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Review: Queen Elizabeth

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

Golden Cunarders

  • By SilverTraveller Martin

    3 reviews

  • 2014
  • Wife
  • Special occasion
  • Balcony

116 people found this review helpful

This cruise represented a few ‘firsts’ for us, first time with Cunard, first time on a larger ship and first time ‘sail out fly back’. It is very challenging to find a smooth way to travel from Scotland to Southampton to board, so we spent some time in London and travelled down by the Cunard Coach from Victoria, which was a flawless experience, except for the arrangements at Victoria, which seemed a little haphazard.

On arrival, the check-in at Southampton was very efficient and, having boarded QE, there were several people to help us to find our cabin (sorry Stateroom!). Having settled into our room, we found a place for everything and ample space for the two of us.

Finding our way around the ship took a little longer!

Starting with the positives, everything was very well appointed and QE is a beautiful ship. The food was excellent, whether in the Britannia Restaurant, where our waiters were very attentive, or in the Lido where again every member of staff responded to a chat with a smile. To those who thought the staff less than welcoming, I would say perhaps you get treated as you treat others?

The negatives (and this is personal), I found that the informal attire is still too formal for me. I would prefer to be informal in a smart casual formal long-sleeved shirt with a tie, rather than the jacket with no tie, as preferred by Cunard!

And now to my main concern, Rome Airport (!!!).

Having disembarked with normal Cunard efficiency, and with, as I recall, a promise that "we will arrange everything for you at the airport" (or some similar comment), we were abandoned at Rome Airport front door and then stood like refugees for three hours in various lines, first for check-in, then for security, then for passport control, then waiting for the plane, which was nearly one hour late. I do not consider myself disabled, but neither am I in the flush of youth, and by the time I reached the departure gate, the edge had been very firmly taken off our wonderful cruise. I cannot imagine the stress to those who were leaning on walking sticks etc., and who were obviously in a more difficult situation health-wise.

Cunard please note: Check out your departure airports for ending future cruises!!!

Overall, a great experience to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary, meeting great people, but spoiled by the journey home.

116 people found this review helpful

This review is solely based on the opinion of a Silver Travel Advisor member and not of Silver Travel Advisor Ltd.

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  • Anonymous
    over 6 years ago
    Very useful review, we are due to cruise on the QE later this year, it will also be our first 'large' ship cruise. I do not think that Cunard can necessarily be held account for hold ups at the airport or queuing for passports etc, they could,however be a little more helpful in finding or advising on the correct desk for the initial check-in.
  • Su
    about 7 years ago
    It's usually the case that "the going home" part of the cruise, suddenly hits you hard! Having been spoilt on board for a couple of weeks, the "back to reality" soon hits hard, when you can't find seats to rest weary legs!
    Glad you enjoyed your cruise though!