Just come back from one of the best Cruises we have ever been on. We decided to try a new Cruise line for our Journey to Norway and Iceland and went with “Cunard” Queen Victoria. Having never been with Cunard we were a bit apprehensive especially about the more Formal side of the Cruise.
Embarkation at Southampton was the quickest we have ever done,from getting off the Coach to stepping onto the Ship less than 20 mins!!!!The Ship was everything Cunard(White Star Lines) stands for, taking us back to the heady days of the majestic Liners of the 40s and 50s.we were met by the Staff in White Bell Boy Uniforms, the Staff friendly and welcoming. The Interior was impressive with Wood, stained Glass, Ironworks on stairs, Atrium was beautiful and the 3 Violinists playing were Icing on the cake.
The Inside Cabin was slightly bigger than other Cruise lines we have been in,bottle of Champagne waiting, Dressing Gowns and slippers and very Clean and Tidy.
The Food was very good in all areas, Buffet Breakfast and Lunch had lots of variety, and dinner was again very good and varied and waiters were very attentive. Entertainment was great, Shows at night were varied, and something for everyone. Guest Speakers were also excellent especially Lord Digby Jones(very entertaining)
All the Staff very very nice and nothing seemed to much trouble, Neil our Entertainment Manager was great as were his Staff.
Although we were a bit worried about how Formal the Ship was especially having to wear a Jacket in Dining Room on all non Formal nights, it wasn’t as bad as I feared. Of Course you can dress down in certain areas of Ship ie Golden Lion Pub and Lido Buffet areas so it was not that Formal as I had feared.
On the downside Drinks were very expensive and had 15% Gratuties added on, Spa Treatments also very expensive, but we didn’t indulge too much in any of those so just beware as Drinks packages are always a bit pricey.
The itinerary was very Good, Olden and Alesund in Norway, Akeyuri, Isafjordur and Reykavik in Iceland and Stornorway in the Outer Hebrides.
Overall this was one of our best Cruises we have done, and have to say Queen Victoria is one of the best Ships we have sailed on, we will be definitely booking Cunard again