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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 sc...

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Still Snobby, After All These Years.

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  • Oliver, BRENTWOOD - Commented on this review

    When you cruise on Cunard, you have to adhere to the dress code. They have reaxed the informal nights where you can now wear an open neck shirt, but you must wear a jacket. my wife and i enjoy going on Cunard as it makes a nice change to see everyone smart in the evening. Other cruise lines have dress codes, but you can wear almost what you like. It is not snobby, just polite friendly people enjoying the cruise. A few people we have met do not like the Grills idea, as they have there own dining area, and sun deck. It is like all things in life, if you pay more you expect a better service. It is no different in flying first class, its down to choice. Some people save just to enjoy the Grills experience. So i suggest you try the Grills next time as you might be very surprised as to how nice it is. My wife are just normal hardworking people who enjoy paying the extra to go in the Princess Grill.

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    • Taylor, Glasgow Commented on a comment by Oliver (15 Jun 13 01:36)

      Just out of curiousity....you say you have to adhere to the dress code but what happens if you don't? Are you turned away at the door and have to go hungry that evening or do they just lock you up and keel-haul you later?

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      • Cicak, Greenmount Commented on a comment by Taylor (15 Jun 13 02:04)

        A gentleman who turned up to dinner without a jacket on an informal night on the QE2 was politely asked to go and get his jacket before he was allowed in the dining room. There are plenty of other places to eat if he didn't want to adhere to the dress code. Not snobby in my opinion. Just respectful to the other diners. We were glad we were behind him as we learnt from him not to make the same mistake!

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      • Pollitt, Stockport Commented on a comment by Taylor (16 Jun 13 09:56)

        I wrote a lot of this stuff as a hook to get people interested in the review, which seems to have worked! It seems a shame that so many people fail the sense of humour test, but I think it underlines what I feel about the loyalty some people have to, what is after all just a company that makes money and an American company at that! And no, I'm not anti American! I have been expecting to find a horse's head in my bed, over the past few days. My problem was that I forgot, sorry my valet forgot, to pack my jacket, I even looked in a charity shop in Stavanger, to try and buy one. The other problem is I, personally, overheat, and also over eated, so the first thing I did, even on formal nights, was to put the DJ on the back of the chair. To answer your question, on the first informal night I presented my self in a very smart pair of trousers and a very smart dark shirt, the head waiter gave me a tug and asked if I knew the dress code, I did offer to go and get my DJ, which was the only jacket I had with me, but he said it was okay, for now. Consequently on every other informal night, I turned up with my DJ over my arm and then put it on the back of the chair, which makes nonsense of the dress code, but it kept the head waiter happy! Which seems is all that matters .

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        • Cook, Wimborne Commented on a comment by Pollitt (16 Jun 13 21:21)

          Sums up the arrogance we face in 21st Century.

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        • James, Meols Commented on a comment by Pollitt (15 Nov 15 09:47)

          Why can't people just comply with rules and regulations. If you didn't wan't to conform to the dress code then why didn't you eat in the buffet. Obviously the ship has to have an "elite" restaurant. You wouldn't expect celebrities or ambassadors to dine in the "pleb" restaurant with you would you? Be realistic could you really see Elton John or Rod Stewart sitting at the next table tou you in the main restaurant? Suggest if you don't like the formality of Cunard then you try Thomsons!

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        • James, Meols Commented on a comment by Pollitt (15 Nov 15 09:47)

          Why can't people just comply with rules and regulations. If you didn't wan't to conform to the dress code then why didn't you eat in the buffet. Obviously the ship has to have an "elite" restaurant. You wouldn't expect celebrities or ambassadors to dine in the "pleb" restaurant with you would you? Be realistic could you really see Elton John or Rod Stewart sitting at the next table tou you in the main restaurant? Suggest if you don't like the formality of Cunard then you try Thomsons!

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        • Helsby, Retford Commented on a comment by Oliver (01 Aug 13 06:39)

          Well said. How people spend their money is a personal decision. We've been in the Princess Grill once and, although we enjoyed it immensely, we really didn't think it was worth the much higher price. Similarly, we've never been able to afford business or first class flights but we don't think that those who can are "snobbish" - just making a personal choice which they're fortunate to be able to afford. Our fellow passengers in the grills were no different from those we've shared a table with in the Britannia Restaurant. Many retired people have simply made a personal decision to spend their hard-earned savings on a bit of luxury - don't envy them that!

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  • Allen, Sheffield - Commented on this review

    I entirely agree with Oliver. We have been with Cunard both in Princess Grill and in Britannia and have not so far found anyone 'snobby' - just polite which is different to our experiences on some other cruise lines. As to the Sommelier removing the wine glasses, that is the correct thing to do in fine dining - just like changing the cutlery for fish etc. We were on Queen Elizabeth in May and for various reasons didn't have wine with dinner. Found the Sommelier very polite and chatty when he checked if we wanted wine and if not removed the wine glasses.

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  • Walker, KILMARNOCK - Commented on this review

    Sometimes you find people complaining about things that at the end of the day are irrelevant. We have travelled with Cunard both in Princess grill and Britannia, and if I am honest the grills are far superior with a completely different level of food. I agree that if no wine is desired then the wine glasses should be removed. Why would you leave empty glasses on the table not to be used ? It is a question of choice which everyone has to make as to whether they consider the grills value for money or not. It is simply the same as to whether when travelling, you decide to stay in a 5 star hotel or a 3 star one. There will be a difference as we all know ! The different and blocked areas are there for a purpose, and not to simply demean the "poor people" as has been stated. There does seem to be an underlying animosity towards those who choose to pay extra for the grills from many people who have either never sampled it but continually say there is no difference in the food. Having sampled both let me say there is a marked difference as you would expect. Why the animosity, I have little or no idea, but it is evident during conversations on board and on this site.

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