what a stunner: Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by david brady

Queen Elizabeth 5
david brady
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what a stunner

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Southampton
As this was a first time on Cunard for us we felt excited to try Queen Elizabeth, after all she is barely 8 months old.Embark cation went very smoothly, after security we waited about twenty minutes in the lounge before our colur code was called.Cabin location was easy, the carpet in the corridors has a red strip for left hand side (port) and green for right hand side (starboard) that's very useful when getting your bearings.

The ship's decor is very subdued, compared say to NCL or Costa, we liked it very much. An interesting point for ship lovers, Cunard commissioned a series of beautiful oil paintings of current and past Cunarders, these can be found on the forward staircases and also in the Commodore Club lounge.

Dining: Lido self serve on deck 10 aft was very satisfactory, my only gripe would be that at certain times traffic can be heavy, we avoided simply by having an early breakfast (before 8 am) Dining in the Britannia restaurant was delightful, we had a first More sitting at 6 pm, we shared a table for eight but 4 of our table companions invariably used the Lido instead, but they did join us for the formal night. Cunard had said in their literature that tables for two were not available, however we saw many tables for two, but for variety and interest we prefer the larger tables. The food was excellent every meal, I just can't understand some of the reviews complaining about choice and portion size.

A very important note for Gluten Free devotees: Mrs Brady is a Coeliac and this can present problems when eating away for home. Full marks to Cunard for taking very good care of her. For example they bake fresh bread every day including gluten free, also the menu can be adjusted each day to provide for her tastes, she was delighted with the dining experience.

Cabin: quite spacious, however the bathroom is small, and yes the shower curtain can get a bit friendly, however do not be put off by this.

Overall we had a lovely 5 day cruise, no gripes at all, we found the staff from dining to bars to bedroom quite excellent. Would we travel on Queen Elizabeth again? You bet Less

Published 06/15/11

Cabin review: FA4120

Good size, although restricted view from window, bathroom tiny.

Port and Shore Excursions

We docked in the commercial port, however Cunard laid on a very frequent bus service, about 15 minutes to city centre. Watch out for bicycles, there are thousands whizzing about.

Bruge is a lovely town, very walkable, and if you fancy a boat trip round the canals, there is a huge choice.

bus transfer laid on directly to centre near Hotel De Ville, lovely clean city and shopping very adequate

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