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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Choose a taster cruise as we were unsure of how "stuffy" we would find Cunard to be. We were pleasantly surprised and loved it. Embarkation was very good/efficient. Room Balcony on deck 4; nicely appointed, clean, super ... Read More
Choose a taster cruise as we were unsure of how "stuffy" we would find Cunard to be. We were pleasantly surprised and loved it. Embarkation was very good/efficient. Room Balcony on deck 4; nicely appointed, clean, super bed/pillows, nice to have a decent quality TV for ships information etc. Evening dining was fine, excellent choices and good quality. We preferred the buffet breakfast simply because it was easy, it's nice to have a buffet that isn't chaotic and cramped. The afternoon tea was a little disappointing, we were lucky in that we were already in the Queens Room when they started to lay the tables so we stayed on. Service was a bit slow and the sandwiches (bread) was a little dry. There were queues later on. Nice to have but I wouldn't bother again. Service from the bars could have been much better, on the whole this let down what was and excellent trip. Entertainment was fine and popular. The tender operation in Guernsey was dreadful, we waited an hour from getting a ticket to actually boarding at a time we thought most passengers would have already gone off. It was fine coming back. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Once again we had a short, but excellent cruise on board Queen Victoria. The service throughout the ship was outstanding and the food to an excellent standard. We were told that this was a "party cruise" but having sailed for ... Read More
Once again we had a short, but excellent cruise on board Queen Victoria. The service throughout the ship was outstanding and the food to an excellent standard. We were told that this was a "party cruise" but having sailed for the first time the weekend previous on a Celebrity ship, they were in our opinion a million miles apart and it was refreshing to embark on a ship of such quality and standards We are so looking forward to our next voyage onboard a Cunard vessel Please do no lower the dress standards or take away the Captain or Officer of the Bridge announcements. The ship is well maintained, our cabin was immaculate with as usual high standards of cleanliness. We had a minor issue with a lock in the stateroom but this was dealt with promptly. The service within the dining room was excellent and our request for a table for3 was met with no issues. Thankyou Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
we choose this Cruise to celebrate out 50th Wedding Anniversary Embarkation and disembarkation were very well organised - The ship never stopped rolling never been on a ship that moved so much Cabin small /shower very small / ... Read More
we choose this Cruise to celebrate out 50th Wedding Anniversary Embarkation and disembarkation were very well organised - The ship never stopped rolling never been on a ship that moved so much Cabin small /shower very small / but very clean Used Britannia Restaurant most of the time - Food and service in Evening excellent but think this was a training cruise - breakfast and Lunch could be hit and miss - Waiters had attitude Entertainment was not bad - speakers were excellent - have seen better shows photography - not well publicised - bought an expensive package- only to find wrong photos so have no records of Anniversary no sign of senior officers around deck - waiters in short supply to clear tables and serve drinks - did not know where upper deck was Drinks were over priced - west end prices would not go on this ship again Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
Since we were celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary, we wanted a special cruise and at the same time sample a Cunard ship. As we didn't see much of San Francisco and Hawaii when we visited six months prior this cruise gave ... Read More
Since we were celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary, we wanted a special cruise and at the same time sample a Cunard ship. As we didn't see much of San Francisco and Hawaii when we visited six months prior this cruise gave us the chance to see both for longer. We enjoyed the activates on board, in particular darts and trivia's, the entertainment staff were the best we have ever encountered. The food was very good and in the dining room, not over facing, if you wanted more you could receive more (other cruises tend to put too much on a plate, which means a lot of wastage). Our friendly waiters, Marina and Glen, went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed our meal The taste of the food, in particular Cheddar Cheese, brought back memories of how it should taste. I was able to have kippers every other day, and the waiters didn't think I was asking for 'capers'. After this first cruise with Cunard we were very impressed, and may have now become our favourite Cruise Line, but future cruises would depend on the itinerary. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
My friend and I booked this cruise as she wanted to go the Christmas market in Bruges, Cunards dates Friday to Monday worked best for us and I live in Dorset so Southampton is an ideal port for me and a free day at sea to make use of the ... Read More
My friend and I booked this cruise as she wanted to go the Christmas market in Bruges, Cunards dates Friday to Monday worked best for us and I live in Dorset so Southampton is an ideal port for me and a free day at sea to make use of the onboard facilities. We got a great price online and parking cost was reasonable. Car drop off with CPS and check-in were so easy and fast I was anxious as this was my first cruise and I'm used to airport parking, airport check in, 2/3 hours at the airport then boarding a transatlantic flight for 10 hours of movies. My anxiety was gone as soon as we stepped aboard, barely any time from arrival at the dock. We had a twin obstructed sea view on deck 4 which was perfect for us, slight view but we weren't planning on sitting by the window much and we were amazed how large the cabin was and how gorgeous with sofa, fridge, comfy bedding and our welcome wine. Reggie serviced our cabin multiple times a day, always had ice, our bedtime chocolates and all the information we needed for the next day. The Queen Victoria was stunning, so beautifully decorated, we went prepared for seasickness and didnt need our Kwells or Seabands. We were in the Britannia restaurant and the food was to die for. Never went hungry or ate too much, portion sizes were just right to enjoy the delicious food, with great service and menu choices at breakfast lunch and dinner and a fantastic sommelier who remembered we were diet coke drinkers. We used the Lido restaurant for buffet breakfast twice - once after a late night and the second time on disembarkation day. There was plenty on offer and our choice of cereals fruit and pastries with juice and coffee was just what we needed on those days. We chose to save money and get the free shuttle to Blankenberg and catch the train into Bruges for less that 5E return and do our own thing in Bruges. We saw the market, had a boat trip, a wander round the shops and some lunch, a fantastic day. Shuttle back to the ship was fine and we had enough time ashore. Next time we'd probably go for buffet breakfast on trip day ashore to save time and get out earlier but for first time cruisers you live and learn and we had a great full breakfast in the restaurant. Entertainment on board in the stunning theatre at sea was superb - Troubadour male vocal group, Roy Walker - legend of catchphrase and the ships dance company on our final night. We made use of the pub, casino slot machines, Queens room big band and dancing room, Hemispheres night club, the day spa and couldnt fault anything, we were so relaxed and switched off from life. We watched some of the dance lesson, played speed bingo, browsed the shops and art gallery went to the Masquerade ball and couldn't fit anymore in around sleeping and watching one of the great movies in our room on the TV. We could have stayed forever and were very sad to leave. Disembarkation was super smooth, after breakfast and a short wait in our waiting area, straight off, collected luggage and across the road to collect our car and keys. I was pleased we were on a mid to lower deck as you disembark later so would probably go for that again and our deck and cabin grade meant we were so close to all the ships facilities. We got a soft drinks package which worked out great value for us and after chatting to other passengers we heard that the service on cunard was the best they had ever experienced so we have experienced the best, how do we cruise with another company. I'm already looking at which mini cruise I can afford to go on next. Would highly recommend Cunard and this mini cruise. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Only decided at Easter to book the cruise as we don't normally go at this time of year but so glad we did. We had been on the QM2 before so knew it would be great but this ship was even better. The service was impeccable and we had ... Read More
Only decided at Easter to book the cruise as we don't normally go at this time of year but so glad we did. We had been on the QM2 before so knew it would be great but this ship was even better. The service was impeccable and we had wonderful evenings in Hemispheres, chatting to Djean who is truly a first class bar steward who can make amazing cocktails with old fashioned pizazz. Food in the Brittania was wonderful and it was great to enjoy the Royal Spa menu nightly, knowing I wasn't being too naughty as the calories were always around 600 for the full 3 courses meaning the occasional midnight treat was fine. The only criticism is that it would be nice to have a calorie counted meal in the lido too. I know we like to over indulge on holiday but with so many wonderful options to choose this would have helped my choice as making decisions has never been my strong point. Like many other reviewers have said the bed is so comfortable and having cruised 10 times I can honestly say Cunards are the best. From start to finish a fantastic holiday and even though we are not on Cunard this summer we most definitely will be in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
We took this cruise as a late booking spring break, having never been with Cunard before, but the price and itinerary were right for us. The ship is still in lovely condition internally, and the decor style is quite understated and was ... Read More
We took this cruise as a late booking spring break, having never been with Cunard before, but the price and itinerary were right for us. The ship is still in lovely condition internally, and the decor style is quite understated and was kept immaculate by a largely inconspicuous staff. Externally, we felt sorry for the guys touching up the 'Cunard Grey' which shows every mark, a real Forth Bridge job at every port. Whilst the food overall was good (we were in the Britannia dining room) it didn't have the extra sparkle we were hoping for, and we preferred the silver service style of P&O, with lots of veg available. It did, however, include the classic double baked souffle! Room service was very good, quick, hot food and on time for pre-ordered breakfast. The Lido self service was rather monotonous and the salad choices lacked imagination. Afternoon tea is well advertised, but again it lacked flair. We gave up trying to find the cucumber in the sandwiches, which were all of the mainly bread and minimum filling variety. I would have loved an M&S prawn mayo sandwich, but nothing like it. Entertainment was variable. The harpist and string quartet played for over 3 hours a day and were really good. The classical pianist was good, but his programme was wrongly advertised twice with no apology. The main shows were very formulaic, and the male singer not our style. We were looking forward to the lecture programme, which was very male oriented. P&O manage a much better mix, and also not very extensive. We only did one trip, which was very good. Other ports we did our own thing, The courtesy busses were always free - thank you. Main irritants - the photographers who were in your face all the time. Mistakes and poor descriptions in the entertaiment daily programme, and never an apology. Paper napkins getting in the linen napkin laundry which put paper fluff all over your clothes. Most entertaining - watching passengers line dancing on a rolling ship. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
We travelled down from home (Wirral Merseyside)the night before the trip and stayed overnight in a Travellodge and then were able to have a leisurely breakfast before travelling the last part of the journey which took about an hour. ... Read More
We travelled down from home (Wirral Merseyside)the night before the trip and stayed overnight in a Travellodge and then were able to have a leisurely breakfast before travelling the last part of the journey which took about an hour. Excitement was high as we reached Southampton docks and nothing prepares you for the first sighting of such a magnificent ship. Compared to air travel the whole check in process was seamless, suitcases whisked away, car taken care of, friendly and receptive reception-what a difference from the hassle that are airports. The interior of the ship took your breath away. Our outside cabin (a free upgrade a fortnight before travel) was clean, spacious with ample room for Rebecca's bed. The half bottle of champagne was a nice and welcome touch. Our time on board made you feel very special-all the staff were pleasant and attentive with the chamber maids using your name every time. We enjoyed the food and ambiance of the restaurant where we were on the first sitting with an excellently placed table by the window at the back of the ship. A table for our exclusive use was welcome, especially with our 9 year old daughter. We tended to visit the ports of call when possible so majority of time on board was late afternoon to evening. After dinner we would drop Rebecca at the Time Out club which she thoroughly enjoyed - difficult to drag her away! Angela and then were able to attend the excellent productions in the theatre, relax in the Commodore bar or have a flutter in the casino. After this we would collect Rebecca and spend some quality family time in the Lido with a little more food!! Although the weather was not brilliant we used the outside pools which were maintained at an pleasant temperature and the Spa changing rooms were immaculate. This was our first experience of cruising and certainly wont be the last as we intend to travel again as soon as funds and work commitments permit. Read Less
Queen Victoria Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 3.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.7
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 3.0 3.7

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