The Queen Elizabeth provided the perfect base for our cruise around the Adriatic and Aegean Sea. We flew from Leeds Bradford in the UK via Amsterdam to Rome as part of a Cunard organised Fly Cruise package. We were met at the airport with a relatively easy transfer to the port where 5 or 6 cruise ships awaited their new passengers. Check in was very quick and efficient. Our Cabin (P2 class on an upgrade from Britannia Class) was well appointed in mid ships and had the luxury of a bath and a larger seating area. We ate in the Princess Grill and had access to the Grills area. I would certainly not refuse an upgrade if ever offered one again.
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and were not disappointed. We sailed passed Stromboli and through the Messina straights arriving in Corfu the next day. It was a Sunday but most shops were open. We were surprised to find that cricket is played on Sundays on the large green square. We visited the old fort. Our table mates were German and Australian and fascinated by Prince Philip's ancestry as he was born on Corfu. Our next port of call was Koter in Montenegro. We were late in arriving due to a massive storm during the night that prevented the ship entering fford like channel. The journey through the fford (actually a Ria) was quite magical and the nearest thing to a Norwegian fford in the Med. Koter is a lovely old walled town with a lot of history. It was a tender port. The sailaway was also excellent as the ship, in the very capable hands of Captain Inger Thorhauge manoeuvred through a very narrow straight back into the Adriatic. Next stop Dubrovnik where we were the only ship in port. We walked around the steep walls (cost 10 euros). Great roof top and sea views. The fresh red roof tiles gives an Inkling about how much damage the city sustained during the Serbo Croat war.
We finished the first leg of our journey with a two day stay in Venice. This is also where our table mates left us. Cunard runs this cruise in 7 day segments with passengers getting on and off at the main cruise terminals at Rome, Venice and Athens so not repeating its ports of call apart from those 3 ports for 28 days. Most passengers seemed to be on for either 7 or 14 days though some on for 21.
Very good cabin with shower over bath and amenities. Lots of hanging space and safe big enough for all our equipment including iPad.Very comfortable bed and pillow (pillow menu if you want). Would have liked a bit more draw space.Fridge stocked but only used for our own 'brought on' drinks. Bottle of fresh water and fruit every day.Large sofa that coverts into a bed. Cool place to sit when required.Two flat screen TVs. Only problem was that when turning one of the other would come on as remote range controlled both. Balcony quite narrow so don't invite anyone back for a drink on the balcony unless travelling alone and remember your neighbours will hear your conversations.Cabin in mid ships near the lifts and not far from the launderette. Very little noise. Would certainly stay in same cabin again.