Our first cruise on QV but my second with Cunard as I sailed the QE2 10 years ago, however there have been some changes in 10 years as you would expect, but nothing drastic.
The QV welcomes you with open arms and being a smaller ship is very easy to navigate and find your way around. we had a ocean view cabin on deck 1 toward the front, so we did feel the motion when the seas became somewhat high, although it just served to lull us to sleep. Luckily we are not bothered by the motion and it wasn't that bad although others moaned and groaned, I never once dropped a crumb or splashed a drink, so it was moderate and manageable. We learned that some just like to moan, but our room was spotless and remained so as our steward was ever attentive and worked like a Trojan all day.
The public areas were also spotless and the vigilance by the crew with the hand sanitizer, meant that it was very doubtful anyone would become ill on board. The food was excellent, as was the service in the Britannia Restaurant. We really enjoyed the Lido and the many choices of breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, especially the scones...delicious and the evening meal variety was all fabulous, although it was a little busy at times and there was no queues, just polite pushing in and out of the various areas, but it was convivial and seemed to work ok. Tables kept clear and clean so altogether a great place to eat whatever and as much as you wished.
We had cocktails and pre dinner drinks in the Chart Room accompanied by a Pianist then to the Royal Court Theatre for the late show followed by night caps in the Commodore club or a dance in Hemisphere's. We attended the Balls and enjoyed watching those dancing with the thought we really must learn some steps ourselves for next time. The shows were great and delivered with much enthusiasm and vigour, even on a heaving stage! We weren't brave enough to chance our luck at the Casino, but we did play the slots a couple of times and enjoyed the atmosphere in the Golden Lion pub too on occasion.. We enjoyed our fortnight on the QV immensely and have booked again for a Med cruise next year. We couldn't find fault at all apart from the rather intrusive 'upselling' during dinner of wines and wine tasting.
We enjoyed the trips on shore and can recommend the Cable car and Toboggan excursion in Madeira although not for the faint hearted, but you get a great view of Funchal. Buy some wine on shore and have some pre drinks in your cabin whilst getting ready to cut costs. Ask the Purser to take off your $11.50 service charge from your on board account and take care of your own tipping for those you feel deserve it, normally the room stewards and the table waiting staff at dinner. Don't prebook the Spa treatments as if they haven't sold enough they hold a flash sale which I found out to my detriment as i'd paid almost double two months before for a massage...which was good it has to be said but again beware of upselling of oils and different procedures, they recommend you have etc.
HAve a good trip, take it for what it is, a floating 5 star hotel with excellent service and ignore the boring who have nothing better to do than moan even after they boast its their 10th time on board!!!
Shove your cases under the bed or forever be tripping over them all holiday. Cabin spotlessly clean, good facilities, but ladies, if you wear glasses, take a magnified mirror for your makes up as the lighting is not too bright and I struggled big time. Also if you can fit it in take your own hairdryer and a plug adapter as only one UK plug socket which made it difficult with phone charging and hair drying etc (the room hairdryer is a bit naff)
we embarked here and all was very quick and efficiently handled with no waiting time. Lots of help and guidance were needed, good directions and assistance with luggage or those needing assistance. Well done Southampton
Walked around ourselves in Vigo, not much to see, the descriptions were a little over enthusiastic and I didn't see the 'lane' of basket shops, I just saw two shops in a small lane! however, a very good little square behind the church with a great café, friendly waiters and free WIFI
We didn't know what to do so decided upon a Tuk Tuk ride, we negotiated and took a 1.5 hr trip for 30 euros which ended up being a 3.5 hr tour of the city by the best friver ever, Ricardo. he was brilliant with so much knowledge of Lisbon, taking us t all the best sights and places for photos and history. He was fab and its the best way to see the city as the Tuk Tuk can get up and down all the small lanes that the Hop on Hop off can't negotiate. A little hairy at times, but that added to the experience. A fabulously honest city with lovely people that live in it. We were only sad that we couldn't stay longer and experience the Fado music.
We hired a car which was easy and pretty reasonable from Cicar at the port. however the island was disappointing but I suppose that's personal choice as I didn't really like the arid rocky landscape, however I could appreciate the history behind it and we did find the monte Fuego attraction mildly amusing with its instant fire and geyser, although a tad expensive for just that to be honest.