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3 Cunard Queen Victoria Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Europe - British Isles & Western

This was our 6th cruise on the QV and the 2nd New Year trip to Amsterdam. We travelled down to Southampton on the 28th Dec and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express just off the motorway and Ideally suited to get to the West Quay shopping ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise on the QV and the 2nd New Year trip to Amsterdam. We travelled down to Southampton on the 28th Dec and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express just off the motorway and Ideally suited to get to the West Quay shopping centre for a bit of retail therapy before embarking the ship. We were pleased to see the ship berthed at Ocean Terminal. We arrived at noon and were processed fairly rapidly but had to wait again to go through security as the ship wasn’t ready to take on passengers. The wait wasn’t too long though - our cabin, Deck 1 outside midships was ready and waiting for us. We dumped our stuff and went to the lido for lunch before it got busy - the ship was full and the Lido the only place to eat if you are not in Grills. The ship was still decked out in its Christmas Finery and looked fantastic. This was our first time back on the QV since her refit. The new wall mounted flat screen TVs are a great improvement. And at last Cunard have put in tea and coffee making facilities in the cabins. Hemispheres is now the Yatch Club and Britannia Club dining is now available for those who want to pay the extra. She does look a little drab in parts though - but not in the main passenger areas. Before we left S’ton, and just after muster stations, Commodore Rynd announced that due to the high winds and sea state we would not be going to Bruge but heading straight to Amsterdam to up our chances of getting into Ijmuiden and the North Sea Canal. This turned out to be a good call. There was a force 8 blowing for most of the journey over to Amsterdam. The QV proved to be very steady given the weather conditions. This gave us an extra sea day to relax. Very welcome after a busy Christmas. We were disappointed not to visit Bruge but I have visited Bruge on a number of occasions inc a long weekend (which I would recommend to give it justice). We took the opportunity to lunch in the Verandah Restaurant. It costs $20 but we think it’s worth it. It was already fully booked up for Dinner throughout the trip. I attended one of the guest speaker presentations - it was OK. It was interesting to hear a barrister talk and how Programmes such as Judge John Deeds give such a false impression of how the law works. We arrived in Holland about 9pm ships time (the QV stays at GMT throughout the trip). It takes about 3 hrs to get through the lock and North Sea Canal into Amsterdam - but lovely calm waters. On New Years Eve We breakfasted in the Britannia Restaurant where we took most of our meals. We then set out for the railway station that is a short walk away from where the ship berthed. We decided to visit Delft as it was a miserable day weather wise and we have “done” Amsterdam on numerous occasions before. There are regular trains to Delft, a lovely little city famous for its pottery and the home of one of the Dutch masters Vermeer. It takes about an hour to get to Delft and cost €26 return each. The journey takes you to the Hook of Holland. You really get a sense of how low lying Holland is and how vulnerable to the North Sea. The Vermeer exhibition is worth a visit if you are interested in how Vermeer worked with light and texture. We arrived back on the ship at 5 ish. Grabbed a scone or two from the Lido and relaxed with a drink before getting ready for New Year’s Eve Celebrations. The QV is much more a party ship on the 5 day trips. The average passenger age must drop by a half. I think there were more people from Japan, Germany and the USA than I remembered from the trip we did 2 yrs before. Everyone I saw was glammed up and the ship and it’s occupants looked fantastic. There was lots going on all over the ship. We watched the Dutch New Year fireworks at 11pm ships time. The Dutch had been letting off fireworks throughout the day and it really goes ballistic at midnight with displays taking place everywhere you look. This time there was literally our own display just off the bow of the ship - amazing. Luckily it had stopped raining too so there was many of us out on deck watching the show with lots of oohs and wows. We then celebrated GMT New Year with the Commodore and ships company in the Atrium and a Champagne Waterfall followed by a boogie in the Yacht Club. We left Amsterdam at 9am on New Year’s Day. This was the first time we had traversed the North Sea Canal in day light and was quite interesting. We ate in the Verandah restaurant again and had a fantastic view of the scenery and lock. We were heading for Cherbourg so effectively another sea day and another very relaxing day - busy doing nothing. We went to the show Hollywood Rocks that we enjoyed. The standard of singers and musicians throughout the ship is fantastic. It’s what sets Cunard apart for us though on a completely different level Thomson/Marella’s Entertainment teams are also second to none. The weather in Cherbourg was dismally wet and windy - but this is winter in the North Sea and Channel so our expectations were not high. We wandered the town, bought wine in Carrefour and returned to the ship. We were told by the Commodore that the weather would be very poor - storm force 10 with 9m waves. He would hug the French coast till 10.30 pm then make “a run for it” my words not his, The winds would be hitting us broadside so to expect some sudden movement and keep fingers away from doors! And so it proved. The QV handled the storm very well. We had chosen midships and deck 1 as it’s the most stable part of the ship and apart from the odd bump it was not an uncomfortable night although the noise of the waves hitting the ship was quite loud - the downside of being so low. However we did suddenly list to the left and kept listing for quite a long time before gradually righting. It certainly sent things flying off shelves - a reminder that we are not in a state hotel. We learnt next day we had a 7 degree list. The high winds in Southampton also meant we were unable to dock at the Ocean terminal where our car was - coaches therefore would ferry us back to ocean terminal. Disembarkation was reasonably straight forward though having to wait for coaches delayed our journey home by an hour but at least we were all safe and sound. A very enjoyable trip. In general. The cabin was well looked after by our steward, the food and choices were excellent, we only saw one show and that was very good. It was reasonable value for money. I would recommend the Verandah lunch if you are Britannia Class Cunard’s drink prices are getting very steep and worse for us sterling using Brits - the service charge on drinks is an American habit that is not necessary. A free glass of bubbly at midnight would have been graciously accepted especially as Cunard changed its World Club criteria from 5 + night’s to 6+ night’s just before the 5 day cruises took place - so World Club members didn’t get a cocktail party and us platinum members didn’t get a wine tasting or priority embarkation. We didn’t take any excursions as happy to do it ourselves. Would we do it again - there are other places to celebrate New Year we’ve yet to try. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This is the first time we have every cruised on a Cunard ship. We have been on others thought so can compare. We did a five day Big Band Dance Cruise Southampton, Brugges, Amsterdam and Cherbourg. Fabulous, from the time we got to ... Read More
This is the first time we have every cruised on a Cunard ship. We have been on others thought so can compare. We did a five day Big Band Dance Cruise Southampton, Brugges, Amsterdam and Cherbourg. Fabulous, from the time we got to embarkation until we stepped off this morning. Such a warm welcoming ship. The food in the main restaurant and the Lido Buffet was superb, the staff couldn't have been more helpful, they work so hard. Cabins good and the beds divine, so comfy. If I had one criticism it would be that the dance floor wasn't big enough as it was advertised as Big Band they under-estimated how many people did Ballroom Dancing. The resident band though were brilliant, they played great party music when you wanted a change from the Ballroom. All said and done we wouldn't hesitate to cruise on her again and now want to try Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
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
Sail Date December 2016
Queen Victoria Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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