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This was the longest cruise we had ever done and I wasn't sure we would find enough to do during all the sea days. I certainly needn't have worried, the days just flew by, if it wasn't our best cruise it came pretty darn close. Check in in Southampton was smooth and quick, we arrived at the port at our allotted time and within minutes we were on board. No sooner had we checked out our cabin (BB grade balcony, more roomy than expected with a 2 seater sofa) than our luggage arrived. Our steward Ariel was very kind, always with a smile and our cabin was always beautifully clean. We were in the Britannia dining room and very pleased with both the quality of the food, the choice and the service. We like to attend the shows during the evening and apart from the ventriloquist we enjoyed all the entertainment, in particular comedian John Courteney and 1960's tribute band The Revolvers. The Queen Victoria is a lovely ship, decorated in a traditional style with lots of wood panelling. The overall impression is one of space and light. We never struggled to find somewhere to sit in any of the public rooms or bars, indeed we felt the ship was half empty although we knew it was fully booked. There is a 'proper' promenade deck, something missing on lots of the larger and newer ships. This deck has a very wide space with lovely wooden steamer chairs. 3 laps of the deck equals 1 mile and was a very popular form of exercise. We took advantage of the beginners bridge classes on every sea day, excellently taught by Margaret, some of the beginners dancing lessons and spent some time in the two storey well stocked library. Jigsaw puzzles are available as are a number of games to play. The Queen Victoria is the most formal cruise ship we have been on, it was nice to dress up and fortunately 95% of passengers made the effort. The only down side was the cost of the alcoholic drinks in the bars, far too expensive. To summarize, the Queen Victoria is a classic cruise ship, there is lots of space both inside and on the open decks, dressing up in the evening is expected and our experience was of a sedate holiday with older guests. The size of the ship meant that everywhere was easily accessible and we look forward to sailing with Cunard jn the future, we just wish their itineraries included more ports of call.

Great Cruise On A Lovely Ship

Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Hallpark

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This was the longest cruise we had ever done and I wasn't sure we would find enough to do during all the sea days. I certainly needn't have worried, the days just flew by, if it wasn't our best cruise it came pretty darn close.

Check in in Southampton was smooth and quick, we arrived at the port at our allotted time and within minutes we were on board. No sooner had we checked out our cabin (BB grade balcony, more roomy than expected with a 2 seater sofa) than our luggage arrived.

Our steward Ariel was very kind, always with a smile and our cabin was always beautifully clean.

We were in the Britannia dining room and very pleased with both the quality of the food, the choice and the service.

We like to attend the shows during the evening and apart from the ventriloquist we enjoyed all the entertainment, in particular comedian John Courteney and 1960's tribute band The Revolvers.

The Queen Victoria is a lovely ship, decorated in a traditional style with lots of wood panelling. The overall impression is one of space and light. We never struggled to find somewhere to sit in any of the public rooms or bars, indeed we felt the ship was half empty although we knew it was fully booked. There is a 'proper' promenade deck, something missing on lots of the larger and newer ships. This deck has a very wide space with lovely wooden steamer chairs. 3 laps of the deck equals 1 mile and was a very popular form of exercise.

We took advantage of the beginners bridge classes on every sea day, excellently taught by Margaret, some of the beginners dancing lessons and spent some time in the two storey well stocked library. Jigsaw puzzles are available as are a number of games to play.

The Queen Victoria is the most formal cruise ship we have been on, it was nice to dress up and fortunately 95% of passengers made the effort.

The only down side was the cost of the alcoholic drinks in the bars, far too expensive.

To summarize, the Queen Victoria is a classic cruise ship, there is lots of space both inside and on the open decks, dressing up in the evening is expected and our experience was of a sedate holiday with older guests. The size of the ship meant that everywhere was easily accessible and we look forward to sailing with Cunard jn the future, we just wish their itineraries included more ports of call.
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Cabin BB BB Deck 5
Larger than we have previously experienced for the same grade with other cruise lines.
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