Queen Elizabeth Review

Lovely Ship, Average Food and Entertainment

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LACruiseGuy
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jul 2023

Queen Elizabeth is a lovely, well-maintained ship with a nod to the Art Deco style reminiscent of the great ocean liners of the 30's and 40's.

Since food and dining options are a major consideration for us on a cruise, my comments will mainly be about the dining experience.

BRITANNIA DINING ROOM - The food in the main dining room was average; similar to the type of food you would expect to be served at a hotel banquet room - very old-style continental cuisine. There was a variety of dishes on the dinner menu over the course of our 11-day cruise. Nothing was really terrible, aside from one fish entree that was tasteless and almost inedible, but neither was there anything offered that was outstanding. The dinner menu is a very traditional 5 course service, - appetizer, salad, soup, and a choice of a meat (usually beef), fish, pasta entree, and a vegetarian option, with a variety of vegetable sides - portions were relatively small. A chicken entree was served periodically. Shrimp and lobster were only served occasionally as a small appetizer. There were typically four dessert offerings. We eat breakfast every morning in Britannia, which was fine, and the menu was the same every day. The wait staff were all attentive and efficient but not particularly friendly or gracious. In my opinion, the food and dining experience on Holland America and Celebrity is superior to Cunard.

Cabin Review

Nicely appointed Britannia balcony cabin with good steward. Ample closets but not much shelf space. Appreciated the kettle in the room so we could make coffee with our own French press coffee maker and ground coffee we brought.

Port Reviews

Glacier Bay

Beautiful, stunning scenery.

Haines

Nice little town. River raft trip in Eagle Preserve area was the hi-lite of our trip.

Hubbard Glacier

In many ways more stunning that Glacier Bay due the sheer size of the glacier.

Icy Strait

Not much to do. Gondola ride had a nice view but the available trail at the top is very short and restricted due to bear activity.

Juneau

Enjoyed hiking the trails from town and on Roberts Mountain.

Ketchikan

A tourist trap with little of interest other than Creek Street and the fish ladder. Our boat trip to Misty Fjords was cancelled and the alternative local guide we booked as a replacement, which was a city tour, bear search (no bears found) and totem park/native village visit was a bore.

Sitka

Did a couple of nice hikes to the historic park and a river trail that was beautiful.

Victoria

Enjoyed walking around the downtown, including Chinatown. Butchart Gardens was nice but I've been to much better gardens.

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