Formal is as formal does: Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by MelvynG

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Formal is as formal does

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton
Parking and Luggage handing,

Everybody was superbly efficient. Our luggage was waiting at our cabin door.


Painfully slow. We had to wait two hours to board. Problem not fully explained to us.


This was a good average size and the balcony is fairly large. The bed is the most comfortable we have ever found at sea. Our stewardess was friendly, obliging and efficient. Bath robes were changed after one week.

The safe is at shoulder height and easy to use.

Dining Room

Service was on the whole slow and the menu uninspiring. It is a pity to be all dressed up and be served very average meals. Generally they do not understand how to cook fish. The secret is too not cook i so long that it becomes dry. The meat was not as good as we have had on Holland America and Celebrity.

The Decor

The whole ship is beautifully reminiscent of the old liners. Lovely wood and marble all over the place. More

Great artwork and memorabilia of the old Cunard ships.


Very good plays were staged, what a shame there were not more Neil Simon scenes.

The song and dance routines were good but we did not recognise the tunes. Even the "Sixties special" had no tunes we knew. Specialty acts ranged from tip top to mediocre. You have to be lucky who you get. The cruise director is a lovely lady and an asset to the ship.

If the boxes are not taken you can occupy one at no charge but bring a drink from the bar.

Cruise Staff

Great crowd of boys and girls, always fun to be with at quizzes and sports.


The usual stuff. We often do our own thing and enjoy it more. If you are not self sufficient take the tour and be safe.


Very good selection. We particularly liked the Golden Lion pub where you could enjoy a drink, lunch and music. The best days were when the musicians turned up for a traditional jazz session.

Top Deck Sports

Great lawn bowls, croquet and paddle tennis.


Probably the best ballroom on the high seas.


Some of the best I have heard. Talks on Concorde, The Cold War, Submarines, and of course the ports.


Cadiz is a lovely city but take a trip to Seville and see the Alcazar.

Messina is very ordinary. Take a tour to Mount Etna or Taormina.

Cefalonia. Pretty Greek Island. Take a tour as there is not much in town.

Korkula birthplace of Marco Polo. Tour the island but also visit the old town.


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Published 07/18/11

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4035 Good location fairly near elevators and stairs. Quiet too.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Take a tour and do not miss the cricket field.

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A great place to stroll around. No need for a tour, but boat trips are great around the islands. Seek out the ols synagogue if you have time

Its great if you have not been there before. Otherwise buy some booze and return to the ship.

One of the best ports in the world.

Take a ships tour or buy a day pass on the vaporetto for 16 euros. This pass also covers buses on the lido.

Avoid having a drink in St Marks Square.

Try to find the Scala del Bovolo and have a surprise.

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