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4 Cunard Queen Elizabeth Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

We booked this as a joint 50th birthday for myself and my husband, we wanted something special where we didn't have to fly, could relax but also see some sights. From arriving at Southampton to being in our Stateroom (BA Balcony) was ... Read More
We booked this as a joint 50th birthday for myself and my husband, we wanted something special where we didn't have to fly, could relax but also see some sights. From arriving at Southampton to being in our Stateroom (BA Balcony) was around 20 minutes, very impressed with embarkation. The stateroom was what we expected and the decor and cleanliness was too a very high standard. We found the food and service excellent and ate in the Britannia, Lido and The Veranda Restaurants, The Britannia was a different menu every night. We had read all of the small print before hand so we were not shocked at the drinks prices, although they are very expensive and you pay 15% on top as a service charge for every drink. I love wine so it was particularly expensive for us, though the wine selection was excellent and I tried a wide variety of them (I bought on board credit before going as I knew we would be spending quite a lot on drink!!). There was a variety of entertainments but they are definately geared towards the older generation and we did not take part in many, although we did enjoy the classical music concerts and the Male singer was excellent, the library is also of a very high quality. We did find that breakfast could be a bit of a scrum in the mornings as all the singles insisted on having a four seat table to themselves, we shared but others obviously did not like doing this. About 90% of the people on the cruise were couples but only about 5% of the tables are for 2 so be prepared to share or have complimentary room service and avoid the crowds all together. A major problem for me personally was not being able to make a cup of tea in the mornings, I wake very early, my husband doesn't, and I like to make myself a drink at 5 or 6 in the morning, it's not very convenient to have to get dressed and go up 3 desks just to get a cup of tea! The only other issue I had was the launderette, using an iron in your stateroom is not allowed so unless you want to be really creased you have to use the one in the launderette which is rubbish and there is only 1 for the whole deck. There are 3 washer driers for the deck which also wasn't enough as I was surprised how many people actually used them. There are some very selfish people that use 2 of the 3 washing machines at once..Grrrr. We took 4 shore excursions all of which were excellent, Herculaneum, Rome, Vejer and Barcelona. Rome it's self was a nightmare as 25000 other people were in the Vatican at the same time as us, however they are overpriced, but again I knew the price before I booked them so can't complain too much. It did end on some thing of a low point though, the disembarkation was a fiasco, they let 3 decks go at once so everybody ended up queuing for 40 mins to get of the ship, many of them elderly with health problems. There were complaints. Overall this cruise lived up to our expectations, the service was excellent and the ship's interior is beautiful to look at. The cruise itself is very good value for money although the cost of 'extras' is breathtaking. We are booking another cruise with Cunard. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Cruising, they say, is not what it used to be. This should come as no surprise because few things remain the same. Take air travel for instance. I'm told that people used to get dressed-up for a flight. Nowadays you're lucky ... Read More
Cruising, they say, is not what it used to be. This should come as no surprise because few things remain the same. Take air travel for instance. I'm told that people used to get dressed-up for a flight. Nowadays you're lucky if your neighbour is wearing a proper shirt and shoes. Cruising too comes from a rich heritage where the style of the voyage was more important than the substance of actually getting to one's destination. Unfortunately it was with high expectations that I boarded the Queen Elisabeth for Cunard's Holy Land Cruise. One's initial impressions are good. It seems that the glory days of cruising live on in the Cunard name. The ship is huge, the carpets are plush and there's not a plastic table in sight. Curved wooden banisters provide an impressive backdrop as one descends the staircase to the formal dining room in which a strict dress code is enforced. Meals are exquisite and the service impeccable. But then the bubble bursts. No you can't have a cappuccino with your meal; that's an extra-cost item. You can't get the picture they took of you in digital format; you have to buy 12 for $300. The "behind-the-scenes" tour costs $120 per person. Internet cost $48 for two hours. And on it goes. It was early on in the cruise that they announced the first cancellation. The ship would not be sailing to Haifa because of the Gaza conflict and all Holy Land tours were cancelled. The fact that there was no unrest in Haifa and no Gazan missiles could reach the port didn't seem to matter. Carnival Security in the US had spoken and the decision had been made. A meeting with the Ship's Master confirmed that there was no recourse and contractually guests have no recourse. Now the Un-Holy Land Cruise we proceeded to Alexandria. We were not far off when that stop was cancelled too. Unrest in Tahir Square and in the centre of Alexandria again exceeded Cunard's security profile and, although no tour was actually going anywhere near either square the decision had been made to miss the stop (and berthing fees). No Pyramids for this batch of cruisers -- and nothing could be done about it. Never mind, there was Pompeii to come. But then the wind picked up and the Captain cancelled the Naples port visit. Let's face it Cunard's business has fallen on hard times. Disposable income has dried up and so has the number of eligible cruisers. Money saved on berthing fees and fuel savings on truncated sailing flows directly to Cunard's bottom line. When it comes to cruising Cunard is just like all the others. I just wish they would be more truthful in their brochures. It's buyer beware -- when you embark the ship don't expect to go everywhere they tell you; and there's nothing you can do about it. The giant chess pieces on the upper deck epitomised the Cunard cruising ethos. There are only seven white pawns. "One blew away several cruises ago" a crew person told me. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Well, we're back. Where's the waiter? Why is my bed still unmade and my bathroom draped in wet towels and no gilchrist & soames products? God I miss that boat!We were on the Mediteranean Memories 9 nights cruise from ... Read More
Well, we're back. Where's the waiter? Why is my bed still unmade and my bathroom draped in wet towels and no gilchrist & soames products? God I miss that boat!We were on the Mediteranean Memories 9 nights cruise from Southampton to Cittivechia (Rome). Embarkation a bit scary and we had a frosty faced old bat doing the embarkation(which she naused up but more of that later)Once on board we repaired to our designated caves, sorry inside staterooms. We were a party of Mum,Dad, Daughter age 16 and daughter aged 27 with 2 staterooms assigned to us. We were in 7137 girls in 7061. Those familiar with the deck layout on 7 will know the considerable distance between each room. Yay!!! The rooms were, of course immaculate and spotless and the welcome half bottle of fizz, although not the best vintage (paintstripper vintage '98) was nevertheless drunk and appreciated. After unpacking, we made our way to the Lido for lunch, not too impressed with quality but nonetheless adequate nad thne ventured on deck 9 for Sailaway. A wonderful experience for 1st timers and the first of many signings for drinks began. We had a great time. A few niggles. Entertainment rather repetitive - karaoke was good fun though. Piano player in Golden Lion was very naff. Get rid Ray! We had to visit the Purser the next morning after embarkation as my daughter's credit card had not been registered and they had no details of both her and my oter daughter being aboard! Most disconcerting. Soon sorted by Purser although did give us an anxious night. We are writing seperately to Cunard to address this and another matter. Table allocation a bit stressful on a couple of days but Jamie the Maitre D rectified immediately each time. The Zone for teenagers was fantastic for our 16 year old daughter who is on the autistic spectrum. The staff were wonderful and she had a great time. Brittania restaurant was brilliant. Lovely food and staff at all meals were very attentive, polite and helpful. Afternoon Tea was heaven and the musicians were much appreciated. Formal nights a bit of a disappointment as no 'event' as such. All in all a good experience which we would do again but next time in a room with a view and or balcony - we'll start saving for 2015!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
what should have been a holiday of a lifetime was a disaster. The second voyage of a new ship, obviously still having teething problems. The swimming pools advertised were actually little bigger than a paddling pool. Guests swimming ... Read More
what should have been a holiday of a lifetime was a disaster. The second voyage of a new ship, obviously still having teething problems. The swimming pools advertised were actually little bigger than a paddling pool. Guests swimming without a shower, full of hair laquer and perfume and sweaty bodies. All the vegetables were cooked in butter especially difficult trying to be healthy. We were looking forward to the juice bar alas it wasn't included and was very expensive. The girl on the bar couldn't really be bothered if we got served or not. Spa was second rate with what appeared to be unqualified staff. Sauna was only luke warmand we had no information on how to use the massage showers. The Queens dance room often had mop buckets on the floor! Some of the staff were extremely pleasant and efficient but many appeared not to be able to understand english and very tired. Before leaving the ship at southampton we waited for an hour with disabled guests in a cold, draughty room without a hot drink. not the service we expected. 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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