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4 Cunard Queen Elizabeth Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

This cruise represented a few 'firsts' for us ...first time with Cunard, first time on a larger ship and first time 'sail out fly back'. It is very challenging to find a smooth way to travel from Scotland to Southampton ... Read More
This cruise represented a few 'firsts' for us ...first time with Cunard, first time on a larger ship and first time 'sail out fly back'. It is very challenging to find a smooth way to travel from Scotland to Southampton to board, so we spent some time in London and travelled down by the Cunard Coach from Victoria, which was a flawless experience, except for the arrangements at Victoria, which seemed a little haphazard. On arrival, the check-in at Southampton was very efficient and, having boarded QE, there were several people to help us to find our cabin (sorry Stateroom!). Having settled into our room, we found a place for everything and ample space for the two of us. Finding our way around the ship took a little longer! Starting with the positives ....everything was very well appointed and QE is a beautiful ship. The food was excellent, whether in the Britannia Restaurant, where our waiters were very attentive, or in the Lido where again every member of staff responded to a chat with a smile. To those who thought the staff less than welcoming, I would say perhaps you get treated as you treat others? The negatives (and this is personal) ...I found that the informal attire is still too formal for me ...I would prefer to be informal in a smart casual formal long-sleeved shirt with a tie, rather than the jacket with no tie, as preferred by Cunard! And now to my main concern .....Rome Airport(!!!). Having disembarked with normal Cunard efficiency, and with, as I recall, a promise that "we will arrange everything for you at the airport" (or some similar comment), we were abandoned at Rome Airport front door and then stood like refugees for three hours in various lines, first for check-in, then for security, then for passport control, then waiting for the plane, which was nearly one hour late. I do not consider myself disabled, but neither am I in the flush of youth, and by the time I reached the departure gate, the edge had been very firmly taken off our wonderful cruise. I cannot imagine the stress to those who were leaning on walking sticks etc., and who were obviously in a more difficult situation health-wise. Cunard please note ....check out your departure airports for ending future cruises!!! Overall, a great experience to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary, meeting great people, but spoiled by the journey home. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
First of all the ship itself is beautiful, the staterooms are well appointed and bathrooms adequate. What let the ship down was the niggardly approach to food, you had to request smoked salmon and when you did, you were served a minuscule ... Read More
First of all the ship itself is beautiful, the staterooms are well appointed and bathrooms adequate. What let the ship down was the niggardly approach to food, you had to request smoked salmon and when you did, you were served a minuscule portion! Sandwiches were a disgrace, thick white bread, spread with margarine and with fillings so sprayed on you could not tell what they were at all! Cream tea was a disappointment, no clotted cream here only whipped stuff. None of the advertised white glove service either. Service was mixed. We ate in the Britannia restaurant and had wonderful waiters who really looked after us but I think we were lucky. When we had lunch in there the service was slow and indifferent. The food was okay but not great and there was no everyday choice you could have if the menu did not appeal. There was very little in the way of pleasant service around the ship, surly was the best description, especially in the Pursers Office where one was met with a blank expression more often than not. Most requests were a bit too much trouble. All in all we enjoyed our cruise but Cunard need not consider themselves the gold standard, they are very much par for the course cruise wise. It's a shame really, a proud Britsh name has been weakened by American ownership and bean counting. Don't pay top dollar for Cunard any more. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
As we live in Southampton, getting to the port is very quick and easy. And as Mother in Law is Platinum Cunard member, we were all whisked to the front of embarkation line with her - very pleasant surprise! We arrived just after 11 and ... Read More
As we live in Southampton, getting to the port is very quick and easy. And as Mother in Law is Platinum Cunard member, we were all whisked to the front of embarkation line with her - very pleasant surprise! We arrived just after 11 and were on board around 12.00 - it was lovely to be able to explore the ship when it was so quiet. Also had lunch in the Lido buffet - very nice food, much better layout than the QM2 buffet, and much better standard of food - something that was continued throughout all food venues on board. The ship was full to capacity, and it showed on sea days, particularly as the weather was not so great for the first and last couple of days, making it a bit of a bun fight for a seat. The entertainment was a real mixture, with 1 night being the resident Queens Room lounge singer as the headline act,and another night the Theatre Orchestra headlined with Dixie Jazz themed night. It did seem like Cunard were penny pinching - I expected more headline acts. Having said that, the Dixieland Jazz night was great, and the flautist and west end singer were exceptional. Unfortunately, they also had a dated British comedian, David Copperfield, who seemed to think it was ok to make fun of gay people and told some rather off colour jokes. A lot of people found him very funny, I didn't. This weird mix of culture and low brow entertainment seemed very odd. It's almost like someone has told Cunard to go for more 'mass appeal' with some light entertainment. Problem is, they've crossed the line into tasteless and sometimes offensive entertainment. One afternoon was an on deck game 'I'm a Crew Member, Get Me Out of Here' where crew members had to complete a range of tasks to stay in the competition. Many of the tasks were funny and silly, like finding a pair of false teeth, or rescuing an inflatable croc from the pool. Some were in poor taste, like clenching a coin between the buttocks, waddling across the deck and 'pooping' it into a glass. Contestants were blindfolded for the elimination, females having buckets of ice poured down the inside of their t-shirt, and males having the same down the open front of their shorts - all this while the entertainment director clapped and cheered. And the production show 'A Slice of Saturday Night' has been mentioned in other reviews, I will just add that I don't expect to see a cast member pretending to have someone fondle him on stage, and simulate an orgasm - on ANY cruise ship - I want to be entertained and not offended. If you are on late seating dinner, eating at 8.30, with a show at 10.30, finishing at 11.15-11.30, that doesn't leave a lot to entertain you after dinner. Many of the 'alternative' activities, like quizzes and karaoke, started whilst we were still at dinner, which meant we missed most of them - pushing these back by 15-20 mins would take the emphasis off all being geared to early diners. The ship is beautiful , I preferred the layout to that of the Queen Mary, The staff were unfailingly polite and helpful, and the food was excellent. As on our previous Cunard cruise, most entertainment ended at midnight, leaving us with not a lot to do but find a bar, but we were expecting that this time, so it wasn't such a surprise. Overall, I enjoyed the QE more than the QM2, particularly as the food and service was so much better, but Cunard seem to be going in the wrong direction in terms of entertainment. One final word about our Cabin 4115 - I don't know what exactly was the source of the noise, but every night it sounded like there was a huge bathtub of water sloshing around above our heads. This was so loud that it kept us awake, and made for a very tiring voyage, as we didn't get much sleep. The cabin is also opposite a crew cupboard/closet and so is very noisy early and late - don't book this cabin if you are a light sleeper! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Having booked over a year agowe had plenty of time to anticipate the trip,we even went on th Victoria to tesr the water. Arrived at the Southhampton Hilton as prvious cruise cant fault it well organised clean tidy food good staff the ... Read More
Having booked over a year agowe had plenty of time to anticipate the trip,we even went on th Victoria to tesr the water. Arrived at the Southhampton Hilton as prvious cruise cant fault it well organised clean tidy food good staff the same as last year,apart from noone manning Cunard desk,must have cut the staff back. Good nights sleep,breakfast supposed to have been famous,was last year, this time no staff no food,perhaps they too where cutting staff,never mind on the coach and of to the ship. Boooking in procedure very efficient. Up the gangplank wheres the ship,never mind plenty of days to see ino farewell do must be cutting staff back. Find the cabin our friends are next door but one,we are 8025 our friends 8029,into the cabin,open the door to the balcony,same view as last year feel at home already,back in the room sharpish,smoking next door,smoke drifting over. Off to the leaving party,experienced cruisers lol,playing the game dodge the photographers,party my elbow been to better wakes. You bored yet,full of anticipation of we go to the Britannia restuarant,staff superb,food good. LIdo,tea making facilities poor after first day laid out wrong probably due to hot water system for tea making failed,Burcos arrived after 11 days. Britannia breakfast must be rated amongst the top one in the world,sorry I mean in the list for poor quality,its appalling,i repeat its the worst I have ever had anywhere Cant use the balcony smoke worse corridor wreaks, air conditioning pushing smoke through vents in door from next door. REad the brochure carefully,smoking allowed in the rooms,pity the people who had room 8027 this week,they arrived to clean the room with specialised vacuum cleaners even beforethe ship was vacated so they knew they had a problem. The lady mentioned the Dorothy club,what a gay time was had by all,like packs roaming the ship,best entertainment I had all week was watching some Americans trying to take some upskirt photos of a man wearing a kilt,true outside the toilets on the way to the Britannia restuarant. Entertainment.comedian brilliant band brilliant,saw the lady with the flute on the Victoria,was good but already seen the act,multiplaying muscian DIRE,singers leave a lot to be desired. If you drink,be prepared to wait for service,shall we discuss the measures,be warned all is not what it seems,never seen so many short measures in my life,why they bother to stock take at the end of the night amazes me.Drink at casino bar only chance of a fair measure. Casino,odds beyond me,only one history showing on roullette, table broken they said on the one table,could cunard please check the system they play,I admired the staff for the way they could get double zero. The lady in the previous report said she was home for 12.30,we were stuck in the garden room for hours waiting to disembark excuse was the weather,bullshit it happens every time priorities given to other passengers if you stay at the hilton you leave last. Im not by nature a complainer,this I find to be a fair critic of our time on this cruise,it is not White Star service,it does really fall short. No good sending me any more offers Cunard. Read Less
Sail Date October 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 3.6
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 4.0 3.5

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