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Queen Victoria


Overview: Queen Victoria, a very comfortable, likeable cruise ship posing as an ocean liner, is best suited to a couples and solo travelers who enjoy traditional British ocean liner-style decor, world-wide itineraries, and dressing for dinner. Note that scores given in the Berlitz’s Ratings box are


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Overall Rating: 3


Cruise Line:
Cunard Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Queen Victoria
Norwegian Fjords

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Booked a late last minute cruise early December on Queen Elizabeth visiting Scandinavian Christmas markets for 10 days.

Have previously been on QV twice before but in Queens Grill, so this will compare and contrast the two restaurants.

Cabin: Booked a GTY balcony cabin, pleasantly surprised it was very nice, balcony was a corner one which are much larger than usual. But being December in Northern Europe wont be using it much. Plenty of storage for clothes, large under bed drawers very useful. Bathroom is on the small side but no problems. Compared to the suites, everything smaller of course, toiletries much better, and no butler to bring you the daily menus and nibbles.
Entertainment: Having travelled twice with QE, have seen all the main shows and most of the specialty acts. Our previous cruise was on Celebrity Eclipse, must say the entertainment is better there. My particular favourite was the string quartet, not everyone's favourite, which suits me as you can always get a good seat. Why are they always from the Ukraine? I am very keen on the quizzes, I entered most of them, on the whole very professional and well done, but I think the prizes need improving.
Food: The food in Queens Grill is excellent and cannot be faulted, now in the main dining room the food is still good, less choice, but still very good. One of the main advantages of the Grills, is you can order anything off menu if they have it, order flambé dishes at the table, and you have your own table which no one else will use for the duration of the cruise. The waiters are excellent in both classes, but in the grills they are more attentive as they have fewer to serve.
Ports: This being a bargain late cruise, the ports were only a secondary consideration. The only one I was looking forward to was Amsterdam, however due to bad weather we docked in Rotterdam, so stayed onboard that day as I didn't fancy the train trip to Amsterdam. Oslo, Copenhagen and Gothenburg were beautiful cities, would like to visit again in the summer.

Overall: Very enjoyable trip. Cruising again on the Queen Elizabeth in April, looking forward to it.

Times cruised before: 10+
Sailed: December, 2013
Age: 56-65
Cabin: Balcony

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