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|Reviewed By: Haywood, Amesbury on 3rd Jun 2013|
|Cruise Line: Cunard Cruises||Times cruised before: 10+|
|Cruise Ship: Queen Victoria||Sailed: May, 2013|
|Destination: Mediterranean||Age: 65+|
|Cabin: Outside||Occasion: Birthday|
A lovely cruise on QV Adriatic Venture, from 15th May to 1st June, first rate entertainment, food and Ports of Call, less Sicily, Palermo is a traffic jam with unsafe paths, Messina a rubbish dump. I realize the rest of the island is beautiful but with short port stays there is little chance of getting there and these two ports are not worth visiting. A must visit is the VENITIAN ISLAND OF BURANO, every house a different colour and a small canal runs down the centre of the main street. The male an female show dancers, must be the best afloat, and we have seen a few. Some of the solo stars were amazing, on this cruise they must have had the best speakers and performers.
This was the first time we were encourage to use the new `Vantage` fares and get $280 on board spending, at a cost of £1979 per person for an outside cabin, with restricted view, with the promise that if prices dropped an adjustment would be made. A month before ocean view cabins were being offered at £1249 and balcony at £1449! We therefore expected at least an up grade and in spite of a promised review by "an executive" none was received and no adjustment was made, therefore `Vantage` fares cost us over £700 more than it could have been.
We are Platinum World Club members and have sailed with Cunard many times , starting in 1995 and feel really cheated by the new fares structure. It is unlikely we shall ever cruise with Cunard again. The on board reservations staff did eventually make contact with the head office and we received a bland reply listing the advantages of the fare structure BUT not stating what the fare was at the time of sailing, which was the crucial point! There was an apology for not providing the `Executives` response to my concerns. So be warned, unless you have a specific reason by dates our location of cabins you would be well advised to await Sail Away prices rather than Disad-`Vantage` fares.
|Quality of Food|
|In all locations but mainly the Britannia.|
|The full shows with the dancers were the best, but all specialist entertainers were first rate.|
|Venice was best, Sicily was worst.|
|Our dinner waiters.|
|Too many to attend!|
|Not in any way, obstructive view and over priced.|
Dec 06 2013 09:14AM)