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U.K. Cruise – Queen Victoria – August 2019 Pre cruise in London We stayed at the Holiday Inn Kensington High Street. The staff was wonderful and the location was perfect -BUT- the rooms were tiny tiny tiny! We did not have room for our luggage. We got them to move us in what turned out to be a handicapped room which was adequate. The breakfast was included and was wonderful. We took the Original Tour, hop on hop off bus and had a great one-day tour of London (which was extremely busy!) We did not get on the included river cruise because it was just too busy. We had lunch in Leicester Square which was great (Belle Italia) Cunard transfer to Southampton We took an Uber from Kensington to Victoria Coach Station (15 pounds) and were bused to the port. Boarding was a breeze because we arrived at about 2:30 and most had boarded already. We went straight to our room and one of our bags beat us there! Amazing. The other arrived shortly after we did and we were able to unpack and get ready for muster drill. The ship Queen Victoria is what I would call understated compared to other ships we have been on. Classy but not flashy. The pools are very small and there are almost no loungers that are in a covered area. This was not too much of an issue for this trip as it was cool, but would be an issue on warm weather trips. We used the Chart room bar for pre-dinner drinks. It was fine. The dining room is standard design, nothing special. The theater was the best we have seen on any ship. We were able to sit in a private box for every show! We generally did not have dessert or coffee with dinner (6 p.m.) so we were able to arrive at the theater early and get the private box. Our cabin was a standard balcony cabin. Very small but adequate shower. Lots of storage space. (more than our hotel room in London!) Service on the ship was, with some exceptions, quite cold and impersonal. Most “good mornings” sounded like an obligation rather than a true greeting. The bartender in the chart room was great. The waiters were below average the room steward was just adequate. We expected for the price we paid to get super service…..we didn’t. Food Dining room was good but they had no items that were available every day (needed!) Some menus just did not have anything that we really wanted. Good food, again. Not outstanding. The Lido buffet was quite good. They had a good variety that changed every day. I think it was one of the best buffets we have seen. We did not see a grill facility although there may have been one. Theater and Entertainment Most of the shows were very good. The ships singers and dancers were hit and miss (as usual). We went to the show most every night. There was lots of dancing in the Queens Ballroom (which is gorgeous) but we did not partake except for the last evening. Ports Newcastle – we did not go on tour. We just went to the adjacent shopping mall (free shuttle) Edinburgh – After the tender in Newhaven we took a bus to the town center and met with previous cruise friends who live close by. We did a Hop on Hop of bus first, then we climbed the Scott Monument to get great views of the city (and the Queen Victoria at anchor). WE had a pub lunch and coffee at the Dome. A great day in a great town. Invergorden – We stayed in the small town and walked about. We had a complimentary tea and biscuit at the church and bought some souvenirs. Greenock – We decide not to go to Glasgow and instead stay in Greenock. The Inverclyde Tourist Group provided us with a free bus tour of the area which was very enjoyable. We saw the town hall and a local church as well as magnificent views of the whole area from high in the hills. Belfast – We booked Allen tours to take us around Northern Ireland. We saw the “troubles” area (which seem to continue!) then we went to The Dark Hedges, Bushmills, and the Giants Causeway and were back on the ship in time for our 6 p.m. dinner. Allen’s tours were efficient and friendly and 1/3 they cost of the ship’s tours. Liverpool – again. Cruise friends met us at the pier and took us up to Lancashire for the day. We got to meet their family in Burnley (and visit Smackwater Jack’s!) We had a nice British lunch and then got a brief tour of Turf Moor where the Premier League Burnley Clarets play. We toured an old mansion and got to see some Narrowboats at the Barrowford Locks. They took us to the Preston Train station and we rode the train back to Liverpool Lime Street station where we walked back to the ship. Saint Peter Port Guernsey – This was a great stop as the weather got nice and warm! We tendered into the town and walked about looking at the shops. The town and the island are beautiful. Southampton – We had a Cunard transfer to Victoria Coach Station Post cruise in London We stayed at the Park Plaza Victoria. The rooms were very nice and the breakfast the next morning was Full English. We went the Victoria Palace Theatre to see “Hamilton” that evening. The show was magnificent but the seats in the grand circle were too small for even a small human being! I am glad the show was so good because my wife and I were uncomfortable the entire time. WE booked a car to take us to Heathrow for the trip back to Canada

U.K. Cruise August 2019

Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Freedom55

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U.K. Cruise – Queen Victoria – August 2019

Pre cruise in London

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Kensington High Street. The staff was wonderful and the location was perfect -BUT- the rooms were tiny tiny tiny! We did not have room for our luggage. We got them to move us in what turned out to be a handicapped room which was adequate. The breakfast was included and was wonderful.

We took the Original Tour, hop on hop off bus and had a great one-day tour of London (which was extremely busy!) We did not get on the included river cruise because it was just too busy. We had lunch in Leicester Square which was great (Belle Italia)

Cunard transfer to Southampton

We took an Uber from Kensington to Victoria Coach Station (15 pounds) and were bused to the port.

Boarding was a breeze because we arrived at about 2:30 and most had boarded already. We went straight to our room and one of our bags beat us there! Amazing. The other arrived shortly after we did and we were able to unpack and get ready for muster drill.

The ship

Queen Victoria is what I would call understated compared to other ships we have been on. Classy but not flashy. The pools are very small and there are almost no loungers that are in a covered area. This was not too much of an issue for this trip as it was cool, but would be an issue on warm weather trips.

We used the Chart room bar for pre-dinner drinks. It was fine. The dining room is standard design, nothing special. The theater was the best we have seen on any ship. We were able to sit in a private box for every show! We generally did not have dessert or coffee with dinner (6 p.m.) so we were able to arrive at the theater early and get the private box.

Our cabin was a standard balcony cabin. Very small but adequate shower. Lots of storage space. (more than our hotel room in London!)

Service on the ship was, with some exceptions, quite cold and impersonal. Most “good mornings” sounded like an obligation rather than a true greeting. The bartender in the chart room was great. The waiters were below average the room steward was just adequate. We expected for the price we paid to get super service…..we didn’t.

Food

Dining room was good but they had no items that were available every day (needed!) Some menus just did not have anything that we really wanted. Good food, again. Not outstanding.

The Lido buffet was quite good. They had a good variety that changed every day. I think it was one of the best buffets we have seen.

We did not see a grill facility although there may have been one.

Theater and Entertainment

Most of the shows were very good. The ships singers and dancers were hit and miss (as usual). We went to the show most every night.

There was lots of dancing in the Queens Ballroom (which is gorgeous) but we did not partake except for the last evening.

Ports

Newcastle – we did not go on tour. We just went to the adjacent shopping mall (free shuttle)

Edinburgh – After the tender in Newhaven we took a bus to the town center and met with previous cruise friends who live close by. We did a Hop on Hop of bus first, then we climbed the Scott Monument to get great views of the city (and the Queen Victoria at anchor). WE had a pub lunch and coffee at the Dome. A great day in a great town.

Invergorden – We stayed in the small town and walked about. We had a complimentary tea and biscuit at the church and bought some souvenirs.

Greenock – We decide not to go to Glasgow and instead stay in Greenock. The Inverclyde Tourist Group provided us with a free bus tour of the area which was very enjoyable. We saw the town hall and a local church as well as magnificent views of the whole area from high in the hills.

Belfast – We booked Allen tours to take us around Northern Ireland. We saw the “troubles” area (which seem to continue!) then we went to The Dark Hedges, Bushmills, and the Giants Causeway and were back on the ship in time for our 6 p.m. dinner. Allen’s tours were efficient and friendly and 1/3 they cost of the ship’s tours.

Liverpool – again. Cruise friends met us at the pier and took us up to Lancashire for the day. We got to meet their family in Burnley (and visit Smackwater Jack’s!) We had a nice British lunch and then got a brief tour of Turf Moor where the Premier League Burnley Clarets play. We toured an old mansion and got to see some Narrowboats at the Barrowford Locks. They took us to the Preston Train station and we rode the train back to Liverpool Lime Street station where we walked back to the ship.

Saint Peter Port Guernsey – This was a great stop as the weather got nice and warm! We tendered into the town and walked about looking at the shops. The town and the island are beautiful.

Southampton – We had a Cunard transfer to Victoria Coach Station

Post cruise in London

We stayed at the Park Plaza Victoria. The rooms were very nice and the breakfast the next morning was Full English. We went the Victoria Palace Theatre to see “Hamilton” that evening. The show was magnificent but the seats in the grand circle were too small for even a small human being! I am glad the show was so good because my wife and I were uncomfortable the entire time.

WE booked a car to take us to Heathrow for the trip back to Canada
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