A mini cruise to celebrate my wifes 65th Birthday on her favourite ship.
CPS were as usual first class,luggage and car whisked away in an instant.
Booking in and embarkation was faultless,10 minutes from entering booking hall to being on the ship.
Suite 7030 was really nice,the only disappointment was that due to our late booking Guarantee Suites only were available and we were allocated a disabled suite,now, had we been disabled I would have been more than happy but being able bodied the lack of a Jacuzzi bath,my wife particularly loves that perk and a separate changing area was disappointing and on a long cruise there could be an issue with a lack of storage space, a ramp was fitted to the balcony but if you didn't open the door fully then a part of the ramp does not drop flush,it stands up and is a really dangerous trip hazard,as we both found out!
I do admit to feeling that having booked a QG suite we were not getting 100% of the luxury we have enjoyed in the past.
Our Butler,Alex recognised us straight away as we have met him on previous cruises and his memory of our likes was amazing,nothing is too much trouble for him or Richie the Under Butler.
Quality of the afternoon Canapes has improved vastly since our last QG experience.
We were very happy with our table in the QG restaurant,a nice table for two by the window,the service was as usual impeccable though there has been a noticeable lowering of standards,the Caviar starter is now a joke compared to a few years ago,
and having to order certain items at lunch time for dinner and those items mostly being for two,which means if your partner does not like Chateaubriand,Lobster etc,then you have to hope it pops up on the menu as ordering off menu now seems to be frowned upon,QG is still very good,but not what it was!!
Entertainment was great,the main productions were excellent,the Jazz Band in the Golden Lion amazing,the Harpist a joy and the Queens Room Dance Band truly first class.
We attended the lecture by Mary the Cunard Hostess on the old Queens which was very good and being an aviation enthusiast the talk by David the Lightning pilot was very interesting.
Noticeable was the number of people ignoring dress codes but the vast majority dressed up and the two formal nights felt like the old Cunard.
Hamburg was very nice to stroll around,not too cold and good to stretch our legs.
Disembarkation was fast,smooth and painless.
All in all a very nice mini cruise which we really enjoyed, penny pinching is now noticeable across most cruise lines unfortunately now affecting Cunard and before I forget the age old lament on Cunard,extortionate drinks prices, but Cunard still remains our favourite as long as the penny pinching does not go too far!!