LifeInCamelot

LifeInCamelot
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Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Joined: 04/07/2014
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About LifeInCamelot

Cruising is my favourite way of travel as I love taking my hotel with me (and my husband) to all the destinations and I simply love writing about my travels, old and new. I have a blog where I write my cruising stories too - http://lifeincamelot.wordpress.com.


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Cruiseline: Cunard

Ship: Queen Victoria

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

LifeInCamelot's Past Cruises

Queen Mary 2

March 2017 - Queen Mary 2 to Europe

Has this Queen lost some of her lustre?

This was my 4th cruise aboard QM2 and my husband was keen to see the changes made after the expensive and extensive "remastering" took place last year so we sailed for 3 weeks around Asia, but as these were the same ports we visited last year on board Queen Elizabeth, it wasn't that exciting.

 

Yes, many of the changes have enhanced QM2 but some of the most basic items haven't been attended to e.g. the metal finish on hand taps in public bathrooms is wearing off, and for some unknown reason the Golden Lion pub still smells strongly of cigarette smoke despite it being a non-smoking area.  My daughter even thought they might be piping the smell in just for the ambience of an English pub, but I'm not convinced of that.

 

I was also sad to see that the interior glass lift that started in the grand lobby and went up to the Kings Court has gone, but I understand this was removed to assist in making space for the new interior cabins on decks 2 and 3.

 

I was thrilled to reconnect with a couple of our waiter friends, whom we met on board in 2015, and have stayed friends with since.

 

We also had the best sommelier we've ever had on board a Cunard ship (thanks Adrian).

 

BUT our room attendant was the worst I've ever encountered.  We barely saw him, he didn't clean our toilet once during our 21 night voyage and after being in our cabin for a week I had to track him down and ask him to try to do something about the black mould (yes, you read that correctly) that was in our bathroom.  He managed to get rid of some of it but I am definitely going to write to Cunard about that, as well as his complete disinterest in providing anything for us.

 

I fear that Carnival is all consumed with making dollars instead of pleasing passengers, and once they realise that they need to up their game with various issues, including the cost and speed of the internet on board, and the very lacklustre and boring (with a capital B) entertainment (plus the awful Entertainment Director on QM2), then things might return to the way they were when we first sailed upon her.

 

Is it just me, or is this Queen beginning to lose some of her lustre?

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Queen Elizabeth

January 2016 - Queen Elizabeth to World Cruise

2 sectors of the Queen Elizabeth world cruise (Melbourne to Hong Kong) 2016

I have just returned from completing 2 sectors of the world cruise on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth.  We boarded in Melbourne, which was a bit of luxury in itself as we usually fly to overseas destinations to board the Cunard cruises.

 

Seeing parts of Australia was not bad, although I just used the ports to visit friends, however the least impressive part of this leg of the journey was the number of drunken, rude Australians who were on board with us.  (I should add that I am Australian, which is why is was all the more mortifying for us).

 

Many of the ports were maiden calls for this ship so we were warmly welcomed at various ports, including Newcastle where I was interviewed on ABC breakfast radio (by a dear friend) about the trip. 

 

The highlight of the trip were the many Asian ports, including Nagasaki and Hiroshima, where supremely professional and moving performances were put on for us by the locals when we were departing.  It was also a bonus to see Rabaul, New Guinea and I was surprised and impressed with the Philippines and South Korea as well.

 

 

 

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Queen Elizabeth

January 2016 - Queen Elizabeth to World Cruise

2 sectors of the Queen Elizabeth world cruise (Melbourne to Hong Kong) 2016

I have just returned from completing 2 sectors of the world cruise on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth.  We boarded in Melbourne, which was a bit of luxury in itself as we usually fly to overseas destinations to board the Cunard cruises.

 

Seeing parts of Australia was not bad, although I just used the ports to visit friends, however the least impressive part of this leg of the journey was the number of drunken, rude Australians who were on board with us.  (I should add that I am Australian, which is why is was all the more mortifying for us).

 

Many of the ports were maiden calls for this ship so we were warmly welcomed at various ports, including Newcastle where I was interviewed on ABC breakfast radio (by a dear friend) about the trip. 

 

The highlight of the trip were the many Asian ports, including Nagasaki and Hiroshima, where supremely professional and moving performances were put on for us by the locals when we were departing.  It was also a bonus to see Rabaul, New Guinea and I was surprised and impressed with the Philippines and South Korea as well.

 

 

 

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Queen Mary 2

December 2014 - Queen Mary 2 to Caribbean

Celebrity Solstice

December 2013 - Celebrity Solstice to South Pacific - Australia

Queen Elizabeth

March 2012 - Queen Elizabeth to World Cruise

Queen Victoria

October 2010 - Queen Victoria to Europe - Mediterranean

Queen Victoria

January 2010 - Queen Victoria to World Cruise

Queen Mary 2

May 2009 - Queen Mary 2 to Transatlantic

Queen Mary 2

April 2009 - Queen Mary 2 to Transatlantic

LifeInCamelot's Tips

Bangkok, Thailand - Sadly, the port of Laem Chagang is too far away from Bangkok to make this a viable trip.
Cebu, Philippines - We didn't get here as Cunard decided it wasn't safe but we were never given further details. We went to Puerta Princesa instead.
Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth - We actually travelled on 2 sectors of the World Cruise - 42 nights - and apart from an incident with a mentally ill relative the trip was marvellous. We met people we had travelled with on Cunard previously and met new friends who happen to live close by in Australia, with whom we keep in touch.

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received a helpful vote on their Queen Mary 2 cruise review - Has this Queen lost some of her lustre?

received a helpful vote on their Queen Elizabeth cruise review - 2 sectors of the Queen Elizabeth world cruise (Melbourne to Hong Kong) 2016

received a helpful vote on their Queen Elizabeth cruise review - 2 sectors of the Queen Elizabeth world cruise (Melbourne to Hong Kong) 2016

received a helpful vote on their Queen Elizabeth cruise review - Easter on board - not all it's cracked up to be...

received a helpful vote on their Queen Mary 2 cruise review - Has this Queen lost some of her lustre?

commented on a Queen Mary 2 cruise review. - "Yes Brian, I was on board from 18th March through to Singapore on 8th April, so endured some of the same things you did.  I also had to get my key..." read more

commented on a Queen Mary 2 cruise review. - "Thanks for your comment Adam29UK, and I have also travelled aboard QM2 4 times.

I am sure that the problems we encountered on this journe..." read more

received a helpful vote on their Queen Mary 2 cruise review - Has this Queen lost some of her lustre?

received a helpful vote on their Queen Mary 2 cruise review - Has this Queen lost some of her lustre?

uploaded a photo album from their Queen Mary 2 cruise on 2017-03-18