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After 14 years cruising on P&O, DW and myself decided on a change as I was celebrating a big birthday. We loved the elegance of the ship, the white star service and the friendliness of 99.99% of the staff. We dined in Britannia on 2nd sitting and had great table companions. The food was better than Pando and the Lido buffet was fine. We had 1 night in the speciality restaurant Coriander and that too was fabulous. The shows by the singers and dancers were top class and we would have preferred to see more of them rather than a dreadful Irish comedian and an embarrassingly awful Italian magician. The insight speakers were very interesting - Clare Balding, Ken Lennox and Carole Phillips were all very entertaining though Julian Ruck was not to our taste. There were 7 ports of call including 4 new to us. These were Zadar, Valencia, Guardina Naxos and Cagliari. We thoroughly enjoyed Zadar and the trip to Taormina from Naxos (4 euros on a local bus as opposed to the $62 Cunard were asking) was a real highlight. We did however find little to detain us too long in the other 2. Ports revisited were Venice (lovely), Dubrovnik (likewise) and Gibraltar (just Gibraltar!). Embarkation and disembarkation were fine and we booked a 2020 cruise on Queen Elizabeth whilst on board. Downsides were the ridiculous 18% service charge on drinks and the equally ridiculous excessive charge for WiFi. Overall though we had a great time

1st time on Cunard - very enjoyable

Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Red Ray

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview, obstructed view
After 14 years cruising on P&O, DW and myself decided on a change as I was celebrating a big birthday.

We loved the elegance of the ship, the white star service and the friendliness of 99.99% of the staff.

We dined in Britannia on 2nd sitting and had great table companions. The food was better than Pando and the Lido buffet was fine. We had 1 night in the speciality restaurant Coriander and that too was fabulous.

The shows by the singers and dancers were top class and we would have preferred to see more of them rather than a dreadful Irish comedian and an embarrassingly awful Italian magician.

The insight speakers were very interesting - Clare Balding, Ken Lennox and Carole Phillips were all very entertaining though Julian Ruck was not to our taste.

There were 7 ports of call including 4 new to us. These were Zadar, Valencia, Guardina Naxos and Cagliari. We thoroughly enjoyed Zadar and the trip to Taormina from Naxos (4 euros on a local bus as opposed to the $62 Cunard were asking) was a real highlight. We did however find little to detain us too long in the other 2. Ports revisited were Venice (lovely), Dubrovnik (likewise) and Gibraltar (just Gibraltar!).

Embarkation and disembarkation were fine and we booked a 2020 cruise on Queen Elizabeth whilst on board.

Downsides were the ridiculous 18% service charge on drinks and the equally ridiculous excessive charge for WiFi.

Overall though we had a great time
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Cabin Review

Oceanview, obstructed view
Cabin FB 4083
Perfectly adequate. Slightly larger than the corresponding grade on P&O we thought. Good flat screen TV with Sky Sports which impressed me! Steward was Ariel who was quiet but pleasant and kept the storeroom nice and clean. Bathroom had an attractive marble type sink but a downside was the shower size - I'm only average height and weight (at least until after the cruise!) but found it a bit of a squeeze.
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