Beautiful ship but poor value characterless tours.: Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by Orchid 135

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Orchid 135
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Beautiful ship but poor value characterless tours.

Sail Date: August 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton
Having cruised with Cunard many times, we chose this cruise because it was stopping at Cadiz and we wanted to try a new ship and visit places not experienced before.
Two days before the ship set sail, we were informed that the itinerary had changed and the first stop would now be Gibralter.
The check in was good, the cabin was small(narrow ) for a Princess Grill suite, but was beautiful and the champagne and chocolate covered strawberries were a good start. Having cruised several times on the QM2 and the Celebrity Constellation, we found the Queen Elizabeth to be lack lustre by comparison. The entertainment was mundane , however, every bar had a pianist in the evening.The Casino was almost empty each evening and 20$ in the slots lasted about 10 minutes with no rewards at.
The Grills experience was fine, the food good but the Al a Carte menu did not change throughout the trip. The waiters were attentive and helpful as was the Sommalier.
Gibralter was a waste of time. More next port Palma Majorca was picturesque and we choose to do the Scenic Majorca tour which was an absolute disappoinment. The coach took us up into the hills to a village where we were ushered into a cultural centre to watch a film narrated by Michael Douglas. about Majorca. There was also a display of folk dancing by a local troup of 5 people, which was actually very good.Then we given a cup of coffee/fruit juice. and told that we had three hours to explore the village before returning to the coach. This could have been done in 1 hour. Once on the coach, we went to the local castle- 30 minutes and back to the ship.Very Disappointing.
The Barcelona loop trip had promised an hours stop at three venues - The Cathedral, the Gaudi Park and the Ramblas shopping. The coach was 20 minutes late leaving the ship and went straight to the park where we were told that we had 30 mins. to Do the Gaudi Park - enough time to walk in and walk out. When we got to the Cathedral the guide said that there were too many visitors for us to visit but we could have 30 mins to look at it from the outside. everyone was irate as this was the main reason for the trip. Then taken to the Ramblas shopping road for one hour before returning to the ship. Again disappointing.
Many passengers made complaints to the tours company on the ship and were told that the Manageress would contact us - which she never did.
Monte Carlo was good and most people did this on their own - after we had queued to get onto a tender because the Captain had decided that we would not berth in the harbour as another ship ( Ruby Princess) had priority,- this arrived about one hour after our ship.
Livorno the ship was berthed far out of the town among containers and folk not doing trips had to pay for a shuutle. Similarly in Rome.
There were so many irritations on this trip that we will not be travelling on the Queen Elizabeth again.
Having said that we really enjoyed the voyage and the ship is very beautiful and well maintained.Our steward, whom we did not see kept the cabin sparkling. Less

Published 09/12/12

Cabin review: P25094 Princess Suite

Beautiful cabin but very long and narrow. The bathroom was fine as was the wardrobe space. The balcony was a bit small. The sitting are was fine. Not very far from the lifts or laundrey facilities.

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Port and Shore Excursions

City Tour

Barcelona Loop Tour: Promised one hour at the Gaudi Park. One hour at The Cathedral. one hout at The Ramblas/ In actuality 30 mins at the Park £0 mins looking at the Cathedral from the outside then a 4 block walk accross roads to return to the coach. One ghour at The Ramblas. An absolute fraud.

Florence Walking Tour

This was excellent. The coach dropped us off near the main square and we had about 6 hours to do our own thing. Be aware that if you take the hop on hop off shuttle it does not go through the main historic, tourist areas, so you have to know where you are going and plan it well. Brilliant day. Will visit Florence again. Tour was pricey $148 for 2 people.

Ship docked outside the harbour so had to queue for a tender. It was however a wonderful day. Caught a local bus to the old town,NO 2, saw the Palace, then another bus No 6 , to the Casino. Fantastic day.

City Tour

Scenic Tour of Majorca which was anything but. Drove us to Valldemosa where we saw a fim narrated by Michael Douglas and a display of folk deancing. Then given three hours to walk round the village with tourist shops. Visited the Castle overlooking the port - 30 mins then back to the [port.

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