Just returned from a 10 night Cunard cruise on Queen Victoria, our 1st and last.
We booked about 12 months ago and were allocated cabin on deck 8 near a lift which we requested. When we got on board we found that we had been given an upgrade to an outside cabin which was further away from a lift and had a lifeboat in front of the window, this wasn`t a real problem and the cabin was slightly larger than our previous one. The problem was nobody had told the people responsible for delivering the luggage and it was just before dinner that we received our luggage.
The food in the Lido buffet was fine and in the main restaurant some days it was difficult to find anything on the menu that appealed and the portions were small. On the plus side the lunches in the bar were very good.
The biggest disappointment was on the entertainment side . The guest entertainers were mediocre and the ships singers and dancers were poor and there is no designated cinema so if the entertainers are rehearsing there are no films shown. On 3 occasions the main ballroom was closed to all but the Cunard Loyalty Club for an hour so that they could have drinks with the captain.
During the day there was little to do, the quizzes lasted only about 10 minutes and the deck games the same. How many people on board want to learn to Fence, fold napkins or tie scarves? Far more thought is required by the entertainments manager and his staff with regard to the entertainment provided and the timing of it as deck games etc were regularly timed so that they finished 15 minutes before you were due to go to the 1st dinner sitting.
The good news is the entertainments manager is leaving the Q Vic and going to the Q Eliz. The bad news for the Q Liz is He`s coming.
The cabin interior was fine with plenty of room and good décor. What let it down was the lack of tea/coffee making equipment.