Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by Spudbex
- Sail Date: July 2017
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Club Balcony
And in the evening, there was live music and dancing every night (jazz and swing), plus live acts in the theatre including soloists and groups. The best of these were a male vocal group performing songs from the shows called The Barricade Boys and topping the bill, Will Martin, a Kiwi soloist who performed pop and classical numbers and was an excellent singer and entertainer. He was so good on his evening show, he was brought back by popular demand for a matinee.
And that was just at sea; never mind all the exciting ports of call and adventures we had ashore. Stockholm was beautiful and we didn't see half enough of it but had fun in the Abba Museum. And Russia was so romantic and full of history. We had an excellent two-day tour there in a small group delivered by a local guide from Alla Tours that we had booked privately and we saw a great deal of St Petersburg thanks to their efficiency and know-how. We visited the Peter & Paul fortress where the Tsars are buried (including Nicholas II and his family since 1998), the Catherine Palace, the Hermitage, the Peterhof Palace gardens with their fountains overlooking the Gulf of Finland, the Yusupov Palace and the basement where Rasputin was murdered.
And there were other highlights; seeing Girl with a Pearl Earring at The Hague, walking the cobbled streets of Tallinn, buying a Skagen watch in Skagen, multiple sailaway parties on Deck 9 accompanied by live bands and much exuberant waving.
Loved it and would not hesitate to travel with Cunard again.
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