Great weather made our cruise this Christmas.
First time away for Christmas and New Year. We left Southampton on 23rd December on the Queen Victoria, a quick check in and on board smoothly. We had a balcony cabin and the extra space and light was worth paying more for. The dreaded Bay of Biscay was really calm with warmish sunny weather, and all the stops in the Canaries were warm and pleasant. Onboard entertainment was pretty good, Glenn Monie was great on the piano, Gary Mckechnie gave some excellent lectures on musicians, and the group 'The New Amen Corner' got everyone dancing with some sixties covers. The young singers and dancers sang and danced their hearts out. It was really annoying the number of passengers who came in late to the shows, some were thirty minutes late, and then wanted to sit in the middle of a row! The drinks were expensive and we were the only couple on our table of six to drink wine; we bought a package before we boarded which helped a bit. We tend to finish a bottle at dinner and take our glass with us to enjoy elsewhere on the ship. This seemed to upset our wine waiter who came running after us every time and pour the wine into smaller glasses. Annoying. We met some really charming people on board, entering the well attended trivia quiz every evening. There are however some long serving 'Cunarders' who insist on telling you they are diamond or platinum cruisers. One morning at breakfast a couple joined us, with the lady's opening remark being 'We've done 43 cruises.' I felt like replying 'Really, is that all ?' Madeira with the fireworks was superb, the rainy weather did not dampen the spectacle. So,all in all an enjoyable cruise, overpriced, improved by the people we met, and spoilt to an extent by the other people we met. Cunard not really a cruise line for first time cruisers.
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