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Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Beautiful Norwegian scenery--Beautiful ship

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by Zyzygy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

DW and her sisters wanted to visit the Norwegian homeplace, near Trondheim, from which her grandparents emigrated to the US. We chose this Cunard itinerary and arranged for a Trondheim tour guide and bus through the Trondheim visitors bureau.

The QE is a beautiful ship. The only item that visibly needed refitting for her upcoming drydock in November is the love seat in our balcony cabin. The upholstery on the arms was frayed.

As with many others we disliked the shower with a fixed shower head. HAL's shower head mounted on a flexible hose is a much better arrangement.

Our cabin attendant was outstanding in every respect. The cabin was maintained in spotless condition and he was friendly and helpful at all times.

With the exception of one meal (a lumpy "pate" was very unpleasant) the food was outstanding. Our server was extremely helpful but had some language problems with the menu.

We loved the grandness of the QE's public spaces, as well as the small touches such as afternoon tea. The evening shows and the music in the public spaces were superb.

We had unusually good weather during the cruise, with the exception of some rainy drizzle inside the Arctic Circle. The weather at Geirangerfiord was crystal clear, and it is one of the prettiest spots we have seen, especially from the excursion to the top of Mt. Dalsnibba. Overall the scenery during the entire cruise was spectacular.

The bar menu is unusually comprehensive. I was able to enjoy both a Sazerac and a Ramos Gin Fizz, two New Orleans-based drinks that are usually not available in even first class bars.

Cunard does a great many things right, and we would readily sail on the QE again.

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All of the cabin fittings were comfortable and attractive, except for the fabric on the love seat, which had become worn. We assume that this is one of the items that will be upgraded during the QE's upcoming drydock.

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Mount Dalsnibba

Clear weather made this a spectacular trip, with an unforgettable view from 5,000 feet into the fiord. It would be disappointing if the weather were cloudy and rainy, as is apparently often the case.

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DW and sisters visited reconstructed Viking village and enjoyed it.

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