We were lucky enough to sail on the magnificent Cunard Queen Victoria for the first time in May/June 2015 having previously only experienced a short ship visit in Southampton. Whilst this is is a great way to get a feel of the ship, nothing beats actually sailing on her.  Our voyage took us from Southampton to Venice where we connected with the Venice Simplon Orient Express. All in all a great experience with just a few gotchas as detailed in our snapshot Cunard Queen Victoria Review.

Cunard queen Victoria ship review

The Ship

First Voyage: 11 December 2007
Gross Tonnage: 90,000 GRT
Length: 964.5 ft (294m)
Width: 106ft (32.3)
Decks: 12
Guest Capacity: 1988
Crew: 981

Who is on board?

Average ages of guests probably 55ish.  All types of passengers mostly from the UK. Few Children.  A number of Honeymooners plus a couple who actually got married onboard.

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What sets it apart

The Style, Elegance and Britishness of the ship with its long White Star Line heritage.
Art De-co feel
Queens Room with proper Dance floor

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At the Table Cooking speciality dishes and deserts in the Princess Grill


Likes

Good Hygiene. Enforced hand gel dispensed by staff to passengers before entering restaurants
Princess Grill restaurant and Grill Lounge for pre dinner drinks
Ship well maintained and looks good
Quality and consistency of food
Outstanding Service in Grills Restaurant
Outdoor patio for Grill rooms lunches etc

Dislikes

Confusion over drinks packages and misleading information
(Soft drinks package does not include all soft drinks – it seems after buying the package, anything in a can is excluded, but some fruit juices are included nobody is sure which ones.
No wallet given for door card
Small bathroom and plastic shower curtain
Paying for everything, I.e. not inclusive
The ship is a bit big for us
Queues to get off the ship and also to get back on the ship
Very slow, expensive internet service 167.95 USD for 4 hours
Not enough sun loungers for Grill guests
Non enforcement of sun lounger reservations – how annoying is this!

Cunard Soft Drinks Packages - Be sure you know what you are getting

Cunard Soft Drinks Packages – Be sure you know what you are getting

Gotchas

Internet service always rounds up to the next full minute cheating you out of much of your valuable time if you log on and off regularly. If you get within a few seconds of a full minute and log off, the system often waits for the next minute and changes accordingly, Thus a 55 second connection can costs you 2 minutes of expensive internet time.

Soft Drinks Packages do not include all Soft Drinks – not included were water, diet coke, ginger beer – all very confusing

When tendering, you need a ticket and there are horrendous queues for these unless in Queens Grill when you have priority.

What would we change

Make Queens and Princess Grill fares ALL-Inclusive
Upgrade Internet Service as a matter of Priority

Conclusions

One of our most favorite Cruise Ships.  We would prefer it to be All Inclusive, but apart from that an experience that we would not like to miss and look forward to sailing on her again soon.

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