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Queen Elizabeth reviews
|Average customer rating:|
4.29 / 5
|Average Rating based on 2 Reviews:|
|Value For Money||3.50|
|Staff and Service||4.50|
Queen Elizabeth itineraries and information
Great stateroom, great service, great entertainment, July 12, 2012
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|Value For Money||2|
|Staff and Service||4|
Pros: Theater and cabin best we've had. Choir was good fun.
Cons: The stabilizing was atrocious. Constant vibration
Date of cruise: February 4, 2012
Departure port: San Fransisco
Region visited: World
Cabin category: Balcony
Cabin number: 4005
The whole trip (two weeks) was marred by the constant vibration of the engines noticable wherever you went. The rough weather was not the fault of the captain but even when the sea was smooth as silk the vibrations made everyone I spoke to nauseous. When you met Captain Wells during the course of the day he was quite rude and sarcastic -- he needs a lesson in public relations.
Loved the Queen Elizabeth; beautiful ship and great service, June 5, 2011
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|Value For Money||5|
|Staff and Service||5|
Pros: Cunard White Service
Cons: Garden Lounge
Date of cruise: May 26, 2011
Departure port: Southampton
Region visited: Europe
Cabin category: Suite
Cabin number: 5103
Good for teenagers: No
We went on a short five-night cruise out of Southampton around Europe on the newest of the Cunard Fleet, the Queen Elizabeth. The trip went to Amsterdam, Zeebrugge and Le Havre and was one of a series of identical trips that they did to let people try out and see the new ship.
I had mixed views about the ship before going on her, as we had been on the Queen Victoria and this ship is pretty much the same ship and layout - and we had thought the Queen Victoria was okay - but it had not blown us away.
I had also read very mixed reviews about the Queen Elizabeth, mostly related to the food and the service. It is always exciting though to go on a new ship and, of course, even more so when one of the famous Cunard ones.
In the end, we loved the ship. It has great looking decor, very stylish and very Cunard. The service was outstanding across all areas of the ship. The food we had in Queens Grill was amazing.
The ship, although, has a stern like a block of apartments rather than the staggered back of the Queen Victoria and looks a bit blocky. Of course, it is a Vista Class ship and so looks like many other ships. It is such a pity that no longer Cunard ships are one off and unique.
The ship was launched in October 2010, has 1,034 cabins and takes 2,068 passengers with a crew of 1,005. On our trip there were 2,009 passengers and almost all from the UK as one would expect.
Here are my other observations and thoughts on the ship:
1: As mentioned, the design and look of the ship is very classy. It has an art deco feel, and is classy and rich looking. It is done with style. The grand lobby, for example, is very grand and has a "wow" factor. The Royal Arcade with the shops, grand staircase and casino is also grand. The carpets throughout are very striking and worth paying some attention to! I do not usually note carpets but these are worth checking out!
2: Some of the other rooms and areas that were good, including:
The Royal Court Theatre. This is a large room on two levels, and they have boxes along the side that for the production shows can be booked for $50 and you get finger desserts, champagne and a signed photograph of the cast.
Royal Arcade Shops. There is a good selection and the addition of a Fortnum and Masons is a nice touch. You can make and order hampers that they will deliver to your home address if you want. There is a large art shop and exhibition areas run by Claredon Art. There is a large casino with machines, including popular 1-cent and 2-cent ones.
Garden Lounge. This was not one of the areas I was impressed with, but the large room with glass roof was popular with many and was always busy. I thought it lacked some class and style, but clearly others liked it!
Apple iRange/iStudy. Throughout the ship they use Apple, and they have a shop where they sell various Apple PCs, iPads and iPods and all the internet computers are Apple.
Commodore Lounge. This is a great bar and room right at the front of the ship with panoramic views. This is a great place to sit during the day and great for evening drinks. In here are also the old QE2 bell and the bell from the original QE, as well as models of the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. Opposite is also the Yacht Club where they have a disco and band at night.
We made a video of many of the interior rooms, and another one of the exterior and decks, both of which can be watched below or on my YouTube Channel.
3: Queens Grill. We ate in the Queens Grill. On Cunard the type of cabin you stay in determines the restaurant that you eat in. There is the Britannia Grill, the largest and on two levels. There are also the "Grills" -- Princess and Queens. For those in the Grills, the two restaurants are on 11 deck which is accessed via a card in the elevator. In the Grills area there is a lounge, the two restaurants and then an alfresco dining area and two large decks with very comfortable loungers.
We were in a very nice suite which was a Q3 Penthouse Suite. It is an unusual shape, as the video I made shows. It had a very comfortable Sealey bed, seating area, bar area, bathroom and shower and separate basin and toilet. There are huge amounts of storage space. You get canapes each evening, a bar with soft drinks and the choice of two bottles of spirits.
As mentioned, the food in Queens Grill is excellent and there is huge choice, including both a set menu choice and a la carte at dinner.