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Queen Elizabeth

 

Overview: Queen Elizabeth, a cruise ship that longs to be an ocean liner, suits mature adults and solo travelers, and families with children. It’s pitched at traditionalists who like to dress more formally for dinner, and sail with a sense of style. Note that Berlitz’s Ratings scores are the average


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You Are Never Too Old To Go On A Cruise! by Wildman, Truro

You Are Never Too Old To Go On A Cruise!

Overall Rating: 5
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Cruise Line:
Cunard Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Queen Elizabeth
Destination:
Norwegian Fjords

Reviewed By: on
I was 86 years of age when I went on my first cruise with my daughter. I can recommend this type of holiday to everyone regardless of age and I certainly hope to be able to go again soon.

Having booked the cruise and sorted out travel insurance all that remained was for me to treat myself to some new dresses for the Formal Evenings on board ship. My daughter ordered lots of different dresses for me online and I tried them on in the comfort of my own home. This was all very exciting.

Our Voyage was with Cunard on the Queen Elizabeth to Norway for seven nights. We had booked a Britannia Club state room, we had a balcony and ate in the Britannia Club restaurant. We booked this so we could have flexibility in the time we ate. However, this didn’t work out as well as I hoped because instead of being on a table of two as requested, we were on a table of eight. Everyone else chose to eat late, so to fit in with the rest of the table we ended up doing this most nights and then I was too tired to go to the Theatre. One night we ate in The Verandah Restaurant – this was really very nice and we were made most welcome!

I am a little wobbly on my feet so I had wheelchair assistance when arriving at Southampton. This was a great help, as everywhere was so busy I think if I’d have had to struggle to walk on board ship and it would simply have been too much for me. I was taken by wheelchair all the way to our room, so that was wonderful. During our voyage I walked with just a stick and holding on to my daughter’s arm. This was fine, but I was not confident enough to go very far on my own because of the movement of the ship and also I would probably have got a little lost.

I enjoyed all the meals very much. When we ate in The Lido for lunch some days, I sat down and my daughter went to get my food for me as again I was too wobbly to do this myself. Again this arrangement worked very well.

We went on a number of Cunard tours, namely the ones with Leisurely in the title. These were coach trips with only a small amount of walking. This was a good way for someone elderly to be able to see the Country and to visit some of the local shops.

I enjoyed going to the Bridge classes on board, even though I already play Bridge, it was still most enjoyable. I also enjoyed having the extensive library on board ship that had all the latest books for me to read. I also had a shampoo and set in the hair salon on board.

I felt very safe on board and was treated with respect by all the crew. I felt also that knowing there is a medical centre on board is really useful for someone of my age.

This all goes to show you are never too old to try something new!

Times cruised before: 0
Sailed: May, 2011
Age: 65+
Cabin: Balcony


Quality of Food
Britannia Club Restaurant
5

Entertainment
Most enjoyable was a Shakespeare Playlet
4

Shore Excursions
Leisurely Bergen
4

Staff
All the staff were amazing!
5

Children's Facilities
0

Onboard Activities
Yes, for someone of 86, it was perfect.
4

Cabins
Bathroom a little small, but other than that it was lovely.
4

Overall Rating
5
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Cambria, Prestatyn - Commented on this review

My dad is 88 and my sister and I are taking him on his first cruise next month. Last time he sailed was to Normandy in 1944 and from Italy in 1946 so he should hopefully find an improvement in the class of cabins since then! We shall be going on my old favourite, Queen Victoria. Glad you enjoyed your cruise and may you sail on many more.

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islandgirl, The Chilterns - Commented on this review

Thank you so much for writing the review. I'm still trying to persuade my Mum to come on a cruise with us, she is 87 too, so perhaps this will persuade her.

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Turner, Bridgend - Commented on this review

You should try a Saga cruise. Their ships are not so big, but to my mind this is an advantage. You don't get lost, and you see the same lovely people more often! The staff are specially geared to look after elderly and/or others who are not very mobile. In the buffet, for example, always a smiling face beside you at the right time to take your plate to your table etc. I am only(!) 79, but due to a fall last year am not very secure on my feet and walk with a stick. Everybody was so helpful. I chatted to a lady of 92 on her first cruise! The food is excellent, as is the entertainment, and the best perk of all as far as we were concerned was being picked up at home by car and taken to the port, and brought all the way home again at the end.

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Turner, Bridgend - Commented on this review

You should try a Saga cruise. Their ships are not so big, but to my mind this is an advantage. You don't get lost, and you see the same lovely people more often! The staff are specially geared to look after elderly and/or others who are not very mobile. In the buffet, for example, always a smiling face beside you at the right time to take your plate to your table etc. I am only(!) 79, but due to a fall last year am not very secure on my feet and walk with a stick. Everybody was so helpful. I chatted to a lady of 92 on her first cruise! The food is excellent, as is the entertainment, and the best perk of all as far as we were concerned was being picked up at home by car and taken to the port, and brought all the way home again at the end.

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Daniels, MANCHESTER - Commented on this review

Good for you - I take my elderly mother she is 87 this year - thankfully still able to get around without mobility issues - she loves cruising and although she does take other land based holidays from time to time - for both her and I its the safeness of the cruise ships and the comaradarie on board - other passengers generally always have time for a chat to her and show interest - for an older person that means a lot - I hope you manage to take some more cruises as I hope to be taking my dear mum for a few more years to come .

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Morgan, Alcaucin, Malaga - Commented on this review

I just loved reading about your 1st cruise at the great age of 86. I also have only just tried cruising at 62 and I wish I had discovered how lovely it is earlier in my life and then I could have taken my dear mum on one also. Hope you enjoy many more cruises. Carol Mx.

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