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Queen Victoria Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean


Contributor Level: Second Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 78

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
9 Night Spain & Italy (Southampton To Rome)
Sail Date: May 28, 2015
Ship: Queen Victoria
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 5101
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Embarkation;  As you arrive at the ship, baggage handlers take your baggage. As we were staying in the Grills we went straight to the priority counter and within 15 minutes we were all checked in, through security and onboard the wonderful Queen Victoria. It was just after midday and all the cabins were ready which was a pleasant surprise. We went to our suite 5101. I will review the suite later.  Our female butler Elvie introduced herself and advised us that lunch was being served at The Queens Grill restaurant. The Queens restaurant is on deck 11 and we made our way there via the special lift using our room key card to gain access to both decks 11 & 12. We had requested a table for 2 and we were welcomed and escorted to table 47 which we kept for the duration of the cruise. I will review the dining later.

After lunch we returned to our suite and already our luggage had been delivered and was waiting inside our stateroom.  We unpacked and shortly afterwards we attended  the emergency drill taking our life jackets with us from the cabin. After that it was sail away and time to explore the ship. We had sailed on the QV in 2012 so we were familiar with layout and facilities. The ship was well maintained and spotless.

Leaving Southhampton to Gibralter we crossed the Bay of Biscay. I has brought some sea sick tables as it is notriously rough but we were lucky we had a smooth two day crossing and didnt need to use them.

We were fortunate that the guest speaker on our cruise was Simon Weston OBE . He gave an inspirational talk to a full auditorium as he talked about his life and future. It was very humbling to listen to him. He is a true Welsh gentleman with a wicked sense of humour.

During the sea days we were able to use the private sundeck area on decks 11&12. There is a shower on deck 12. If you forget your suntan lotion there is a communal bottle next to the cold water and juice units at deck 12 entrance to the lift.Waiters come around and will bring you your choice of soft and hot complimentary drinks. Afternoon Tea is served daily in the Grills lounge or if your sunbathing you can have it at your sunbed on decks 11&12.

Other perks for the Grills passenger would be the priority use of tenders and free shuttles at ports where buses were provided at a cost to other passengers.

Disembarking; We were orginally booked for transfer and flight back to UK which was all part of the package. We however decided to remain in Rome and take another cruise on Windstar so we were able to organise late departure of 11am from QV. Our suitcases were taken off the night before and we were able to leave our hand luggage in a secure room after we left our cabin at 08.30am. The Lido was still open so we were able to have some refreshments and sit where we wanted on the ship until we were ready to disembark. The Lido was still open as there were transit passengers onboard who were continuing onto Venice.

In 2012 we sailed on QV and having a balcony cabin we used the Britannia restuarant which at that time we didnt enjoy as the service was not good although the balcony cabin was very nice. We usually sail RCI and always have a wonderful experience especially with the service so we were hesitant to resail with Cunad and QV but we are so thrilled we did and have the experience of The wonderful Grills. It you want to really treat yourself then I would definately recommend the Queens Grill.Big Smile

 

 

Food and Dining

Queen Grill served breakfast, lunch and dinner. after our first visit we were always addressed by name by the Maitre D and our excellant servers Dom & Marta. The menu choice was outstanding with a changing daily menu or Al Carte menu . There are two wine packages available and our wine sommelier Dejan always helped us choose our next bottle to compliment our food and our preferred taste. I am sure if there is something that is not on the menu then it could be provided for you. Nothing was ever too much trouble and the dinning experience was the highlight of our cruise.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Guest speaker Simon Weston OBE was inspirational

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Queens Grill servers Dom & Marta, Maitre D Italian a real gentleman from Liverpool and his assistant Pavel . our wine sommelier Dejan. The female butler Elvie and her male assistant all did a fabulous job to ensure all our needs were anticipated and met.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
This cabin was a penthouse suite. It was very spacious and was extremley comfortable. Located next to stairway and lift but no foot traffic noise. Welcome champagne, with strawberrys and chocolates , free soft drinks in bar and water, with choice of two alcohol bottles either spirits or wine which were replenished once drank. Canapes were delivered every evening and could be replaced with nuts and crisps if requested.
The suite consisted of two bathrooms with a jacussi bath and walk in shower. The light was not good for making up so bring a hand mirror so you can makeup next to the window. The walk in wardropes were sufficent but no real long drop for evening dresses. The balcony was large. There was a table and two chairs and two loungers but the loungers had to be in a vertical position as the balcony was not long enough to lie horizontally. Fresh fruit and flowers were also provided.

Ship Tip

Penthouse suite balconys on deck 4 are horizontally larger than those on deck 5.

5 out of 5
The day we were visited Gib was experiencing a power cut so we were unable to take the cable car. I would recommend organised tours as it is not easy to visit the sights on foot as its a long walk from the ship and only a short stay as Gib is actually a refuelling station.
5 out of 5
Use the ships shuttle and explore this beautiful old city on foot. For an excellant view climb 270 steps in the cathedral cost 2 E each.
5 out of 5
Use shuttle transfer as too far to walk into city in hot weather.Cable car starts at 11am dont arrive too early as no shelter when waiting so gets very hot. A visit to Sagrada Familia is a must just to see the outside. Tickets for inside must be purchased online way in advance.
5 out of 5
When disembarking go through the cruise terminal and get a discount voucher book for most of the major sights including the hop off and on bus. Use public transport for 3E return to go to Nice, tickets on bus.
5 out of 5
Take the funicular cable car 8E return to secure fab views of Rapello and the ship tendered in the bay.
5 out of 5
A visit to Pisa recommended, we took the tour shuttle and made our on way back using public transport which wasnt quick or easy. Probably best to keep to ships tours as railway station in Livorno is a bus ride away from the main city centre and then a bus shuttle back to the ship.
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