Queen Victoria Review

Dare To Dream....................We did!

Review for the Baltic Sea Cruise on Queen Victoria
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Sail Date: Aug 2022
Cabin: Balcony, obstructed view

A trip on Cunard had been on my bucket list for some time, after recently losing a couple of close friends way to early in their lives we decided it was time to start to realise some of our dreams before it was too late. As DH was very apprehensive about Cunard being too 'posh' and 'stuffy' we decide on short 7nt cruise on QV to the Fjords (QV221) long enough to warrant the long slog down south to Southampton (we usually fly cruise from Newcastle or Manchester).

Pre- Cruise- After settling the farm, house and dog sitter we set off on the day prior to sailing at 3.45pm arriving at the Premier Inn Southampton North at 8.10pm ( a good clear run with one stop en-route). We ate in the attached Beefeater and had a couple for drinks and then tried to sleep but my it was still 30 degrees at 10.30pm so a restless night despite a fan being provided in the room. After a leisurely breakfast we drove down to the West Quay shopping Center for a mooch around the shops and then went to see the Titanic display in the Maritime museum which was very good well worth the entrance fee.

Embarkation 2.15pm - We pulled up at QV (Mayflower) and left our vehicle with CPS, left luggage at the bag drop and proceeded to the Pre document check area (a short wait) then into a big queue for passport and photo check (they used the ones i downloaded) once thro security we were on board for about 3.15pm. Our documents barely merited a cursory glance! Anthem of The Seas and Norwegian Star were also in Southampton.

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Balcony, obstructed view

This was our first balcony and the price difference between our usual OV and a balcony seemed eye watering so to keep the cost down we chose a Partially Obstructed Cabin 5113. The view straight outwards was clear the only obstruction was if you looked down as a lifeboat obscured the view. Also the outside balcony glass was really grubby and one of the chairs had smudges of white gloss paint on it (at first i thought was bird poo) just attention to detail.

The cabin itself was pleasant with a comfortable bed and ample storage.

The biggest disappointment was the bathroom probably not 4 feet square with the tiniest shower which even I as a 5ft 4in size 12 (UK) woman found difficult to manoeuvre in let alone my husband same height little more stocky! It also had a curtain which clung to you! Come on Cunard next refit get with the program and replace with glass/perspex doors even Marella on their old Celebrity ships from the nineties have glass doors!

Our cabin steward was Ariel and he looked after us well, ensuring we had ice for evening drinks and keeping everything inside immaculate. He even found an earring i didn't know i had misplaced!

Although for a week the cabin was ok for a longer trip i would spend a bit more for a better grade of cabin.

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