Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Seacider
- Sail Date: October 2017
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Balcony, obstructed view
From the moment I stepped on board I got the feeling that the QV was a good ship. Crew were friendly and the whole embarkation process was handled smoothly and efficiently; certainly more so than when boarding the QM for the Christmas cruise. There were even shuttle buses to take us from the terminal building to the ship.
The Victoria recently came out of a refit and my cabin was immaculate. I had booked a deck 4 guarantee obstructed view cabin and was pleased to be assigned a cabin on deck 5 and the only obstruction was when looking down.
I was concerned about the quality of the food given some of the reviews I had read but was very pleased with the quality and quantity of the food. I am lactose intolerant and got to chose my meals the night before and have them cooked without dairy. Lots of choice so no complaints there. Lunches were taken in the Lido except in Crete and Rhodes when I ate ashore. Lots of choices and even a few lactose free sandwiches. The salad bar was particularly good and there was no wilting lettuce. Breakfast was also usually in the Lido, usually lox and bagels and scrambled eggs on one day when a new pan appeared in front of me. The bread and rolls were freshly baked and far too tempting!
I took one course on using an IPad for photography. I wish it had been offered on one of the sea days before our first excursion as it had lots of good advice and was worth the $15 charge.
I did not attend the shows, nor did I attend any of the lectures. Neither interested me. I had hoped there would be something on the history and culture of the area in which we were sailing rather than an ex White House staffer from the “W” era or some one talking about pop music.
Enjoyed listenening to the string quartet, and the hardest on a couple of occasions and watching the ballroom dancers. Most passengers were from UK and man, many of themcould dance!
Only did one shore excursion in Sarande. An interesting stop and tour of Butrint.
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