New exciting experience: Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by Ron Cole

Queen Elizabeth 5
Ron Cole

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New exciting experience

Sail Date: November 2010
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Southampton
To be able to go on a new Cunard ship, only a month after its maiden voyage, was a very exciting experience. Queen Elizabeth was everything one expects from Cunard and more ..... having experienced the QE2 and a trans-Atlantic voyage on the QM2, could Cunard offer better? My answer is without any shadow of a doubt, an outstanding "YES".

The experience was somewhat short and sweet - 5 nights with a two-day stay in Amsterdam, a day in Zeebrugge and one in Cherbourg - but interesting and exciting at the same time.

Parking in Southampton arranged by CPS was very efficient and a good start - no waiting, no problems. Embarkation was quick and efficient followed by lunch on board. On arrival at our balcony stateroom, our luggage had already been delivered. Leaving and arriving at ports in darkness is not very picturesque but leaving Southampton was somewhat enhanced by the city's lights.

The English Channel is not the best water to sail but the QE took it in her More stride on each occasion - the last time across from Cherbourg in high winds but the crossing was as smooth as one ever and the QE was greeted by one of HM's frigates which came alongside and fired a salute - very exciting.

The QE experience was enhanced at dinner on each evening - the food was always so well presented - how do they maintain such standards on big ships at sea? The restaurant service - from Sheryllyn and Edward was the best yet - and Paco, our wine waiter was superb - but how could Real Madrid lose to Barcelona by five-nil - Paco was upset.

Out and about on board was a pleasurable experience - the bars and cafes were welcoming - all the crew went the extra mile. In my experience, I would go so far as saying that overall this QE crew are the best ever! The shops were well stacked - no duty-free because we didn't venture outside the EU. The Golden Lion was pleasant - trivia quizzes were good - something for everyone. The entertainment from the ship's entertainers was very good - the guest comedian was the only disappointment - I thought he might be more suitable at a stag-night or a hen-party - few seemed to really enjoy his performance.

Disembarkation was quick and efficient - the car was parked about 200 metres from the exit to the Terminal - and away we sped after an excellent new QE experience.

Would I go again? Undoubtedly "YES". Less

Published 12/02/10

Cabin review: BC6157 Balcony

6157 - opposite entrance to lifts and stairs - aft on starboard side - Staircase C - but not noisy. Cabin was adequate in size with an adequately sized balcony - small table and two comfortable chairs. Kenneth, the steward went about his work quietly and unobstrusively but he was very helpful when approached. Bed was very comfortable - linen, towels were kept extremely clean. Shower, wash-room, toilet was adequate in size.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Disappointing - Amsterdam by canal was interesting. The Van Gogh Museum is a must see but the city is a mish-mash of buildings and canals - some interesting and others somewhat derelict and dull. Transportation appears on the surface to be good but in practice public transport turned out to be expensive.

The port of Zeebrugge was very good with a free shuttle bus taking people to Blankenburg. Trains to Brugge were every hour but we preferred a taxi for 4 - 40 euros. Brugge appears to be cleaner than Amsterdam - canals and buildings! Interesting shops and a Christmas Market was prominent.

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