AN EXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE: Queen Victoria Cruise Review by marstrip

Queen Victoria 5

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Sail Date: November 2008
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Contrary to the comments by other contributors on Cruise Critics, we found the Cabin to be very well endowed with storage space, even to drawers below the bedside tables and under the beds. There is a good-sized dressing Table with laptop space and a variety of electrical sockets. Although the bathroom is small it has plenty of shelf space and is very practical and adequate. The balcony is large: about eleven feet (2.1 meters) by seven feet (3.3metres) with two comfortable chairs and a good table.

The ship's public areas are beautifully designed with plenty of space and an air of calmness. All the staff members are friendly and exceptionally well trained. Everything possible is done for the guests with undetectable efficiency. This is a sign of superb management. Our Cunard inclusive flights were direct from Manchester UK chartered from Titan Airways were especially good. The embarkation was well ordered and easy.

The disembarkation was miraculously smooth. No mad More scramble like other cruises, we leisurely left the ship when asked and our cases were already sorted and placed on a trolley for us to push a short distance to a very luxurious coach for our one hour journey to the airport outside Athens. The Tiitan plane was on time and our four hour flight direct to Manchester was very comfortable, with an unusually good dinner and free drinks. What an excellent service from Cunard. The show dancers and singers, the guest virtuosos, the Golden Lion pub, the various bars, the Commodore Club and the leisure areas with plenty of space for all were all of superb quality.

We had four great dinner companions, Dave and Debie from Nova Scotia, Jack and Hanne from Scotland. The two Waiters, from Mauritius were knowledgeable and quietly proficient and our food was amazingly good.

We didn't go on any of the ship's tours because, as usual, they were well overpriced. We did our own thing at each port of call and enjoyed them all. The two stops in Egypt were a waste of time and the places were very 'third world scruffy'

Minor Criticisms There are two "pianists", 'Frankie' and Sandor Kaszap, alternating between the various bars and they both have, distractingly, little sense of timing and seem to have loose fingers, which hit the wrong notes with panache. It's as though they discover a lot of notes they have missed and then throw them in at odd times. They would be better served working on this god-given talent to become comedy acts. The looped background wailing and screaming 'muzak' all over the place is a disconcertingly crude intrusion into the ambience of such a grand ship. Rather than fine china crockery the use of thick cafe pots in the Lido buffet, is a surprise in such a well thought out concept. Particularly obscure are the 'labourer's mugs' instead of cups and saucers. On other Cruise lines the public toilets have stacks of folded hand towels and a neat bin. Here they have inset stainless steel paper towel dispensers incorporating minute bins, fitted well away from the wash hand basins, making the place untidy. The beautiful dEcor and furnishing throughout the ship was marred by the use of cheap faux-veneered mimicked wood sheets and flimsy metal trim and the utilitarian cabin passageways, this gives a 'short-changed' feel to the detailing. This is a shame. Less

Published 11/19/08

Cabin review: BA8121 Balcony

The cabin was quietly understated, a good size with comfortable beds and more than adequate storage space The bathroom was adequately sized with plenty of shelf space. The balcon was a large one (3.3metres by 2.2 metres) with two good chairs and small table.

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