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We are about to embark on our second cruise in Princess Grill Queen Victoria and I thought I might add my oar because we had a Med. cruise last year on this ship that we enjoyed very much - hence again. The ship was gorgeous and transported us to a by-gone era in the grand and elegant style. It was a spotlessly clean, sophisticated ship and after reading some reviews here I think it’s sometimes a matter of personal taste which sort of ship/holiday one chooses to be happy on. On Queen Victoria few children were a bonus for us and it was pleasantly quiet in the public areas. It is a ship that attracts adults, with over 40s being the norm, which we like. The staff were polite and helpful. The staff in the PG restaurant always greeted us by name and nothing was too much trouble. After a few days, our waiter anticipated things we might like and made suggestions. Service was efficient and friendly without being intrusive, the food good and plentiful, if not ‘nouvelle haute cuisine’. The Grills Lounge for afternoon tea and before/after dinner was pleasant, and if you travel Grills you have access to an outdoor (competitive!) courtyard for meals as well. On formal nights most ladies generally wore short/cocktail style dresses or dressed up pants and top but if you do wear a long, glitzy formal dress (I didn't), you will be admired. There is no need to break the bank for formal evenings - just a little forethought and bling will dress up what you already might have in the wardrobe. I enjoyed sailing forth in my AUD$22 ‘sale’ dress. Men are best in penguin suits and most wear them or a dark suit and tie. We enjoyed the shows after dinner. There is a big emphasis on British entertainment and the comedians were ‘clean’, not smutty which was refreshing and kid-safe. There was some repetition on a 21 night cruise, but there are other things to do. I never saw any overcrowding on activities that another reviewer referred to, one could always find a seat in the theatre and if you wanted to do something on board in the daily program, no problems - and this cruise was booked out. Our sail at Gallipoli was fantastic, as we sat off the shore for an hour and listened to live commentary from a senior former British army officer ( A Brigadier General?). His enrichment talk the day before was a highlight of our cruise. If you book to see Gallipoli check the itinerary carefully first to ensure this experience is specifically offered. Shore excursions - we pre-booked but you can also easily book on board. These were overall good value for money but they varied in quality and we had some ups and downs - we liked it when air-conditioning was good on the buses (not all were), when the tour operators used headsets on land tours (not all did) and when bottled water was on the bus (few offered it). Take your own water, a handheld fan and if you wear them, don't forget your hearing aids! The ship switched ports (minor ports) for 'security reasons' on two occasions while we were sailing, so if one had organised private shore excursions, off itinerary changes to docking port could have been very inconvenient/expensive/missed. Tour times changed for almost all the tours we went on, advised the night before. Book what you want to see and anticipate the need to be flexible with departure time.

A Beautiful, Amazing Cruise in PG; Highly Recommended

Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Rose108

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2015
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Princess Suite
We are about to embark on our second cruise in Princess Grill Queen Victoria and I thought I might add my oar because we had a Med. cruise last year on this ship that we enjoyed very much - hence again. The ship was gorgeous and transported us to a by-gone era in the grand and elegant style. It was a spotlessly clean, sophisticated ship and after reading some reviews here I think it’s sometimes a matter of personal taste which sort of ship/holiday one chooses to be happy on.

On Queen Victoria few children were a bonus for us and it was pleasantly quiet in the public areas. It is a ship that attracts adults, with over 40s being the norm, which we like.

The staff were polite and helpful. The staff in the PG restaurant always greeted us by name and nothing was too much trouble. After a few days, our waiter anticipated things we might like and made suggestions. Service was efficient and friendly without being intrusive, the food good and plentiful, if not ‘nouvelle haute cuisine’. The Grills Lounge for afternoon tea and before/after dinner was pleasant, and if you travel Grills you have access to an outdoor (competitive!) courtyard for meals as well.

On formal nights most ladies generally wore short/cocktail style dresses or dressed up pants and top but if you do wear a long, glitzy formal dress (I didn't), you will be admired. There is no need to break the bank for formal evenings - just a little forethought and bling will dress up what you already might have in the wardrobe. I enjoyed sailing forth in my AUD$22 ‘sale’ dress. Men are best in penguin suits and most wear them or a dark suit and tie.

We enjoyed the shows after dinner. There is a big emphasis on British entertainment and the comedians were ‘clean’, not smutty which was refreshing and kid-safe. There was some repetition on a 21 night cruise, but there are other things to do. I never saw any overcrowding on activities that another reviewer referred to, one could always find a seat in the theatre and if you wanted to do something on board in the daily program, no problems - and this cruise was booked out.

Our sail at Gallipoli was fantastic, as we sat off the shore for an hour and listened to live commentary from a senior former British army officer ( A Brigadier General?). His enrichment talk the day before was a highlight of our cruise. If you book to see Gallipoli check the itinerary carefully first to ensure this experience is specifically offered.

Shore excursions - we pre-booked but you can also easily book on board. These were overall good value for money but they varied in quality and we had some ups and downs - we liked it when air-conditioning was good on the buses (not all were), when the tour operators used headsets on land tours (not all did) and when bottled water was on the bus (few offered it). Take your own water, a handheld fan and if you wear them, don't forget your hearing aids!

The ship switched ports (minor ports) for 'security reasons' on two occasions while we were sailing, so if one had organised private shore excursions, off itinerary changes to docking port could have been very inconvenient/expensive/missed.

Tour times changed for almost all the tours we went on, advised the night before. Book what you want to see and anticipate the need to be flexible with departure time.
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Cabin Review

Princess Suite
Cabin P2 6094
The PG rooms were nice and the wardrobe spacious - could have done with more hangers. The bathroom (shower/bath) was very small - just adequate. Televisions are very small and the selection of movies was limited to tv-style time slots.

There is a laundry on each deck of the ship but there are only three washing machines and dryers in each. So it gets competitive, especially on sea-days. Laundry service is otherwise pricey.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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