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Queen Victoria Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
Queen Victoria

7 Night The Fjords (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 12, 2019

Ship: Queen Victoria

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

An elegant cruise to a stunning destination that is a must see. The ship provides top service, catering and shows for a more discerning crowd. The ship itself was not crowded even though full, and is furnished with elegant high quality finishes. Strongly recommend Cunard.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We arrived early and were taken straight on the ship. No waiting. Just pleasant people to welcome you.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We dined in the Britiania restaurant. Food was outstanding. Well presented. Tasty. Compared to other cruise ships we went on a major step up. The buffet area had a large high quality selection of food. I have been on a number of MSc cruises. In the main restaurant of the MSc ships there are 7 courses offered for dinner - but best described as good quality canteen food. Cunard only offers 3 courses - but of a far higher quality and quantity. Examples included lovely fillet steak, Lamb shanks, Lobster tail and beautifully presented deserts.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
There were pools, hot tubs with lovely big loungers which weren’t crowded and pleasant. Experts gave talks during the day. Dance classes and elegant ball room dancing to high quality bands and orchestras were offered nightly. Optional extras included whisky and wine tasting.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Stage shows were top drawer. They had musicians, dancers etc which were high quality and most enjoyable. Actors from London's Westend were used in the shows.

Children's Programs

No children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Very friendly and helpful. Always available. High ratio of staff to passengers - almost 1000 staff to 2000 passengers on board. This is higher than ships like MSc.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship had top quality furnishings that made the cruise feel special. It was a medium sized ship with almost everything needed. The ship (even though fully booked) is designed to only allow 2000 passengers on board which is less than comparable cruise liners of this size such as MSc. As such there was never any crowding and the ship felt spacious.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Size and layout and furnishings were good for the price. Shower door instead of curtain was only thing we would have changed. Fluffy towels and gown and slippers provided every day. Turndown service with Godiva chocolates provided for bed time.

Ship tip

The ship is not at aimed families with teenagers.. It’s aimed at adults who want a formal elegant cruise with smart evenings. And at that it excels. Dress code is important. Most men for eg in formal evenings wore Tuxedos. And even in the informal evenings, a smart jacket is required for dinner. The dress code is enforced. Despite this, the cruise is relaxing and the staff very friendly and polite. The passengers were not stuck up, and we made friends easily.

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

4 out of 5
Not much to see. Large well run port

Stavanger, Norway

5 out of 5
Cute little town. Canning and petroleum museum very interesting.

Flaam, Norway

5 out of 5
Did the Flåm railway. Stunning trip. Beautiful little town.

Olden, Norway

5 out of 5
Went on hike to the glacier. One of the most beautiful places on earth.

Haugesund

4 out of 5
Large town. Nice to arrive at Constitution day. It was amazing to see all the children out in parades in their national costumes and seeing the pride the Norwegians take in their country,. A brass band met us at the ship and led the passengers into the centre of the town - a very welcoming special experience

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
It was quick. Just my luggage got damaged as someone dropped it on its wheels.

Traveler Photos

Olden.  Ship can be seen in top of pic The Queen in the Fjords Flaam Haugesund Constitution Day Marches Example of nice presentation of the food The Piano in Ship Foyer
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