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Chose this cruise as it meant i did not have to fly home after visiting South Africa. Embarkation was very good in Capetown, Cabin seemed a bit smaller than other lines (balcony). Very impressed with all the seating areas that were available and they were not closed for half the day.for art auctions. Did expect a bigger menu range at the dining room, and did find the gravy on what seemed all the food quite annoying. The waiter did sort this out by the 2nd night and from then on all sauces and gravy were served separately on the side.The dining staff were extremely helpful and were definitely above average as was our cabin steward. The entertainment was very mediocre and there were very few lectures that I bothered to go and see, and evening shows I avoided all together, although my partner did say that there were a couple of performers that were outstanding. I did like the kettle in your state room this was so good if you woke up early and did not want to go to the lido for an early cuppa I always carry my own jar of coffee so only had to ensure that I had some milk in the fridge,only tried one cocktail on this cruise mostly due to the high prices of alcohol, but fruit juices available 24 hours a day. Only did one Cunard tour off the ship in Mauritius, the tour itself was good but the guide was a little confused and instructions were not very clear and for what was involved was quite pricey. Visited the gym on two occasions when could not walk the decks like a lot of ships very limited space for the group classes good range of equipment but very crowded. Did find that a lot of the windows were very grubby, I know its a ship but on a different ship everytime we were in port they would be out cleaning the windows. All in all an interesting cruise and a good way to sample the Cunard experience, but for the price was just an average experience, in some respects Holland America, and other cruise lines I have been on match or in some areas were a better experience.

Interesting but nothing made me want to return to Cunard exclusiviely

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by elizabethcruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Africa
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Chose this cruise as it meant i did not have to fly home after visiting South Africa. Embarkation was very good in Capetown, Cabin seemed a bit smaller than other lines (balcony). Very impressed with all the seating areas that were available and they were not closed for half the day.for art auctions. Did expect a bigger menu range at the dining room, and did find the gravy on what seemed all the food quite annoying. The waiter did sort this out by the 2nd night and from then on all sauces and gravy were served separately on the side.The dining staff were extremely helpful and were definitely above average as was our cabin steward. The entertainment was very mediocre and there were very few lectures that I bothered to go and see, and evening shows I avoided all together, although my partner did say that there were a couple of performers that were outstanding. I did like the kettle in your state room this was so good if you woke up early and did not want to go to the lido for an early cuppa I always carry my own jar of coffee so only had to ensure that I had some milk in the fridge,only tried one cocktail on this cruise mostly due to the high prices of alcohol, but fruit juices available 24 hours a day. Only did one Cunard tour off the ship in Mauritius, the tour itself was good but the guide was a little confused and instructions were not very clear and for what was involved was quite pricey. Visited the gym on two occasions when could not walk the decks like a lot of ships very limited space for the group classes good range of equipment but very crowded. Did find that a lot of the windows were very grubby, I know its a ship but on a different ship everytime we were in port they would be out cleaning the windows. All in all an interesting cruise and a good way to sample the Cunard experience, but for the price was just an average experience, in some respects Holland America, and other cruise lines I have been on match or in some areas were a better experience.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BB 813
cabin was well presented but seemed a bit smaller than other ships. Bed very comfortable, kettle was a fantastic idea. Not very much shelf space in the wardrobes but lots of hangers available. Also not much room in the fridge due to it being stocked with a mini-bar. Balcony was great and an unobstructed view.
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