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10 Cunard Queen Elizabeth Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Baltic Sea

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
We chose this cruise as we had cruised for 23 years solely with P&O and had felt we needed to try something else. We had latterly been disappointed with P&O following late cancellations of cruises and the sudden sale of the Adonia ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had cruised for 23 years solely with P&O and had felt we needed to try something else. We had latterly been disappointed with P&O following late cancellations of cruises and the sudden sale of the Adonia putting our plans into chaos. We had already had good reports of Cunard from our friend, David who cruises constantly and also writes professional reviews of cruises and ships, We arrived late at the ship because of a late start from our coach pick-up point and a combination of traffic and road accidents. So, we did not experience the welcome of the Cunard bell boys. We rushed through an empty embarkation and security process and arrived at our cabin just in time to attend the safety drill!! Not a good start but things improved steadily from there. We loved the ship and noticed many examples of higher standards than we had been accustomed to. Our cabin was on Deck One and was a large inside cabin. Unfortunately, we were awakened on the first morning at 4.30 by a banging door. This happened several times and was obviously something to do with the running of the ship. We had this for several mornings, usually starting around 6.30 or 7 am. It was reported and we were assured that it would stop as the offending door was related to the galley and we were promised that it would be left open and therefore would bang no more. It did not stop and we were moved to Deck 4 and had no more problems. This must have happened to others before and I am certain, from their reactions, that staff knew about this of old. Apart from this, we had a great time. I would just recommend that Deck One around the area of our first cabin, is avoided. Do not hesitate to try Cunard, we were so delighted with the ship, the staff and the service that we have already made our second booking. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have sailed several times on both the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria. There is very little difference from one to the other and we feel completely at home on each of them. However, if we did not like Cunard's itineraries ... Read More
We have sailed several times on both the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria. There is very little difference from one to the other and we feel completely at home on each of them. However, if we did not like Cunard's itineraries we would find another line. While we had visited Baltic States before what whet our appetite were stops at three new countries; Riga in Latvia, Klepedia in Lithuania and lastly, Gdynia in Poland. In addition the ship was stopping at a little known Swedish island, Visby. ( This port was perhaps the highlight of the cruise in that it was such a complete surprise; dating from Medieval times it has a tiny walled village which delighted us) Generally the cruise was a pleasure as is every Cunard cruise for us. There are some little things that we would change if we could but, as always, we booked another cruise while on this one and we will look forward to it. One drawback for us was the shore excursions. My husband has limited mobility and there are not enough tours geared toward easy activity. I realize that this could be due to the ports that we visited. There were narrow cobblestone streets in most of them. A plus for me on Cunard is that in the past there has always been someone from the crew backing up the tour guide so that if one has any problems one can fall back on that person. I would have thought that this was especially needed in ports that Cunard had not visited before but, unfortunately, this did not seem to be the case in one of our ports, Gdansk Our tour to Gdansk was a disaster and there was no backup person. We almost got separated from the group. Part of the problem was a very young child who cried continually into the city ( about an hour) so that it was hard to hear the tour guide's instructions for the meet up after doing Gdansk on our own Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Spring is a great time to cruise the northern area, and we hit it just right by sailing from Hamburg on May 12, 2018. The cruise started on May 10 in Southampton with a boatload of folks from Australia doing the "Three Queens", ... Read More
Spring is a great time to cruise the northern area, and we hit it just right by sailing from Hamburg on May 12, 2018. The cruise started on May 10 in Southampton with a boatload of folks from Australia doing the "Three Queens", and picked up passengers from The States, Canada and Germany itself in Hamburg. My friend and I had two of the new solo cabins on Deck 2. Until now, there had been no passenger cabins on that deck, and we found it necessary to get help from a ship's officer to locate ours. Just pass the wall of slot machines in the casino and enter an alcove with a large white door that had nothing to indicate there were now cabins in there. Open said door, and there is a hallway with nine ocean view solo that had just been added. A great three quarter size bed - no mere twin here! A three drawer dresser as well as bedside drawers and the good sized closet gave all the space a solo traveler could use. There was an electric kettle, china and silver, and all the bits and pieces needed for a cuppa tea or coffee. The bathroom was compact and had the cloth shower curtain that no one especially loves, but it was well arranged and had plenty of shelf areas for cosmetics. Best of all, our huge windows matched those in the dining room in size and shape. What more could you ask for ? We had booked many of our excursions with the ship, and a two day independent with ALLA Tours for our St. Petersburg visit. We had a day at sea to settle in, followed by our visit to Copenhagen. The Tivoli & Harbour Cruise was not quite up to our expectations. We were dropped at Tivoli with instructions "enjoy yourself" and meet in two hours to make the canal boat connection. We arrived at the boat after two other groups had already boarded and taken the majority of the seats....not much of a scenic cruise over shoulders and past heads of those near the windows. We had a few minutes to view the Little Mermaid, and back to the ship. Our Stockholm day included the Vasa museum which is always interesting, and a city tour on the bus. Tallinn offered "Rags to Riches" with visits to parts of the city where both categories of natives had once dwelt. Nice stops with plenty of photo ops overlooking the towers of the city. We arrived in St. Petersburg early in the morning, and met our ALLA tour bus at 0830 after clearing Russian customs. They had booked our needed visas, and we had no problem with moving through the arrival area. I had been in St. Petersburg many years before, and found this a marvelous company. Our hostess spoke perfedt English, and we had those ear pieces that allowed you to follow your guide easily. The tour covered every possible cathedral and palace the city had to offer, and a grand lunch was included. Our 16 passenger Mercedes bus was comfortable, and our driver was always ready to assist as you got on and off. We returned to the ship in time for dinner, and were met the next morning at 0730 for another full day of touring. A ride on the subway was one of the most interesting times. The subway passes under the Neva River, and returning to the surface on the fast moving escalator took a full three minutes. Amazing! My friend's watch kept tract of steps, and we learned we had walked five miles each day without actually realizing we had done so. The royal wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan took place while we were docked, but a special dinner was set up for Saturday (19 May) evening with a souvenir menu that had a beautiful photo of the couple and a list of all the Royals who had sailed Cunard since l861. Replays of the wedding were run on ship's television several times. Our next port was Kiel, but the excursion titled Castles and Boats never stopped in the city for a look around. We drove quite a way to look at a few schloss buildings (no entry) and then had a little boat ride around several small lakes that had nothing to offer. This was another disappointing tour that cost $97.00 for very little. The final stop was at the far north end of Denmark in the city of Skagen. The locals were very welcoming of cruise passengers, and the tour covered an outdoor museum and a trip to the far spit of land by a tractor pulled "sandworm". Really a fun day this time. Next day was "at sea" and we docked in Southampton on 24 May. A transfer to Heathrow had been prepaid, and all went perfectly. It had been a good cruise, with weather you could not have ordered to be any more perfect....warm and sunny most of the time but never chilly or too hot. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
First Cunard cruise (done P&O and Fred Olsen before) but we joined up with friends who favour Cunard and who were going to the Baltic. where we wanted to go again for the second time (P&O previously). This cruise advised us we ... Read More
First Cunard cruise (done P&O and Fred Olsen before) but we joined up with friends who favour Cunard and who were going to the Baltic. where we wanted to go again for the second time (P&O previously). This cruise advised us we would get an open questionnaire to complete after we returned home but Cunard have not invited us to thoigh we did complete the standard questionnaire onboard (numerous standard questions) plus no real open comment due to limited free space and expected invitation on returning home. So, where is the free questionnaire for us to complete? Why automaticaally add 15% service charge for drinks orders (plus utility invitation!) when you expect passengers to make an excessively set service charge (c12 US dollars each per day) which we removed to provide individual tips to our regular servers. The drinks charges are greaty excessive even compring with other cruse line ships. Also, as a mathematician, adding 15% making an inclusive 0.5 US cent should be rounded down not up which is illegitimate! We were overcharged onboard by Cunard in advance for the local touring buses in Copenhagen when the ship had stated same charge as paying on the bus itself - I did insist on a refund from the excursions desk! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Queen Elizabeth ship is all that i expected and more, Our luggage was taken from us as we arrived at terminal by CPS parking, our motor home keys were taken from us as we arrived at port, authority had to park our van because of health ... Read More
Queen Elizabeth ship is all that i expected and more, Our luggage was taken from us as we arrived at terminal by CPS parking, our motor home keys were taken from us as we arrived at port, authority had to park our van because of health safety reasons.HMMMM!!!! Embarkation went smoothly despite alarm sounding where all had to leave building Using my mobility scooter, Liteway Rascal, i negotiated all obstacles OK going up ramps,into lifts on my own, avoiding ankles and toes of others, Partner and i found a nice resting place Corinthia Cafe where we had a most welcome coffee and pastry, coffee paid extra, REMEMBER PASSING CARD OVER YOU ARE PAYING, why worry we are on holiday, don't we pay for drinks ashore. Negotiated lifts ok, now to cabin, you are not allowed to leave scooter outside of cabin for very good reasons, we had balcony cabin on deck 4 near to lifts aft of ship, with a bit of organising asking our steward lady to take away table, moved bedside table near to window pushed bed over to sofa gave us room to park scooter, it worked well maneuvering scooter a bit tight but we done it. Our cases arrived, too exhausted to unpack so we left them for following day. had dinner at Lido cafe,nice selection of food YIPEE gluten free PIZZA choice of topping, afternoon tea lovely cakes gluten free, HMM i have put on weight. Dinning we choose 1st sitting,which is better for digestion, we found it to be very slow between courses which only gave us time to seat ourselves in theatre Shows OK room for improvement there, nice way to relax after dinner. After show there is a choice of many things commodore club gentle music as you watch the lovely views passing by, we preferred listening to CHANGEZ in yacht club lively music to dance to or listen, then DJ music. On port days we done our own thing, STRAVENGER a very pretty port cobbled streets not good for scooter, sadly it was a Sunday ALL SHOPS CAFE CLOSED but nice to look around taking in the beauty of this lovely town. FLAM where we docked very scenic, left scooter at little village train stop enjoyed a 1hr plus ride through a lovely valley, 150 kroner for 2 people worth money, ship do NOT tell you about this train. TROMSO shuttle service provided a few places to see turn right when you get off shuttle, Shuttle very good for scooter, wheelchair, drivers very helpful. NY ALESUND (Spitsbergen) ship tendered on a very nice sunny day, you can see all from ship, but nice to go ashore, always a me first to get off ship by other passengers pushing and shoving unbelievable of some rudeness some disobeyed the rules ashore which Commodore had to sign an agreement not to disturb wild life. we choose not to go ashore just to admire the beauty from deck of ship. MAGDALENA FYORD the most beautiful place i have been to, the glaciers ice flows WOW what a site to behold, how the Commodore turned the ship in this fjord just simply amazing, a big THANK YOU for letting us to see this wonderful place. OLDEN another lovely place ship docked, no problem in getting off ship with scooter, again we left scooter to take a little train ride up this lovely valley we were able to get off train where there is some nice shops. leisurely walk back to ship The lovely houses in the valley one house had George flag hanging from their balcony and waving us all a bon voyage how nice that was.TRONDHEIM shuttle bus one special bus for disable passengers, very helpful drivers, a lovely town nice shopping centre good shops, a beautiful Cathedral doors were opened for me to take scooter in,buy tickets in cafe next to Cathedral. Bergen,Shuttle bus again very helpful, beautiful city plenty to do and see HO HO buses in main square you can take scooter or wheelchair 1hr guided ride around city, good value. Now i am going to put all the stunning pictures on my lap top to remind me of this lovely holiday. Embarkation simply lovely well organised , even time for a nice breakfast before homeward to DEVON UK ENJOY TO ALL FUTURE PASSENGERS!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
This was our first holiday cruise - we'd been pampered on business-related cruises twice before - so we had some trepidation and I would say only average expectations. Delighted to say the Queen Elizabeth and staff excelled despite ... Read More
This was our first holiday cruise - we'd been pampered on business-related cruises twice before - so we had some trepidation and I would say only average expectations. Delighted to say the Queen Elizabeth and staff excelled despite the efforts of Baltic weather which, disappointingly, meant we couldn't get into Stockholm which was going to be one of the highlights. We had booked probably too many excursions. Kristiansand and Oslo would have been better done at one's own speed and interests and you can go on your own to an ice bar (which had been the draw in Oslo). Copenhegan is a massive roadworks at the moment and, therefore, again self touring would have been preferable to being ensconced in coaches. We had tried six months in advance to book into Noma voted the best restaurant in the world (!) at 1401 Kobenhaun, tel +45 3296 3297, but only succeeded in making the waiting list. Despite regular texts with the owners, who were extremely courteous, we failed and were advised better luck next time (which we will certainly pursue). We did Helsinki ourselves and that was well worthwhile although retail prices are on the high side. We would thoroughly recommend the Kamp Cafe (part of the only 5-star restaurant in Helsinki) at Pohjoisesplanadi 29, reservations +358 09 5840 9539. We had decided to push the boat out(sic)in St Petersburg and subscribe separately ($455 a time) for two x 4-hour private car tours with driver and English-speaking guide to The Catherine Palace and The Peter Palace. The guides were good if a little guarded - the shadow of Communism still lurks - and each palace was over an hour's drive which, therefore, reduced the time on site to less than two hours. Despite this it was well worth the extra money and enabled you to leapfrog the queues which were of epic proportions (as was the gold leaf). The highlight, however, was a Cunard-organised evening tour and concert at the Hermitage which was simply magical. The Hermitage is closed on Mondays but was opened especially in the evening for I would estimate around 200 people (all from the Queen Elizabeth) split into groups of 25 which were given exclusive tours of many of the Hermitage exhibits - we didn't see all four million ! After that there was a glass of champagne and a 50-minute concert by the Symphony Orchestra of St Petersburg with Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Igor Ponomarenko in the Great Skylight Italian Hall. Truly memorable. A MUST (even at $396 for two). The next stop was Talinn where, again, we would recommend missing the organised tours ! Sadly, Talinn is completely swamped by cruise ships and is becoming something of a second-rate Disneyesque "attraction". The final stop was Zeebrugge where I elected to go on the Flanders' Fields tour which includes an excellent museum where you can browse on your own. Driving rain at the first military cemetery added to the poignancy. I was glad I went but the sadness and waste of life was palpable. More cheerfully and back on Board I only have praise for the lecturers (which included Lord Geoffrey Archer on our cruise, plus lectures on The Battle of Jutland (1915), the Heroes of Telemark (WWII), the Falklands Wars and the Faberge Eggs. I also "took in" lectures on the i-Pad and using mobile phone cameras, both of which were pedestrian, and my wife tells me the abridged version of Twelth Night (Sixth Night ?) was well worth missing. Alas, poor Shakespeare! We chose to go Brittania Club which meant open dining and you could elect for tables of two which we did and this worked very well. Service was impeccable and the sommelier added substantially to our enjoyment. The food was good and occasionally excellent. The 22-hour buffet restaurant was also first class and exceeded expectations for a midnight feast post the Hermitage St Petersburg evening. Room service for breakfast was also excellent. Finally, if you like a pub, they have one and I can vouch for the Draft Guinness and the pub fare. The cabin was also spacious (the shower was a little cramped) with plenty of hanging space and under-bed storage. All in all, an excellent holiday. We are hooked. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Ten months ago (Sept 2010) I bounded down Queen Victoria's gangway in Civitavecchia following a 10 day Med and Black Sea cruise declaring her a fantastic ship and my best cruise in 7 years' experience. So it was with great ... Read More
Ten months ago (Sept 2010) I bounded down Queen Victoria's gangway in Civitavecchia following a 10 day Med and Black Sea cruise declaring her a fantastic ship and my best cruise in 7 years' experience. So it was with great anticipation and optimism that my partner and I boarded Queen Elizabeth on 26 July for the Norwegian Fjords and Waterfalls cruise. After all, if QV had ticked all my boxes, QE must be at least as good! Oh dear! How wrong can one be? We got off to a great start: using the pre-booked car-parking facilities at Southampton we were met by very helpful, friendly staff. We whizzed through the check-in procedures and had no difficulty in finding our cabin. Because we booked the cruise quite late, we had had to take a "guarantee cabin" arrangement whereby the actual cabin number is not allocated until close to the sailing date and were pleased to be located close to the lifts and stairway, port side, forward. The room itself was, as expected, spacious, soberly decorated and comfortable. Luggage was delivered very quickly and our stewardess soon came to introduce herself. I suppose things started to go down hill on the first night in the Britannia Restaurant. We don't usually go to the restaurant on the first night of a cruise - preferring to save the restaurant experience for the first formal night - but on this occasion we decided to do things differently. It was first sitting and quite a few tables were unoccupied so there was really no excuse for the slow service and long gaps between courses. We were on a table for 6 and for the first 30 mins we were alone. Then another couple arrived, they studied the menu, then promptly got up and left. And I could understand why: the menu was unexciting, unimaginative and uninspiring. But then this was the first night - it was sure to be better tomorrow night. Wasn't it? A day at sea followed, with the Captain's Reception that evening. The lay-out of QE is identical to that of QV and at no time did we need to consult the ship's deck plan to find our way around. But as the day wore on I began to feel depressed by the dEcor - drab colours in the Lido buffet, the Garden Lounge resembled a care home and the crew members apparently not a happy bunch. Crunch time came at the Captain's party on the second evening. Our cruise had been intended as a birthday celebration for my partner, albeit the actual birthday isn't for another couple of months. Consequently we were quite happy to pay for Veuve Clicquot champagne at $87 a bottle (including Cunard's 15% service charge) during the trip and had indeed done so on the previous evening. However, at the Captain's party the "champagne" offered by white-gloved waiters is in fact a cheap French sparkling wine. This might sound snobbish but, since Cunard widely promotes Veuve Clicquot on all their ships, I think the least they could do is serve it up on Captain's evenings. We had no complaints about the itinerary: Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen. Each of these was an interesting and scenic stop. Our one shore excursion was in Geiranger: well organised with a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide. We gave 10 out of 10 for room service - never a long wait, courteous service with a smile. We would have marked our stewardess "excellent" on the feedback form too if only she had managed an occasional smile. As the week wore on we encountered other passengers with similar gripes about the lack of atmosphere onboard, the dull food, the poor standard of food service. I came across dirty cutlery on more than one occasion and cracked cups in the Lido Buffet. My other moans include the mega $$$ charge for internet access - even if you take your own wireless device onboard you still have to pay (per minute) a ridiculous amount for a connection. Photographs taken by the ship's photographers were of an appalling standard for $24.95 each. At the Southampton Sail-Away a photographer approached us for a picture and then seemed never to have held a camera before. It took him sometime to get the focus right and by then the moment had passed. This was not our first cruise by any means and, as previously mentioned, not our first with Cunard. There is something seriously wrong here on QE. Cunard is a world famous brand name in the cruising industry yet there seems to be little to back it up in practice. I have been on far less expensive cruises with far more exciting food, a more amiable crew and a generally happier atmosphere. There was a frequently shown film on TV during the cruise charting the construction, the fitting out and launch of QE. There was a boast that it was the fastest time in which a liner of this size had been completed - perhaps that's part of the problem. It seems to me that Cunard were so eager to build on the popularity of QV that they figured another, identical ship would double their success and profits without having to put in too much effort. A bit like 2 for the price of 1. After my very positive reaction to QV in 2010 and QM2 in 2008, QE came as a huge disappointment. I was pleased to get back to home-cooking and am unlikely to choose Cunard again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Having persuaded friends who have never cruised before to join us we were slightly apprehensive having read some of the negative comments. I would like to reassure people who have future bookings with Queen Elizabeth that we completely ... Read More
Having persuaded friends who have never cruised before to join us we were slightly apprehensive having read some of the negative comments. I would like to reassure people who have future bookings with Queen Elizabeth that we completely disagree with several comments. For the first time we had booked car parking with CPS. On arrival at Southampton porters were waiting to take our luggage and there were plenty of representatives from CPS waiting to drive our car away. There were only two passengers ahead of us at check-in and we were inside our cabin within 10 to 15 minutes of arriving at the port. We have been on several cruises before, including the QE2 and Queen Mary, and traveled on most classes from very basic to a suite with butler service. This time we had gone for the cheaper option of a Britannia Oceanview stateroom on Deck 1 (1105). We were not expecting very much but were pleasantly surprised. The state room was spacious with plenty of wardrobe and storage draws and ample hangers. The dEcor was plain but there was a tasteful print above the bed. The TV was an adequate 19" but then who goes on a cruise to watch TV? The bathroom was well designed with shelves either side of the mirror and a large storage shelf below the basin. The shower was large enough that the shower curtain did not wrap round you as you showered. As well as bath-robes and slippers there were plenty of toiletries which were replenished regularly. Our steward, Ramone, quickly came to introduce himself and our main luggage arrived before we had unpacked our hand luggage. Our steward was excellent and always kept our cabin and bathroom immaculate. The Muster drill probably only took 20 minutes but was mainly delayed by people being at the wrong muster station or unable to master putting on the life-jacket. As we had opted for the second sitting we had plenty of time to explore the ship before changing for dinner. The corridors outside the cabins were plain but the remainder of the ship was beautifully decorated throughout in an Art Deco style. As usual there were plenty of places for a quiet drink, game of cards or to read a book. On deck there were plenty of steamer chairs and tables and chairs. On our first night we were afraid we would be kept awake by the engines but we all fell asleep very quickly. We ate most of our meals in the Britannia Restaurant where the food was always excellent and well presented. In particular some of the meat was the best we have eaten compared to many restaurants. Our waiter, Edgar, assistant waiter and wine waiter were always very pleasant and could not do enough for us. Not once did they mix up our order and they never ran out of anything. A previous comment was made about the size of the meals but we found the cooked breakfast, three course lunch and four course dinner more than enough although possibly appreciated more by those who want quality rather than quantity. If people were still hungry there was plenty of opportunity for snacking 24/7. We ate lunch a few times at the Lido self-service restaurant which was well presented with plenty of hot meals or salads. We could only manage afternoon tea twice but although very busy there were plenty of dainty sandwiches, small cakes and scones with jam and cream. The entertainment in the theatre was very good most of the time although there were a couple of evenings we did not enjoy. It is difficult to provide something each night for 11 nights which is not to everyone's taste. Throughout our stay we found all the staff from cleaners up to officers all most attentive and always smiling and greeting us when we passed them in the corridor. As usual there was plenty to occupy people each day. Going to Norway we did not expect the weather to be sunny everyday but were very fortunate that it was fine and often sunny each time we went on one of the tours. We went on 4 tours which were well organized. The guides very knowledgeable and given the high cost of everything in Norway the tours were good value for the price charged. We also did some walking tours around towns ourselves. In conclusion we felt the ship was more suited for people who prefer Claridges/Savoy to a floating Butlins. We could not fault any of the staff who worked very hard. On the other hand we did come across guests who were rude to the staff. Our friends were very impressed with their first cruise and will definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
This being our first ever cruise I was very apprehensive having read previous cruisers negative comments. I shouldn't have worried,this was the most wonderful holiday we have ever had, despite my husband being 'cabin bound' ... Read More
This being our first ever cruise I was very apprehensive having read previous cruisers negative comments. I shouldn't have worried,this was the most wonderful holiday we have ever had, despite my husband being 'cabin bound' for 4 days due to a prolapsed disc (more about that later). We arrived at Southampton at 11.45am and were very impressed by the efficient way our car and luggage were taken from us. By 12.10pm we were in our cabin, unpacking. We were in a Queens Grill Penthouse Q4 (having been upgraded by our sons and brother from Britannia Club). We were amazed at the amount of storage space, a lot of which we never managed to fill!! Our Butler Natalia and her deputy Ronald were very attentive and nothing was too much trouble. The food in the Queens Grill was excellent and the waiters and sommelier looked after us very well. During the evening of our third day my husbands back became painful so we decided to fore-go our Roof of Norway tour the next day(Monday) and that he would stay in bed to rest. Therefore we ate in our stateroom, being able to order whatever was on offer in the Queens Grill that day. Unfortunately the back worsened and at 6.30am on the Tuesday I had to call in the medical team who diagnosed a prolapsed disc. They were absolutely brilliant- Dr Alan Ward and nurses Ellie and Selina looked after him so well that he was up and walking...very carefully...on Thursday. He could not have been treated better anywhere ashore and we can't praise the medical staff enough. Natalia our Butler really looked after us throughout this difficult time. We cancelled the rest of our planned tours on the doctors advice and were reimbursed for all of them. When we returned to the Queens Grill for our meals we were really made a fuss of and looked after so well. Although this spoilt my husbands enjoyment a little we were just happy to spend the time soaking up the atmosphere and wonderful surroundings and wouldn't have missed it for the world. I have never wanted to go on a cruise but my husband always has and I gave in eventually. I'm so pleased I did. I loved it and really hope we are fortunate enough to cruise on Queen Elizabeth again (free of back trouble!!). I certainly wouldn't want to cruise with any other line than Cunard. Read Less
Sail Date July 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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