Booked late deal outside cabin on Queen Elizabeth to Norwegian fjords. Cabin number 1107.
The cabin is located aft on deck 1 and suffers from continuous vibration problems from the engine room. The vibrations can even be felt when in bed and through the pillow.
A more annoying noise comes from a service duct which is located in the wall separating cabins 1107 and 1109. The duct carries away waste from the Britannia Restaurant kitchen located on the floor above. Both cabins experience a noise like a toilet is being constantly flushed - a very loud suction noise. The ship is very aware of the problem and in an attempt to pacify the cabin occupants they switch of the system off between 11.30pm and 9am. Throughout the day it can be flushing at any time for long periods so forget trying to enjoy the cabin for any sort of relaxation during operational hours.
We complained and after 3 days were moved to a balcony cabin. Several other passengers along that row of cabins complained about vibration problems and asked to be moved.
The cruise to the fjords called in at the regular ports of call (Bergan etc) but also included two ‘maiden ports’ inside the arctic circle. One was Narvik which is a small uninspiring town. A quick look around a few local shops was the best on offer. Hopefully Cunard will find a more exciting port of call on future cruises.
Other aspects of the cruise were fine, excellent food and service in Britannia restaurant. Excellent theatre shows performed by the ship’s singers and dances. Same guest artists seem to circulate around the same few ships so if you sail regulalrly with Cunard or PandO expect the same artists to be on the bill.
Guest speakers were acceptable but the topics (about WW2 and the BBC) were quite dull and only attracted small audiences. Specialist speakers on photography were more popular.
Overall passenger service was as good as ever, all staff helpful and smiling throughout the cruise.
Ship’s photographers seemed to be more in the background on this cruise and not as intrusive as on previous cruises (a welcome thing) but they still insisted on disturbing passengers enjoying their evening meal to to take ‘a memorable shot’.
Cabin in good location just along from Reception and on floor below Britannia Restaurant. Cabin good size with double bed and settee. Adequate wardrobe space and shelving.
Tea and coffee making facilities. Shower and toilets in clean condition. Carpet etc in clean condition.
All acceptable except for engine vibration and other noise problems.
Second cabin, a balcony on deck 4 was excellent.