We booked the Panama Canal transit, from LA to NY, in Princess Grille. We were delighted to find about 2 weeks from embarkation that we had been upgraded to Queens Grille, Q5, stateroom 4188 at the very rear portside. What a great room, because the balcony extends up the side, and around the back of the ship, so you could get sunshine or shade all day long!
The staff in the dining room knew our names after the first night's dinner, and made us feel like royalty. The maitre d' (Sandro) is a credit to Cunard as he has the dining room just purring. Nothing is too much trouble, and the food is exquisite.
There is a Grille's lounge available 24/7, and a sundeck with complimentary sunscreen and waiter service. Of course, tea and scones at 3.30 each day in the lounge, and canapes delivered to our stateroom each afternoon around 4.30pm. No wonder I put on 4kgs!
Great room as stated above, with a balcony that stretched around the side and rear of the ship. The balcony has 2 sun-lounges, 2 reclining deck chairs, a large table and 2 small tables.
The room had a king bed, large lounge suite, separate dressing room or "make-up" room, bathroom with jacuzzi spa, separate shower, twin basins, and marble decor.
TV, DVD, fridge stocked with complimentary drinks, plenty of cupboards space and drawers, nightly turndown service, and a personal butler and concierge should you require anything.
Well, this city is impressive. I must admit, I had little idea what to expect in Columbia, but was pleasantly surprised just how big and developed this city is, and I believe it's the fifth largest in Columbia, so the others must be huge.
Very green and tropical, we didn't venture far from the ship, but where we walked was appealing and welcoming for tourists.
What a great town! Not a skyscraper to be seen - in fact the tallest building is a block of holiday units on the coast.
The town is steeped with history, and was the scene of the first shot fired in the Civil War. We spent hours walking and just loved the lay-back and friendly atmosphere. Nice parks along the foreshore, markets selling just about anything you can imagine, especially grits, a local product they're proud to claim as their own.