Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by Eileen
- Sail Date: September 2011
- Destination: Transatlantic
- Cabin Type: Balcony
We were not disappointed with the level of service as it was excellent as usual. What we were disappointed in was the fact that it was almost identical to the Queen Victoria! We thought new ship new decor and design. But no! As soon as we boarded we had this feeling of "Deja Vu".
Oddly enough we found that we were also seated on the same table as we had been allocated when we sailed on the Queen Victoria, the Captain's Table of 10.
We had been warned about crossing the Atlantic due to the fog and cold but I have to say we were most fortunate and only had one foggy day as we reached Portland.
However, we were probably too early to see the fall in all its glory and might have been better sailling two weeks later. Then, of course, you could get more foggy and wetter weather, so its take your chance.
Overall we really enjoyed the cruise and all the ports of call. We had not cruised so long before and thought it might drag but it did not and hte time went very quickly. We were lucky to have a nice set of people to dine with and found it a friendly ship.
My only gripe is that the hairdryer is situated in the left hand side drawer and is fixed down so cannot be moved which is useless if you need to dry your hair for any length of time or if you do not have the strength to pull on the curly wire!
PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE PUT DOVER AS THE EMBARKATION PORT AS SOUTHAMPTON WAS NOT ON YOUR LIST
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Bar HarborUnfortunately this was the one day of fog and rain so did not do the port justice.View All 369 Bar Harbor Cruise Port Reviews
We took the tender to shore and some of the fog had lifted. We walked around the picturesque town and shops but then it rained and visibility was poor. However, the people were again charming and chatty.
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BostonWe took the shuttle bus to Quincy Market which we had to pay for. On other cruises these buses have been free.View All 548 Boston Cruise Port Reviews
We spent our day walking the Freedom Trail and had a lobster lunch at the Black Rose, an Irish pub.
Boston has a lot of history and plenty of churches and houses to visit as well as the interesting Quincy Market with all its stalls and shops.
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HalifaxWhen we arrived in Halifax the fog had cleared and the sun was out. We walked along Boardwalk around the shoreline and the up the streets to the Citadel National Historic Site. Here you can get wonderful views of Halifax and its port.View All 637 Halifax Cruise Port Reviews
There was a ceremony at the Cunard statue for Sir Samuel Cunard as Cunard was born in Halifax.
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New York (Manhattan)We spent 2 days in New York. The sail in up the Hudson was magical. It was 6.30am and the sun was up.It was a beautiful clear morning and a wonderful sunrise. We sailed past the Statue of Liberty.View All 859 New York (Manhattan) Cruise Port Reviews
Immigration was a bit of a pain. However, we were first to disembark as we were on deck 8 and we only had to queue for an hour but others took longer we understand. The immigration officer was very pleasant and jovial. He asked me if I was going to Macy's and had I been to New York before. I said "yes" and he replied "So, you know the way to Macys. Shall I ring them and tell them you are on your way?" I replied"Yes please and can you order some coffees for us?"
We had fun during our two days and re-visited places like Times Square, Broadway, the Pennsylvania Hotel, Central Station and all the usual highlights including Macy's and Bloomingdales.
We did find the prices had escalated though.
At least being berthed at Pier 88 mid town Manhattan it was easy to walk into the city and to get around. We were also next to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and to Concord.
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NewportWe sailed through a fog bank to Newport with the ship's horn blowing, very eerie!View All 182 Newport Cruise Port Reviews
The around 7am it cleared and the sun emerged.
We took a tender to shore and walked around the harbour and into the Brick Market shopping area. We then walked up to Trinity Church and on to St Mary's Church where John F Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier. On the outside the latter was very plain and we much preferred the white Trinity Church ourselves.
The people of Newport were very friendly and chatty and we enjoyed our time there.
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Portland (Maine)Portland has a very rocky coastline and has the Old Port historic area and harbour to walk around.It is well known for the Portland Head light as it is Maine's oldest lighthouse. There are cobbled streets and old brick buildings to be seen and high up on the Portland Observatory you can get beautiful views.View All 271 Portland (Maine) Cruise Port Reviews
The city run cheap shuttle buses on cruise ship days to take you around.
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Quebec CityWe sailed up the St Lawrence river to Quebec. It was beautiful scenery either side of the river and warm sunshine 20C.View All 229 Quebec City Cruise Port Reviews
There are the lower and upper towns and the funiclaire gives access to the upper part if you cannot manage the walk. Again the views are great and the Chateau de Frontenac spectacular.
The Rue Du Petit Champlain in the lower town is the oldest street in North America and well worth the walk.
The Notre Dames-des-Victoire is the oldest church in Quebec dating from 1688.
The beautiful architecture makes Quebec exquisite.
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