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22 Cunard Queen Elizabeth Family Cruise Reviews

Embarkation - went quickly and smoothly, we had no problem with the alcohol we were brining on board at all - a box of wine, several bottles of wine and many mall bottles of gin, rum and port. At ports we had no problem bringing tonics ... Read More
Embarkation - went quickly and smoothly, we had no problem with the alcohol we were brining on board at all - a box of wine, several bottles of wine and many mall bottles of gin, rum and port. At ports we had no problem bringing tonics and coke on board as our mixers. We have never sailed Cunard before, previously only sailing on more casual cruise ships, so were somewhat apprehensive about the dress code. Dress Code - The apprehension was missplaced completely. In the two week cruise there were 3 ball nights, and we knew the ladies and gents dress codes for them. Apart from that, if you were going to eat in the main Brittania restaurant men had to wear trousers, jacket and shirt (no tie necessary) and ladies normal smart going out clothes. If you wanted to wear jeans and t-shirt and stay completely casual, you could eat in the Lido buffet and drink in the Golden Lion pub, but could not go to the ball room, other bars, the main Brittania restaurant or the theatre. Some nights we stayed completely casual. Staff customer service - staff always had a smile and a 'good morning/afternoon/evening' whenever they walked past you or dealt with you. We had an enquiry at embarkation when a case was missing. The customer service team where friendly and helpful, finding the case within 10 minutes. Our cabin steward was friendly and welcoming, keeping our cabin immaculate and was always able to bring additional towels or other items we wanted without delay. Other facilities - there was access to several lauderies on the ship, and these were free!! This included the washing powder as well. The laundry included washers, dryers, washing sink, iron and ironing board. An invaluable resource on a cruise of 14 nights. State of the ship - the ship was kept spotless and any faults seemed to be sorted quickly - there was some water ingress in the ceiling of the central buffet area in the Lido. When in port the ship looked stunning and traditional in comparison to other cruise ships. The decor of the ship is art deco, with lovely wood panelled interiors and themed art work for each stair well. Food - there was excellent choice in the Lido buffet most of the time, ranging from early breakfast, main breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, early main tea, later main tea, to later evening snacks (till 1.30am). There was shortages of some items, such as the clotted cream for the afternoon tea, hot chocolate drinks, earl grey teabags etc during the last few days - The main Brittania restaurant, we were on early sitting at 6.00pm, also had at least 4 - 6 choices for starter, main and dessert. On one occasion my daughter and I could not decide which dessert we wanted, and then asked if we could order two each - no problem at all. You left the restaurant feeling pleasently full but not stuffed. - There were snack options during the day available in the Cafe Carinthia. Lunch and dinner were also available in the Golden Lion Pub, we enjoyed Friday fish and chips at lunch time here. Waiter served afternoon tea was available on sea days in the Queends Room, this is not to be missed as the sandwich and cake selection is extremely appetising. We also use the Lido grill, deck 9 stern, at lunch time for fish, burgers and chips etc. - We did not try any of the paid restaurants and were not grills passengers. Room Service - On some mornings, and one evening, we chose to have breakfast and dinner in our cabin. It was such a treat being able to be served just what you wanted for breakfast rather than get up and queue up. The evening menu was not as varied, burgers and pizzas mainly. The room service menu was included in the cruise and not an additional extra, which was very good. Drinks - the bars and deck bars were all welcoming and very good, and we did treat ourselves to an occasional glass of wine with dinner, cocktail at sail away, or cider/beer in the evening or day time. The only issue, is that with the value of the pound to the dollar the cost of drinks is very expensive, especially if you are from the north east of England! If we had not brought our own wine, gins, rums and ports on board, plus mixers, it would have been a somewhat dry cruise! Entertainment - the theatre was exceptional, with proper theatre tiered seating, boxes and an exceptional theatre orchestra!! The ships crew were good (but not exceptional) in the two shows we saw them do. We also saw The Opera Boys both times they performed, they were brilliant. We say a violinist once, she was excellent. There was also a pianist/commedian, Jon Courtenay for the last nights of the cruise who was extremely good. The ball room/Queens Room was a bit of a let down as it was almost like a corridor between the front and back of the ship to one side separating the seating, and there was not enough seating for the passengers who wanted to enjoy the dancing most evenings. There was a ball room orchestra as well, who were also excellent. We did attend some dancing classes during the day and put our steps into practice in the evening when we could. There are some very serious dancers on board, so it did make it a bit awkward for novice dancers if they felt they were getting in the way. Other entertainment we enjoyed was the band Next Steps, both on sailaway celebrations and at the Yacht Club. Also, most evenings, we attended, and enjoyed, quizes in the Garden Lounge and later in the Golden Lion pub - we even won the Husband and Wife quiz in the Golden Lion. As you wandered around the ship in the evening there were other muscians and ensembles to enjoy listening to, such as pianist Andy Law in the Golden Lion, who could play/sing anything. Sea days - My daughter and husband thoroughly enjoyed the talks by Robin Scagett, about astronomy, space and time - my daughter, as a primary teacher she took a lot away from those talks. My daughter and I both enjoyed the inspiring John Peters talk and question/answer session. There was another speaker throughout the cruise, but we did not attend his talks. I went to the beginners bridge classes with Chris Jarosz, which was pitched at the right level. I attended on my own and that was a slight problem as many others attended as a couple, but Chris found solutions to this. I certainly hope to continue to learn bridge. Otherwise, I loved the afternoon social craft group in the Garden Lounge. I did also treat myself to an afternoon in the spa pool, warm loungers and steam rooms but I did not have any spa treatments. My husband attended the ships choir, who gave a wonderful performance on the last sea day. He made many friends through this group. I would say that all but one of the passengers we encountered, or met through groups, were lovely, engaging and warm people and came from all over the world. Aside from what we did, there was a wealth of activities to enjoy on sea days, outside there was a full bowling green and other outdoor sports, plus two swimming pools and 4 bubble pools. Indoors, there were card tables, board games, puzzles and puzzle tables, and a two story library that gave out daily quizes, cross words and sudoko. If you just wanted to relax, there were lots of indoor and outdoor quite areas to relax, read and sleep. Disembarkation - we were going to take our own luggage off, but a very experienced cruiser said to put it out, and explained that at the port luggage was arranged by deck number. She said that you could take yourself off at your own convenience rather than follow the instructions if you wanted to make an early get away - we had a long drive back up north, so got off at 9.00am, and collected our luggage very easily ready for the pre booked taxi back to collect our car from the hotel. Overall, we would definately cruise with Cunard again. A thoroughly enjoyable cruise with excellent choice of activities, ports that we wanted to visit and the chance to meet some fantastic people. Our party only did one shore excursion, my daughter and our friend did the segway in Copenhagen and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was $99, which I could have booked on my own for about $79, but not for the times that were best for our days plans. As my daughter and our friend were novice cruisers we felt better leaving them in the care of the excursion team. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
DW and her sisters wanted to visit the Norwegian homeplace, near Trondheim, from which her grandparents emigrated to the US. We chose this Cunard itinerary and arranged for a Trondheim tour guide and bus through the Trondheim visitors ... Read More
DW and her sisters wanted to visit the Norwegian homeplace, near Trondheim, from which her grandparents emigrated to the US. We chose this Cunard itinerary and arranged for a Trondheim tour guide and bus through the Trondheim visitors bureau. The QE is a beautiful ship. The only item that visibly needed refitting for her upcoming drydock in November is the love seat in our balcony cabin. The upholstery on the arms was frayed. As with many others we disliked the shower with a fixed shower head. HAL's shower head mounted on a flexible hose is a much better arrangement. Our cabin attendant was outstanding in every respect. The cabin was maintained in spotless condition and he was friendly and helpful at all times. With the exception of one meal (a lumpy "pate" was very unpleasant) the food was outstanding. Our server was extremely helpful but had some language problems with the menu. We loved the grandness of the QE's public spaces, as well as the small touches such as afternoon tea. The evening shows and the music in the public spaces were superb. We had unusually good weather during the cruise, with the exception of some rainy drizzle inside the Arctic Circle. The weather at Geirangerfiord was crystal clear, and it is one of the prettiest spots we have seen, especially from the excursion to the top of Mt. Dalsnibba. Overall the scenery during the entire cruise was spectacular. The bar menu is unusually comprehensive. I was able to enjoy both a Sazerac and a Ramos Gin Fizz, two New Orleans-based drinks that are usually not available in even first class bars. Cunard does a great many things right, and we would readily sail on the QE again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Chose this cruise mainly because of its itinerary: San Francisco (I live nearby), Honolulu, Bora Bora, Papeete, Moorea, Auckland, Bay of Islands, and Sydney. Luckily we got on one the the queens. Service was superb, food was generally very ... Read More
Chose this cruise mainly because of its itinerary: San Francisco (I live nearby), Honolulu, Bora Bora, Papeete, Moorea, Auckland, Bay of Islands, and Sydney. Luckily we got on one the the queens. Service was superb, food was generally very good, and the ship was elegant. Had some rough rides between SF and Honolulu, and on the Tasman Sea, but didn't get seasick. The downside was that there was a cough going around on the ship, but I do not fault Cunard for this. This coughing virus and flu were going around San Francisco during embarkation. Unfortunately, the air conditioning exasperated the cough. Our steward got a technician to adjust the AC, plus we kept the balcony door open, which helped stop the condition. My sis (who I was traveling with) got excellent care from the ship's MD. We had lovely dining companions; a couple from Southhampton and another couple from Canberra. We were pampered and catered to and had a very nice cabin, which was overseen by our excellent steward, Alfredo. The cabin and the ship were spotless. The beds were extremely comfortable. The three performances we saw were top-notch. I especially loved the acrobats from Cirque de Soleil. The lectures were excellent too. There was a multitude of activities available during sea days, and the offshore excursions were fun and informative. I loved playing the daily "Name that Tune" contest. Cunard is so civilized - you get to play parlor games onboard; something I never get to do in the real world. And we loved the afternoon tea! The only un-fun necessity was doing laundry, but I packed large and had to visit the laundry only once. I waited in line 15 minutes before it opened and got a machine, then it was a done deal. Each deck has a launderette consisting of three washing machines and three dryers. Very busy place. Anyway, to sum things up, I was a bit apprehensive about this ship as some of the reviews are pretty brutal. Please do not disregard it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Embarkation at the Ocean terminal was extremely quick and smooth, after arriving around 11:30am - we were on board and in the Lido for 12. We did a back-to-back with the next cruise, so didn't disembark this one. The other ... Read More
Embarkation at the Ocean terminal was extremely quick and smooth, after arriving around 11:30am - we were on board and in the Lido for 12. We did a back-to-back with the next cruise, so didn't disembark this one. The other passengers were a lower average-age for a Cunard trip, and seemed to include a lot of groups of friends or families - not too many children though. Consequently, the evenings were good (despite DJ Michael) and the final party night was fantastic in the Queens room, with a 60's band The Overtures. Our one and only port stop in Bruges was unfortunately cancelled due to the weather making it impossible to dock, so we got an extra day at sea. The Captain did warn everybody the night before, so we weren't surprised. It would probably have been a bad day to wander around outside anyway, and good travel insurance will help with this. Food and service in the Britannia restaurant were very good. We asked to be moved from 6pm to 8.30 dining after the first night, and they accommodated us well. In June '16, on Victoria, we had some really good party nights in the Yacht Club bar on the top deck, so were looking forward to the same on Queen Elizabeth. Unfortunately, after the (very good) band Synergy finished, we were subjected to 'DJ' Michael, who had no concept of how to keep people on a dancefloor and mainly took random requests, leading to a only a handful of people dancing to each tune. Unfortunately this continued on the next cruise and ruined any chance of a party atmosphere ever developing in there. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We joined Queen Elizabeth on the 20th April in Cape Town. We had travelled on quite a few cruises on Queen Mary, but wow we were blown away by Queen Elizabeth. From the moment we stepped aboard, our holiday began and it was wonderful ... Read More
We joined Queen Elizabeth on the 20th April in Cape Town. We had travelled on quite a few cruises on Queen Mary, but wow we were blown away by Queen Elizabeth. From the moment we stepped aboard, our holiday began and it was wonderful the entire journey. From the food in the Lido to the Brittannia, we could not have asked for more. The shows were wonderful, with the exception of one show. Our entire experience was superb and we so look forward to being able to travel on Queen Elizabeth again. The cabin was in a lovely condition. It was really easy to navigate through the ship without getting loss. I certainly recommend a holiday on Queen Elizabeth. The staff on the ship were only too happy to go the extra mile, whether it was in Brittannia or at the buffet in the Lido. The friendliness was absolutely superb. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We booked this cruise to celebrate a 40th birthday and our 20th wedding anniversary for myself, husband and our 3 year old son. We loved the refined, elegant, beautiful decor, the attentive and friendly crew and the food was excellent. ... Read More
We booked this cruise to celebrate a 40th birthday and our 20th wedding anniversary for myself, husband and our 3 year old son. We loved the refined, elegant, beautiful decor, the attentive and friendly crew and the food was excellent. I have to commend Cunard for their recruitment process because the crew were all wonderful. Our cabin steward, Maribeth, in Princess Grill Suites was fantastic and took great care of us. We were on deck 8 and were very happy with the size and location of our stateroom. We left our room by 8am every day and it was always serviced and immaculate within 30 minutes. We used the spa, gym and hair salon most days and everyone was very professional, courteous and friendly and we loved relaxing in the bath house. My hair always looked great thanks to Nicolene. The food in Princess Grill was delicious and the service was impeccable. I have allergies and was well catered for with a special menu and the food was always fresh, well plated and full of flavour. There was also a wonderful range of wines and John, our sommelier, always recommended the perfect accompaniment to our meal. All the crew in the Princes Grill (Raul, Julian, Sushant, Jeffrey) and Grill Lounge were first class. There wasn't much atmosphere in the Grill Lounge although it was fine for a quick pre dinner drink and the bar steward, Dipak was always pleasant and welcoming and remembered our names and favourite drinks. The onboard photographers were amazing and were excited to have a little kid on board. They were very patient with him and thanks to them, we have very special mementos of our cruise. I have been very ill and am due more surgery so it really means a lot to us to have such beautiful family photos and video together to remember our trip. For our first few days on board I took my son into the Play Zone and stayed with him so he could settle in, but he loved it so much, he was happy to stay there with the amazing staff. The kids club staff are all experienced, well trained and wonderful and took great care of the few kids who were on board. The kids club have a great daily programme, plenty of toys/books (which we can also borrow) and good indoor and outdoor play areas. There is not much for them to do outwith the kids club and we found some of the other passengers made it obvious they hated kids because he was made to feel very unwelcome in all the public areas. Kids do pay full fare so it is unfair they are expected to be confined to the kids club, which can be a huge challenge when it's closed, as there is nowhere else for them to go. We tried the games deck (croquet, lawn bells etc) but it's not really suitable for his age and the other passengers take this activities very seriously and competitively. Our son couldn't eat in Princess Grill because the woman at the next table constantly told him to shut up and would jump out of her chair, waving her arms and dramatically hitting the ceiling if he made the slightest sound. Her behaviour was borderline aggressive, which actually made him noisier, as she would upset and frighten him. After 2 days we stopped taking him there and the staff very kindly had his food delivered to our stateroom. Another woman next to us threw her plate down in disgust on our first night, shouting "I paid a lot of money and I expect better". Our child was far better behaved than some of those entitled, petulant passengers. I heard so much rudeness directed at the crew around the ship, which upset me and some of the passengers complained about everything little thing. It did spoil our holiday not being able to eat together as a family. My husband would eat breakfast and lunch in the grill alone while I took my son to Lido as it was easier to avoid confrontation with the rude passengers. Thankfully my husband and I could eat dinner together while the kid clubs ladies entertained our son (Play zone is closed during breakfast and lunch). We would watch from our dining room window as the kids club whizzed past us in the deck below racing in the Little Tikes Cars. The ship does cater more for elderly passengers and many of the daily activities didn't appeal to us. The average age on our cruise was 74 and they already had 7 deaths by natural causes in the previous 2 months. The library is exceptional with a great range of books which helps to pass the time. Some of the behind the scenes tours are for over 16's and the kids club is closed at those times so we missed out attending those. We dined at 6.30pm so we could have our son in bed by 8pm, so we always missed the formal balls and the evening entertainment (which we didn't mind as we expected this to happen) but it was good fun dressing up for the formal dinners. We loved the midship bar for a quick glass of bubbly after dinner. We enjoyed all the shore excursions although they were a little slow due to a lot of passengers with mobility issues. On the tender port days it took forever to get everyone on and off the ship using the tenders due to wheelchairs and walking aids. The onboard shops were good although I was surprised there weren't more toys available to purchase given the amount of grandparents on board wanting to buy souvenirs for their grandkids. We were fortunate to have wonderful neighbours on our deck who made us all feel very welcome and many of the passengers will become lifelong friends. However given the cranky and selfish attitudes we experienced with some of the Cunard cruisers, I doubt I will sail on Cunard in the foreseeable future. There were constant arguments in the guest laundry over washing machines and 4 passengers at the world voyage Cocktail party were thrown off for fighting at the buffet table. We were constantly told how lucky we should feel to be on board even though we have travelled regularly many times as a family around the globe. It does seem like Cunard hide the kids away in the kids deck which encourages the idea that this is an adults only cruise ship. There are regular activities for solo adult travellers around the ship, who also have separate dining areas, so perhaps this may be an idea to extend to families too considering our kids will be your future cruise passengers. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We sailed from San Francisco (February 4, 2017), with final destination in Sydney. It sure beat having to fly from Orlando, to Sydney. There were stops in Oahu, Maui, Western Samoa, Tonga, Auckland, and Bay of Islands. I highly recommend ... Read More
We sailed from San Francisco (February 4, 2017), with final destination in Sydney. It sure beat having to fly from Orlando, to Sydney. There were stops in Oahu, Maui, Western Samoa, Tonga, Auckland, and Bay of Islands. I highly recommend this ship; the best way to some up the ship, would be elegant. Karen (Activities Staff) made the time fly by and extremely fun!! My wife and I are Elite Plus with Celebrity, so we know what fine cruising should be!! When we crossed the Equator, the ship had a big ceremony for all the Pollywogs to trans form into Shellbacks. All the passengers and crew had to lineup to "Kiss the Fish." Some received more attention then others. Ha Ha We sailed on the Azamara Quest, in November, this is the type of ship we expected. The only thing some cruiser might not like, is you have to dress up for dinner, we enjoyed it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Boarding was first class, they gave us a 3.30pm slot but we drove down from North London without a stop and thats the first time for ages, so we were early and on board by 1.30 ish CPS wizzed the car off and the luggage was taken on ... Read More
Boarding was first class, they gave us a 3.30pm slot but we drove down from North London without a stop and thats the first time for ages, so we were early and on board by 1.30 ish CPS wizzed the car off and the luggage was taken on board within minutes. This was definitely the fastest we have embarked in all 16 cruises. My Nephew and Niece followed not far behind arriving later and by 2.30 we were all enjoying a nice meal in the Lido restaurant. This was our third Cunard cruise having sailed on the other two ships previously so we knew more or less what to expect. The whole cruise was most enjoyable -this time we had an inside cabin on deck 7 which was fine a tad smaller than the P&O ships we have sailed on recently but well presented and a very comfortable bed. We attended most of the talks given by the relevant speakers and enjoyed the insight into cricket - Custom officers and their roles - and an in depth view of shipping.We attended just one film "the Martian" as we do not really feel that an afternoon in a dark theatre is the place to be, unlike the QM2 which had some late night viewing. It has to be said that the food on board was possibly the best we have encountered as a good standard of food was experienced by all on our table of 6. The only exception was the unfortunate choice of using the specialist Veranda restaurant where we all had a laugh at the expense of the poor waiters who thought that this 6 course taster was "a taste of France" - well it wasn't - my Niece and Nephew having lived in France for some time and myself and my wife travelling and staying many times in different areas of France have never come across Pigeon livers cooked in thick dark chocolate and covered in the sauce so thick you couldn't see the livers -the only saving grace was the small piece of steak in another dish as the rest was awful ,cold and tasteless.I asked what part of France the chef came from? and the response was "the Philippines" "hhm not so close then".We even had the waitress laughing and standing talking about the non French - French food. That said we never complained as it would have cast a shadow over the fun we had. We paid for one excursion to Santiago de Compostela which we enjoyed from La Coruna. We hired a car in Madeira and enjoyed the chance to see Porto Moniz -Cabo Girao and Curral das Freiras or valley of the nuns.The cost for all four was just 38euro plus a bit of juice and we had the car back by 3.15 pm from 10 am in the morning so forget coach excursions that wouldn't have covered all those points for something like $300. The port of Lanzarote was a non runner due to high winds the maximum being 40 knots and that was exceeded apt. So we only had 3 ports of call in all a very low ratio for ten nights. But we had a really enjoyable time well worth the money we paid even though the bar bill's and gift purchases plus tips plus personal tips came to over $1000 we had a ball. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We embarked in Southampton, we were booked for 14:30 but arrived at about 13:10. CPS took the car straight off us, and the luggage porter was helpful. There we no queues, and we were on board straight away, very smooth. Oh by the way ... Read More
We embarked in Southampton, we were booked for 14:30 but arrived at about 13:10. CPS took the car straight off us, and the luggage porter was helpful. There we no queues, and we were on board straight away, very smooth. Oh by the way this was our first ever cruise, we were a group of 5, my parents myself, hubby and pre-teen daughter. We really enjoyed the cruise, the food in the Britannia Restaurant was fantastic, we had chateaubriand, lobster, lots of seafood the baked Alaska was divine. Our waiters Romeo & Joy were excellent, actually all of the staff we came into contact were marvellous, and I think this made the cruise for us. The Lido had a good variety of foods, however at times it can be a bit of a scrum to get a table, especially for 5, but we managed this. I think at peek times Cunard could maybe allocate the seating, or come up with a system to help with this. The Lido was always very clean and tidy. It was quite windy at times and we had a day where we were most ill, and taken to our cabins. My husband visited the ships doctor and came back with some marvellous tablets, which meant were could fully enjoy the cruise, ( we did take some other tablets with us , but they were not working at all)!! We very much enjoyed the insight lectures particular Malcom Nelson who was a customs officer, even my daughter was totally enthralled by his presentations. We went to about 4 shows as a family. We enjoyed David Copperfield, although an older guy, we did enjoy that older generation humour ( bearing in mind most of the audience were well into there 60's ++). The dancers were good, but let down a little by the 4 singers, the 2 women need a bit more tone to there voices, and were a bit shrieky at times!! We missed one port of call due to bad weather. I have no qualms with this, and would rather be safe, we sailed straight onto Gran Canaria, the captain kept us up to date at all times. We thought the crew were very professionally, and the Captain safety conscious, they even had an extra crew drill whilst we were in port. We paid for 2 excursions, as we were new to cruising, we were a bit apprehensive about been back on time, but both excursions were well organised, particularly Madeira. Rosa was our guide, and as we were travelling as a party of 3 ensured we got a family basket for our toboggan ride, which I recommend. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Just got back from Kiel to London mini cruise with the in-laws on Queen Elizabeth. We were a little worried about the recent negative reviews, but ended up having a great time. The service/staff were very attentive, polite and ... Read More
Just got back from Kiel to London mini cruise with the in-laws on Queen Elizabeth. We were a little worried about the recent negative reviews, but ended up having a great time. The service/staff were very attentive, polite and professional. We never had to hunt down someone to take our drink orders, staff were always available. We paid an up-charge for the box seat theater package (we were party of 4) and it was wonderful! Highly recommend this! Lots of fun! We only ate in the main dining room (Britannia) so can't comment on the buffet or the specialty restaurant. We found the food to be lovely - no complaints. I have a severe food allergy and Cunard went above and beyond to accommodate it. The cabin was clean and the bed was comfy. Ballroom dancing on the formal night was as much fun to watch as it was to join in. Spent one afternoon at the spa - the prices are high but worth it. All in all, great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Athens to Athens Cruise July 4, 2014 A very Happy 4th of July!!! My first cruise on a large ship was fabulous! We had a smooth check in and our bags were sent to our stateroom. The cabin was spacious for the three of us; two adults and ... Read More
Athens to Athens Cruise July 4, 2014 A very Happy 4th of July!!! My first cruise on a large ship was fabulous! We had a smooth check in and our bags were sent to our stateroom. The cabin was spacious for the three of us; two adults and a pre-teen. We had enjoyed the balcony and sat out only in the early morning with our coffee. I enjoyed the fitness center and met my family for breakfast in the Britannia restaurant. The servers are all top notch! I didn't have to wait for elevators and the ship seemed quiet. You did see everyone at dinner though. Turkey: We toured the Sultan's Palace in Istanbul and had a lovely lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel. Mykonos: We took a cab to Paradise Beach and ate lunch right under our beach umbrella. The food service on the beach is fantastic! Mykonos town is wonderful and the Greeks are very helpful and friendly. Volos was another stop which was so enjoyable. We took the local bus to a beautiful beach for the day. I love everything about Cunard. I couldn't tell if the ship was in motion. The food was good and I was happy with the Spa Menu! During our days at sea, I enjoyed the Spa!!!! Excellent service and I enjoyed the Spa locker room with sauna. Our disembarkation was just as smooth as our check-in. The entertainment was good, the casino was fun and lectures were very informative. Can't wait until my next Cunard Cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was truly a most beautiful amd relaxing destination. The scenery was breath taking and I would highly advise anyone to take this cruise. The Queen Elizabeth is an experience in itself and a most beautiful ship. The decor is stunning ... Read More
This was truly a most beautiful amd relaxing destination. The scenery was breath taking and I would highly advise anyone to take this cruise. The Queen Elizabeth is an experience in itself and a most beautiful ship. The decor is stunning and very art noveau . Cleanliness is of a very high standard and the majority of the staff are very friendly. However we did find that our cruise last year on the Adonia could not be faulted atall where the staff were concerned. Some of Cunards staff struggled to smile. The evening dining staff in the Brittania restaurant were amazing and Very friendly, attentive and just wonderful. On arrival day Service from port to ship was amazing . The only negative comments would be with the Spa on board ship. We found the treatments fantastic but be very aware of the hard selling of products after treatment. Absolute extortionate prices and tried to sell my husband of 64 eye cream! We were put off by this and decided not to have anymore treatments . We felt pressured which took away the feeling of relaxation. Overall an amazing experience. Thank you Cunard Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
My wife and I cruised on the QE out of Southampton for 14 days. The ship was super and the ports were super! Over 35 cruises and this was one of the top ones for us. We had an Oceanview cabin and it was ok for an alternative to a balcony. ... Read More
My wife and I cruised on the QE out of Southampton for 14 days. The ship was super and the ports were super! Over 35 cruises and this was one of the top ones for us. We had an Oceanview cabin and it was ok for an alternative to a balcony. As the weather was pretty cool but clear then a balcony would not have been of much use. The cabin was very nice and well laid out. The steward was excellent. The ships crew could not have been nicer and always smiled and spoke in passing. Seasoned and well trained. The Queens room ballroom was great for dancing in the evenings and dance lessons were held there for anyone on sea days. Orchestra dancing each evening was very pleasant for participants and onlookers. There was always an activity to do on the ship even when it was too brisk to be outside. The only ding on this whole cruise was the FOOD. Great ship, great crew, lousy food, except for breakfast. The dining room menu was not real appealing and the choices were usually a disappointment. Fancy names and descriptions, then bland and not tasty in fact. No alternatives dishes on the menu. No shrimp cocktail on the whole cruise. The steaks were tough and not edible. They need to fire the chef and ditch the menu and lean more toward other cruise line menus and preparation. Even the British guests were not pleased with the dinners. We ate in the dining room for breakfast almost every morning and I will say the breakfast there was very good. The lunches in the dining room were also ok. And, there is not much in alternatives to the dining room. the Veranda speciality restaurant was not appealing and was not busy ever. The Lido was just buffet food, except for the pasta made to order that was super. The ports were fabulous. St.Petersburg was a two day history lesson and was a highlight of the cruise. All the Scandanavian ports were real good. We took an outside tour in four of the ports with a tour company called Alla Tours. While some of the passengers complained about the Cunard tours our could not have been better. Especially the lady guide (Paulina) in St.Petersburg. The entertainment was very good and nicely done. Tea every afternoon was very nice but again the food was not tasty, even the scones were like they were canned storebought. Most of the passengers were British and as we were Americans we found them to be warm and friendly. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
We had a fantastic time sailing around the Greek Isles and Turkey on the Queen Elizabeth. The ship is on the subdued side, activity and decor-wise, which meant we enjoyed it much more than some other lines we've been on. We're ... Read More
We had a fantastic time sailing around the Greek Isles and Turkey on the Queen Elizabeth. The ship is on the subdued side, activity and decor-wise, which meant we enjoyed it much more than some other lines we've been on. We're youngish for cruising -- I'm in my early 30s. But we loved the classic nature of this ship with its large library, vintage photographs and mosaics, nautical themed paintings, and deco design. It was nice to hear the captain describe all his maneuvering whenever we left port, and we liked watching the dancing in the ballroom. We live in the US, although I'm from Australia, so we also enjoyed the British touches like the pub, real scones and cream, baked beans for breakfast, etc.. We also found the food overall to be better than expected based on other reviews. We were traveling with a 22 month old, and while there was no child care for her, which was a shame, there was an area she could play in with toys, and books that we could take back to our cabin. We did not use the night nursery as we were diligent about wanting to keep her usual night time routine so she wouldn't wake in the night. The dining room staff were extremely friendly and accommodating, allowing us to order our meals a night in advance so we wouldn't have to be waiting with a restless toddler for the first course to arrive. She made an absolute disaster of the table every night, but the staff were all patient and never made us feel bad. Overall she was pretty well behaved and made friends with a couple of the other older passengers. The itinerary was outstanding. We spent a week in Athens ahead of the cruise and recommend that general approach for anyone traveling across timezones with a toddler. It took her five nights to get over jetlag and sleep through the night, and if those five nights had been on the ship, with a port a day, we would have been exhausted. Instead we got to see Athens in a leisurely manner, which in of itself was lovely, and then could enjoy the cruise. We got a great deal on this cruise. We will cruise Cunard again, but may have to wait for another affordable fare to come along. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
The public rooms on 'Queen Elizabeth; are all decorated very elegantly and pleasantly, and after 3 years still look almost brand new. The impressive Grand Lobby, with the Viscount Linley marquetry/inlay panel is very reminiscent of ... Read More
The public rooms on 'Queen Elizabeth; are all decorated very elegantly and pleasantly, and after 3 years still look almost brand new. The impressive Grand Lobby, with the Viscount Linley marquetry/inlay panel is very reminiscent of the Golden Age of the liner. The Queen’s Room is one of my favourites with two royal portraits, the bronze bust of The Queen from QE2, as well as various pictures of royal residences. The room is used for the ‘white glove’ afternoon tea, dances and large gatherings. Our cabin [balcony stateroom on deck 7] was very pleasant; and I might have made more use of the balcony had our immediate neighbour not insisted on smoking whenever conceivably possible. I’m pleased to hear that from next year smoking will not be allowed on any of the balconies! The thing I noticed at night was the incredible silence: no cars, no city noise, no dogs barking  just total silence. Our fellow passengers seemed very considerate; and there were very few children on board. The lofty, two-tiered Britannia Restaurant [clearly Art Deco-inspired] did not disappoint either. The menus included some familiar favourites, and some intriguing soups and sometimes fusion dishes. I need not have worried about tea, as we could enjoy as many extra cups as we wished in the self-service Lido Restaurant. There’s plenty of beautiful artwork, polished wood, glittering chandeliers on board. There’s no neon or glitz on this ship. Every bar or lounge has something beautiful in it. I ventured into the Golden Lion pub only once for lunch, and enjoyed that. One has to self-disciplined about food on almost any ship, I guess. There is so much of it, 24 hours a day. Room service is included too at no extra cost. There’s live music all over the ship. A pianist played during afternoon tea. Then, in the evening, a harpist, pianist or string quartet played in the Grand Lobby. Many of the musicians come from Russia and the Ukraine. The evening performances in the theatre were excellent and very entertaining. Well done, Amanda Reid & Co. It was fun exploring the rest of the ship: the library, card room, bookshop, puzzle corner, tiny Fortnum & Mason section, the Harrods section, the bars. I did make it to the gym, but decided I preferred to walk briskly [or occasionally jog] around the promenade deck while admiring the views or taking in the sea air. After all that good food, exercise was sorely needed. I hadn’t been looking forward to the formal nights, but they also proved to be far more enjoyable than I’d expected. The Captain and the officers are all British, and friendly. The rest of the crew come mainly from the Philippines, India, Eastern Europe and are clearly very well trained and always polite. What I loved too was the ease with which we arrived in a different country: no immigration queues, no forms. Everything was handled by the company in advance, and we simply stepped ashore. So easy! In every port a shuttle bus was laid on to the town/city centre, and some passengers chose to use this for independent travel, but I do not regret booking excursions. We stepped off the ship, and on to coach and were whisked to a place of interest. The tours seemed reasonably priced. I saw many fascinating places and as I studied Latin for so many years, the ruins of Herculaneum had to be one of the highlights. The ruins of Ephesus are far more spectacular than I’d expected. We sailed from Civitavecchia to Salerno to Messina, Santorini, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Piraeus/Athens, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Ravenna, and finally Venice. Santorini is picture postcard perfect! Several ships had docked in Piraeus the morning we arrived, and the Parthenon proved to be overcrowded. Still, I count myself fortunate to have seen the famous ruins. The tiny republic of San Marino perched in the mountains - also proved to be far more interesting and beautiful than I’d expected. We were lucky enough to see some of the famous mosaics at Ravenna too. And for the first time I got to see some of the many sights of Venice. For the whole time the sun shone and the skies remained blue. It was late October/autumn, but pleasantly warm. Only in Venice did the skies darken ever so slightly. Even there we did not feel a drop of rain. What luck! My only gripe: the internet [via satellite] seemed expensive at 75c a minute, or $24.95 for 2 hours. So would I like to cruise again? The answer must be a resounding YES! Perhaps it will be Queen Victoria next time, or Queen Mary 2. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
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
Cruise started with booking in, 45 minutes from arrival to being in cabin, luggage already there. Excellent organisation. Staff are very well trained and efficient, this was especially noticeable with our friend who was disabled, he ... Read More
Cruise started with booking in, 45 minutes from arrival to being in cabin, luggage already there. Excellent organisation. Staff are very well trained and efficient, this was especially noticeable with our friend who was disabled, he received a first clas service from all members of the crew, certainly an improvement on the previous cruise. Cabin very clean well laid out, one gripe that we did have on the cruise was our neighbour smoked on his balcony making it virtually impossible for us to sit out on our balcony due to smoke and ash blowing in our faces. Purser stated they could not do anything as no other cabins available to move us, they did apologise but having paid extra for a cabin with a balcony we felt a bit annoyed not being able to sit out. The Brittania Restaurant was excellent we could not fault the service or the food, this was first class. Lido self service had a wonderful selection of food of very high quality and again could not be faulted,the staff were very helpful and friendly The theatre had many day and evening talks and shows, the weather being good limited our attendance what we did see was adequate . There were many Australians on the ship doing the cruise on the three Queens, we were told that the comedian on the QE had been on the QV the week before and therefore the same material was heard again. Overall a very cruise and emotional return to Southampton.One gripe that always crops up is the gratuities, the Australians I spoke to on board do not agree with the tipping system. I agree to stop tips automatically isnot in my opinion acceptable although if you visit the Purser you can stop the cabin fee. However if you buy from the bar you're charged a extra 15 per cent and if in Spanish waters a further. 8 per cent is added I do feel that it's about time this matter is sorted out, it can add quite a sum to your holiday. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We travelled on the Queen Elizabeth round trip from Southampton through the Caribbean, as we had done last year with our two young children and Mother, and whilst we had an enjoyable trip, it was as good as last year, perhaps it was due to ... Read More
We travelled on the Queen Elizabeth round trip from Southampton through the Caribbean, as we had done last year with our two young children and Mother, and whilst we had an enjoyable trip, it was as good as last year, perhaps it was due to the last cruise being over Christmas and New Year, or whether it was because the ship was still new, I'm not sure. We had to pay full price for the children as all the free child places were gone - we later discovered our children were the only passenger children on board, as we had 3 staterooms, and my mother booked 2 weeks later than ourselves, I asked before we sailed could my mother be moved to a similar area to us, as she suffers from panic attacks, she was the opposite end to us so would take a good 10 minute walk, and she isn't very mobile, they said to ask the purser on the first day which we did, I was told they would let me know when a cabin became available, and I am still waiting!!! I since have found out a number of passengers were moved throughout the voyage, so I am a little annoyed to say the least. We ate in on the first seating, and had the worst waiter, I have ever had the misfortune to encounter, he wouldn't engage in conversation, the bread, was thrown down on your plate, dressing for the salad had to be asked for, and was then slopped down on the salad, when cheese was ordered, after waiting 15 minutes, we asked for the biscuits, not once, twice, but three times, we decided to eat in the Jasmine in the Lido, chalk and cheese excellent service, as one would expect from Cunard, word, got back to the Britannia, and the said waiter, was replaced by the Head Waiter, Stephen would excellent, and much more to Cunard's standard. The Bar staff and waiters, were fabulous as always, Tricia, Branimir, Kresimir, Dave,Erica, Marvil, Natalie, and Emilian to name but a few, always smiling and nothing was too much trouble, especially where the children were concerned, and the children were delighted with the fancy mocktails they were given each night, as well as engaging then into the conversation. The kids club, with Kath, Jenna, Chris and Steph, were fantastic as ever, and nothing was too much trouble, they have a wonderful way with children. They entered the boat race for the children, and Kath went into the pool to supervise the children's entry, which won the first race, only to be told that actually the children's entry wouldn't be counted, as they missed the test sail, Ed - Entertainment knew they would be an entry to to announce this to the children when they had worked all week on this was despicable, obviously they wouldn't have been in line for the 'champagne' a bottle of Pol Acker, but a certificate wouldn't have gone a miss!!! The children used to dance in the middle of the Queens Room for one dance, allowing the pro's the outside of the floor, this was done early on so it wasn't busy, to be told by the drummer over the PA system to remove the children I thought was tactless, and as they were paying the same as everyone else, don't really see why they couldn't use the facilities also. The dress code in the restaurant was the final straw really, when I can dress my 5 year old son, in a suit, and a jacket on all nights, and yet grown men flout the dress code (no ties on Semi Formal, jackets off and shirt sleeves rolled up) I think it shows Cunard isn't what it used to be, when we questioned this we were told, that the dress code cant be enforced!!!! So it shouldn't state in the Daily programme that the dress code will be strictly enforced. On the whole, we enjoyed our trip, but feel that standards are slipping, please don't let this happen, as this is why we love Cunard!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
The first thing you will notice is that this review will sound really negative, yet I have given 5 stars for most of the areas. The truth is that we all had an amazing holiday. We saw some fantastic places, met lots of nice people and ate ... Read More
The first thing you will notice is that this review will sound really negative, yet I have given 5 stars for most of the areas. The truth is that we all had an amazing holiday. We saw some fantastic places, met lots of nice people and ate way too much first class food. I read lots of reviews before departure and I was specifically interested in the negative ones. Most of them seem to be from people that are used to having perfection all the time whereas most of us can enjoy a holiday for what it is and not get caught up on the bad points. Cunard are trying to appeal to a broad range of people here. The expectations of someone paying £1500 for a cabin are going to be wildly different to the sort of person who is paying £15,000. I know the grill dining areas are apparently better than the Brittania (quite how the Brittania food can be improved upon is beyond me) and they get their own deck, but all the public areas are the same so there are bound to be people who aren't happy with things. If that is enough to ruin your holiday and make you give 1 star reviews then perhaps you should think about chartering your own private boat in future. The boat is fantastic and we saw no evidence or wear and tear or bad workmanship. The decor was lovely and finished to a really high standard. The staff is all well trained and everything ran smoothly. I can't help but feel it is a shame that when designing the boat they had an opportunity to create something magnificent and push the boundaries of what luxury cruising will be in the future. Instead they dug out the old QV plans and said lets save a few quid and build another one of these. The two boats aren't just similar, they feel identical. Yes the lobby is a little different and the games deck has a new look but these all feel like minor cosmetic difference. 99% of the ship is the same which is a shame when you think about what they could have done with a skilled team of nautical architects. The cabins are lovely although with the sofabed pulled out (which the maid does from 6pm if you have kids) you can't access the balcony or fridge. The beds were comfortable and the climate control worked well even if it was a bit noisy. The onboard entertainment didn't feel quite as good as the QV but maybe our expectations were set too high. There just didn't seem to be as much variety, plus the shows were 45 min whereas I'm sure they were an hour on the QV. It was a lot of singing or dancing with only the comedy juggler and pickpocket acts bringing in something new. They were both absolutely brilliant though and more than made up for the lack of other different acts. The in-house dancing and entertainment teams were all fabulous and if you are into musicals and dance then you would be very happy every night. One thing people might be interested to hear about is the kids facilities as this is an area not many people have written reviews about so far. We have 2 boys who were aged 8 and 5. The younger was in the Play Zone and the older one was in the Zone. Both rooms are amazing and the kids couldn't wait to get there after meal times. All of the staff were brilliant with them and always managed to keep smiling even after 8 hours of looking after 10 - 15 kids! Izzy deserves a special mention as she really took an interest in every child and would go the extra mile to make sure everyone's needs were catered for. There are a few things I felt could be improved however. 2 years ago we went on a Med cruise on the QV. Both kids were in the kids club most days and at the end of the 2 weeks they came out with a huge folder stuffed with the things they had been making, painting, colouring, moulding e.t.c. This time I think we had 3 or 4 sheets of colouring in. The reason for this is clear. Both clubs are very video game focussed and if you give a kid a choice of playing on a Wii or PS3, or doing some colouring I expect most would choose the video games every time. The older club had a big screen with a Wii and about 6 or 7 LCD screens connected to PS3's and XBox's. There was also an air hockey table and table football so at least the kids were getting plenty of exercise. We didn't really mind them playing games so much, it was just nice that last time they spent so much time doing creative things and this time they didn't. It felt like a step backwards. The other big downside is that you can drop the younger kids off at 6pm (there is a special kids dinner in the lido at 5pm every day) but the older kids aged 8+ can't be dropped off until 8pm. This is a real pain if you are on early sitting for dinner (as we were) and fancy an adults evening. The problem is that the older teenagers are given the Zone from 5pm - 8pm so the others can't be in there. I don't see why they couldn't go in the Play Zone for those 2 hours to watch a film or something, they were rarely busy in the early evenings. In addition to this, you can only leave your kids on the boat all day when you are in port IF you have booked a tour through Cunard. There were a couple of days when we would have preferred to leave the kids on the boat for the day rather than dragging them around museums that they have no interest in (St Petersburg for example). We paid a lot of money for the holiday and you expect everything to be included which in this case it wasn't unless you spent more money with the. So this brings me on to our biggest gripe - tipping. Now I don't mind giving money in return for good service. This is the point of a tip as far as I know. At what point do we get to decide if we have had a good service? Certainly not before the holiday so why assume we will be happy? I think it was 11 dollars a day per person which includes the 8 and 5yo so for our family it was 44 dollars a day for 15 days, that's 660 dollars. They say it is fair so everyone gets a share but why would I want to tip the barman in the commodore club that I never went to, or the health club workers that I never saw? I've also never in my life felt the need to tip a chef or pot washer. They aren't giving me a good service, they are doing their job. If they aren't paid enough and Cunard need to use our tips to top up their salary then something is wrong. It gets worse though. They justify this auto-gratuity as a way of people not having to worry about leaving tips throughout the day. That's fine but why then does EVERYTHING have a 15% gratuity added on? You want a beer from the bar? That's 5 dollars plus 15% gratuity, a bottle of wine with your meal? 40 dollars plus 15% gratuity. Even a one dollar can of sprite from the mini bar has it added on! It starts getting expensive should you decide that 100 dollars is good value for a health treatment. Where does all this money go? I'm not ashamed in any way to say we asked to have all gratuities removed from our bill and we left cash for out chambermaid and our waiters who all really exceeded our expectations and gave us an excellent service. I'm assuming by using cash they actually get to keep the money. Other gripes include photographs - why are they so expensive? Make them half the price and you'll sell twice as many and have happier customers. Also, you really can't expect people to buy a photo of you standing next to a tacky life ring with the name of the port in the middle. Other ships we saw had people dressed up in local costumes to greet people as they disembarked. The casino was good fun but they really need someone who understands poker to run the tournaments. I think the buy-in was 40 dollars (no gratuity but the house too a decent chunk of the pot). We each got 1500 chips and the tournament started. Those who have played poker before would assume the staring minimum bet (or blinds) to me 5 and 10 chips, maybe 10 and 25 at a push, these then go up every 5 minutes to give a tournament that lasts about 60 - 90 minutes. With this one the starting bets were 100 and 200 chips and they went up every 5 minutes. It wasn't about playing poker it was about getting lucky in the few hands that were dealt. I think the whole thing lasted 20 minutes at the most and we all felt really cheated. We questioned the casino manager who said it was policy from the shore and they couldn't change it. We all agreed we wouldn't play again under those rules and the boat didn't try and put any more one. This becomes even more crazy when you realize there was always 2 or 3 people paid to stand next to the roulette and blackjack tables with no customers at all. Poker is a massive game globally but the high buy-in and short format was a real disappointment. They could have had 5 or 10 tournaments a day if they were cheap and fun. These were neither. I guess it all comes down to the central theme of this review. You don't feel like you are stepping onto a luxury ocean liner, you feel like you are entering a giant machine designed to extract every penny it can from you. For the most part people overlook this and get on with enjoying the experience but look closer and you will see what I mean. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We embarked on the Queen Elizabeth on for a cruise around the fjords and the northern cost of Norway. We only have experience of Cunard and only after the company was taken over by Carnival, however, our 10 year old son loves his holidays ... Read More
We embarked on the Queen Elizabeth on for a cruise around the fjords and the northern cost of Norway. We only have experience of Cunard and only after the company was taken over by Carnival, however, our 10 year old son loves his holidays aboard and we have a great time too. If there is a downside it is that we do not see our son enough, as he spends as much time in the "Zone" as he is allowed. As soon as we embarked we made our way to our cabin to which our luggage had already been delivered. Within a short while our cabin steward came to introduce herself (this is something that has happened on each of our cruises). We were warmly welcomed back on board. The Britannia restaurant was everything we had hoped for - excellent (and plenty) food presented beautifully and served by friendly waiters. While our sommelier was rushed off his feet, his guidance was always worth following. The "Zone" (children's area) was available between the hours of 9 - 12, 2 - 5 and 8 - midnight. Thank goodness it was close some of the time so we actually saw our son. The activities were well suited to his age and he enjoyed the company of the other children. We didn't use any of the organised shore excursions, having undertaken a little research before we had travelled. Experience had taught us that these tend to be very expensive, so we undertook our own excursions and enjoyed the freedom those offered. The ports of call were excellent with plenty to see and do with the notable exception of Stavanger the Sunday after the Norway shootings. Understandably the food festival had been cancelled, leaving little to do. However we did not feel like being in the holiday mood while the country was in mourning. We visited the Cathedral, signed the book of condolences and returned to the ship. Our stateroom was more than spacious enough for three people during the day, however the placing of our son's bed did limit access to the balcony at night - this was something we knew in advance and were able to work around. How good was our cruise? We have booked to go again with the same cruise line. Enough said! Read Less
Sail Date July 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
We travelled on Queen Elizabeth's Festive Debut as virgin Cunarders, and we weren't disappointed. We boarded swiftly and were greeted, by smiling crew, all offering to help as we were travelling with my mother and two ... Read More
We travelled on Queen Elizabeth's Festive Debut as virgin Cunarders, and we weren't disappointed. We boarded swiftly and were greeted, by smiling crew, all offering to help as we were travelling with my mother and two small children. The cabin size was fantastic, we had 3 cabins, my mother in one and the 2 cabins between my husband myself and the 2 children, unfortunately one of the cabins must have been occupied previously by a heavy smoker, and the smell remained throughout the cruise, even after cleaning, so we all slept in one cabin, which was fine, as there was a pull out sofa bed. The sail away was wonderful with carols quayside, and excitement in the air. We dinned in the Upper Britannia Restaurant which was fabulous, the waiters went over and above service, and always ensured that the children were looked after, and arranged special meals for them. Yes the wine was a little pricey, but I gathered before we left, so was determined not to get hung up about it. The shows were always fabulous, and varied - the children thoroughly enjoyed them all - although Des O'Connor, seemed to over run slightly, it didn't matter, the youngest just fell asleep. The Queens room had dancing each night which we would watch whilst the children had a go, and then we would go up to The Yacht Club and dance away to Serious Sounds, the DJ was a little disappointing as he couldn't download any recent music??? The Islands we visited were truly breath taking and we were all amazed at the sheer beauty of them all, we didn't book excursions through Cunard - we went independently as this offers more flexibility - especially with children, and this option was cheaper too. Christmas day was wonderful with Father Christmas appearing and giving everyone who wanted one a gift. The children's club was fantastic too, although we only let the children go in for 2 hours on a sea day, was amazed that some parents put their children in on Christmas day???? All in all it was a very relaxing cruise, my only trouble was with the other passengers complaining it made me cringe - we all knew the schedule before we booked, so to complain seems pointless, yes shops were closed, but IT WAS THE HOLIDAYS!!!!! Also my family were in the small minority who hadn't travelled Cunard before and to be honest it was a little boring hearing the constant "its not as nice as the QE2" Well your are on the Queen Elizabeth - so just enjoy it!! I must admit I am looking forward to my next trip to catch up with the crew, and it will most definitely be with Cunard - as to coin the company's phrase "We are Cunard!!" Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
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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