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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


Transatlantic Experience With Queen Victoria. by Hockney, Bristol

Transatlantic Experience With Queen Victoria.

Overall Rating: 4


Cruise Line:
Cunard Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Queen Victoria

Reviewed By: on
Recently returned from the transatlantic crossing aboard Queen Victoria. Having previously only cruised with Princess, we decided on a late deal to see how Cunard compared, as well as experiencing a true transatlantic crossing. We flew to New York with Virgin and had a couple of days there before joining the ship as part of the Cunard package. We had a good flight out and after arriving at JFK enjoyed one of the easiest and best organised entries into the USA we have ever experienced. We were then met by the Cunard rep and within 2 hours of getting off the plane we were registering at the hotel. A great start! After a couple of days doing our own thing in New York we were transported to the ship around lunch time on the Friday, and with only minor delays we were checked in and on the ship. Having found our way to our port side cabin on Deck 7, we were delighted to find our luggage already waiting for us. Our balcony cabin was comfortable and with plenty of space for all our clothes and belongings. As other contributors have previously mentioned, the QV is impressive and the interior wonderfully decorated with an old world and elegant feel. The ship has an interesting Cunard museum and the ship is adorned with lots of excellent photos and pictures depicting the great ships associated with Cunard’s past and present fleet. We were a little uncertain what sort of crossing we might experience in March, but really did not need to worry, as the seas were only slight or moderate, although we did experience a few days of gale force winds. But nothing to detract from enjoying the cruise nor stop any of the planned activities taking place. There was plenty to do during the 7 days with the normal mix of sporting activities, quizzes, talks, movies, line dancing and ballroom dancing classes etc, and of course Bingo! All appeared to be well organised and there were plenty of participants. Although I did not take part, I was quite impressed with the ballroom dancing lessons provided in the Queens Room and all those that took part seemed to enjoy it and improve their dancing skills! The guest lecturers were all interesting in their own way, but Mike Cowan the ex Yorkshire cricketer was by far the most popular. There was plenty of varied music entertainment throughout the ship as well the evening shows presented in the theatre. We were a bit disappointed with the ships singers and dancers and found their shows to be a bit repetitive and boring. They ruined a great opportunity with their St Patricks Day show and that rather set the standard for the week. Of the guest entertainers, Nicola Loud, a versatile violinist, was excellent and David Copperfield (no, not the magician) was pretty good too. The food during the week was generally very good, although the choices were a bit more limited than those normally available with Princess. The ship’s wait and serving staff were friendly and welcoming but somehow did not quite match up to those experienced with Princess, who seem to excel at this. It was obvious that Capt Inger klein Olsen took great pride in her ship and her ship’s company, and she and her fellow officers were all very approachable when out and about. On the 8 night crossing there were three formal nights, three semi formal nights and two elegant casual nights. Although this was fine and fitted in well with the ambience of the QV, given the choice, I prefer the more comfortable attire worn on Princess. On arrival at Southampton, clearance of the ship was quickly provided (UK immigration officers sailed with the ship) and passengers were disembarked very efficiently. Overall then, a very enjoyable experience and the Queen Victoria is certainly a ship worth sailing on. Were Cunard better than Princess? No. Different? Yes. Worth sailing with again – definitely!

Times cruised before: 6-10
Sailed: March, 2012
Age: 56-65
Cabin: Balcony

Quality of Food
Very good. Breakfast and lunch in the Lido and dinner in the Britannia restaurant (late sitting)

Nicola Loud, excellent versatile violinist. Disappointed with ship's staff shows and singers/dancers. Ship's musicans varied and good.

Shore Excursions

Room steward friendly and quietly effective. Never intrusive but always available if needed. Wait staff fine but nothing special. Head Waiter very friendly and helpful (table had some special treatment!)

Children's Facilities

Onboard Activities
Good choice of sporting activities, lectures, films, quizzes, afternoon concerts and dance classes.

Cabin was of a good size and well looked after.

Overall Rating
Berry, London - Commented on this review

I was on the same cruise and agree that the Irish dancing was spoilt by the use of backing tapes which had the shoe-tapping on them. This was easy to spot as when both of the dancers feet were off of the floor(stage), there should not have not have been any tapping to hear but there was. Also been on Princess and we also found their selection of food to be far better. Did they also take your swipe card from you as you left in Southampton? Cut backs, they said they are going to recycle them, HOW?

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