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Queen Victoria Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Panama round trip

Review for Queen Victoria to the Panama Canal & Central America
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keithm
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Sail Date: Jan 2012
Cabin: Balcony

We did the Panama Explorer voyage on Queen Victoria.The past few trips we've done the Grills. Our T/A booked us a "wheelchair room. It was larger than a Princess suite. We were offered a P-2 suite. It was not a free upgrade. On checking the P-suite..It was more luxurious(as it should be)but smaller in size. The fact that the shower head was on a cord(in the wheelchair room) was a nice feature as well. I didn't expect the same service or quality, but still got a very good vacation. First off this ship is what I call the 65% ship. I mean that in comparing it to the QM2, which is what we've travelled on in the past.

This ship is a "Vista" class cruise ship. It definitely tosses about in even rather minor seas.The interior is tastefully done in "Edwardian" style. There is much tasteful use of wood(veneers,& trim, mostly)and a nice amount of nice quality granite. It was more of a luxurious feel than most of the QM2. The carpets, however were a bit of a letdown, as they didn't have that rich feel of QM2.Overall, the ship is very easy to get around. No real crowding, even though it was full.

Now for the food...The Lido had pretty good quality, better than Kings Court. Only real issue, is that folks enter from both sides & it can really jam up. This is an easy fix.At night the Lido(on one side)converts to Bamboo(Asian)Coriander(Indian)& Prime(American/Fusion)It goes for 3 nights as each mentioned restaurant. There is a $10 fee. The food here was easily better than Britannia.The night in Bamboo was, in my opinion our best meal aboard.

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Balcony

Cabin BA

Wheelchair Cabin. Much larger than standard room. If they need it..well you can end up getting moved. We were lucky. Huge shower area. Small vanity.. no storage. Ask the steward for a storage unit. It works fine. Closets adequate. there are 2 large drawers under the bed. They are for the pax, but might be used for towels etc. Balcony was very large, to accommodate the wheelchairs.

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