Queen Victoria Cruise Review by hvsteve1
- Sail Date: August 2018
- Destination: Norwegian Fjords
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Our overall impression of Cunard is a rather dark and subdued ship with a quiet atmosphere. This sophisticated atmosphere was pretty good for me but a little too staid for my wife, who's favorite line is Celebrity with Regent Seven Seas coming in second.
The balcony cabin was fine, though it appeared cabin upgrades were not part of last year's refitting.
We generally cruise in a suite and have never used Celebrity's MDR, so cannot make a comparison. We found the food in the Britannia restaurant to be just decent. A number of dishes were not prepared properly. The buffet happened to be quite good and the setup and service on QV was far superior to QM2.
Our biggest problem was the travel desk. My wife has difficulty walking and we were concerned about her walking from the ship to the railroad in Flam. We spoke to staff shortly after boarding and on the day of the tour. They seemed totally disinterested in the problem. When we (barely) got to the train, the tour guides and train crew were very helpful to her.
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