A little bit of Spring Luxury!!: Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Philip McLaughlin

Queen Victoria 5
Philip McLaughlin

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A little bit of Spring Luxury!!

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Southampton
We travelled down from home (Wirral Merseyside)the night before the trip and stayed overnight in a Travellodge and then were able to have a leisurely breakfast before travelling the last part of the journey which took about an hour. Excitement was high as we reached Southampton docks and nothing prepares you for the first sighting of such a magnificent ship. Compared to air travel the whole check in process was seamless, suitcases whisked away, car taken care of, friendly and receptive reception-what a difference from the hassle that are airports.

The interior of the ship took your breath away. Our outside cabin (a free upgrade a fortnight before travel) was clean, spacious with ample room for Rebecca's bed. The half bottle of champagne was a nice and welcome touch. Our time on board made you feel very special-all the staff were pleasant and attentive with the chamber maids using your name every time. We enjoyed the food and ambiance of the restaurant where we were on the More first sitting with an excellently placed table by the window at the back of the ship. A table for our exclusive use was welcome, especially with our 9 year old daughter. We tended to visit the ports of call when possible so majority of time on board was late afternoon to evening. After dinner we would drop Rebecca at the Time Out club which she thoroughly enjoyed - difficult to drag her away! Angela and then were able to attend the excellent productions in the theatre, relax in the Commodore bar or have a flutter in the casino. After this we would collect Rebecca and spend some quality family time in the Lido with a little more food!!

Although the weather was not brilliant we used the outside pools which were maintained at an pleasant temperature and the Spa changing rooms were immaculate. This was our first experience of cruising and certainly wont be the last as we intend to travel again as soon as funds and work commitments permit. Less

Published 08/12/10

Cabin review: EB1022 Oceanview

1022 was excellent - located close to the lifts and Grand lobby Quiet at all times Spacious Clean The only compromise when comaring to a comparable rated hotel room would be the small bathroom and shower rather than bath

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Port and Shore Excursions

From the moment you approach the port via the interesting internal water ways and locks the expectation grows and we were not disappointed. Excellent port with our mooring being only a ten minute walk from the centre. a beautiful city which is easily explored in the time available (1.5 days) in a combination of canal boats and on foot. Really interesting architecture and the canal cruise is a great way to orientate yourself. The pavement cafes provide excellent opportunity to relax and watch the world go by. A city we had not visited before but that we have earmarked to return to one day soon

We arrived at Zebrugge which in it's self is more akin to a working port. We opted for the courtesy bus to take us into a town to pick up the train for Bruggge. It was Sunday which I dont know contributed to our frustration as we arrived 5 minutes too late for a train and had to wait an hour for the next one!! The journey into Brugge was only 10 minutes but the time lost really impacted on our time available We loved Brugge, the impeccable chocolate shops proving a real hit with our daughter. The standard of food in the small coffee shops was excellent and again the architecture of the town was very interesting. Whilst we were able to gain an overview of the town, we would have liked to have had more than the 3/4 hours available and would urge anyone faced with the same dilema re trains to consider a taxi as the journey is not far.

We docked in Le Havre which is a non inspiring port. We opted to make the short journey into town by the courtesy bus. Unfortunately the 10 minute journey took an hour due to a demonstration by French Dockers. The town had little to offer and 2/3 hours including lunch was more than sufficient. Obviously a trip to Paris is possible from Le Havre but we did not fancy the 3 hour journey one way!

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