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Queen Victoria Review

4.0 / 5.0
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533 reviews
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Great Expectations

Review for Queen Victoria to the Mediterranean
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NiseyD
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jul 2015
Cabin: Oceanview

We boarded our cruise in Trieste Italy ( not Venice) with expectations of excellence from the Cunard brand. Sadly this was not to be. Embarkation was late starting and we had problems with our passports not registering properly. We were expecting the staff at embarkation to look immaculate but instead were greeted with staff in messy outfits of white shirts and skirts or pants that looked like they needed a good iron.Little thing but first impressions count. there are sooooo many little things that happened but we were determined to make the most of it and tried not to be whiners. Our room steward was ok for the first week and then changed in the second week. Everyday there was something including 1 day our room had still not been serviced at 2.30 pm when we arrived back on board after shore.Not acceptable. There was certainly not a lot of activities to do on board, certainly not like other ships. The night time entertainment on board is ok. It is geared very much to the old fashioned type of entertainment of years gone by - string quartet,pianist,harpist etc. There are no proper deck parties like other ships. The wines etc. are very expensive as are the photos. Our formal photo was $34.95 USD but the other photos were $24.95. You pay an extra $10 just because it is formal night? The wines by the glass were expensive but you could get a wine for around $7 USD for 75mls. Seriously? That's not a glass, that's a taste.

Most of the ports are good but a few more shuttle buses provided by Cunard would be nice.

The food in the dining room was beautiful and the experience was enhanced by our fabulous waiter Dennis who made recommendations every night. The buffet food is very typical of all buffets. The afternoon teas in the Queens room is very nice and traditional.

Cabin Review

Oceanview

Cabin EC

Cabin decent size. TV picture quality poor and very hard to watch in bed due to screen size and so far away. This cabin was directly across from service room for stewards so at times could be very noisy with sounds of glassware, rubbish etc. being emptied. Our hallway was continually full of trolleys, night and day. Our cabin always had a trolley one side and a big sheet trolley on the other side. This just felt like if you are on deck one, you get all the crap near you.

Port Reviews

Zadar

Sea organ very unusual but interesting. Visited the old town only.

Dubrovnik

Very busy place. Lovely to walk around the walled city. Also did local small tour on open air bus. Good Value

Rhodes

Very enjoyable port. Water looked fabulous for swimming. Did a glass bottom boat ride around the outside walls.

Izmir

Give it a miss unless you are going to Ephesus.

Istanbul

Love it all. Everything can be done very easily using the tramway. all major attractions are easily accessable

Crete (Heraklion)

Big bus tour but be careful as you will end up right over at beach side as this is definitely not explained properly when boarding.

Athens (Piraeus)

Acropolis, changing of guards well worth investigating

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