Firstly, we are not regular cruisers but we have been on QM2, short trip around the Carribean shortly after she was commissioned and then transatlantic on QE2. Both these trips took place prior to Carnival buying Cunard.
The differences between the previous voyages and the one we just took to the Baltic and Northern Europe were small but noticeable. Here are the differences we noticed as they affected us and our trip.
The food was not quite as stunning as we had experienced during the two previous trips. The choice was equally a little more inferior. The service in the Britannia restaurant was very good, the sommelier - superb, but service in all other bars and lounges was sub-par. Waiting 15 minutes before a waiter noticed that we were sitting on a couch, was not acceptable. This happened frequently, not just once that could have been construed as an oversight.
The desk had a large piece of paint chipped from the front. There could have been one other "easy" chair. One of us sat on the sofa while the other had to sit on the hard chair if we were in the cabin either watching TV or eating from room service.Only just enough space for clothes for 2 weeks. Would have been a squash for 120 days.Shower was as small as it could be. Towels ditto. Would it have made too much difference for Cunard to have added a couple of inches to the towel in both directions?
We had booked an excursion to Loobeck. On the day I was too ill to travel the hour and a half each way on a coach to visit the town. We went down to the tour desk but it was not possible to cancel the tickets and as we had already booked a trip at Skagen, we could not apply the cost to another trip. We lost $198 on that non excursion. We walked into the small port about 10 minutes from the ship, had some lunch and walked back. It was a very touristy place full of shops selling touristy goods. Nothing to see that you could not see in any small town anywhere in the world. Not a very good choice. Waste of $99 x 2 = $198The other port is not shown here. Whoever thought SKAGEN IN DENMARK was worthy of a port of call by Queen Victoria on a Baltic cruise? Waste of $92 x 2 = $184.