Christmas celebration and more!: Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Susan Skelton

Queen Victoria 5
Susan Skelton

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Christmas celebration and more!

Sail Date: December 2010
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Southampton
We set sail on a snowy day in Southampton, after waiting 30 minutes we boarded to find our cases already outside our stateroom..result!

This was our 3rd trip on the Queen Victoria and so after unpacking we went to the Lido for a spot of lunch and then later watched as a brass band played as we sailed away with Mr & Mrs Christmas on the quay waving us off.

Our first port of call was La Coruna where unfortunately it was raining. That night there was a strong gale which made walking in heels a bit of a challenge but Queen Victoria handled the seas well.

Next it was Lisbon, one of our favorite places and again it didn't disappoint, a wonderful town with lots to see and do with some of the friendliest people you could wish to meet.

Gibraltar next, 24th December and warm enough to sit in a swimsuit on the balcony!

Christmas day on board was a delight, good food, entertainment and a little gift from Cunard, very nice.

On the 26th More December we were in Lanzarote, while here we went on a trip to Fire Mountain, a trip not to be missed and the landscape is awesome!

Our next stop was Gran Canaria followed by La Palma, where it was 74 degrees, and then on to Madeira. We stopped overnight at Madeira and were moored out in the bay when the fireworks went off at midnight New Years eve. It was a fantastic display and from our balcony we had a spectacular view.

As always the service on Cunard couldn't be faulted, the only disappointment were the shows which were a repeat, except for the comedians, of the entertainment we saw in August and July the year before! Come on Cunard, if you want us to keep returning then update the shows. Less

Published 01/16/11
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Cabin review: BA Balcony

Cabin 835 is the first you see when you exit the lift and we thought it might have been noisy with people passing by on their way to there own staterooms but we had no problems with noise at all. Lots of storage space, great balcony,a great place to spend 16 days.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Great views from the top of "the rock" and duty free shopping is great. The town itself is easily reached on foot from the ship.

The volcanic landscape is spectacular and a trip up Fire Mountain a must. You can also take a camel ride lower down on Fire Mountain which looked fun although we didn't try it

A wonderful port, there's so much to see right there on the quay side. Don't miss the statue of Christ. Sailing under the bridge as you enter the port is exciting as you wonder if the ship will get under it in one piece.

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A lovely port that is easy to negotiate with some great shops and places to eat. We saw lots of street entertainers wearing national costume who after performing just went off without asking for any money.

Look at the lace making factory and please buy some.

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