Hail the new Queen!: Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by Platinum Member

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Hail the new Queen!

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
Being loyal Cunard customers, we were initially concerned after reading the reviews of Queen Elizabeth. We need not have worried, we share none of the negative viewpoints offered by others.

Embarkation at Southampton was slick and without incident. All of our luggage (and we don't travel lightly) was waiting in our Stateroom when we boarded. We tried hard not to compare her to the other Queens but comparison is inevitable. Suffice to say, they all have their positives and negative, QE having positives in abundance. As a real fan of the Art DEco period, QE could not fail to amaze me. I was fascinated by the artwork on board. The murals, lalique lighting and elabarate carpeting are a spectacle, indeed, a work of art in themselves.

The staff onboard were friendly, yet professional, attentive yet unobtrusive. There is a social space on board to suit all tastes and interests; The Commodore Club, in particular, surpassing QM2 in it's grandeur.

As for the More previous correspondent's concerns that the Garden Room is like a care home, let's just say that I'll be very pleased if, in 60 years time, I end up in a care home with that level of comfort and pleasant ambiance. Similarly, the "concern" that Veuve Cliquot should be poured at the Cocktail Parties, we were very pleased with the generous complimentary drinks and canapEs we did receive. How many people accept an invitation for complimentary hospitality and expect to dictate the choice of food and drink?

People are quick to point out the old touches that have disappeared; how many appreciate that new ones that have arrived? Flat screen television, complimentary wifi and exquisite petits-fours with coffee as a few examples.

In summary, well done Cunard. You've pulled off another ocean going triumph!

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Published 09/02/11

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