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3 Cunard Queen Victoria Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Canary Islands

A bit about me and my age etc first. I have done 17 cruises in total and have been on various ships, In my early days Carnival, MSC, Royal Caribbean and Cunard. We went on the cruise as a family, Myself aged 47 male, my partner 49 female ... Read More
A bit about me and my age etc first. I have done 17 cruises in total and have been on various ships, In my early days Carnival, MSC, Royal Caribbean and Cunard. We went on the cruise as a family, Myself aged 47 male, my partner 49 female and my mum who is 74, think the word mum explains. We are gold members on Cunard so we have done a few. We have been with Cunard before and decided to take my mum on a cruise again with us. There were quite a few people on the ship that had their parents with them which is always very heart warming to see. Now the list: Boarding the ship was the usual easy way Cunard deal with passengers. From dropping the car to being on board was about 30 minutes even with the thorough security checks. On board we took my mum to her inside cabin and we were amazed at the size, 3 seater sofa, 4 wardrobes and a huge space. We had a balcony cabin that had the usual Cunard soft luxurious bedding and a larger than most ships balcony. Unlike P & O Cunard do not have tea facilities in the room but we had a bottle of sparkling on ice and if you are near the back its an 2 minute trip for tea etc, plus room service. Dining was the Cunard standard, food delivered to the table with waiting staff that covered your needs and let you eat without them chatting. With all the price cuts in food etc I can say that the evening dinners were well proportioned in size and at no point did you leave the table feeling bloated but had a very good dinner packed with flavour. If you ever felt hungry then the lido was 24 hours a day. The LIdo on the Queen Victoria is fabulous, always fresh changing food and they have a roast on every day. Breakfast is always fresh with cooks making it all when needed. We always found a seat in the lido even in busy times. The ship also has 24 hour coffee, tea and fantastic juices available. This ship has so much to do on sea days. The Golden Lion pub for lunch does the best fish and chips, plus steak pies etc. Cunard have build a great ship that caters for all ages. Personally I love to have a quiet cruise and the age group is probably mainly 50 to 70 plus but they are lovely people. A very British ship with British traditions. Cunard have got it right. If you want a cruise that parties all night and has a belly flop competition in the pool during the day then its not for you. I can not report on ports because if I didn't want to get off then it was fine as the ship was a great place to be. Dress code on Cunard: A few formal nights and the rest with a shirt and jacket, no tie. Perfect, it is lovely to dress up for dinner. I have not sailed on the Queen Elizabeth yet but talking to people on board they prefer the Queen Victoria. I hope this review helps people to decide. This is my personal opinion and I will not sail with anyone else unless Cunard do not visit it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was the first time we've been on a Cunard ship, I knew all the history, Queen Mary, Elizabeth, QE2, QM2 etc and always wondered what it would be like. We went as a family of nine to have the ultimate Christmas and New Year to ... Read More
This was the first time we've been on a Cunard ship, I knew all the history, Queen Mary, Elizabeth, QE2, QM2 etc and always wondered what it would be like. We went as a family of nine to have the ultimate Christmas and New Year to remember. Ages from two to early 60's. Queen Victoria is a beautiful ship, she looks stunning. The first thing you see inside is the Grand Lobby, that sets the tone for the rest of the ship. We had a ocean view cabin on deck one and we were impressed. The best cabin we've stayed in so far. Queen Victoria is big enough to hold her own, but small enough to feel intimate. Actually it's the first time we've built up relationships with the crew. I love the feeling when you wake up early and it feels like you're the only one on board. Magically feeling. You can feel the history and spirit of the past, but in a modern setting. The Playroom (2-7 year olds) kids club is amazing. The best kids club on the seas. The team transformed our voyage by providing the best care possible for our two year old son, just enough time for us to have a break but able to leave him with confidence. Queen Victoria provided carol singing on Christmas Eve in the Grand Lobby, kids party with presents from Santa in the Queens Room. New Years Eve was very special, amazing atmosphere, the best one ever. Negatives: Some of the older passengers can be rude and at the start of the cruise look down at you because you have kids. But then again we're Cunard's future passengers and the crew made us feel amazing and loved the kids, they made such a fuss of them, they got to know them on first name terms. And by the middle of the cruise the older generations had mellowed out and enjoyed the company of the kids. We were really impressed with Cunard's Queen Victoria, the history oozes out in the right way on an ultra modern ship. We can't wait to get back on board or even try out Queen Mary 2 or Queen Elizabeth.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
CUNARD NEVER AGAIN---The worst cruise ever. I posted some concerns prior to my Cunard sailing this last Christmas - New Years Queen Victoria Cruise. I always contact the cruise company before hand about some health concerns we have. ALSO ... Read More
CUNARD NEVER AGAIN---The worst cruise ever. I posted some concerns prior to my Cunard sailing this last Christmas - New Years Queen Victoria Cruise. I always contact the cruise company before hand about some health concerns we have. ALSO the company lowered their prices drastically and unlike THIS year's price promise they would do NOTHING for those of us who booked early... loyal cruisers. I became more concerned that after two phone calls and six emails that their customer service was lacking. NOT because they would not refund me money or upgrade me BUT because they NEVER answered an email or a phone call, even about the health concerns. I even went to the headquarters in Valencia, California in person and was promised a call back within 24 hours. NO call or email. They still have NEVER responded to my emails or my calls or personal visit. Once on the ship I figured let's make this a wonderful cruise. Beautiful ship, GREAT CC members and folks on our table... but the WORST service of any of my 35+ cruises. Every time I ask for help or for an answer to something it was "we can not help you at this time". One woman was crying at the front desk because Cunard would not take her American Express travelers checks that she bought purposefully in dollars for her onboard expenses. She ask if they could help her figure out what to do and they answered "read the brochure". We had the worst dining room service (and I have traveled Carnival-once, little companies and the big ones) ever. I will say after seven nights of being brought the wrong order (expressly asking for NO gravy and having it swimming in gravy or for a potato instead of rice and being served extra rice), no cream for my coffee until everyone else was done with their coffee and only after asking EVERY night we (most of the folks at the table were angry) we got some relief. It was actually pretty funny. The waiter would bring the WRONG order, we figured we should just eat it and keep quiet then if someone said something he picked up the food (already being eaten) and passed it to the correct passenger. We laughed the time I ask for no croutons (as usual in my salad) and it came as usual, with them. The waiter started taking them off of my dish AS I WAS EATING... "I am eating the salad now, don't worry about it I can just push them aside". He put his serving spoon into my salad and started removing them, I said "PLEASE don't do that I am eating now", he kept taking them out -- the man next to me started throwing croutons into my salad as fast as the waiter could remove them... it was funny in a sad way. As a teacher I thought the waiter just needed some more training. We did take him aside and we (the table) told him he should write down the orders so he would get them right. He didn't listen and after the 7th night we complained to the head waiter and got a new waiter. Cunard still has not contacted me even though I wrote a long narrative on my comment card. As for my cruising I love cruising and will go back to RCCL or Celebrity or Princess where if I write an email I have an answer with 48 hours at the longest and have NEVER not been sent a reply to my pre or post cruise emails. Cunard NEVER AGAIN, and that is too bad. Princes is a great neighbor (Carnival, Princess and Cunard are headquartered here) in my city of Santa Clarita. They give generously to the charities I work with. Too bad about their sister company Cunard-WORST CRUISE EVER. GREAT CC GROUP. THANKS to everyone for making our Christmas exchange so nice. It was wonderful to pass some of you on our way to somewhere and have a friendly face look back at us. OF course a special thank you to Steve and Gayle who made the cruise extra special. We are still recovering from the whirlwind tour of their little corner of the world, Chipping Norton and everywhere possible north, south, east and west. What amazing hosts. AND I took Gayle to the 99Cents store in California! __________________ Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
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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