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Although we have cruised before, this was our first cruise with Cunard. The Queen Elizabeth is a very comfortable ship. There are plenty of seats around the ship, and it is never hard to find a comfortable spot to relax, read a book, watch the scenery, play a card or board game or just chat to new friends. There are lots of activities on board, shops to visit, a very busy British pub, an excellent library, lectures, daily movies, and the standard of acts in the theatre was very good. The food was delicious. Serves in the dining room are small, which is very good since eating at the self-serve Lido inevitably leads to over-indulgence. It was very upsetting to hear a perfectly fit passenger rudely complain to staff that he had waited in vain for 15 minutes for a staff member to offer him a cup of tea - in a self-service restaurant! Currency on board is $US which can make on-board shopping, specialty dining, drinks and shore excursions expensive for some. The staff are hard working, helpful, friendly and polite and a credit to Cunard. At every port on this trip from Melbourne around New Zealand, we were transported to the city by bus and/or tender. Although information on shore excursions was provided, and photographers were about the ship, there was no hard sell, which was impressive and most welcome. Whilst there was a few minor disappointments - the absence of a few favourite food items, for example, and the lengthy queues for tickets for tender transfers, they were entirely offset by the many pleasures to be enjoyed on this ship. This is not a ship for children or teenagers who might find it boring. There are other cruise lines for them. Read the literature and reviews before you go and there will be no need to be upset that your drinks are costly, or your shore excursions too. Be prepared and you won’t feel the need to complain later.

First time, very enjoyable

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by MaryFlorence

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Although we have cruised before, this was our first cruise with Cunard. The Queen Elizabeth is a very comfortable ship. There are plenty of seats around the ship, and it is never hard to find a comfortable spot to relax, read a book, watch the scenery, play a card or board game or just chat to new friends. There are lots of activities on board, shops to visit, a very busy British pub, an excellent library, lectures, daily movies, and the standard of acts in the theatre was very good. The food was delicious. Serves in the dining room are small, which is very good since eating at the self-serve Lido inevitably leads to over-indulgence. It was very upsetting to hear a perfectly fit passenger rudely complain to staff that he had waited in vain for 15 minutes for a staff member to offer him a cup of tea - in a self-service restaurant! Currency on board is $US which can make on-board shopping, specialty dining, drinks and shore excursions expensive for some. The staff are hard working, helpful, friendly and polite and a credit to Cunard. At every port on this trip from Melbourne around New Zealand, we were transported to the city by bus and/or tender. Although information on shore excursions was provided, and photographers were about the ship, there was no hard sell, which was impressive and most welcome. Whilst there was a few minor disappointments - the absence of a few favourite food items, for example, and the lengthy queues for tickets for tender transfers, they were entirely offset by the many pleasures to be enjoyed on this ship. This is not a ship for children or teenagers who might find it boring. There are other cruise lines for them. Read the literature and reviews before you go and there will be no need to be upset that your drinks are costly, or your shore excursions too. Be prepared and you won’t feel the need to complain later.
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Cabin Review

Oceanview (obstructed view)
Cabin FB
Still get a reasonable view between lifeboats
Deck 4 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Pluses: A small bottle of bubbly wine is on ice for you in your stateroom on arrival. Free.
You have a ‘fridge with drinks at the ready (charges apply)
There is an ice bucket full of ice in your ‘fridge st all times
Champagne glasses and tumblers are provided in your room
Your cabin will be very well maintained at all times
Beautiful shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap and moisturiser supplied
Large tv monitor with many programs available
Plenty of towels, including those for use in deck, by the pool etc
Daily news sheet
Many dining experiences
Movies, nightly entertainment, lectures, music everywhere, games - the list goes on.
Wonderful afternoon tea daily
Large variety of dishes in the Lido
Choices for diabetics, and those with food allergies clearly available
Quality of food in the Britannia very high, especially meat, fish and desserts
Staff are friendly, helpful and polite especially if you reciprocate
Daily updates from the Captain on location, weather, ports etc.
Free transfers from ship to town centre

Minuses
Currency is $US.
Drinks, internet use, spa treatments all rather expensive
Rude, grumpy, complaining passengers