Why not spent some nights on the Queen Elizabeth as part of Pre Xmas celebrations, I thought. We were on her not so long ago in Feb and then in April on her way to Japan for the Sakura or Cherry Blossom. So this is really, a novel way for us to past the time away. We were just back from her sister ship in the Med in Sept. Making the best use of her while she is in Australian waters. Otherwise, it will be a long flight to London and coach to Southampton.
We note some differences sailing here and in Europe. Some of our Aussies are pretty laid back to the point that some wear, thongs and shorts and T-shirts for the evening performances in the Royal Court Theatre and other places in the evening. It is like a country bush setting for some of them and they might be missing the salient point of cruising on the Cunard. We have heard previous comedians joking about the Aussie dressing standards which you have to laugh when you think about how true it is. Seriously, couldn't some of them put a little bit more effort to dress and look good for one's sake and lend a bit more ambience to the evening for everyone's sake.
Britannia served some excellent food and lobsters, my favourite marine crustacean delicacy on the 2 formal nights and on 3 other nights. This totally, repudiated my one gripe about the lack of lobster when we were sailing on the Queen Victoria in Sep/Oct.
Either the executive chef must have heard my gripe or sailing in Tasmania, means lots of lovely lobsters for all of us. The selection of dining cuisine was very good and delicious and certainly, much better than our recent experience in her sister ship. Lucky, maybe.
Entertainment was excellent and as to be expected. We loved Top Hats show performed by the Royal Court Theatre dancers and singers. Good story and good acting. Horace stole the show, we think but Bettini was funny. And so are the Palladium Nights and Hollywood Nights shows. Lana MacFarlane provided the lovely vocals and Tom Scott the guitarist, and the Queens Room Orchestra, provided some lovely music for dancing which we enjoyed very much. That is how we past our time away.
We visited the Emu Valley Rhododendron gardens and the famous Hellyer Whisky distillery. The gardens were pretty and well landscaped and I imagined will be even much more beautiful during spring when the flowers blossom or in autumn, when the foliage turned yellow and red.
In Hobart, we walked about Salamanca place and went shopping in Elizabeth street downtown and in Adelaide, the ship generously provided an hour long drive shuttle bus to Rundle Mall shopping centre, and so we did more shopping. The winds exceeded 22 nautical miles per hour and for the passengers safety, we were not allowed to tender to go to Kangaroo island. This must have disappointed many hundreds of passengers especially those with children wanting to see some lively kangaroos and seals. Our monies for the full day excursion monies were automatically refunded very quickly and seaday activities were immediately put on by the ship entertainment team to keep everyone happy and busy. What a great effort by all.
Overall, we were very happy with the cruise. We met many interesting and lovely people on board. The service was very good and friendly throughout the ship. Looking forward to the next cruise to NZ next month.