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We sailed on Queen Victoria on her final leg of the 2015 world tour…NYC to South Hampton. This was our first Cunard cruise, though we have completed about 19 other cruises, mostly on Celebrity. There were aspects about Cunard and the ... Read More
We sailed on Queen Victoria on her final leg of the 2015 world tour…NYC to South Hampton. This was our first Cunard cruise, though we have completed about 19 other cruises, mostly on Celebrity. There were aspects about Cunard and the QV that we really liked and other aspects where we prefer Celebrity. On the plus side: We like the subdued atmosphere on the QV. In addition to be a beautiful and elegant ship, it is very quiet on board the QV compared to Celebrity and RCCL. For instance there is very little noise from the Casino, I actually don’t recall hearing any noise from the slot machines. Also when the party band played around the aft pool or Winter Garden, the volume was such that people could easily converse in the area. On other ships we have been on, when the party band showed at the pool, I would leave, because the music was too loud. We like the fact that the casino was off to the side and didn’t require any effort to avoid. It is actually a small casino compare to other ships. From what I saw, Cunard isn’t making much money from the casino on the QV. There just were not many people using it. We like the Queen’s Room venue and think every cruise ship should have this type of venue. The Queen’s room provided a dance floor that was probably 3 times the space as other dance floors we have seen on cruise ships. Our standard balcony room on QV was slightly larger than the standard balcony on Celebrity. Mostly the cabin was wider, leaving more space to move around the bed. I think the balcony was also a bit deeper. We liked the promenade on Deck 3, allowing people to walk or run all the way around the ship. We enjoyed the English pub venue as a no-cost option for eating. We traveled with our son and two grandkids (8 and 10 years), both kids really enjoyed the kid’s program on the QV. With only 10 children on board, there was no competition for using the amenities in the kid’s area. There was lots of closet space, but little drawer space. There were two large storage units under the bed, which we didn’t discover until the end of the cruise. But we didn’t need them. In theater there was no hawking of drinks, i.e. no bar waiters in the theater. By the theater entrances, they had a cart of assorted beverages and drinks for purchase. For us this was a plus, others may prefer to have the bar waiters in the theater. There was a high degree of compliance with dress code. We liked that smoothies were available in the break buffet…no charge. For unknown reason my son’s cabin was not link to ours for dinner in the Britannia restaurant. After getting things worked out with the Maître D, this resulted in getting a super table all the way aft next to the windows, where we had great views of the water. Head Waiter Warren Zaccheus seemed to love children, and was frequently at our table checking on our two grand kids and doing tricks for the them. On the negative side: We found the bathroom shower to be very small and it didn’t have enough shelf space to hold toiletries. There was also not very much space to place things on the vanity. We ended up keeping most of our bathroom stuff in the hallway closet. We found the dining room and Lido buffet food to be unremarkable. I didn’t walk away from any meal in the Britannia restaurant thinking “wow.” Nothing was bad, we were just expecting better. We had dinner one night in the Veranda restaurant. There was no wow-factor there either. I would choose my Celebrity dining experiences over my 8 nights on QV any day. We also think the buffet on our Celebrity cruises were better with more variety. By the end our 8 nights, I was kind of tired of eating the Cunard food. I spent 27 nights on Celebrity Reflection two years ago and never had such thoughts. While we appreciated that nearly everyone dress appropriately per dress code, we found 3 formal nights for an 8-night cruise to be more than we liked. Two formal nights would have been adequate. I also tired of the need to where a sport coat every evening to comply with the Cunard definition of Smart Casual. The TV was not interactive, so account info could not be checked on the TV. We did not care for the duvet on the cabin bed. It initially seemed nice, but there was just the duvet, no sheet, no other blanket. The duvet was just too hot. We could not cool the cabin enough to make the duvet comfortable temperature-wise. We should have immediately asked for sheets and a blank, but we suffered with the duvet. Otherwise the mattress was quite nice. Awash: Entertainment was typical stuff. The first production show was particularly unmemorable. The Three Tenors and String Idols were good, as well as, the magician. The best production shows we have seen on cruise ships was on Disney. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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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