My husband and I chose this cruise because of the itinerary.
The embarkation process ran smoothly and we did not have to wait too long to board the ship in Singapore. We had a cabin near to mid-ship on Deck 4 with an obstructed view - i.e. there was a lifeboat right outside the window so we could only see the sky. The cabin itself was a nice size with two wardrobes and a few shelves. under the bed were two roll out storage boxes which were very useful and the bed were high enough to be able to store the suitcases underneath. There was also a sofa in cabin so you could at least sit and relax without having to sit or lie on the bed. The bathroom was the usual square box with a small shower in the corner and the inevitable plastic shower curtain. You have to step up and down to the bathroom which could be an issue for people with disabilities.
We ate most nights in the Britannia Restaurant at the 8.30 sitting. We had a very pleasant group of people on our table and great fun was had but unfortunately, we did not feel that the food met with the standard we had expected. My husband has a good appetite and asked for extra vegetables and potatoes to be served each night but unfortunately these were the same practically every night, broccolli and cauliflower with chips - really, is that all they could find?
The foods was ok but even on the "Gala" nights, there did not seem to be anything particularly special and there did not seem to be any themed nights in the main restaurant but there did in the Lido Buffet. As with all cruise ships, it is very difficult to get the food to be served hot. Our waiter and his assistant tried to help as much as they can and they were both friendly. The Maitre D made the odd appearance but did not really seem that interested. We did notice that when you walked into the restaurant there was a dreadful smell of gas, not sure what that was all about but no-one ever seemed to complain.
The entertainment was on the whole quite good although there were a couple of acts that were not to our taste, but you can't please everyone all the time, however on the final night of the cruise, whilst the "world cruisers" were off the ship at a special dinner, the remainder of the passengers were treated to what can only be described as a "scraping from the bottom of the barrel" of entertainment. They had an amatuer "African music and dance troupe" followed by an elderly couple who played keyboard and sang which really was an insult to the intellegence of the guests left on board. What were Cunard thinking?
The entertainment team were great fun to be around and they joined in with everything with such enthusiasm. The quizzes were of a good standard.
The standard of lectures on board was really good with Jenny Bond, John Snow to name but two of the speakers.
The ports of call were busy but unfortunately we felt that the tours offered by Cunard were very expensive and from what other people told us, they did not think that they were particularly good value for the money and that some of the guides were not very good. We tend to do our own thing but the information given for independent travellers is not very good and indeed at one port of call Cunard provided a map of the main town but their shuttle service took us in the opposite direction to a beach area. Not quite sure what that was about.
Cunard do provide shuttle services at each port but these always take you to a shopping centre rather than to the centre of the town from where you can explore.
Drinks on board are very expensive even for an average bottle of wine you are paying at least £ 40.00 and then you have to add 15% service charge.
Overall, we felt that this was just a version of a P&O or Princess Cruises and that you are paying for snob value which is, in our opinion, no longer there.
A nice size, with a sofa and coffee table, a good sized bed which was high enough to store cases beneath. The bathroom was small but standard. There was just about sufficient room for clothing to be stored in the rollaway boxes under the bed, the two wardrobes and drawer units. There is a mini bar but no tea/coffee making facilities. There was a hairdryer provided as well as complimentary toiletries.