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This was our second in Queen Victoria. But the first since the 2017 alterations. Our reason was partly because the first was so good - not always the wisest reason - and the second because we wanted to get away. Embarkation at Mayflower Terminal, Southampton was flawless. No filling of health forms, no waiting on not so comfortable seats, straight to a check-in desk and on to the ship. I do not know why it was so quick, perhaps because we were latish for boarding. Be that as it may, by far the most efficient and fast. Our cabin on deck 4, with balcony was quite adequate, albeit the shower/toilet cubicle could hardly have been much smaller - significantly less than on our Brittany Ferry just a few hours before. But adequate overall, comfortable bed and well looked after by our steward whom, apart from initial contact, we never saw again. Deck 4 is I think at the lower end of cost structure, but the balconies are larger. Also closer to the theater and Britannia Restaurant levels. But a longish trek for the Lido self service, unless you take the lift. Eating at this catagory of cabin is at the Britannia Restaurant, either first or second sitting, for dining, which for us is either too early or too late, but that is the system. There is no freedom dining on Cunard unless you chose a specialty restaurant or a much more expensive catagory of cabin. There are now on Queen Victoria some very,very luxurious staterooms with restaurants to match, but we were never privileged to experience them. But the entertainment, such as it is, is common to all. Food, then, in the Britannia Restaurant is, for dinner, three courses. Quantity for us was ideal, but for some the portions are small. Quality and variety was on the whole good. Sometimes, very good. Waiter service was attentive skilful and courteous. On occasion however, our team was overpressed by having to deal with the cabin's table immediately alongside us. But overall, dinner was a pleasant experience, and for those careful of their weight, no great risk to it. As to drinks, we did not take any, simply because we live in France and the cost differential was just too great. The sommelier took this in good heart. Fort us, the disillusionment stemmed from the entertainment. This was a ten night cruise, with five sea days, and four ports of call. That results in a lot of time on board the ship. Filling that constructively and interestingly we found difficult. There were four guest speakers. Each was an expert in his given field - not always the case. Each we found interesting but others we spoke to did not. That is the risk. But in each case the lectures - Cunard call them Insight Lectures - were during the morning, often one after the other with just time to change the programme on the computer display machine. After that, for the rest of the day, there was a void until dinner time. So, on a cruise with several sea days, be careful to decide what you are going to do. With inclement weather at this time of year to be expected, you may have to amuse yourself. Reading a book brought from home may not be a memorable way of passing expensive days onboard. On the other hand, this ship has an impressive and extensive library. Evening entertainent: five singing and dancing shows, active but not elegant, with singing at the top of the voice And not the greatest at that. Apart from this, which is fine if you like it, there was one male entertainer, one female pianist who played with over panache apart from Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue which she clearly loved, one ancient TV show star, and two French acrobats of outstanding ability. Apart from this there was a number of specific interest groups such as story writing, knitting, ipad instruction ( at a cost), gin tasting ( at more cost), and speciality groups which we did not recognise So a comfortable and quite elegant ship with, for us, not enough to do in it Excursion bookable through Cunard were predictable if you have been this way before, which many passengers had. One, the moonscape walk on Lanzarote was outstanding. One in GranCanaria was pleasant. One in Vigo which we wanted to go and booked, was cancelled through lack of take-up. Something which in our experience, happens quite often. Homework before you go may well lead you to local tours at far less cost. As well as cost, if booked, the excursion will go ahead, unless Cunard cancels it. Just as well, in the event, since Vigo was blessed with poor weather. If all else fails, take the Vigo ferry across the estuary. It runs every twenty minutes, costs 2 euros and is fun. If you like that sort of thing. At least close to the water and sometimes pretty rough. Disembarkation is by stateroom catagory, the most expensive first. At deck 4, we were the second to last catagory, but the buffet was open throughout, the table tennis freely available, and offloading the passengers well ahead of schedule, so quite painless. This is a ship which still looks like a ship, even though for some, the alterations to the tiered deck stern has spoilt its lines. If that is not important to you, that does not matter. Would we go on this ship again? Not unless it was something really special. As was our first trip the Lusitania centenary.

Not unpleasant, but rather boring.....

Queen Victoria Cruise Review by David Wheeler

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This was our second in Queen Victoria. But the first since the 2017 alterations. Our reason was partly because the first was so good - not always the wisest reason - and the second because we wanted to get away.

Embarkation at Mayflower Terminal, Southampton was flawless. No filling of health forms, no waiting on not so comfortable seats, straight to a check-in desk and on to the ship. I do not know why it was so quick, perhaps because we were latish for boarding. Be that as it may, by far the most efficient and fast.

Our cabin on deck 4, with balcony was quite adequate, albeit the shower/toilet cubicle could hardly have been much smaller - significantly less than on our Brittany Ferry just a few hours before. But adequate overall, comfortable bed and well looked after by our steward whom, apart from initial contact, we never saw again. Deck 4 is I think at the lower end of cost structure, but the balconies are larger. Also closer to the theater and Britannia Restaurant levels. But a longish trek for the Lido self service, unless you take the lift.

Eating at this catagory of cabin is at the Britannia Restaurant, either first or second sitting, for dining, which for us is either too early or too late, but that is the system. There is no freedom dining on Cunard unless you chose a specialty restaurant or a much more expensive catagory of cabin. There are now on Queen Victoria some very,very luxurious staterooms with restaurants to match, but we were never privileged to experience them. But the entertainment, such as it is, is common to all.

Food, then, in the Britannia Restaurant is, for dinner, three courses. Quantity for us was ideal, but for some the portions are small. Quality and variety was on the whole good. Sometimes, very good. Waiter service was attentive skilful and courteous. On occasion however, our team was overpressed by having to deal with the cabin's table immediately alongside us. But overall, dinner was a pleasant experience, and for those careful of their weight, no great risk to it. As to drinks, we did not take any, simply because we live in France and the cost differential was just too great. The sommelier took this in good heart.

Fort us, the disillusionment stemmed from the entertainment. This was a ten night cruise, with five sea days, and four ports of call. That results in a lot of time on board the ship. Filling that constructively and interestingly we found difficult. There were four guest speakers. Each was an expert in his given field - not always the case. Each we found interesting but others we spoke to did not. That is the risk. But in each case the lectures - Cunard call them Insight Lectures - were during the morning, often one after the other with just time to change the programme on the computer display machine. After that, for the rest of the day, there was a void until dinner time. So, on a cruise with several sea days, be careful to decide what you are going to do. With inclement weather at this time of year to be expected, you may have to amuse yourself. Reading a book brought from home may not be a memorable way of passing expensive days onboard. On the other hand, this ship has an impressive and extensive library. Evening entertainent: five singing and dancing shows, active but not elegant, with singing at the top of the voice And not the greatest at that. Apart from this, which is fine if you like it, there was one male entertainer, one female pianist who played with over panache apart from Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue which she clearly loved, one ancient TV show star, and two French acrobats of outstanding ability. Apart from this there was a number of specific interest groups such as story writing, knitting, ipad instruction ( at a cost), gin tasting ( at more cost), and speciality groups which we did not recognise So a comfortable and quite elegant ship with, for us, not enough to do in it

Excursion bookable through Cunard were predictable if you have been this way before, which many passengers had. One, the moonscape walk on Lanzarote was outstanding.

One in GranCanaria was pleasant. One in Vigo which we wanted to go and booked, was cancelled through lack of take-up. Something which in our experience, happens quite often. Homework before you go may well lead you to local tours at far less cost. As well as cost, if booked, the excursion will go ahead, unless Cunard cancels it. Just as well, in the event, since Vigo was blessed with poor weather. If all else fails, take the Vigo ferry across the estuary. It runs every twenty minutes, costs 2 euros and is fun. If you like that sort of thing. At least close to the water and sometimes pretty rough.

Disembarkation is by stateroom catagory, the most expensive first. At deck 4, we were the second to last catagory, but the buffet was open throughout, the table tennis freely available, and offloading the passengers well ahead of schedule, so quite painless.

This is a ship which still looks like a ship, even though for some, the alterations to the tiered deck stern has spoilt its lines. If that is not important to you, that does not matter.

Would we go on this ship again? Not unless it was something really special. As was our first trip the Lusitania centenary.
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