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Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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A great winter cruise around the Canaries and Iberia

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by stuart1234

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2015
  • Destination: Canary Islands
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

We embarked from Southampton on 12th December 2016 on a ten night all inclusive cruise.

This all inclusive cruise was a first for us with Cunard and entitled us to all drinks under $9.00.

As many of you will recall bar drinks prices on Cunard tend to be at the top of the range so having this facility was a major factor in a our enjoyment of the cruise. We have not see any repeat of this offer since!

Queen Elizabeth is still a very beautiful ship and retains her elegance.

Embarkation was very smooth and our luggage was with us in very short order.

We had three days on board to enjoy the facilities before reaching Lanzarote. Unfortunately, we could not dock here due to a heavy swell and headed for Gran Canaria instead where we had an overnight stay. This gave us extra time for a good look round the town and explore the cathedral area. Even in December the temperature was very pleasant for sightseeing and catching a beer on the beach.

On arrival in Madeira we opted for the ship excursion which covered a sightseeing bus trip after doing the sledge run. Never having done this before it was well worth it and great fun. The trip was well organised and gave a good start to Madeira. We were dropped off in town for some free time after a brief visit to a Madeira wine visitor centre.

Final port day was in La Coruna. The ship docked very close to the city centre so it was easy to explore. We decided to walk to the lighthouse. Very interesting place to visit and well worth the walk.

The food and service provided in the restaurants and bars was to a high standard, especially in the Verandah. The service in the Golden Lion was always very slow.

All the shows we attended were good with no complaints from us. Interestingly the final show by the entertainment team had to be moved to the next night due to choppy seas and was unsafe for the dancers to perform. Absurdly the replacement act was a juggler who juggled knives on a uni-cycle! He was extremely funny and one of the best acts we have seen on a cruise ship.

Cunard has made changes to the casino area to accommodate extra single cabins. This means the casino area has been reduced and results in a bottle neck when the theatre is emptying on the port side.

Disembarkation was pretty smooth and no problems collecting our luggage.

In all an excellent cruise again

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Cabin BB 7090

A lovely cabin with everything we needed including a larger balcony than before. Extremely comfortable bed with loads of storage underneath for all luggage.

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