QE Diamond Jubilee: Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by Brian Tolley

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Brian Tolley

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QE Diamond Jubilee

Sail Date: May 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton
Cruise started with booking in, 45 minutes from arrival to being in cabin, luggage already there. Excellent organisation. Staff are very well trained and efficient, this was especially noticeable with our friend who was disabled, he received a first clas service from all members of the crew, certainly an improvement on the previous cruise.

Cabin very clean well laid out, one gripe that we did have on the cruise was our neighbour smoked on his balcony making it virtually impossible for us to sit out on our balcony due to smoke and ash blowing in our faces. Purser stated they could not do anything as no other cabins available to move us, they did apologise but having paid extra for a cabin with a balcony we felt a bit annoyed not being able to sit out.

The Brittania Restaurant was excellent we could not fault the service or the food, this was first class.

Lido self service had a wonderful selection of food of very high quality and again could not be faulted,the More staff were very helpful and friendly

The theatre had many day and evening talks and shows, the weather being good limited our attendance what we did see was adequate . There were many Australians on the ship doing the cruise on the three Queens, we were told that the comedian on the QE had been on the QV the week before and therefore the same material was heard again. Overall a very cruise and emotional return to Southampton.One gripe that always crops up is the gratuities, the Australians I spoke to on board do not agree with the tipping system. I agree to stop tips automatically isnot in my opinion acceptable although if you visit the Purser you can stop the cabin fee. However if you buy from the bar you're charged a extra 15 per cent and if in Spanish waters a further. 8 per cent is added

I do feel that it's about time this matter is sorted out, it can add quite a sum to your holiday. Less

Published 06/09/12

Cabin review: BC5050 Balcony

Cabin was more than adequate for the two of us, the balcony was excellent but marred by the neighbouring balcony where they were smoking. The toilet and shower area is certainly large enough providing you are not to large. Empty case were stored under the beds and overall space was good. No restriction from our cabin on a previous cruise our balcony was obstructed by the tenders. Check deck plans before booking.

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Port and Shore Excursions

A lovely city but time only allows you to see a small amount, a trip on the hop hop off bus allows you to see some of the wonderful buildings, truly a lovely city.
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Pisa Walking Tour

A beautiful city that one must visit, unfortunately you are somewhat harassed by street sellers , wonderful buildings.Livorno is a lovely city that has many market areas.

Overall the ports we visited were very good, on two occasions the tenders were used , the crew were excellent especially noticeable how good they were with disabled passengers. Top marks for this .Gibraltar was very clean with only a short walk to the centre. The rock is a must.

Monaco was clearing up after the Grand Prix a lovely city and one that should not be missed. The Palce and Cathredral and in close proximity to each other , both bein a very busy tourist attraction. Lovely gardens are nearby.

Change of port for Sardinia but the area we visited was wonderful, lovely area.


A port used as access to Rome very busy but more than adequate, you really need to take a tour from this point, the town is busy but only an hour or so from Rome.

Very clean and tidy port. This was not originally on our itinerary however it was such a lovely spot I would recommend a further visit.
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