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Embarked smoothly on previous cruise at Ocean terminal and disembarked this one at Mayflower - so anyone who had parked at the port had to have their cars transferred. We had used Airlynx who shuttled us to their car park after we disembarked. The guests on this cruise were of quite an older average-age (we are early 50's) and so it was quite a subdued atmosphere relative to others, but still very pleasant, and probably due to the fact that is was the pre-Christmas cruise so extremely good value for 12 days and with generous on-board credit that virtually covered our drinks bill. Dining was excellent, although there were a couple of hiccups with time and table selection. We also ate in the Lido a couple of times and were invited to dine with a couple of the officers one evening. Very entertaining learning about life on the ship. Cafe Carinthia was a nice place to have coffee in the day and pre-dinner drinks/canapes in the evening. Daytime activities were average. Hard to please everyone I suppose but there could always be more to do. We went to every dance lesson with the excellent Dan & Alyona. There were lectures and movies in the theatre approximately every sea day and similar with art lectures, painting classes etc. The shops on board are very good if you have the spare cash for those high-end brands. Football was shown most days in the Garden lounge. Evenings in the Queens room were aimed mostly at ballroom and sequence dancing. We are learning to join in with this but had hoped to enjoy the Yacht Club on the top deck. Unfortunately despite the very brave efforts of the excellent lead singer of the house band 'Synergy', the atmosphere was spoiled completely by DJ Michael, who I'm afraid is simply not cut out to do that job. The dancefloor was never full and his insistence on playing requests betrayed his inability to judge the crowd and keep things going. More than any other thing, this detracted from our enjoyment of this particular cruise. On Queen Victoria last summer, we had some great party nights, but this time, we just went to bed early to escape the pain. Cunard really need to give the man a different role. Photos: average Casino: good, if smaller than some Library: good Pools: both heated, if a little small Loungers: easy and light to move, and towels very nice and clean Promenade deck: narrow but goes all the way around the ship for good walks in bad weather!

Excellent value, slightly subdued

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by Okraf

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Canary Islands
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview
Embarked smoothly on previous cruise at Ocean terminal and disembarked this one at Mayflower - so anyone who had parked at the port had to have their cars transferred. We had used Airlynx who shuttled us to their car park after we disembarked.

The guests on this cruise were of quite an older average-age (we are early 50's) and so it was quite a subdued atmosphere relative to others, but still very pleasant, and probably due to the fact that is was the pre-Christmas cruise so extremely good value for 12 days and with generous on-board credit that virtually covered our drinks bill.

Dining was excellent, although there were a couple of hiccups with time and table selection. We also ate in the Lido a couple of times and were invited to dine with a couple of the officers one evening. Very entertaining learning about life on the ship.

Cafe Carinthia was a nice place to have coffee in the day and pre-dinner drinks/canapes in the evening.

Daytime activities were average. Hard to please everyone I suppose but there could always be more to do. We went to every dance lesson with the excellent Dan & Alyona. There were lectures and movies in the theatre approximately every sea day and similar with art lectures, painting classes etc. The shops on board are very good if you have the spare cash for those high-end brands. Football was shown most days in the Garden lounge.

Evenings in the Queens room were aimed mostly at ballroom and sequence dancing. We are learning to join in with this but had hoped to enjoy the Yacht Club on the top deck. Unfortunately despite the very brave efforts of the excellent lead singer of the house band 'Synergy', the atmosphere was spoiled completely by DJ Michael, who I'm afraid is simply not cut out to do that job. The dancefloor was never full and his insistence on playing requests betrayed his inability to judge the crowd and keep things going. More than any other thing, this detracted from our enjoyment of this particular cruise. On Queen Victoria last summer, we had some great party nights, but this time, we just went to bed early to escape the pain. Cunard really need to give the man a different role.

Photos: average

Casino: good, if smaller than some

Library: good

Pools: both heated, if a little small

Loungers: easy and light to move, and towels very nice and clean

Promenade deck: narrow but goes all the way around the ship for good walks in bad weather!
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Cabin Review

Oceanview
Cabin EF 1006
Very nice cabin with the best bed/linen/pillows and bathroom I've had from any line.
Bottle of fizz on arrival and kettle in the room, and a flat-screen TV.

Deck 1 is a good location for access to the facilities, mostly happening on deck 2, but we did get a bit of engine rumble. It wouldn't upset me if got this cabin again, but I'd choose higher up next time.

Nothing to really complain about other than the stingy wardrobe space and the poor TV. The wardrobe space depends on the cabin you choose but the TV image and sound quality was dire on most channels - viewable, but not good. And it seemed to vary by channel, so not a problem with the (Samsung) set, but probably the signal.
Apart from the lack of any on-demand features (Cunard seriously lags behind here) the only good movie channel showed its films in German, French, Italian and Japanese, but not English. Given the 80% British contingent, that is a mystery.
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