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This is my 6th cruise and 6th different cruise line. What sets Cunard apart is a sense of history that you can’t find on other cruise lines. All the wall decorations are paintings of current and past Cunard-White Star ships and old photos and memorabilia. You might want to read a little bit about the history to fully appreciate it. When the ship is in port it’s seems to be more special than just another ship. The trip was through the Norwegian Fjords - we anticipated dreary weather in port but we lucked out with mostly sunny days with only a few showers. If you are looking for a ‘party’ atmosphere and towel animals – then the ship is not for you. Our cruise was through the Norwegian fjords – so it wasn’t pool-centric although there were some warmer days. Most of the music piped in the pool area (when there was music) was soothing. The aft bar is a small, mostly walkup bar. The cruise director was low-key, not running around the ship pumping up the passengers. But, there also isn’t the hard sell to buy ‘extras’ that you find on other ships. The ship is on the smaller side, but it never seemed crowded – you can easily find a quiet place to read. One member of our group is a smoker. On other ships we could sit together in a bar at the aft part of the ship, but the smoking areas are not near any bar. We had the late dinner seating. People complied with the nightly dress code, Our wait staff were professional, but not overly friendly – we didn’t feel the need to pose with them at the end of the cruise. All the ship employees have their first name and job title, not the home countries that you normally find. They are also almost exclusively male. We attended one of the musical/dance shows performed by the ship troupe which was entertaining. There was a comedian which was funny – although we didn’t fully understand some of the jokes and impressions since we aren’t from England. We usually went to the Commodore Club for cocktails before dinner – it is in the bow of the ship and had a mellow piano player/singer. After dinner, the Queens Room had a band and played swing/Latin dance music – it was nice to watch from above. For something more lively, there is the Yacht Club which has a DJ or band that plays more current music. Most of the people boarded the ship in Southampton – but we boarded with about 350 other people in Rotterdam. We came from the USA and booked through Cunard a night before/after the cruise in an Amsterdam hotel (Movenpick) with transfers between the airport and cruise ship. We were more than pleased. Everything went smoothly and there was even a Cunard representative (Christiaan) at the hotel who couldn’t have been more helpful.

Great Norwegian Fjord Trip on a Special Ship

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by jwinks

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This is my 6th cruise and 6th different cruise line. What sets Cunard apart is a sense of history that you can’t find on other cruise lines. All the wall decorations are paintings of current and past Cunard-White Star ships and old photos and memorabilia. You might want to read a little bit about the history to fully appreciate it. When the ship is in port it’s seems to be more special than just another ship.

The trip was through the Norwegian Fjords - we anticipated dreary weather in port but we lucked out with mostly sunny days with only a few showers.

If you are looking for a ‘party’ atmosphere and towel animals – then the ship is not for you. Our cruise was through the Norwegian fjords – so it wasn’t pool-centric although there were some warmer days. Most of the music piped in the pool area (when there was music) was soothing. The aft bar is a small, mostly walkup bar. The cruise director was low-key, not running around the ship pumping up the passengers. But, there also isn’t the hard sell to buy ‘extras’ that you find on other ships. The ship is on the smaller side, but it never seemed crowded – you can easily find a quiet place to read. One member of our group is a smoker. On other ships we could sit together in a bar at the aft part of the ship, but the smoking areas are not near any bar.

We had the late dinner seating. People complied with the nightly dress code, Our wait staff were professional, but not overly friendly – we didn’t feel the need to pose with them at the end of the cruise. All the ship employees have their first name and job title, not the home countries that you normally find. They are also almost exclusively male.

We attended one of the musical/dance shows performed by the ship troupe which was entertaining. There was a comedian which was funny – although we didn’t fully understand some of the jokes and impressions since we aren’t from England.

We usually went to the Commodore Club for cocktails before dinner – it is in the bow of the ship and had a mellow piano player/singer. After dinner, the Queens Room had a band and played swing/Latin dance music – it was nice to watch from above. For something more lively, there is the Yacht Club which has a DJ or band that plays more current music.

Most of the people boarded the ship in Southampton – but we boarded with about 350 other people in Rotterdam. We came from the USA and booked through Cunard a night before/after the cruise in an Amsterdam hotel (Movenpick) with transfers between the airport and cruise ship. We were more than pleased. Everything went smoothly and there was even a Cunard representative (Christiaan) at the hotel who couldn’t have been more helpful.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BE 7004
We had a standard balcony cabin that we had 3 adult females in (w/pullout couch). The room was small with more closet space than drawer space. There is one large drawer at the bottom of each bed. The bathroom was very small. There are four small shelves for toiletries. The shower has one small shelf. There are a few US/Europe outlets by the desk. Our group had 3 cabins in a row and we were were able to have all the deck doors between them. The cabin is towards the bow of the ship and one sea day had rough seas - you could hear the waves crashing, but there wasn't much rolling at all.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Bergen
    Bergen is the 2nd largest city in Norway after Oslo. It was a beautiful sunny day in a normally rainy city - we were told it was the warmest day of the year. We did the hop-on/hop-off bus. We waited in line for the funicular - the line moves quickly. Some of us decided to book a one-way ticket and take the 45 minute walk down. The views from the top are beautiful - there are even resident goats. We weren't in port very long, so felt kind of rushed - there are some hikes and walks you can do that we didn't have time for. If you are in decent shape - the walk down is nice. It zig zags, so isn't particularly steep, but can do a number on your knees. When we got to the lower sections, we were able to take stairs to cutoff some time. We also walked around the Fish Market and the Bryggen area, which had the best shops.
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  • Flam Railway
    We got up early to watch part of the cruise through the fjords into port. Flam is a small village that seems to be a travel hub for people touring in the area with the railway and ferries.
    We did the Flam Railway to Myrdal with the bike ride down. The ride up was beautiful - the right side has probably the better view. We got off part way down to pick up the bikes which bypassed most of the steep parts. There was a guide up front and one in back along with the truck if there were issues or if you backed out (which a couple people did) - but you didn't have to stay together as group and could go at your own pace. It was very scenic and we took a lot of photos, so we were one of the last people to return. It was nice to be able to get up close to the views rather than see everything through a window - it was our favorite excursion because of that.
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  • Mount Dalsnibba
    The cruise into Geiranger is beautiful and worth getting up early to witness (less crowded than the departure). It is a pretty town with a waterfall in the middle. We took a bus ride up to the top of Mount Dalsnibba where there are glaciers and a nice overlook. It is cooler and windier than down below. We were blessed by a clear sunny day.
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  • Rotterdam
    We traveled from Amsterdam to Rotterdam to embark on the ship. Rotterdam is more modern than Amsterdam, but they took the time to make the high-rises architecturally interesting, We only had time to walk across the bridge next to where the ship was docked.
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  • Southampton
    Since we boarded in Rotterdam, Southampton was a port day and we didn't have to be onboard until 8:30pm. We had hoped to go into London for the day but were told by the people we met on the ship that there is construction on the Waterloo line which was causing headaches to opted for the nearby city of Winchester for the day. The ship was docked in a commercial port but there is a free bus to a shopping center that runs until 5:45pm. We walked to the central rail station from there and went to Winchester. We took the tour of the Great Hall and Winchester Cathedral - both of which were very nice. The High Street area is nice and we had a late lunch there.
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  • Lysefjord
    Stavanger is a newer city of about 125k people. We got up early to watch the sail into port - but it is not recommended. There is a small 'old town' near the port. We took the boat tour to Lysefjord and Pulpit rock. There was occasional showers but I opted to sit up on deck anyway for the better view. The fjord was nice - there was a stop at a small restaurant for waffles/berries that were great. The family that ran it were very hospitable. The ship pilot pulled into some tight spaces for great photos. The Pulpit rock from below is not as impressive from the pictures taken from above.
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