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4 Cunard Queen Elizabeth Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Europe - British Isles & Western

Having cruised many times before with Princess, P&O and more latterly Celebrity we decided to try out the 'elite' end of the Carnival fleet, with a view to booking a longer journey if we liked it. We thought that the service ... Read More
Having cruised many times before with Princess, P&O and more latterly Celebrity we decided to try out the 'elite' end of the Carnival fleet, with a view to booking a longer journey if we liked it. We thought that the service would be excellent but were not too sure that the cultural difference that we expected from Cunard would be entirely to our liking. However, the service was appalling. Bar waiting staff were uninterested and complacent - we sat in the Yatch Lounge for 2 hours one afternoon before we finally beckoned a waitress to serve us. No bath robes or slippers in our stateroom as promised - they appeared on the morning of disembarkation ready for the next passengers - who were taking a world cruise! Food was bland and unexciting compared to other cruise lines. Cabin was similar to those on other Carnival ships we have cruised on (Princess and P&O). We were expecting something a little more exciting of Cunard but Carnival have obviously stamped their corporate stamp on the whole of their fleet. That being said, the cabin was clean, comfortable and perfectly acceptable. Shame the promised robes and slippers did not appear. We were left feeling that Cunard do not really care about their short term cruise passengers, just wanted to get the money from us whilst time was filled in until the world cruise commenced. They will not get any more custom from our party of four. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We booked the Queen Elizabeth on this short cruise for two reasons: 1) We really enjoyed our transatlantic crossing in September last year on the Queen Mary 2 and wanted to try out another Cunard ship. 2) It was my partners 40th ... Read More
We booked the Queen Elizabeth on this short cruise for two reasons: 1) We really enjoyed our transatlantic crossing in September last year on the Queen Mary 2 and wanted to try out another Cunard ship. 2) It was my partners 40th birthday and this journey was a perfect way to celebrate it. As it was my partners birthday we thought we would make it extra special by booking a Q1 grand suite, namely 7177. We also booked and paid for four Britannia Balcony rooms for our family's so we could celebrate his birthday together. We arrived at the Ocean Terminal at 12:00, checked in then proceeded to the Grills waiting area to wait for embarkation. When we embarked on the QM2 it was completed in stages which worked really well, there was little queueing and the boarding was easy. I expected the same boarding process for the QE however for some strange reason they opened embarkation to all Queens and Princess Grill passengers at the same time. This meant a large slow moving queue which I can only compare to boarding an Easy Jet flight. We were also not met onboard and escorted to our suite, this is not the level of service I had expected from Cunard. Things started to get better when I opened the door to our suite, it was huge! The suite contained a separate lounge with comfortable seating, a dining table that could seat six and a well stocked kitchen. The bathroom was large with separate shower and a huge whirlpool bath. The bedroom was also large with a king sized bed and a good sized walk in closet. The balcony was large taking up half the back of the ship. After unpacking we decided to have a slow walk to the Queens Grill restaurant to have some lunch, after which we exploded the ship. Overall my first impressions of the ship were good, I especially liked the grand lobby with the wonderful print of the original Queen Elizabeth. All the public rooms were well appointed and tastefully decorated, the bars were all cosy especially the commodore lounge which has amazing views over the bow. The spa was ok but does not compare to he Canyon Ranch Spa on the QM2. The ship has two outdoor pools which were always busy. There is plenty of deck space and the ship also has a well quipped gym. The Queens Grill Restaurant on the QE is simply wonderful, located on a high deck with good views out of the floor to ceiling windows. The Maitre d was the same one from the QM2 QG restaurant and he recognised us which was a nice touch. The menu had plenty of choice and the food was cooked to perfection, I really can't fault the restaurant. We were lucky to have a table by the window which added to the whole experience. As our family were in Britannia we decided to eat in the Verandah restaurant on our first night so we could all eat together. The food and the service was faultless, I had the lamb which I highly recommend. Our Butler was named Emily and she was very helpful, she and her assistant kept the suite very tidy and clean at all times and the bar was always well stocked with our favourite soft drinks and wine. We hosted a party in our suite for the eight members of family with us, Emily arranged for hot and cold canapes as well as well as a birthday cake for my partner. Overall I loved the ship and would book another voyage on her or her sister the Queen Victoria but if I'm honest I don't think she compares to the QM2, not that it matters. The QE is a very different ship and I think thats why I liked her. Below is a link to a short video of our suite http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEmbSltYWHw Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
The Queen Elizabeth is basically identical to the Queen Victoria, same size, same layout same venues. The ship lacked vitality and excitement. It was boring and Cunard made no effort to make our holiday experience anything better ... Read More
The Queen Elizabeth is basically identical to the Queen Victoria, same size, same layout same venues. The ship lacked vitality and excitement. It was boring and Cunard made no effort to make our holiday experience anything better than staying in a good quality hotel for a few days. The attitude was simply "you should be honoured to sail with us" The truth was very different. The entertainment programme was very poor save for the one excellent Act and the in-cabin entertainment was poor and depressingly repetative.The ship had no buzz about it. Everybody looked fed up! The great standards of past Cunard Cuisine were not apparent. Cunard has lost its way. It does not seem to know what product to serve up. Striving to maintain old world class mixed with a modern cruise holiday experience does not work. We all agreed that we would not return. Sad really, because I have always looked up to Cunard as the leader of cruise excellence. Not anymore. The ship is beautiful but there are few venues to enjoy. Inside bars are few, no signiture restaurants and the queens room is totally under used. One solo musician actually held a concert when no one at all was present. Now that is what I call out of touch. Sad really. Gordon Stead, EXPERIENCED CRUISER Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
As this was a first time on Cunard for us we felt excited to try Queen Elizabeth, after all she is barely 8 months old.Embark cation went very smoothly, after security we waited about twenty minutes in the lounge before our colur code was ... Read More
As this was a first time on Cunard for us we felt excited to try Queen Elizabeth, after all she is barely 8 months old.Embark cation went very smoothly, after security we waited about twenty minutes in the lounge before our colur code was called.Cabin location was easy, the carpet in the corridors has a red strip for left hand side (port) and green for right hand side (starboard) that's very useful when getting your bearings. The ship's decor is very subdued, compared say to NCL or Costa, we liked it very much. An interesting point for ship lovers, Cunard commissioned a series of beautiful oil paintings of current and past Cunarders, these can be found on the forward staircases and also in the Commodore Club lounge. Dining: Lido self serve on deck 10 aft was very satisfactory, my only gripe would be that at certain times traffic can be heavy, we avoided simply by having an early breakfast (before 8 am) Dining in the Britannia restaurant was delightful, we had a first sitting at 6 pm, we shared a table for eight but 4 of our table companions invariably used the Lido instead, but they did join us for the formal night. Cunard had said in their literature that tables for two were not available, however we saw many tables for two, but for variety and interest we prefer the larger tables. The food was excellent every meal, I just can't understand some of the reviews complaining about choice and portion size. A very important note for Gluten Free devotees: Mrs Brady is a Coeliac and this can present problems when eating away for home. Full marks to Cunard for taking very good care of her. For example they bake fresh bread every day including gluten free, also the menu can be adjusted each day to provide for her tastes, she was delighted with the dining experience. Cabin: quite spacious, however the bathroom is small, and yes the shower curtain can get a bit friendly, however do not be put off by this. Overall we had a lovely 5 day cruise, no gripes at all, we found the staff from dining to bars to bedroom quite excellent. Would we travel on Queen Elizabeth again? You bet Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Queen Elizabeth Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 5.0 3.7
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 4.0 3.5

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