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Queen Victoria Review

4.0 / 5.0
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530 reviews
28 Awards

Pretentious, disorganised, indifferent and overpriced

Review for Queen Victoria to Asia
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Willfish
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Mar 2019
Cabin: Club Balcony

If you want a cruise with everything "English", pick this ship - lots of formal nights (suits and tie and lots of guys in penguin suits), indifferent staff (with a few very pleasant exceptions) many of whom would walk past and not even make eye contact (in complete contrast to the staff on our last cruise with Holland America who went out of their way to be friendly and pleasant), average food (some good - but outdoor grill food was terrible), and activities frequently disorganised and inefficient (e.g. up to 3.5 hours to get a tender to shore). Evening entertainment shows were excellent, cabin rooms very good but basic and overpriced, and poor value compared to other lines. Tours were reasonable to expensive but really good guides, but at one port ship arranged for all tour buses to get back to port at same time leaving 2000 passengers standing in the sun for up to an hour while 4 tenders struggled to get us back on the boat. We have done several cruises (P & O, Princess, Carnival, Holland America, Avalon) and rate this ship the lowest. Next time, back to Holland America (for sea journey) or Avalon (for river cruise) - both were 5 star. For veranda suite only one restaurant and buffet to chose from, two other restaurants had ridiculous cover charge with limited menu.

Cabin Review

Club Balcony

Cabin A1

Fairly modern, clean, adequate space but not big, wardrobe space poorly organised, no clock in the room (great when you keep passing thru time zones!!), very comfortable bed, small shower (no bath), good size TV but really poor selection of TV programs to choose from. Cabin staff were quite indifferent, and not easy to get any extra services. Bucket of ice each day was really good (sailed through the tropics)

Port Reviews

Darwin

Great place to visit - lots to see and do. We took a couple of local tours - around town, to northern museum and war museum - and they were excellent

Bali

We organised a private tour guide - he was great but spent most of the day battling heavy traffic on skinny streets. We have now been to Bali twice on one trip - first and last!!

Nha Trang

Great guide who was very passionate about his country and gave great running commentary. Plenty to see, but need a guided trip - long way from port to nearest town

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