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Boarding was first class, they gave us a 3.30pm slot but we drove down from North London without a stop and thats the first time for ages, so we were early and on board by 1.30 ish CPS wizzed the car off and the luggage was taken on board within minutes. This was definitely the fastest we have embarked in all 16 cruises. My Nephew and Niece followed not far behind arriving later and by 2.30 we were all enjoying a nice meal in the Lido restaurant. This was our third Cunard cruise having sailed on the other two ships previously so we knew more or less what to expect. The whole cruise was most enjoyable -this time we had an inside cabin on deck 7 which was fine a tad smaller than the P&O ships we have sailed on recently but well presented and a very comfortable bed. We attended most of the talks given by the relevant speakers and enjoyed the insight into cricket - Custom officers and their roles - and an in depth view of shipping.We attended just one film "the Martian" as we do not really feel that an afternoon in a dark theatre is the place to be, unlike the QM2 which had some late night viewing. It has to be said that the food on board was possibly the best we have encountered as a good standard of food was experienced by all on our table of 6. The only exception was the unfortunate choice of using the specialist Veranda restaurant where we all had a laugh at the expense of the poor waiters who thought that this 6 course taster was "a taste of France" - well it wasn't - my Niece and Nephew having lived in France for some time and myself and my wife travelling and staying many times in different areas of France have never come across Pigeon livers cooked in thick dark chocolate and covered in the sauce so thick you couldn't see the livers -the only saving grace was the small piece of steak in another dish as the rest was awful ,cold and tasteless.I asked what part of France the chef came from? and the response was "the Philippines" "hhm not so close then".We even had the waitress laughing and standing talking about the non French - French food. That said we never complained as it would have cast a shadow over the fun we had. We paid for one excursion to Santiago de Compostela which we enjoyed from La Coruna. We hired a car in Madeira and enjoyed the chance to see Porto Moniz -Cabo Girao and Curral das Freiras or valley of the nuns.The cost for all four was just 38euro plus a bit of juice and we had the car back by 3.15 pm from 10 am in the morning so forget coach excursions that wouldn't have covered all those points for something like $300. The port of Lanzarote was a non runner due to high winds the maximum being 40 knots and that was exceeded apt. So we only had 3 ports of call in all a very low ratio for ten nights. But we had a really enjoyable time well worth the money we paid even though the bar bill's and gift purchases plus tips plus personal tips came to over $1000 we had a ball.

A 10 Night Pre Xmas Break

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by cobra1243

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2015
  • Destination: Canary Islands
  • Cabin Type: Standard Inside
Boarding was first class, they gave us a 3.30pm slot but we drove down from North London without a stop and thats the first time for ages, so we were early and on board by 1.30 ish

CPS wizzed the car off and the luggage was taken on board within minutes.

This was definitely the fastest we have embarked in all 16 cruises.

My Nephew and Niece followed not far behind arriving later and by 2.30 we were all enjoying a nice meal in the Lido restaurant.

This was our third Cunard cruise having sailed on the other two ships previously so we knew more or less what to expect.

The whole cruise was most enjoyable -this time we had an inside cabin on deck 7 which was fine a tad smaller than the P&O ships we have sailed on recently but well presented and a very comfortable bed.

We attended most of the talks given by the relevant speakers and enjoyed the insight into cricket - Custom officers and their roles - and an in depth view of shipping.We attended just one film "the Martian" as we do not really feel that an afternoon in a dark theatre is the place to be, unlike the QM2 which had some late night viewing.

It has to be said that the food on board was possibly the best we have encountered as a good standard of food was experienced by all on our table of 6.

The only exception was the unfortunate choice of using the specialist Veranda restaurant where we all had a laugh at the expense of the poor waiters who thought that this 6 course taster was "a taste of France" - well it wasn't - my Niece and Nephew having lived in France for some time and myself and my wife travelling and staying many times in different areas of France have never come across Pigeon livers cooked in thick dark chocolate and covered in the sauce so thick you couldn't see the livers -the only saving grace was the small piece of steak in another dish as the rest was awful ,cold and tasteless.I asked what part of France the chef came from? and the response was "the Philippines" "hhm not so close then".We even had the waitress laughing and standing talking about the non French - French food.

That said we never complained as it would have cast a shadow over the fun we had.

We paid for one excursion to Santiago de Compostela which we enjoyed from La Coruna.

We hired a car in Madeira and enjoyed the chance to see Porto Moniz -Cabo Girao and Curral das Freiras or valley of the nuns.The cost for all four was just 38euro plus a bit of juice and we had the car back by 3.15 pm from 10 am in the morning so forget coach excursions that wouldn't have covered all those points for something like $300.

The port of Lanzarote was a non runner due to high winds the maximum being 40 knots and that was exceeded apt.

So we only had 3 ports of call in all a very low ratio for ten nights.

But we had a really enjoyable time well worth the money we paid even though the bar bill's and gift purchases plus tips plus personal tips came to over $1000

we had a ball.
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Cabin Review

Standard Inside
Cabin IA 7165
clean, comfortable.Tv, nice shower, basic really but we missed the Tea and coffee we have on P&O.
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