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Michael Hutchinson has summed the Princess Grill up pretty well though the teas in the Queens Grill Lounge tend to turnover pretty quickly and we never had a problem with seating. The staff will always bring your teas to the courtyard if the lounge was full. We are fans of Princess Grill though recently were upgraded to Queens on the Queen Victoria. Don't forget that if nothing appeals on the Princess Dinner menu there is a choice of other items from the Queens Grill a la carte menu, just ask your Head Waiter. You are in for a treat, particularly with the service and dining, and do use the grills Concierge service. Have a lovely time. Richard.
Hi Richard.....Good point....I,d forgotten that one. In fact we were on our fourth evening before we even discovered there was an a la carte menu as the waiters always present you with the open "Dinner Menu" page!!! We later discovered that as long as you give them 24 hours notice, and they have the ingredients, they will prepare anything you could wish for!! Beans on toast anyone??? Michael.
We were on Victoria in April for Southampton/Canaries round trip. We had a Q5 grade cabin which was slightly smaller than we expected but beautifully appointed. It had a fixed head shower and bath but no "flexible hose" shower....the only negative comment. Obviously everyone has different tastes but we thought the layout and decor of the ship was simply superb. If you are a non smoker you may want to avoid the Casino and Pub ...the former of which is a walk through area and tended to be a bit smokey!
Being in a Princess grade cabin you will (as I,m sure you are aware) have exclusive access to the Grills Lounge, Princess Grill Restaurant and Courtyard on Deck 11 and also The Grills Upper Terrace on Deck 12.
The Grills Lounge is a haven but is quite small and although we never had problems getting seats pre or post dinner...it did struggle to cope with Afternoon Tea!! If this is your bag (pardon the pun) be sure to arrive early! If you are going to sunnier climes then The Courtyard is simply superb for Al Fresco dining either lunch...or particularly dinner. The Grills upper terrace is a very lage deck area with "extra comfortable" loungers but no pool or jacuzzi. As there is very little shade it would also benefit from Umbrellas to provide respite from the sun!
The only other nagative comment is that the brochure suggests that Q and P grill guests have an exclusive lift to Decks 11 and 12. This is not the case. The lifts accessing these decks are communal and Grill Guests have to "swipe" there room key to allow access to 11 and 12. To be honest the QV could do with a few more lifts anyway....but we frequently found it rather uncomfortable to enter an almost full lift and then have to ask "Britannia"Grade passengers to move out of the way so we could swipe our card (which invariably took three or four goes accompanied by tut tuts and the odd snide remark!!)
I hope the above helps provide a little more detail not advertised in the brochure!! Suffice to say we had the most wonderful time...with the best service and food ever...on the best ship we have ever experienced!! We,re already booked on her for a Med Cruise next year! You should have a fantastic time....Enjoy!
Never keen on a cruise line which has different categories on the ship. QE2 was enough for us when you were segregated. Give me another cruise line where all passengers are treated as equal.
I have emailed cunard if all passengers are treated as equal as im reading lots of reports about this, as im thinking of trying cunard on the queen victoria or the queen mary im not sure now, as i normaly travel with P & O.
thanks for all your help as we plan to swap the 3 cheap cunard holidays for 1 longer grill class each year.
What is an I grade cabin?
Are the tables in the Queen Victoria Princess Grill for 2persons or tables for various number of persons?