Queen Victoria Review

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Splendid ship but some failings

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2-5 Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Mar 2019
Cabin: Princess Suite
Cabin area
Showing tea and coffee making facility
Balcony  - 2nd chair obscured by door to right
Seniors keep fit class
Seniors keep fit class
Lido restaurant
Grills club room
Club Grills sun deck
Small outside patio terrace for Club Grill members

This was our first sailing on the Victoria and it really is a most impressive ship . We had booked Balcony Club as we prefer the availability of dining when we choose . Shortly before leaving we upgraded to Princess Grill and considered the larger suite and good sized balcony well worth the extra cost . We were not , however, impressed by the Princess Grill dining room . It is large and caters for well over 100 people and is thus not an intimate venue . It compares unfavourably with the Club Balcony on the Elizabeth which ( on our earlier cruise) only catered for about 50 people . The waiters ( dedicated to a group of tables ) were polite and charming and very willing to please but on occasion did not notice when the plate was not as ordered. I could not fault the menus – 5 courses for Dinner and Lunch . We don’t have hearty appetites and never ate lunch there preferring to use the casual Lido restaurant where there was always a large range of different types of food where we could “graze” from the self service buffet .

Even though we had the onboard spending allowance ( much of which was taken up by the automatic daily charging of staff gratuity charges of $27 ) I found the wine pricing exorbitant. In the restaurant a bottle of Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc had a basic price of $40 which was not too bad seeing that , tax free , in the UK it would be about £20 (c $26 ) . However a corkage charge of $25 was then added and ,on top of that , there was a service charge of 15% bringing the total up to $ 74.75 . I refrained from any further purchases there . Quite a number of people to whom we spoke also complained about drink pricing policy on the ship .

The air conditioning throughout the ship was set low This was affecting the ladies, especially as they had to dress accordingly . A number complained that they had been unable to wear dresses which had been brought especially for gala nights . Perhaps this was a factor in the ship seeming deserted after 10pm . People were more comfortable in their suites.

Cabin Review

Princess Suite

Cabin P1

Splendid cabin with settee area and good sized balcony with sun loungers. Good clothes storage area and space for suitcase , Under bed area took 3 more cases . Very comfortable bed .

Port Reviews


We took the Galle tour which was interesting . Now seen it wouldn't bother going back .

Saint-Denis (Reunion)

Interesting to see overseas French territory - rather like a provincial french town but with New Orleans style buildings .

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