QVictoria cruise Dec 6th 11: Queen Victoria Cruise Review by sirenaalbastra

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QVictoria cruise Dec 6th 11

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We choose this cruise mostly for the itinerary and especially for Panama Canal and Acapulco. Acapulco was cancelled 2 weeks before the cruise started and was replaced with Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua - big disappointment.
Another big disappointment was the embarkation process that took us over 2hours, with queues till security, then till the counters and finally to the ship. There was no real organization of this flow, everybody just hoped that at the next corner the queue will end....The longest and annoying embarkation we ever had...Unfortunately we had the same frustrating experience on disembarkation, when people actually lost connection flights because of the delay (the earliest hour announced for disembarking was 8.00 and actually it was 9.15am).
The ship was neat, british style, conservative, with a lot of bars and restaurants and only 2 small to medium pools. The promenade or the shops area was reduced to 4 shops and an art gallery where you can find some perfumes and More clothing, poor compared to Royal Promenade on Navigator of the Sea or Star Princess.
We could find some positive things about the ship entertainment, the every night show with spectacular dancers (strongest recommendation is the Dance Passion show, really impressive) and the comedians that performed twice. Also the dancing couple that had dance classes on sea days and the Tap dance performers that had a show and dance class were fun to watch and spiced up a little bit the atmosphere. The guest speakers were also good, the lectures regarding the Panama Canal and Islands were useful just one day before going thru the canal.
Another favorite thing to do on sea days, except going to the gym and sauna, was going to Golden Lion Pub to watch the Premier League football games with a Guinness and some nuts.
The ball room is impressive, wood floor and chandeliers . The ball nights had actually strict dress code and the dancing was more of a show off than enjoying time with your partner....

The itinerary was fantastic, starting with Aruba white sand and beautiful light-blue water, then going thru the Panama Canal, the man-made masterpiece, stopping then to Costa Rica Puerto Quetzal where we did zip line in the rain forest, Nicaragua Puerto Corinto with Leon colonial city and mud pots, Guatemala with colonial Antigua city really worth spending an entire day visiting and finishing in Mexico ,with Huatulco and Manzanillo ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving.
For sure we want to come back to Aruba and Costa Rica, there are so many interesting things to do, the landscape is spectacular and the people are relaxed and helpful despite their poor condition. The most poor country of them all is Nicaragua, was quite impressed by the children that just came close to us just to see the clothes and shoes we were wearing
Overall a very nice experience, it will take some time till we will cruise with Cunard again Less

Published 01/01/12

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