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We have always cruised with Cunard so can only compare it with comments made by fellow travelers who had used other cruise lines. Almost without exception we are told time and time again that some of the other cruise lines are good, but Cunard is a bit special. Bearing this in mind, we take the view that having stumbled upon something very good almost by accident, why would we want to risk thousands of pounds booking with a company whose ships we might not enjoy so much. We have cruised with Cunard 5 times visiting the Mediterranean, Atlantic Isles and Caribbean and we have thoroughly enjoyed it each time. We cannot afford Queens Grill or Princess Grill staterooms, but we find the lower grade cabins well appointed and comfortable, with sufficient wardrobe space (we took 5 suitcases). The food is excellent and the service superb. You can eat 24 hours a day if you choose to including afternoon cream teas and room service all in the price. There is plenty of entertainment with a casino, pub quizzes, dancing and a different high quality show in the theatre each evening. There are interesting speakers and demonstrations of fruit and ice carving and craft classes if you want to learn a new skill. We find it more convenient to visit the restaurant for the early sitting at 6 o'clock as this leaves one free to enjoy the entertainment, or just sit in one of the bars or coffee lounges and chat with new friends all evening. The staff are friendly and eager to please and not just because of possible gratuities as they have no way of knowing who pays them and who ask for them to be removed from the stateroom account. We always pay them as it ensures that the backroom staff in the kitchens etc. are rewarded for making your holiday enjoyable. You can of course give a little extra to your stateroom steward and table waiters etc. if you think the service you have received warrants it. Cruising is pure relaxation and the only criticism I have is in respect of some onshore excursions, which are sometimes not good value for money. We usually choose to go ashore and wonder around at our own pace, as we are not really interested in seeing churches and museums. However, if that is what floats your boat (forgive the pun) there is usually a wide choice of trips to select from. There is a well equipped fitness suite for those who get withdrawal symptoms if they cannot visit the gym, but personally I don't, so I stay away. There is always plenty of information provided about shipboard activities and a daily news sheet is delivered with your bedtime chocolates every evening to let you know what is going on in the rest of the world, outside your floating cocoon. I have not wasted time describing the ports we visited as obviously you would only select a cruise that was due to visit the places you want to see, unless like us, you just enjoy the luxury of being on the ship, then an interesting port to visit is a bonus. Cruising is like most things in life "you get what you pay for" and Cunard is very good value for money.

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by cyrilmoseley

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2015
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We have always cruised with Cunard so can only compare it with comments made by fellow travelers who had used other cruise lines. Almost without exception we are told time and time again that some of the other cruise lines are good, but Cunard is a bit special. Bearing this in mind, we take the view that having stumbled upon something very good almost by accident, why would we want to risk thousands of pounds booking with a company whose ships we might not enjoy so much. We have cruised with Cunard 5 times visiting the Mediterranean, Atlantic Isles and Caribbean and we have thoroughly enjoyed it each time. We cannot afford Queens Grill or Princess Grill staterooms, but we find the lower grade cabins well appointed and comfortable, with sufficient wardrobe space (we took 5 suitcases).

The food is excellent and the service superb. You can eat 24 hours a day if you choose to including afternoon cream teas and room service all in the price. There is plenty of entertainment with a casino, pub quizzes, dancing and a different high quality show in the theatre each evening. There are interesting speakers and demonstrations of fruit and ice carving and craft classes if you want to learn a new skill.

We find it more convenient to visit the restaurant for the early sitting at 6 o'clock as this leaves one free to enjoy the entertainment, or just sit in one of the bars or coffee lounges and chat with new friends all evening. The staff are friendly and eager to please and not just because of possible gratuities as they have no way of knowing who pays them and who ask for them to be removed from the stateroom account. We always pay them as it ensures that the backroom staff in the kitchens etc. are rewarded for making your holiday enjoyable. You can of course give a little extra to your stateroom steward and table waiters etc. if you think the service you have received warrants it.

Cruising is pure relaxation and the only criticism I have is in respect of some onshore excursions, which are sometimes not good value for money. We usually choose to go ashore and wonder around at our own pace, as we are not really interested in seeing churches and museums. However, if that is what floats your boat (forgive the pun) there is usually a wide choice of trips to select from.

There is a well equipped fitness suite for those who get withdrawal symptoms if they cannot visit the gym, but personally I don't, so I stay away. There is always plenty of information provided about shipboard activities and a daily news sheet is delivered with your bedtime chocolates every evening to let you know what is going on in the rest of the world, outside your floating cocoon. I have not wasted time describing the ports we visited as obviously you would only select a cruise that was due to visit the places you want to see, unless like us, you just enjoy the luxury of being on the ship, then an interesting port to visit is a bonus. Cruising is like most things in life "you get what you pay for" and Cunard is very good value for money.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BE 4178
Well appointed and comfortable, with plenty of hanging space. The shower/en-suite is a bit twee, but is adequate. The service from the cabin steward was excellent.
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