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Our 1st time with Cunard, a 7 day cruise from Southampton to Lisbon and back. boarding was very quick and a small bottle of fizz in the room to help one settle in. The on board entertainment was very good the only problem being that we had 2nd sitting, this meant (1) hardly anybody else at our table for 6 (this was a common thing looking around the room), (2) all shows for the sitting at at 22:30 meaning one had to choose between the show and the other entertainment (balls etc). Food was very good along the American lines so had extra vegetables every evening, felt no need to use the other restaurants. Shore excursions expensive as normal, but they are very reluctant to give any information: only giving the port times the day before, or whether there will be a shuttle service. Tendering at Guernsey was badly handled, they made a big thing of a slight swell so that only one one person could board the tender at a time making it very slow as they used only one disembarkation point. Disembarkation at Southampton, were we did our own bags, was a farce as they got us to assemble on the wrong level so we had to be taken down in the lift in groups. All said we will probably cruise again with Cunard, just need to find the right itinerary, and with only 3 ships there are not many to choose from.

Styling but could be improved

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by FunnyTallMan

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Our 1st time with Cunard, a 7 day cruise from Southampton to Lisbon and back.

boarding was very quick and a small bottle of fizz in the room to help one settle in.

The on board entertainment was very good the only problem being that we had 2nd sitting, this meant (1) hardly anybody else at our table for 6 (this was a common thing looking around the room), (2) all shows for the sitting at at 22:30 meaning one had to choose between the show and the other entertainment (balls etc).

Food was very good along the American lines so had extra vegetables every evening, felt no need to use the other restaurants.

Shore excursions expensive as normal, but they are very reluctant to give any information: only giving the port times the day before, or whether there will be a shuttle service.

Tendering at Guernsey was badly handled, they made a big thing of a slight swell so that only one one person could board the tender at a time making it very slow as they used only one disembarkation point.

Disembarkation at Southampton, were we did our own bags, was a farce as they got us to assemble on the wrong level so we had to be taken down in the lift in groups.

All said we will probably cruise again with Cunard, just need to find the right itinerary, and with only 3 ships there are not many to choose from.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BC 5004
Lots of wardrobe space, comfortable bed, everything worked and looked in good order.
No umbrella or 'on board bag' which a lot of cruise lines provide.
The only problem was a whistling balcony door when very windy.
Deck 8 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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