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Queen Victoria Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Cunard, the good, not so good and the Cunard Cough

Queen Victoria Cruise Review by saxbyjones

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2019
  • Destination: Around the World
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

We chose this cruise to visit Vietnam and Hong Kong and finish with a stint in Singapore. this segment was 22 days. - we were medically disembarked on day 18.

Please read on to the Cunard Cough

Embarkation was so smooth and took just minutes. The Cabin 8114 was clean, comfortable and the steward wonderful. Dining in the Lido Buffet offered a wide variety of choices of excellent food. Unfortunately the furniture in the Lido needs a very good clean and the chairs were very grubby and the salt and pepper shakers were the main source of germs.

The main restaurant was very disappointing. The offerings were average at best and the service was not up to the food and service standard that we experienced on the Queen Elizabeth a few years ago. Mock cream was offered with desserts. MOCK Cream!!!!! when you can get fresh whipped in the Lido buffet - that was not logical, fine dining Vs buffet and we got mock cream. Might sound picky, but the rest of the food followed suit.

The entertainment nightly and offerings during the day were very good.

Excursions were well managed, Tender ports took forever to get off, so get down early if you are doing a self-tour as these leave after the excursions.

MEDICAL CENTRE - excellent service for all those who became sick, and those with the dreaded CUNARD COUGH. Yes, it has a name, This cough is a virus and was rampant on our cruise. It put too many passengers in sick bay and resulted with us getting pneumonia and having to leave the cruise early to get specialised hospitalisation and treatment. Many passengers didn't like getting treatment on the ship as their travel insurance was not top notch and they didn't want to pay, therefore they coughed and coughed and gave it to many others.

The doctors and medical staff we give 1000%, we would not be here writing this without them. Yes our travel insurance paid up but we were very honest with them and took out extra and got their approval to cover pre-existing conditions.

Would we go again - no, we felt the overall standard on this cruise was not what we enjoyed a few years ago, and on review we will not take the health risks.

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Cabin BC 8114

Lovely cabin excellent steward. The cabin was quiet and the balcony lovely. Everything was kept spotlessly clean by our cabin steward.

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Australian Aviation Heritage Center

we did this by bus, Aust. Seniors/pensioners get discounted bus tickets.

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we did not do an excursion as the chip was 1.5 hours away from the excursion start point, we can go to Bali any time.

Nha Trang

Again the tour proper started 1/5 - 2 hours from the ship so we chose to go to the local town centre and do shopping on our own.

Po Lin Monastery

we did the long Lantau Island tour with the monastry, bridges and on another day we did the Hidden Hong Kong tour which was brilliant. Both were expensive but I really enjoyed them and felt they were worth the experiences.

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