Queen Elizabeth Review

We've cruised many lines but this was our first time on Cunard

Review for Australia & New Zealand Cruise on Queen Elizabeth
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Kimfromkingsmount
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Feb 2024
Cabin: Princess Suite

Im keen to try all the great cruise lines if possible and this Cunard ship was sailing out of Australia and returning to the same port at a time that suited our needs so seemed like the perfect choice for a nice holiday break. Check in was simple and quick, and we were allowed to go straight to our cabin once aboard which was fantastic. Ship is very smart, looks like a stately home of Art Deco design. The crew seem to be on top of ongoing maintenance throughout the ship and this was evident on a daily basis throughout the cruise, which was good to see.

Pros:

Staff were all delightful and very professional and friendly (only one exception). Food was amongst the best we've ever had, couldn't fault it, and I'm comparing it with the likes of Seabourn, Silversea and Celebrity. The demographic meant sun-beds were always available and we never had trouble getting seated in bars etc (exception: The Golden Lion pub, if you want lunch here, arrive well before noon to secure a table). We loved the promenade deck too, great way to get your step count up on sea days. Entertainment....hmmmm, some good, some average, some poor, nothing captivating, so it sits in between 'Pros and Cons'

Cabin Review

Princess Suite

Cabin (Mid ship) was clean and tidy and serviced efficiently every day in a timely manner. Bathroom looked a little tired though, due a refurbishment. We were also surprised that the overall feel of our Princess Suite was compact compared to regular Veranda suites on other cruise ships e.g the front door to the cabin and the hallway entry area was extremely narrow for a cabin especially a Princess Suite I thought.

Port Reviews

Auckland

Auckland was looking a bit scruffy compared to past visits. I was keen to shop and buy authentic items made in NZ and had spending money burning a hole in my pocket but didn't find anything that fitted the bill. However, Smith and Caugheys Dept store in Queens Street was a great experience. Loved this shop, very expensive but some great items.

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