheaper option. It turned out it was probably NOT cheaper at all because we hadn't factored in the 'add-ons', as this was our first cruise and the excitement overcame the research. However it was a good choice because it's a lovely ship and the service is amazing! Finding the dock was the difficult bit but mainly because of our sat-nav abandoning us as 'within the area of your destination' about a mile and a half before we reached it. Embarkation was amazingly fast and easy - for those of us who have only ever experienced the nightmare of airports before, it was wonderful and over in minutes! We had a balcony cabin on deck 4 (BE class) It was about the size of an average hotel room but with a smaller bathroom and a larger wardrobe. The steward to this room was a hard working, helpful and considerate man and nothing was too much trouble for him. The bathroom is a bit tight but was well thought out for space (all that we use by way of toiletries and medical items fitted well. Dining in the Britannia restaurant was lovely, the waiting staff were kind, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We were pretty unimpressed by the entertainment on all but two evenings to be honest but it did not spoil our enjoyment of the cruise as a whole. The service in every area and from every staff member was second to none. There were seven ports over 17 days, we did four organised excursions. Had we realised what Cadiz would be like we would have done an excursion that day as well. Probably we should have realised that a port town is not the prettiest or most entertaining place to spend a day. Split, being a city, was one of the places we booked a trip and we were glad we did (far too busy otherwise) Dubrovnik is beautiful and we will be hoping to return one day for another look at it. Gibraltar was surprisingly much nicer than anticipated. Messina was interesting but the people who went on excursions seemed to have enjoyed it more than we did. Venice was far too busy to do an organised excursion, it was hard work keeping track of the tour guide with so many people around. Corfu is always lovely. We are a middle aged married couple travelling alone. There was a high percentage of elderly people on this trip but it was billed as the QE 50th Anniversary Cruise so maybe people booked for the romanticism of that. This was probably the most relaxing holiday we have ever had. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Cruise: 14-day Mediterranean Highlights, 25 Aug-8 Sept 2017 Ports: Cadiz, Barcelona, Cannes, Civitavecchia, Naples, Cagliari, Gibraltar Cabin: 5113 Grade CA Our first voyage/cruise with Cunard since 2010 (QUEEN MARY 2 ... Read More
Cruise: 14-day Mediterranean Highlights, 25 Aug-8 Sept 2017 Ports: Cadiz, Barcelona, Cannes, Civitavecchia, Naples, Cagliari, Gibraltar Cabin: 5113 Grade CA Our first voyage/cruise with Cunard since 2010 (QUEEN MARY 2 trans-atlantic) was a gratifying return to the line and overall, a very positive experience indeed. Most of our recent cruises have been with Oceania Cruises so pardon the references and comparisons to them below. If anything, QUEEN ELIZABETH compared very favourably indeed and even exceeded the far pricier Oceania in some key areas. We were very impressed. WE LIKED SHIP My third “Vista” class ship (others were HAL’s NIEUW AMSTERDAM and EURODAM) confirming that these are my favourite contemporary cruise vessels for their superb steadiness at sea, quietness, ample deck and promenade space (the walk around Boat Deck is a delight) and easy, rational lay-out… what a contrast to QM2’s hedge maze design! We had fairly rough seas on the way back to Southampton but you’d never know it, QE was so steady and smooth. SERVICE Excellent, personable and efficient service almost across the board from everyone encountered: dining venues (we only used Britannia Restaurant and the Lido), public rooms and cabin. Moreover the dining service levels were remarkably consistent throughout even using open sitting for breakfast and lunch in the Britannia. We didn’t experience a single miscue, muddle or those mysterious long waits between courses as we have had aboard Oceania Cruises. Never rushed, but never left to twiddle our thumbs in between, either. It’s astonishing, given the numbers of diners and the range of the menu, just how smooth running it all is. And it’s not done by accident, either, but through enviable organization, planning and training that is a real credit to all concerned. The maître d’s on this ship are simply outstanding: personable, professional and work their socks off along with the stewards and galley staff to make the Britannia Restaurant the best MDR on the seas. SPECIAL DIET ATTENTION Wonderfully attentive to my wife’s gluten-free diet, far better than we have experienced on Oceania Cruises for far more money. They took enormous efforts to tailor every dish to her needs and did so with grace and style and without making her feel self-conscious. Superb! Everything in the lido was clearly marked if gluten-free as well. And room service, too, ensured everything was gluten-free. This was the first cruise since she was diagnosed with Celiac disease where she really enjoyed the food and looked forward to meals. Thanks to Noel, Asst. Maitre d’ and our stewards Miguel and John. CUISINE (Main Restaurant) Cuisine in the Britannia Restaurant was consistently good. Extensive and varied menu choice with many vegetarian, fish and healthy spa options, great breakfasts (what a treat having kippers every morning!) and lunches were gratifying, too, and far preferable to “dining” in the lido. Food was consistently hot, well presented and reasonable in portion. You could always order extra vegetables or potatoes or have a small portion of a main course as a starter. Meats were always cooked properly to order, although yes here the cuts and quality varied. I thought the fish a better choice overall. The salads were especially well done and varied, unusual for a British ship. We never felt tempted to spend the extra to dine in the Veranda or indeed covet Britannia Club or the grills when the MDR was so good. I’d rate the elegant afternoon tea in the Grand Ballroom superior to Oceania’s, service here was outstandingly attentive with delicious freshly made, hot from the oven, scones, pastries, cakes and sandwiches, all elegantly served in courses. Really impressive. LIBRARY Best on the high seas, better than QM2’s. Wonderful collection of books on two levels on all subjects and lots of great ocean liner, transport and history ones, too. And since you have to check them out with a max of two at a time, there’s no hogging or disorder one gets from the free-for-all libraries of other ships. Or no library at all as on the new HAL ships. I didn’t turn the television on the whole cruise and didn’t miss it, either. Bliss. DRINKS Yep, they are top end London hotel in price and made worse collected in USD with a 15% service fee (and another 10% VAT when in Spanish waters). But Carnival has made this their profit centre and make the effort to get you to fork over the bucks with superbly attentive and personable bar service (Commodore Club in particular, thank you Colin), wonderful nibbles include hots d’oeuvres and all elegantly presented. Top end spirits, beautifully mixed cocktails and what a choice. It made it worth the price and in the end, it cost less than Oceania’s $60 a day pp drinks package with much better service. And far better than the small measure and watered down drinks of Holland America’s “happy hour” discounts. We bought the Commodore Collection 12-bottle wine package for the dining room that wasn’t cheap ($660) but still saved about 5% per bottle and the 15% service charge compared to buying individually. And the choice was primo indeed including a superb English champagne, port and some very fine reds, too. Again, the cost was worth it and it lasted us the whole cruise. Excellent wine steward, too, thank you Tukuna. ENTERTAINMENT Never high on our list of “musts”, the entertainment aboard was both varied enough to prompt our partaking of it, at least after dinner, and rewarding enough to make us return. High marks for Steele, the wonderful band that played in the Yacht Club, the cocktail pianist in the Commodore Club, the Beatles show and the string quartet, although if I heard The Blue Danube one more time I was going to scream. Moreover, unlike Oceania and Holland America Line, you actually had these performers work right through and have wonderful live music when you wanted it rather than the performers start a one-hour “break” as soon as you sat down. I also liked that Cunard shows movies in the show lounge like a proper cinema although only in the afternoon. QUIET After so many US market cruises, it was nice to be back on a UK market ship and relish listening to: blissful quiet. No blaring music on deck (although the volume of that confined to the midships lido seemed to go up as the cruise progressed), no endless tannoy announcements, and yes, the British just talk quieter than their American or European counterparts. It made for a most enjoyable, tranquil and traditional shipboard experience. Holland America Line has sadly given up this element along with most of its classic features making Cunard the last bastion of shipboard travel as many of us remember and still like. NOT SO KEEN ON DECOR The decorators of QUEEN ELIZABETH never got beyond the brown pages in the colour swatch book. I thought it was Queen Victoria and Mr. Brown. But no, it’s QUEEN ELIZABETH… she’s a muddy monotone of dung brown and band aid beige rendered in shaggy (and sometimes slightly shabby) fabrics, horrible phony plastic “wood” and contrived “art deco” elements that evokes the 1980s more than the 1930s. The Winter Garden and Golden Lion Pub are right out of a 1981 motorway food court. The Yacht Club was the nicest room and with the best entertainment and the Midships Bar and Club Carinthia attractive enough. The accommodation passageways are lined in an equally dreary pallid grey reminiscent of a nursing home or large city hospital. I cannot imagine doing a cruise in this ship in less sunny climes than the Caribbean or Mediterranean and we had more than our share of cloud and rain as it was. Very depressing indeed. I did appreciate the relics and artifacts from the 1940 QUEEN ELIZABETH and also from the QE2, but they seemed even more out of place, submerged in the sea of brown which swirled around them. OPEN DECKS More beige. This time kitchen flooring lino underfoot. Not a patch of teak anywhere which is a real disappointment compared to Holland America Line and Oceania. Just cheap and nasty lino. And cluttered with an astonishing assortment of chairs, none of which were vaguely comfortable, and yes… in beige. No cushions, just beige plastic webbing. And heaped with piles of used towels and yes, they are beige, too. After one day of resolute sunbathing, most passengers assumed the same hue, disappearing in the “wood” work literally and figuratively. The deck “stewards” on the QE are the laziest employees on the ship if not the whole of the Merchant Navy and do nothing but put it all out in the morning and take it all in at the end of the day. If you dare ask for a clean towel, they might point half-heartedly in the general direction of the one or two on the table, but that’s about the extent of the effort. Leaving you to contemplate a complete shambles from 0800-1800 that looked some tornado had swept the decks. It made me pine for my first crossing in QE2 in 1977 with the famous Dennis Dawson presiding over the First Class deck chairs, the finest deck experience afloat. Long gone with Cunard it appears. Worse, many passengers took it upon themselves to drag chairs and tables helter-skelter to every nook and cranny of the decks, often selfishly obstructing the shuffleboard courts as well. A free-for-all that resembled a cross channel ferry or the last boat out of Singapore Feb ’42. The only civilized alternative was the Boat Deck with its traditional wood steamer chairs which were too heavy to drag although some attempted to do so, inconsiderately blocking the way of walkers and joggers. And yes, there were more than a few shall we say not quite the Cunard “type” passengers aboard enticed by last minute “saver” fares who seemed to have reveled in the squalor and disarray if not largely contributing to it. LIDO RESTAURANT The decorative scheme here is, you guessed it, brown. Or one can eat al fresco and contemplate your tepid tortellini looking out on a sea of beige chairs heaped with soggy beige towels strewn across a beige plastic deck. Here, the food takes its inspiration from British school dinners and Chinese takeaway, is lukewarm at best and intuitively institutional. The layout inspires aimless shuffling, milling mobs that drive one to distraction. Or, more, proactively, to the civilized delights of the dining room for a properly served breakfast or lunch. We couldn’t imagine forking over $17.50 (per person) to have dinner up there with the rotating Indian, Asian and whatever alternative dining in the evening. MAINTENANCE Not quite Shipshape or Bristol Fashion, QE suffers from short turnarounds and a desultory approach to outside maintenance. Our cabin, 5113, was an obstructed view veranda made worse by the dismal prospect of rusty and dirty davit machinery behind filthy glass. Our cabin was kept clean, but that impressive toenail clipping under the table on embarkation wasn’t ours and the fussy décor cultivated unattended dust and not just in hard to see places, either. The windows to the veranda weren’t clean on embarkation and never once touched in the fortnight aboard. I think the sheets were changed once. Outside, the paintwork is vaguely clean but patchy in finish and a surprising amount of scale, rust and uneven painting for what is still a newish ship. Here, pristine Oceania Cruises is ever so superior. RMS QUEEN PURELLIA We do appreciate the efforts (and successful, too, it seems) by Cunard to ensure QE remains free of the dire viruses that beset big cruise ships with so much self-service dining. But my goodness, I wish I had the Purell concession aboard… I have never had so much of the stuff squirted on my hands in my life. Indeed, the greeting to all the elegant receptions, afternoon teas and events is a brace of stewards squeezing a dollop of it in everyone’s hands that somehow lessens the classic ocean liner ambience being cultivated. I guess it’s better than cultivating germs, though. I think I’ll pack my surgical scrubs and face mask instead of my d/j next time. OVERALL QUEEN ELIZABETH shined in the essentials of MDR cuisine, service, crew, entertainment and value for money. And is one of the last bastions of anything like traditional ocean liner cruising. With some extensive redecorating, a good overhaul and a clean sweep of the open decks in terms of staff, standards, supervision and seating, she could join the pantheon of great Cruising Cunarders. Recommended! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Been on Cunard before wonderful experience on Queen Mary and needed short cruise as unable to leave hubby for long due to ill health I picked this as it was a big band cruise . The entertainment in the theatre was excellent but the big ... Read More
Been on Cunard before wonderful experience on Queen Mary and needed short cruise as unable to leave hubby for long due to ill health I picked this as it was a big band cruise . The entertainment in the theatre was excellent but the big band experience was dissapointing difficult to get a seat and if you were on late sitting you missed a lot. The ship was beautiful however I am sorry to say the food in the main restaraunt was served warm when we mentioned this the response was it had to be carried a long way from the kitchen . Sadly we experienced rudeness from the pursers office and the photography staff when purchasing photos were unwilling to help although the photographers took extra time and the photos were excellent . Lovely meal in the speciality restaraunt. A presentation by Connie Fisher was very interesting . Overal this was dissapointing as I had persuaded my sister to move from P&O telling her about my previously wonderful experience I was embarrassed as the result was not what I expected from Cunard so back to Celebrity next year . Embarkation wand debarkation was slick and quick . Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
i picked this cruise as it was sold as a big band cruise and it was going to Amsterdam a city i haven't visited before. Unfortunately I didn't read the itinerary carefully enough the ship actually went into Rotterdam for Amsterda which was ... Read More
i picked this cruise as it was sold as a big band cruise and it was going to Amsterdam a city i haven't visited before. Unfortunately I didn't read the itinerary carefully enough the ship actually went into Rotterdam for Amsterda which was an hour and half journey away. As it turned out Rotterdam is quite an interesting city so enjoyed the visit. Amsterdam will have to wait a bit longer for a visit. Embarkation in Southampton went very smoothly - we were on board within 30 minutes of arrival at the terminal and our cases were already outside the door by the time we reached the cabin. We were in the Britannia Club and service in the restaurant was as good as ever. I wasn't impressed with the choice of dishes on the menu and had great difficulty finding anything to my liking. I am a very fussy eater and ended up having either melon or smoked salmon as a starer and grilled salmon every day for the main course. Dessert choice again not to my liking - I like fruit crumbles or pies, trifles etc. These were not available but strawberry cheesecake and mousse style dishes were, but we did have flambes on three evenings. So I had cheese from the trolley or a flambe. Now we come to the drink prices which are horrendous. Two two oz gins and a bottle of Fevertree tonic with the 15% service charge $25.93! So if you enjoy a drink be prepared! Entertainment was good. We had two big band evenings which everyone enjoyed, a group called the Overtures who were excellent and a very good comedian. Entertainment overall very good. Other than my problem with the food (which is down to me) we had a great time and already booked for Christmas. Read Less
Queen Elizabeth Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 3.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 5.0 3.7
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 3.5

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