Queen Elizabeth Review

Ok but not fab

Review for the British Isles & Western Europe Cruise on Queen Elizabeth
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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Aug 2022
Cabin: Balcony

We choose this cruise as a treat for my 50th birthday and choose to book for 14 nights,we booked a spacious deluxe inside room on a saver fare,two weeks before we sailed we were told that we had been ‘upgraded’ to an outside smaller footage room,when we looked at the room online not only was it smaller but had a tender boat completely blocking the window,after almost an hour on the phone we were told we couldnt go back to our original room as it was against policy on a saver fare and was in the small print,after arguing for 40 minutes the only thing we could do was upgrade to a balcony at our own cost,when we got off the plane at Barcelona there was just two members of Cunard staff waiting and neither spoke very clear English so it was a complete shambles,we were then put on a really tatty coach with dirty and fraying seats which we then sat on for 45 minute with no air con to wait for a better coach as some people refuse to get on it,half way through the 45 minute wait all our luggage was offloaded and piled up to sit in the midday sun,this included luggage with several people’s medication including my own,embarkation was minimal to say the least,just a quick glance at covid passes and we were waved onboard,the room was very nice (should be after paying an extra £500) and the balcony was clean with two chairs and a small table both were chipped but nothing major and slight rusting but it is a ship exposed to the elements not a hotel,

the food was excellent both in the main dining room,lido and golden lion pub,drinks were super expensive we choose just to have the soft drinks package and even that added another $200 to the bill and $16 for a single glass of wine!..trips were very good but again expensive compared to booking independently,the main gripe of the whole cruise was the entertainment with ballroom dancing as the highlight every evening,random folk bands and shows and quizzes that you couldn’t even get to go to as they started before the late sitting in the main dining room ended,absolutely no atmosphere as the ship was half empty and everyone seemed to finish the late meal and go to bed,several nights we won the music quiz ( bottle of wine)in the yacht club as there was no serious competition with the three other people that were sat there with us,on the second week a few more younger (under 70s) people turned up on ship but was rather a bit like a old folks home at sea,on disembarking we were put on a coach with no Cunard representative to be taken to the airport but once the coach stopped the driver didn’t even get out of his seat to unload the luggage not good with so many elderly people and the fitter men and women offloaded the luggage ourselves,no help or assistance to where we were supposed to go to find the terminal etc just seemed as if it was like we’ve had your money so off you go… sadly will probably not go on Cunard again or recommend it to anyone under 64 and definitely not worth the money we have paid with enforce upgrades

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