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We booked this holiday as first time cruisers thinking it would be a memorable and wonderful way to renew our wedding vows, see a few places and relax. Embarkation went smoothly. The room was like a small premier inn room but was clean and tidy and the balcony helped reduce the sense of being in a small space. Very quickly however it became clear we had booked into an overcrowded home for the elderly and that there was little in the way of personal space to be had anywhere on the boat unless you stayed in your stateroom. People would even come and sit at your table uninvited if there was a space. You had to quickly get used to being bumped into, walking everywhere slowly, queuing for dinner, cringing as people got into the spa pool without washing first, talking loudly in spaces designed for relaxation and personally, I felt overwhelmed with the lack of personal space and ended up feeling trapped. As a result, a lot of my time was spent in my stateroom. Activities, shore excursions and entertainment were all focused on people of a certain age and consequently we were constantly bored, thank goodness for the gym and book shop. We ended up doing our own thing ashore as none of the excursions remotely appealed. The stateroom was very hot and creaked, loudly and constantly at sea. I didn't sleep more than 2 hours a night for the first 9 days and was eventually given diazepam by the ships doctor. The ports of call were OK, with Lisbon being the only real highlight - it was beautiful and would return for a city break for sure. We both found the experience so bad we cancelled our renewal and discussed booking flights to leave at our first port of call. It is also very expensive with all sorts of charges added, even to fitness classes which they provide a price for, then add other charges. It soon mounts up, and almost 20 dollars for a glass of wine....really?? It really was not for us and don't think it would be for most people under 70 unless holiday camps for seniors is your thing, and we aren't even young ourselves. We will never cruise again. On a positive note, the food was good with plenty of choice, and the staff were great, so helpful and pleasant and the ship was clean, even if it did feel like an old fashioned hotel. My advice is don't go for this unless you are happy sitting around in close proximity to lots of other people, eating a lot, paying lots of extras, find sessions on constipation and bloating arthritis, posture etc of interest and enjoy holiday camp type entertainment.

Worst Holiday Experience Ever

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by Dunomhain

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2016
  • Destination: Canary Islands
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We booked this holiday as first time cruisers thinking it would be a memorable and wonderful way to renew our wedding vows, see a few places and relax. Embarkation went smoothly. The room was like a small premier inn room but was clean and tidy and the balcony helped reduce the sense of being in a small space. Very quickly however it became clear we had booked into an overcrowded home for the elderly and that there was little in the way of personal space to be had anywhere on the boat unless you stayed in your stateroom. People would even come and sit at your table uninvited if there was a space. You had to quickly get used to being bumped into, walking everywhere slowly, queuing for dinner, cringing as people got into the spa pool without washing first, talking loudly in spaces designed for relaxation and personally, I felt overwhelmed with the lack of personal space and ended up feeling trapped. As a result, a lot of my time was spent in my stateroom.

Activities, shore excursions and entertainment were all focused on people of a certain age and consequently we were constantly bored, thank goodness for the gym and book shop. We ended up doing our own thing ashore as none of the excursions remotely appealed.

The stateroom was very hot and creaked, loudly and constantly at sea. I didn't sleep more than 2 hours a night for the first 9 days and was eventually given diazepam by the ships doctor.

The ports of call were OK, with Lisbon being the only real highlight - it was beautiful and would return for a city break for sure.

We both found the experience so bad we cancelled our renewal and discussed booking flights to leave at our first port of call. It is also very expensive with all sorts of charges added, even to fitness classes which they provide a price for, then add other charges. It soon mounts up, and almost 20 dollars for a glass of wine....really?? It really was not for us and don't think it would be for most people under 70 unless holiday camps for seniors is your thing, and we aren't even young ourselves. We will never cruise again.

On a positive note, the food was good with plenty of choice, and the staff were great, so helpful and pleasant and the ship was clean, even if it did feel like an old fashioned hotel.

My advice is don't go for this unless you are happy sitting around in close proximity to lots of other people, eating a lot, paying lots of extras, find sessions on constipation and bloating arthritis, posture etc of interest and enjoy holiday camp type entertainment.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BA
Small premier inn type room with tiny shower room. Clean and tidy. Excellent housekeeping. Squeaked and rattled at sea so bad sleep was not possible in the main meaning time lost in port trying to sleep when the room was quiet.
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