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Queen Victoria Review

4.0 / 5.0
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530 reviews
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Great Ten Days on the elegant QV

Review for Queen Victoria to the Baltic Sea
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jsn55
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: May 2019
Cabin: Balcony

We've cruised some over the years: river, small ship, big ship. It's a great way to travel. Queen Victoria is the most gorgeous ship I've ever seen. I was so immediately "at home", all the positive reviews of her are true. I am grateful to Cruise Critic reviewers for all their information, it really made a difference. Actually, we found our cruise to be better than the reviews. While there certainly could be more horizontal space in the cabin for "your stuff", and the bathroom is tiny, that's about the only change I'd make. We dined mostly at the Lido buffet and the food was amazingly good with great variety. Service was adequate. The "activities" were fine, we didn't participate much. An artist demo was a waste of time, but Big Dave who manages the Goring, a luxe London hotel was great. The entertainment was mediocre to awful, the "Hollywood" production was the worst I've ever seen. Most staff was polite and professional; interesting to realize after a couple of days that they lack the seemingly-genuine friendliness of the crew on all the other cruises we've taken. Exception was the bar staff in the Chart Room ... most of them were barely civil. Embark and disembarkation was handled very well.

Except for one thing: COMMUNICATION We had issues with the Drinks Package and were run around in circles almost 2 days. Communication overall was pretty awful ... and non-existent when it comes to the ports. Cunard is only interested in selling their own shore excursions and provides absolutely no real information on the ports. I found their shore excursions so expensive that I didn’t book an. $59 for a 2-hour walking tour of a small Norwegian town?? Sure, there's a 2-page information sheet delivered the every evening, but it contains very little solid information.

A perfect example is Olden. Cunard’s map is a big blob of grey surrounded by more shades of grey, lines that might be streets ... and not a word on the map. I had no idea who to ask, so I visited the Purser's Desk. Looking down, we had seen three little trains, some large buses and lots of activity on the dock. I wanted to go out to the new Loen Skylift, and there might be some other activities we'd like.

Cabin Review

Balcony

Cabin BC

Oversized, plenty of storage, could use more horizontal surfaces and wall hooks. Bath wasn't as bad as I had feared. Large balcony. VERY quiet. Mini-bar actually kept things cold, unlike most ships we've been on.

Port Reviews

Southampton

Very pretty town, the SeaCity Museum is awful.

Flam

We did the Flamsbana train up to Myrdal, booked our own tix for a fraction of what QV wanted. Strolled around the very clean, cute port area. Took a little train out to the town itself to see the local environment, nothing much to see but a good activity when you're tired of walking around.

Olden

Lots here but couldn't get many details from QV. Took an open-top out to glacier and really enjoyed the scenery along the way.

Skagen

Little here.

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