high expectations with mixed results: Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by race ave al

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race ave al
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high expectations with mixed results

Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Los Angeles
we arrived via amtrak to la. and stayed at the long beach hyatt for 3 days, with a view of the harbor and carnival ship which was docked near the queen mary(hotel). many fine restaurants within walking distance of hotel. on cruise day we took "prime time shuttle" to port of san pedro about 20 min from long beach. we like shuttle service ilo taxi as there is no meter ticking if there is a delay. we arrived at ship before noon, and embarkation was painless. upon boarding, we were pleased our balcony cabin was ready. a full bottle of champagne awaited us, and were impressed by the cabin itself. the cabin, although maybe not as large as other ships, was none the less functional, with room for 2 large suitcases and two roll ons. typical bathroom with upscale hair products and soaps.fixed shower head with "hot" water welcomed. the cabin was attractive and bed comfortable. qe is a beautiful ship,with muted tones and lots of wood.

the ship is easy to navigate from bow to stern. but More as our cabin was forward. it is quite a walk to therear dining room(which is probably why my clothes still fit at cruise end). qe is the most formal ship we have taken, and a tuxedo, dark suit or dinner jacket required on many formal nights. elegant casual meant jacket with no tie, semi-formal jacket with tie. note all nights required a jacket. entertainment was good to excellent. we especially enjoyed DOMINIC JOHN the classical pianist, and the ALDEC DUO, a pair of lovely twin sisters who played the violin(viola) and piano. the queens room orchestra was terrific, and the dance floor was filled every evening by a "cult" of ballroom dancers, this ship is a dancer's paradise. the small "calypso" band was delightful and played great 50's and 60's tunes. the pianist in the atrium and in the commodore club"aka crows nest" were outstanding. we did not hear the group in the "yacht club" but i heard they were very good. the food on the ship was spotty. we did not eat at the "award winning" veranda restaurant.{extra charge), as we did not care for the menu. as the qe is a "class" ship
suite guests and "britannia club" members could dine at separate venues. the other restaurants at which we dined were the main britannia dining room, the lido and the pub. the lido was self serve during day and evening, but certain sections became specialty pay extra restaurants. the lido food meals for breakfast and lunch were good. we did not eat lido evening meals. the pub was great, with british food and ales flowing. the bread pudding and stickey toffee pudding delicious. service for us in all restaurants was excellent. in the main britannia restaurant we had a table for two next to the captain's table. captain "wells" was a hoot, ran a first class operation, and was instrumental in containing a case of passenger norovirus during our voyage. listening to captain WELLS noon announcements was a joy.

the main dining room food was a big disappointment. while many meals were very good, too many missed the mark. the quality of food was not on par with other cruise lines we have taken. perhaps this was a "one off" cruise, but we will not be taking the qe again if this was there standard dining fare.

we did not realize how huge the pacific ocean was as we crossed two intl date lines, two equators
and endless time zones. we should have guessed, with a 36 dar cruise and 20 sea days. however,
sailing to Hawaii, Tahiti, new Zealand and bora bora was worth the sea days. the four ports in new Zealand were diverse and interesting, Auckland a large city w/great harbor. in touranga we toured a kiwi factory and learned kiwi is a "super" healthy fruit. napier a nice little city for shopping. our last nz stop was the capital of wellington. perhaps our favorite, with the te papa museum and beautiful waterfront port. hawaii had great attractions and a good tour of a macadamia nut factory. in conclusion(whew), the qe caters to older folks who love formal evenings and dancing.if not for the main dining experience, i would give this ship 4 stars. Less

Published 03/29/13

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