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Queen Victoria Review

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Enjoyable Cunard Christmas

Review for Queen Victoria to the Eastern Mediterranean
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exlondoner
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2017
Cabin: Penthouse

Lured by an offer of free drinks for the Grills, we thought we would try this Christmas cruise. We have been with Cunard many times, but never over Christmas. The Christmas aspects were great: elegant decorations, carol services, good food, and Santa's visit via the funnel for some very excited children and almost equally excited adults. We were lucky with the weather in the islands, which was bright, sunny, and fairly warm, though we then had to make a dash to a very wet La Coruña to avoid a bad storm. The manner in which Commodore Rynd kept us informed of what was going on was exemplary.

Other than the Christmas aspects, we enjoyed all the things we have come to expect on a Cunard cruise. The food in the Grills was very nice, and the service excellent. There was a wide choice of dishes, and we were regularly asked if there was anything else we wanted. The highlight was the wonderfully deliciously unctuous roast goose on Christmas Eve. We were on a table for two, between two others, and were lucky that their occupants were delightful, lively, interesting, and fun. We used our World Club voucher for an Indian meal in Coriander, which was very enjoyable change. Tea, served in the Princess Grill Restaurant, was fine. It felt less cosy than it used to be in the Lounge, but now there is plenty of space for everyone. The cakes, scones, and sandwiches were very good.

The Q4 cabin was sparkling and spacious, as one would expect, and serviced very efficiently by the Butler and his assistant. I found the bed was very comfortable, and was surprised that my request to shoreside that it be made up with blankets had actually got through to the ship. Apart from the first day and the last two, I was able to spend some time on the balcony.

Cabin Review

Penthouse

Cabin Q4

Large, spacious, comfortable, good sized balcony, plenty of storage. Worth the cost for me, as we spend quite a lot of time in it, and I tend to claustrophobia

Port Reviews

Madeira (Funchal)

Enjoyable enough for a wander in the comparative warmth.

La Palma

Quite a small and not very touristy island, with very efficient port arrangements. Again an enjoyable place to wander around.

Tenerife

Santa Cruz is a big city, with an efficient port. Again a nice place for a wander in the warmth.

Lanzarote

There are some good excursions to take on Lanzarote and it would have been worth doing one.

La Coruna

We arrived here a day early to avoid a storm. It is a fascinating beautiful and historical city. Unfortunately it can also also a very wet city, so we were not able to see much of it. It is certainly somewhere I would like to visit again, at a drier time of year.

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