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Stayed in the Meon Valley Marriott the night before good quality hotel and a good deal including parking for the duration of the cruise and efficient inclusive transfers to terminal. I called this review very English because the vast majority of the passengers were English predominantly in the age range 60 plus. The atmosphere and the ethos of the ship was very English although all prices were in dollars on board. Ship The overall ship was clean and well maintained although there was the odd bucket collecting leaks from I assume the air conditioning system. Furnishings and decor although reserved in a English way was high quality and comfortable. It was great that films were shown in the ballroom or the theatre so there were no shortage of seats. Food Food was excellent and the waiting staff friendly and accomodating. My wife has an onion allergy relating to migraines and food was especially prepared for her with her making menu choices the day before. The Lido being the self service was a bit of a scrum to find tables at busy times but you always had the restaurant as an alternative. The Verandah as one of the alternative eating options was excellent and well worth the supplement although was often quite empty. Unsure if is Carnivals influence but they were charging a $10 dollar supplement to eat outside at the back of the boat for bistro food and $14 to eat in the Lido waiter service on themed nights. Neither gave additionality against the restraurant and was counter to the spirit of the ship. Its in the same spirit as charging a $55 supplement to sit in one of the boxes when the singers and dances were performing you get champagne and nibbles and a photo just seemed counter to the culture of the ship. Room service was good and breakfast came in the time span requested. Entertainment If you like ballroom dancing the Victoria is the ship for you. The ballroom was a good size and the band and vocalist a very high standard. The band Synergy for more pop type music should be re booked they were great. The concert pianists were superb. The quartet and harpist gave lovely background presentations around the ship. The theatre massive and the singers and dancers put their all into it but sometimes they were not polished in final performance and some the shows could have better written. In some of the shows there was to much "Land of Hope and Glory" and its a pity they have not moved on from this. The speakers were good but they all seemed to be on the cruise ship merry go round with little really fresh speakers coming through. The ships choir were very good every congratulation to the entertainment team. I was unclear why they had instrumentalists in the theatre programme the ships musicians could have matched anyone. Also there was great jazz. Ports trips. We went on about five organised trips and they were all value for money and the guides were good. The organised trips were good if it was your first time in the port. What annoyed me immensely was the lack of complimentary shuttle buses into the nearest town. There were three ports that needed such a service. In Lisbon due to passenger pressure one was laid on for which a charge was imposed. In Istanbul we were there for two days it was a forty minute walk into the centre and I had to pick up one passenger when they fell and saw another fall. It was a rough surface. There is a large group who do not want to pay for a trip and do not trust or fear local transport. This is a stupid cost cutting exercise and Cunard/Carnival should be ashamed. I wrote two written complaints and received no explanation. This was not in accord with the quality service received in other aspects of the trip. The Commodore made some good decisions about coming into port early re weather etc and gave overall a relaxed atmosphere on the ship wandering around talking to passengers. Disembarkation A complete shambles the manager controller let of to many groups at the same time. The approach was jammed with passengers coming from different directions therefore you were feeling that passegers were pushing in. As I said a shambles pity because its the last imprint you have of the ship. Summary A wonderful high quality holiday Cunard you will lose this overall imprint if Carnival or others make budget reductions on service or try and introduce additional fees for what should be standard service.  

A Very English Cruise

Queen Victoria Cruise Review by landsend52

Trip Details
Stayed in the Meon Valley Marriott the night before good quality hotel and a good deal including parking for the duration of the cruise and efficient inclusive transfers to terminal.
I called this review very English because the vast majority of the passengers were English predominantly in the age range 60 plus. The atmosphere and the ethos of the ship was very English although all prices were in dollars on board.
Ship
The overall ship was clean and well maintained although there was the odd bucket collecting leaks from I assume the air conditioning system. Furnishings and decor although reserved in a English way was high quality and comfortable. It was great that films were shown in the ballroom or the theatre so there were no shortage of seats.
Food
Food was excellent and the waiting staff friendly and accomodating. My wife has an onion allergy relating to migraines and food was especially prepared for her with her making menu choices the day before.
The Lido being the self service was a bit of a scrum to find tables at busy times but you always had the restaurant as an alternative. The Verandah as one of the alternative eating options was excellent and well worth the supplement although was often quite empty.
Unsure if is Carnivals influence but they were charging a $10 dollar supplement to eat outside at the back of the boat for bistro food and $14 to eat in the Lido waiter service on themed nights. Neither gave additionality against the restraurant and was counter to the spirit of the ship. Its in the same spirit as charging a $55 supplement to sit in one of the boxes when the singers and dances were performing you get champagne and nibbles and a photo just seemed counter to the culture of the ship.
Room service was good and breakfast came in the time span requested.
Entertainment
If you like ballroom dancing the Victoria is the ship for you. The ballroom was a good size and the band and vocalist a very high standard. The band Synergy for more pop type music should be re booked they were great. The concert pianists were superb. The quartet and harpist gave lovely background presentations around the ship. The theatre massive and the singers and dancers put their all into it but sometimes they were not polished in final performance and some the shows could have better written. In some of the shows there was to much "Land of Hope and Glory" and its a pity they have not moved on from this. The speakers were good but they all seemed to be on the cruise ship merry go round with little really fresh speakers coming through. The ships choir were very good every congratulation to the entertainment team. I was unclear why they had instrumentalists in the theatre programme the ships musicians could have matched anyone. Also there was great jazz.
Ports trips.
We went on about five organised trips and they were all value for money and the guides were good. The organised trips were good if it was your first time in the port. What annoyed me immensely was the lack of complimentary shuttle buses into the nearest town. There were three ports that needed such a service.
In Lisbon due to passenger pressure one was laid on for which a charge was imposed. In Istanbul we were there for two days it was a forty minute walk into the centre and I had to pick up one passenger when they fell and saw another fall. It was a rough surface. There is a large group who do not want to pay for a trip and do not trust or fear local transport. This is a stupid cost cutting exercise and Cunard/Carnival should be ashamed. I wrote two written complaints and received no explanation. This was not in accord with the quality service received in other aspects of the trip. The Commodore made some good decisions about coming into port early re weather etc and gave overall a relaxed atmosphere on the ship wandering around talking to passengers.
Disembarkation
A complete shambles the manager controller let of to many groups at the same time. The approach was jammed with passengers coming from different directions therefore you were feeling that passegers were pushing in. As I said a shambles pity because its the last imprint you have of the ship.
Summary
A wonderful high quality holiday Cunard you will lose this overall imprint if Carnival or others make budget reductions on service or try and introduce additional fees for what should be standard service.
 
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with balcony great cabin great view no noise apart from annoying air conditioning. pity no bath had compact shower
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