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2 Cunard Queen Elizabeth Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Mediterranean

Booked what was our 16th Cruise with Cunard and I have to say this was the one we enjoyed the least and will likely be our last. A new menu was imposed in the Grills which was a real retrograde step. What was once the hall mark of Cunard ... Read More
Booked what was our 16th Cruise with Cunard and I have to say this was the one we enjoyed the least and will likely be our last. A new menu was imposed in the Grills which was a real retrograde step. What was once the hall mark of Cunard has now been diluted down way too much. As a result the dining experience was poor. The Atmosphere in the dining room definitely suffered as a result. The passengers who had traveled on the old Qe2 were probably the most disappointed as we know what it used to be like. Cunard used to protect is Brand values fiercely but it seems now the Carnival conglomorate has ground it down. The style and class has definitely gone and we became increasingly exasperated at the continual mercenary attempts to squeeze more money out of the guests at every available opportunity. The world club events and guest cocktail parties were terrible. The line gives you cruise appraisal cards to have your say but in the all time we have been on we have never seen anything improved or added as a result of filling them in. Each time we board there is always something that has been taken away or changed for the worse. To be fair the staff are excellent but clearly they have little control or influence over how things are done. If anything we felt sorry for them particularly the ones with many years service. The shore excursions we did were very expensive and at times chaotic. Catching the tour bus from the Rome on your own tour outside the Marcello theatre was a shambles with buses double parked, people getting lost, coach drivers arguing and being cautioned by police and general chaos! We had previously booked our voyages on the Elizabeth for next year and are going to take a week or two to think about it but will almost certainly cancel them. it means that we lose our deposit but there is no point throwing good money after bad. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
It was our first cruise ever for me and my grandmother. We carefully searched for a nice cruise and came across a 12 night Athens-Anthens Cruise on board Queen Elizabeth. We booked a Q3 Cabin 6106 which is a Penthouse Suite. Check in ... Read More
It was our first cruise ever for me and my grandmother. We carefully searched for a nice cruise and came across a 12 night Athens-Anthens Cruise on board Queen Elizabeth. We booked a Q3 Cabin 6106 which is a Penthouse Suite. Check in started chaotic but around 12:15 we boarded the ship. Our room was simply beautiful. There were two bottles of Champagne waiting and our butler introduced himself. Our room was cleaned twice a day including with Turndown service. We had breakfast in our room each morning as I tend to find breakfast in Queen Grill restaurant not so good. Lunch and Diner were both excellent and during sunny days we could enjoy our meal outside on the restaurants private terrace. Service and menu were outstanding. The Senior Maitre Mr. Beniamino Acer was undoubtedly the best staff member on board. There were some Tender port for which we received a priority card so we did not have to queue, however we skipped one port as it was too risky with high currents. We missed a visit to Olympia. Entertainment was good although the theatre was sometimes completely full. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Queen Elizabeth Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.4
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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