We were soon on the ship after arriving in Southampton. Our stateroom was a standardbalcony. It had new carpets, bed and settee all good after the recent refurbishment, the bed cover was a really nice blue and we were please to see a bottle of bubbly in an ice bucket ready for us. This room had a nice large television as well.
The Captain at the lifeboat drill warned the ship was going into rough water and she was spot on as soon as we reached the Eng Channel. Many people told me they had been sea sick and did not recover until the end of day two when the ship reached calm waters. After this and on the way back we had very calm seas.
The ship was very well decorated for Christams and looked lovely, everything was well organised, the ship had an air of calmness. We were given a very nice Christmas card and matching Christmas menu and a present each. Our state attendent Hernando worked tirelessly and there were no issues in respect of the cabin. We loved the free room service especially the brekfasts and lunch sandwich's and warm apple pie and cream!! Time spent in the gym soon got rid of the excess treats. The gym staff were very committed and although I do my own excercises, those that asked for help and training were well advised. Ethan from SA always said hello, even when busy, which was a nice gesture. Although not a fan of gyms in the past I felt good here and felt encouraged to go everyday!.
The ship employed several hosts, who danced at the parties no one was pressured to join in, The Spanish hostess Silve had a nice personality and as the floor was never empty guests soon got up and the parties went well. In previous reveiws I had notedthe cost of wine on the ship and this needs looking at as a matter of urgency. Cunnard have the ability to buy good wines at a price which means they can make a profitand sell wine at a price lower than £10.00 a class plus 15% SC. Our bar bill was thelowest ever and this is not to the benefit of the ship sales or staff wages.
The weather was particularly good in Tenerife and we had a lovely sea day on Christmas day to enjoy all outside decks and pool. There was always a seat on top deck and there was table tennis and short mat bowls, which was fun. However all too soon we were heading back, with this cruise from Southampton in December you are going to have several days when you are not going to be able to use the outside areas. I would have like to have seen the Officers including the Captain more round the ship, especially on the decks and in the lido doing unannounced spot checks, as this helps to maintain high standards thoughout the ship. Having said my experience was that overall the crew gave everything and I was lucky to share Christmas aboard with them on this lovely ship Queen Elizabeth.