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Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review
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Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by pugwash777

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2018
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

Out first cruise was with Cunard & were told that "we had started at the top". A couple of subsequent cruises with Celebrity confirmed we were told right.

This was our 5th with Cunard & (for us) it was perfect from start to finish. This company really knows how to look after you & make you feel special. EVERY crew member encountered was charming, cabin immaculate, Britannia restaurant food & service excellent. The modest selection in the nicely panelled upholstered seating Lido self-service restaurant was of no consequence as it seems Cunard does not pander to those who have to eat non-stop ( or lie cheek to cheek on sunbeds glistening with sun oil & perspiration). How different to the Wimpy-like troughs of other ships.

Cunard seemed to have upped their game when it came to evening entertainment in the theatre, professional & well rehearsed save for the occasional screeching female singer.

The comedian was brilliant although some of his jokes didn't exactly endear him to the many overweight & obese passengers.

Having been a feared that the loss of the Chart Room lounge was a cynical move to make more money by making it a dining room it was a joy to discover there were numerous areas around the ship to relax & be quiet. Best of all NO daytime loud music or the sight of crew members cavorting with passengers around the pools. Plenty of late night buzzing tunes & dancing though.

It was obvious Cunard have to comply with current legislation & insistent demands by facilitating the easy movement around the ship for the many who were wheelchair bound using mobility scooters or walking aids & frequent announcements asked that they be giving priority when using the lifts. There were even special shuttle bus's at a couple of the ports for them. Of course this also allows Cunard to be perceived as a caring company.

Cleverly Cunard seem to have imbued their ships with a sense of the companies illustrious past in terms of the aesthetics, the subtle memorabilia displays & the presentation & manner of the crew. For those of us that missed out on the era of the past Queens Cunard are right to take the rather superior tone by saying you voyage with them rather than cruise.

Another Cunard cruise already booked for August 2019 & if the deal is right may slot in another before then

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Cabin BB 6057

Immaculate. Not very big but satisfactory for a short voyage. Quiet at all times.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

La Rochelle-La Pallice

Got up early to take the first (free) shuttle bus & enjoyed stroll around the port.

Huge queues later in the day.

Again took first shuttle bus. Dropped off at convenient point to walk down to river & view Guggenheim Museum. Didn't bother to go in, masses screaming kids & huge queues of 'tourists'!! Shuttle frequent so no long wait to return to ship.

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St. Peter Port (Guernsey)

Just used tender to make short walking tour of St Peter Port.

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