So last week I went up to the ‘Pool’ to stay with friends and combined this with a ship visit on Cunard’s Queen Victoria.
This was my first time visiting a Cunard ship and it didn’t disappoint.
From the moment we stepped onboard it felt elegant and welcoming, especially as we were given a taster box of Godiva chocolates!
Our first stop was the Lido Deck passing through the buffet restaurant which is open 24 hours per day with free room service.
Other restaurants include the Kings Court, Aztec, Bamboo, Italian-themed La Piazza and the Smokehouse where the menu at the Verandah features specialty seafood and tender cooked-to-order prime cuts, this is alternative dining at an additional cost.
Your main dining will be served in the Britannia Restaurant and your table is reserved for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (unless you are in a Princess or Queen’s Grill Suite).
This is where I enjoyed lunch!
The main entertainment takes place in the Royal Court Theatre. Performances may include dance performances or even magic shows.
Watch the resident Royal Court Singers & Dancers stage dazzling West-End style productions or abridged Shakespeare performances.
There are also a talented line-up of vocalists and instrumentalists, aerial performers and illusionists, stand-up comedians and variety entertainers.
This is what I call a good old fashioned theatre with proper tiered seating. If you fancy a having your own box then this costs $19.00 per person and you get a complimentary box of chocolates and a small bottle of Laurent Perrier.
Wander into the Commodore Club and listen to the resident pianist or you may find harpist and contemporary bands performing in the public rooms and lounges throughout the ship.
The Mareel Wellness and Beauty Spa is equipped to give you the ultimate pampering at sea. You can even take a dip in the Hydro Pool, or like me have a rest of one of the heated stone beds – great to soothe any aches and pains.
There is even a smoking room onboard – only if you smoke cigars – Churchill’s Cigar Lounge. Bring your own or purchase one from the selection cabinet.
The Grand Lobby with its sweeping staircase and a grand piano is a real focal point of the ship.
Do you enjoy ballroom dancing? Head to the Queen’s Room where you can dance with your partner or the dance hosts.
This is also where the more formal famous Afternoon Tea is served by waiters with their trademark white gloves.
My favourite restaurant is the Britannia Club – a smaller intimate venue for those guests that have Britannia Club cabins. Compared to the rest of the ship this was refurbished and has a more modern and contemporary feel.
She also has a grand two-tier library, a private pool area for guests in the Grill Suites and many other features to explore. Unfortunately, as the ship was mid-cruise as she was docked in Liverpool there was no opportunity to view any cabins but if what I saw was anything to go by I don’t think you would be disappointed.
If you would like to take a voyage on Queen Victoria or any other ship then please give me a call on 03333002803 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.