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We chose this cruise to combine three things. To revisit San Francisco, to cruise on QV for a second time, and to transit the Panama Canal. Overall we were not disappointed. Our 4th time overall with Cunard, they continue to provide a quality experience, for which we did, admittedly pay a high price. Suite, food, staff service, entertainment were excellent, as previously experienced. The service charge added to alcohol, as with some other cruise lines was a downer, but we did know before we went. The standard of entertainment was first class - west end show standard plus. Ports of call varied - the best was probably Grand Cayman. Aruba was not as interesting as we had hoped. Guatemala was a friendly place with La Antigua worth the drive, although standards of driving were, at times, frightening. Transit day through the canal was worth the wait. It took approx 11 hours and there wasn't a boring moment at all. Plenty of shipping action, plus watching the 'mule' guide locomotives was fascinating. And yes there were times when you could touch the lock wall from the ship, without leaning out. It was that close!

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Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Ocean waver

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We chose this cruise to combine three things. To revisit San Francisco, to cruise on QV for a second time, and to transit the Panama Canal. Overall we were not disappointed.

Our 4th time overall with Cunard, they continue to provide a quality experience, for which we did, admittedly pay a high price.

Suite, food, staff service, entertainment were excellent, as previously experienced. The service charge added to alcohol, as with some other cruise lines was a downer, but we did know before we went. The standard of entertainment was first class - west end show standard plus.

Ports of call varied - the best was probably Grand Cayman. Aruba was not as interesting as we had hoped. Guatemala was a friendly place with La Antigua worth the drive, although standards of driving were, at times, frightening.

Transit day through the canal was worth the wait. It took approx 11 hours and there wasn't a boring moment at all. Plenty of shipping action, plus watching the 'mule' guide locomotives was fascinating. And yes there were times when you could touch the lock wall from the ship, without leaning out. It was that close!
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Queens Suite
Cabin Q5 4188
The suite itself was, as you may expect, first rate - spacious, well equipped and very well serviced. It is at the stern with a wrap around balcony, which we made as much use of as possible. There was one unhappy event. On our return from shore in Guatemala we found a large piece of equipment, which normally overhangs the side of the ship, was now at the rear of our balcony and therefore partially blocking our view! Not happy at this point. Apparently it had been moved for safety during the canal transit, which was understandable, but would not be relocated until the next port (Aruba) in 5 days time. Even less happy at this point. Apparently this happens on each transit so our argument was that it should have been flagged up at the time of booking and not leave it to the onboard team to handle. Cunard onshore team please note!! That said, we had to adapt; it spoilt one aspect of an otherwise excellent cruise and the matter was dealt with onboard very well by the Customer Services Manager (Ilena)
Deck 5 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins