Queen Victoria Cruise Review by S Boukhari
- Sail Date: March 2012
- Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
- Cabin Type: Balcony
But the most praiseworthy part was the attitude of the staff, crew and ship's company without exception; with the selection and recruitment process of Cunard comes a training and expectation that this is a first class vessel and the guests must be treated all the same with the highest of standards. The staff were all so pleasant and helpful that everything was a joy and everyone was happy.
Alcohol and spirits were to pay for. Apart from that there was a 24 hour buffet with a vast selection of soft drinks and hot drinks. Room service of a small menu and tea and coffee was also available 24 hours at no extra charge. We ate the most delicious, well-over-6 oz. sirloin steak with salad brought to our cabin and burgers were also available in room service and accompaniments, juices, teac and coffee. We also ordered breakfast in bed on a couple of mornings and it was a full hotel breakfast brought in by a uniformed silver service waiter - it was all so 'proper'.
The formal dining rooms were superb and nothing short of 5 star service and choice of menu with silver service - which was worth dressing up for and playing the game. On formal nights there was an expectation that after 6pm everyone would dress smartly but there were no rules laid down and other passengers, not wanting to 'dress for dinner' could dine in the buffet for evening meals - there was no pressure to 'conform'; but a lot of people do dress and immerse themselves in the luxury, the performance, the balls or shows provided and round of evening entertainment laid on.
The lady Captain, Inger Klein Olsen radiated warmth, professionalism, integrity, highest standards of safety and care and respect for every member if her ship's company equally and this was infectious all over the ship! she was the personification of the Cunard ethos and nothing fell short of those standards.
Plus we had magnificent weather on the whole crossing, apart from one day when the seas were not too bad, just a rolling swell, but nothing that caused us not to be able to walk around freely or to be ill. Our balcony cabin was so smart and just perfect to be able to open the door and smell the breezes or bask in the sunshine - only we had not anticipated such good weather on the crossing and should have requested a Starboard Home cabin instead of the Port Side we were given which was not on the sunny side, until sunset!
The embarkation and disembarkation was so thoroughly explained that it went like clockwork and the entire cruise and protocol was stres-free.
Nothing could have been improved on. It was all perfect.
But otherwise a very good location - nearest the 'aft' lifts but round a corner and not affected by noise or passage of passengers - at a very spacious corner of the corridor before turning a corner to the slightly better balcony cabins in midships location. (ie. room to put down used trays - or to place luggage when disembarking). Also well positioned as regards the rolling and movement of the ship - think of the ship like a see-saw and the steadiest place is nearest the middle - so choose your cabin! As all balcony cabins are much the same - this was a very pleasant cabin and well located; also it was closest the 24 hour buffet 3 decks above - so for all one's needs - it was just 2 minutes' away from food and drink 24 hours a day!!! I would recommend this cabinas being ideal!
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