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Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Queen Elizabeth

7 Night Tasmania & Southern Australia (Melbourne Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 05, 2020

Ship: Queen Elizabeth

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

A 7 night south Australia cruise with initially 3 ports but due to the fires we only docked twice in Adelaide where we stayed onboard to enjoy the ship and have it to ourself and Hobart where we enjoyed our excursions to port arthur


4 out of 5
Melbourne embarkation is quick, efficient and easy. Just be warned it is a bit of a walk to the end of the pier where the terminal is from where you're dropped off/drop your luggage off. Cunard said our embarkation was at 3 but we were easily able to get on at 11:30 no worries. Security was quick and easy and there was minimal waiting. A photographer was on hand to take photos if you liked but these were not essential and no obligation was felt. Everyone on the ship was super helpful and amazing. Our room was ready really quickly and lunch in the golden lion was amazing, uncrowded and service was prompt.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Overall the food onboard is of a high standard especially in the pub, Britannia restaurant, Verandah steakhouse and lido grills. Plenty of options and variety, people with dietary restrictions are well catered for. Drinks onboard are delicious, served prompt and swiftly refilled if you wanted it. Would definitely recommend investing in the premium soft drinks package or if you drink alcohol invest in the alcohol package. Be warned both people in the same stateroom must have the same package.

Cafe Carinthia

4 out of 5

Came here every morning for a coffee and pastry. The staff here are very attentive and helpful. The hot chocolate here is second to none - just perfection. Plenty of seating around the atrium, at the bar or by the window watching the sea go by. Gets fairly busy before dinner and at some points on sea days but always remains quiet and staff are always smiling.

The Golden Lion

5 out of 5

THE place to be of a night. With a revolving array of Tricia's, competition and live music this place is never dull and the drinks are always amazing. Our embarkation day lunch here was delicious and uncrowded. Can get crowded when trivia or dinner is on so get there early.

Lido Pool Grill

5 out of 5

One of everything, that's what I encourage you to try. From bison and emu sausages to Angus burgers the staff here sure know how to grill up a storm. Never a line and a great place to eat.

Lido Buffet

4 out of 5

Lots of variety, lots of seating and the staff are fast to fill up your cups with free tea or coffee. there are a few other free drinks options but the ones included in the drinks packages are much better. For breakfast there are continental and hot options. I'd recommend the pancakes, waffles and muffins. Truly something for everyone. The lido grills is something not to be missed, a great array of amazing food. The lido restaurant also looked amazing with its revolving themes.

Commodore Club

5 out of 5

Spent most of my days here on sea days. The service is great once you catch the eye of a waitors, the drinks menu is vast and expansive.In the evenings a pianist plays soft music. During the days there are often tasting events held but more often than not it is a quiet place to watch the world go by, spot albatrosses and have a drink while reading a book. On scenic cruising days this is the place to be. Never too crowded.

Britannia Restaurant

5 out of 5

Dining here was always a great experience - amazing staff always made sure we were having a great meal and looked after us well. The menus included lots of variety and catered well for those with requirements. Dinner starts with the waiters handing you the menus and giving you time to see what you'd like. Then after taking your order they'd come around with bread, then your appetizers (entrees or starters for everyone who isn't American) and then more bread before your entrees (mains) then desert before tea/coffee and petite fors. Definitely recommend getting the second seating as it is less busy and you have more time to enjoy the port and get ready

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Never a dull moment onboard. There is always an amazing trivia, fascinating art talk or movie being shown during the day or fitness classes, dancing lessons and insight lectures being held. For the ULTIMATE day onboard invest in the behind the scenes tour which is a good 4 hour rendezvous around exclusive and rarely seen areas of the ship ending ineeting the captain on the bridge where you get a badge, apron and champagne served with sandwiches.


5 out of 5
Trivias were always so much fun The live music band onboard were amazing,sounded so good and always livened up whatever venue they were playing. The harpist, pianist or strings trio always filled the atrium and the decks with their beautiful music. The evenings show's were alot of fun from comedy shows, energetic music and visual extravaganza to Broadway style productions this ship has it all

Queens Room

5 out of 5

Afternoon tea is a must! Strongly advise you to get there at least 10 minutes early to get a good seat. The afternoon tea is a great experience of revolving tea, sandwiches, scones (with clotted cream and jam) and delicious cakes served with a smile, live music and amazing fan fare. Be careful you'll feel so full especially if your dinner is the early seating

Children's Programs

4 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Enjoy yourself Smile at the staff Be kind to the staff, the other passengers and yourself

Ports of call

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

5 out of 5

Melbourne, Australia

4 out of 5


5 out of 5
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