Queen Victoria Cruise Review by d and the beagle
- Sail Date: May 2019
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Oceanview, obstructed view
We always sail with Cunard having experienced the cattle market of other lines sailing from Southampton.
As always the service was impeccable and crew are always happy to have a chat, they smile and are sincere.
Formal nights are now called Gala nights but the themes remain the same. One of the main reasons we sail with Cunard is because we like the formality of dressing up properly in the evenings. We also enjoy dancing in the ballroom to live band music. The singers can vary in ability though and this time we had an excellent lady singer and a dreadful male. Cunard are very clear that ‘dressing’ is a requirement and you know what you are signing up for before you embark. There are areas that can be accessed for those who wish to dress more casually.
As for drinks prices - if you are used to London prices, cocktails and beer are comparatively priced, however wine is expensive.
This trip followed the aforementioned Baltic, and I see that a previous passenger complained that the ship was too cold. I guess that they changed the air con to suit this as we spent our trip too hot!
If you have never done the fjords trip, you really should. We’ve done it twice now, both times on QV. The weather was amazing, 24c in Haugesund.
Norway is expensive, however the scenery is fantastic and there are things you should see before global warming has its way. The Briksdal glacier for instance, is a shadow of its former glory and yet remains an awesome sight.
So if you are someone who likes to dress properly, enjoys politeness and old fashioned service, Cunard is for you.
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The cabin steward was excellent. Attentive but discreet. Thank you August for being patient with us late risers!
There was a loud banging noise in this cabin when it was windy one night. The night manager came and said it was ‘contracting noise’ and we were offered a cabin move. The wind dropped, the noise stopped and we stayed put.
For the first time on any cruise (over 25), we could hear our next door neighbours who deemed it necessary to speak at the same time and very loudly. Fellow cruisers, please respect your neighbours.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
BergenWe actually went to to Haugesund which is between Stavanger and Bergen, but cruisecritic don’t have it on their list.View All 634 Bergen Cruise Port Reviews
This was a brilliant experience. It was Norwegian national day. The entire population was out in the streets and squares in their national dress. They were friendly and very keen to explain all about their national day, their customs and traditions.
The school children all meet in the town square and free parading they go to school to play Norwegian games and eat ‘sausages and bacon’ a lady told me.
There are numerous bars, restaurants and cafes along the waterside, but be aware, some only take card payment and are cash free.
We really enjoyed walking around this town with the buzzing atmosphere of the festival - not sure what it would be like on a normal day.
Although you dock quite close to town and there is a shuttle bus, it stops at the start of a bridge that you have to walk over to get into town. It is quite steep.
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FlamOn our last trip here we took the Flåm railway excursion, Norway in a nutshell. We highly recommend it.View All 226 Flam Cruise Port Reviews
This time, we walked around the area on our own, and enjoyed lunch at a restaurant at the waterside a little way from the main hustle and bustle.
Again, you dock conveniently and are close to the railway station.
Sail away takes you back through the fjord with spectacular views. Don’t worry if you don’t get up to see the views when you sail in as you see them all again on the way out!
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OldenAnother repeat port for us.View All 156 Olden Cruise Port Reviews
We took the excursion to Briksdal glacier which is an arm of a much bigger glacier.
There are several versions on offer. We opted for the ‘troll car’ ascent rather than walking as it is, after all a holiday. We soon realised that we had made the right decision. After a scenic and informative coach trip of about 30 minutes, you reach a sort of base camp where there is a gift shop and the Briksdal Inn. If walking, you start the ascent here, if you have opted for the easier option, you board your troll car here. It takes the tractor about 15-20 minutes to make the steep ascent winding through perfect scenery with waterfalls and rock faces. At points, there are markers showing where the glacier used to extend to before receding. You do have an uphill walk when you get off the troll car of about 500m. The lake and glacier are stunning and well worth seeing. The lake was only revealed in 1920 when the glacier receded. Please do take this excursion before the glacier disappears
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SouthamptonEmbarkation easy and efficient.View All 967 Southampton Cruise Port Reviews
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StavangerWe have been here before. A lovely town to walk around. Very easy as you dock by the town. A good selection of shops and eateries.View All 272 Stavanger Cruise Port Reviews
Urban in comparison to other Norwegian ports.
Prices are high
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