Queen Victoria Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

4 out of 5

4.7 out of 5

Sail Date: September 24, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The good:  Beautiful ship, better than the pictures in the Cunard literature.  Great, professional Cunard staff.  Fantastic service almost everywhere.  Britannia Restaurant food very good for mass-produced food, and Verandah Restaurant food better than that.  Really appreciated 2 full days in Venice.


 The OK:  Cruise entertainment ranged between great and not.  What was with that Queen cover band?  Awful!  Some of the shore excursions had too much bus time to get to unrewarding destinations.  They should disclose how much time is spent in a coach on each itinerary.  But most excursions great.  


The bad:  while the Spa services were good, the relentless up-selling by the staff really took away from the experience, and the treatments were expensive for what you got.  The internet service was terrible, and failed log-outs (not just me) wasted a lot of purchased minutes.  In-room entertainment was bland, and the technology was antiquated.  It should at least have allowed you t plug in your own device.

Cabin / Stateroom
Just like the Queen Mary 2. Very well designed for the size. I had been worried, because the door was right by the entrance to the elevator/stair hall, but no noise problems!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Gorgeous ship; better than the photos. They fixed some of the design flaws they had in the QM2 (better position for the Queen's Room; separation of the Grills).
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Very nice not-quite-Broadway singing and dancing. The Queen cover band was awful (though others seemed, amazingly, to enjoy it).
Service and Staff
Consistently polite and appropriately formal
Food and Dining
If you don't like wearing black tie (some nights), you really should find another cruise line. You can get by with going to the Lido on formal nights, but you are missing the experience that makes Cunard special.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Really just a port; not much to see in the city. Go to Rome! Amazing!


If you don't like at least moderate formality (I do), you should look elsewhere. Also, Cunard is not overly kid-friendly (again, a plus for me), not because they are hostile to kids, but because the vibe is very adult.

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