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Itinerary well-done, good order, didn't get anywhere on day when all museums were closed, so, that was great. In 14 nights, 7 ports, plus embarking/disembarking Southampton. Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, two days St. Petersburg, Warnemunde (but not enough time to go to Berlin), Skagen, Denmark. L We got a very nice magazine type booklet, with our name, booking # etc. Shore excursion info. But no times in port!! We did our own excursions throughout which they didn't make easy at all. Absolutely no where in information or by even calling customer service in States, could we get times in port! That has never happened with other cruise lines. We know they want to sell shore excursions and that times can vary because of weather or port traffic, but not even approximate times???? Weird. So, getting Vasa Museum or Abbas Museum tickets in advance wasn't possible, so we were met by long, long lines. Got in to Abbas Museum which was fun but weren't able to get in Vasa Museum. Used TJ Tours in St. Petersburg and they were great to work with and had an incredible guide, in van with only 8 people. We didn't have to gather other people into a group, they did. We had 2 amazingly sunny days in St. Petersburg with only a short downpour. So grateful we got 2 of their 60 sunny days a year. Such an interesting port, loved Tallinn. Shipboard port talks were pathetic!! Totally read, no personal insights from person, nothing to excite you about the places at all! They repeat on tv which would be so helpful, but not to hear a boring rendition of what we had all googled ourselves. As mentioned earlier, it's an incredible itinerary with wonderful assortment of kinds of ports- historical, scenic, large cities, small cities etc. But you didn't get that from port lecturer. Lots of mention of what people with limitations couldn't do. Not a fun, positive slant at all!!:( Queen Elizabeth has strict formal policy, so just be aware and ready. Men have to wear jackets for dinner and in most of the ship in the evening. We had 4 formal nights during 14 night cruise. A Roaring Twenties night, Masquerade Ball etc. We decided to make it fun and got masks etc. In advance & it was fun. Different just meant carrying a little extra. It was like sailings of yesterday year, class & all....... QE the perfect ship for that. She is beautiful and well done. So.... my husband cooperated and we've done that now and will probably never do it again! :) Collared shirts is enough dress up for him with a couple of formal nights thrown in when he'll dress up. Now for the food..... :( We have sailed on 8 cruise lines and this food was the worst and most boring of them all, I'm sorry to say. The fish was usually good... but that's all the positive I can say. Lido Buffet was the basic same choice from lunch to through dinner everyday. We've never seen that before. Fresh salad was always pre-made bowls of some lettuce, shredded carrots, cucumbers, tomato and purple onion OR you could make your own, but the ingredients were exactly the same!! There was usually a stir-fry choice of the day, but all tasted the same, no matter what they were supposed to be. Had an Italian bar, where they would make you pizza but the limited topping choice never changed either throughout cruise. Dining room was no better. We were in the Britania Restaurant- in our "class", no anytime dining offered. 6pm or 8:30pm, so the good news!?!? We certainly didn't gain any weight which is usually impossible on a 14 night cruise!! Our cabin steward was cute, friendly and great.... but lots of crew need an attitude adjustment and maybe some more training. Service in the Lido was especially bad. Had to ask for coffee/tea refills at breakfast, they would slowly get around to clean tables, had to ask for silverware. Sullen would probably the best description of the attitude of many. Dining room wait staff were "OK" but not exceptional at all. Ship staff friendly in corridors and if you needed the Pursor desk, they were helpful All I needed was my key card reprogrammed a couple of times. In all ports we were docked and didn't need to tender, but port far from town centers in some cases. In Stockholm & Tallinn, the ship ran shuttles. When we read our daily schedule better that night in Stockholm and heard people on bus complain, we realized charge info was in program and were aware for Tallinn. Said they were charging $8 per person in Stockholm and $6 each in Tallinn. Have never been on a cruise line that charged for ship shuttles. We heard lots of complaints from people at meals, bars and on bus. When our bill arrived, we weren't charged, so gathered complaints prevailed!! Our balcony was deep and large, but my husband wished they had used some of that room to make the shower larger & sink wider... more bathroom in general.

Great Baltic Itinerary/Beautiful Ship, but.....

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by 30thanniversarycruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2017
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Itinerary well-done, good order, didn't get anywhere on day when all museums were closed, so, that was great. In 14 nights, 7 ports, plus embarking/disembarking Southampton.

Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, two days St. Petersburg, Warnemunde (but not enough time to go to Berlin), Skagen, Denmark. L

We got a very nice magazine type booklet, with our name, booking # etc. Shore excursion info. But no times in port!!

We did our own excursions throughout which they didn't make easy at all. Absolutely no where in information or by even calling customer service in States, could we get times in port! That has never happened with other cruise lines. We know they want to sell shore excursions and that times can vary because of weather or port traffic, but not even approximate times???? Weird. So, getting Vasa Museum or Abbas Museum tickets in advance wasn't possible, so we were met by long, long lines. Got in to Abbas Museum which was fun but weren't able to get in Vasa Museum.

Used TJ Tours in St. Petersburg and they were great to work with and had an incredible guide, in van with only 8 people. We didn't have to gather other people into a group, they did.

We had 2 amazingly sunny days in St. Petersburg with only a short downpour. So grateful we got 2 of their 60 sunny days a year. Such an interesting port, loved Tallinn.

Shipboard port talks were pathetic!! Totally read, no personal insights from person, nothing to excite you about the places at all! They repeat on tv which would be so helpful, but not to hear a boring rendition of what we had all googled ourselves. As mentioned earlier, it's an incredible itinerary with wonderful assortment of kinds of ports- historical, scenic, large cities, small cities etc. But you didn't get that from port lecturer. Lots of mention of what people with limitations couldn't do. Not a fun, positive slant at all!!:(

Queen Elizabeth has strict formal policy, so just be aware and ready. Men have to wear jackets for dinner and in most of the ship in the evening. We had 4 formal nights during 14 night cruise. A Roaring Twenties night, Masquerade Ball etc. We decided to make it fun and got masks etc. In advance & it was fun. Different just meant carrying a little extra. It was like sailings of yesterday year, class & all....... QE the perfect ship for that. She is beautiful and well done. So.... my husband cooperated and we've done that now and will probably never do it again! :) Collared shirts is enough dress up for him with a couple of formal nights thrown in when he'll dress up.

Now for the food..... :( We have sailed on 8 cruise lines and this food was the worst and most boring of them all, I'm sorry to say. The fish was usually good... but that's all the positive I can say. Lido Buffet was the basic same choice from lunch to through dinner everyday. We've never seen that before. Fresh salad was always pre-made bowls of some lettuce, shredded carrots, cucumbers, tomato and purple onion OR you could make your own, but the ingredients were exactly the same!!

There was usually a stir-fry choice of the day, but all tasted the same, no matter what they were supposed to be. Had an Italian bar, where they would make you pizza but the limited topping choice never changed either throughout cruise. Dining room was no better. We were in the Britania Restaurant- in our "class", no anytime dining offered. 6pm or 8:30pm, so the good news!?!? We certainly didn't gain any weight which is usually impossible on a 14 night cruise!!

Our cabin steward was cute, friendly and great.... but lots of crew need an attitude adjustment and maybe some more training. Service in the Lido was especially bad. Had to ask for coffee/tea refills at breakfast, they would slowly get around to clean tables, had to ask for silverware. Sullen would probably the best description of the attitude of many. Dining room wait staff were "OK" but not exceptional at all.

Ship staff friendly in corridors and if you needed the Pursor desk, they were helpful All I needed was my key card reprogrammed a couple of times.

In all ports we were docked and didn't need to tender, but port far from town centers in some cases. In Stockholm & Tallinn, the ship ran shuttles. When we read our daily schedule better that night in Stockholm and heard people on bus complain, we realized charge info was in program and were aware for Tallinn. Said they were charging $8 per person in Stockholm and $6 each in Tallinn. Have never been on a cruise line that charged for ship shuttles. We heard lots of complaints from people at meals, bars and on bus. When our bill arrived, we weren't charged, so gathered complaints prevailed!!

Our balcony was deep and large, but my husband wished they had used some of that room to make the shower larger & sink wider... more bathroom in general.
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