To put this review in perspective, here is some background. We cruise this segment almost every year at the same time for our wedding anniversary, using Royal Caribbean, Crystal and Cunard from Hong Kong back to Singapore. We also love dancing and spend most of each evening on the dance floor. So the starting and ending ports are all that matter and the ports in between, we have been to more times than we care too.
We went with pretty high expectations after wonderful experiences on the Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary, we were quite disappointed with the Queen Elizabeth.
Embarkation in Hong Kong was a breeze, we arrived a few hours before the sated embarkation time ( at 1pm instead of 3:30pm) and encountered no queues anywhere. Our complaint was that the staff posted around the terminal building to direct people were not very proactive and maybe a bit racist. A couple dragging a carryon bag with Cunard tags and a sheaf of documents would obviously be looking for the Cunard check-in desk, no? They did not smile or point the way out to us but were quick to greet and direct any Caucasian walking past, even if they did not have a suitcase!
Much bigger than our previous Standard inside with a 2 seater sofa and 2 comfortable chairs ( instead of just 1 chair and no sofa). Much more room and worth the extra $20 a night.
Our room was comfortable and quiet until the night before disembarkation when there was a persistent thumping sound all through the entire night, making for a totally sleepless night. It sounded like suitcases rolling around and knocking on walls. This room was next to a lot of the crew operations area and I suspect the luggage hold.
frenetic and full of good food.
We went out to the City to Stanley and the SaiKung GeoPark - wonderful to get away and enjoy nature.
Home! Full of exciting options for tourists. Lots of information available online can't possibly do justice to it on this platform.
Quick tip - the MRT station is just a short walk away from the cruise terminal, taxis are cheap, Gardens by the Bay is beautiful and close to the ships.