Pre Christmas Cruise to the Canaries

Cunard Line | Queen Victoria Reviews

By Jennifer Fairchild on 02 January 2019

We have been on Queen Victoria once before and we were not disappointed with our second cruise. Our cabin was clean, well furnished, but the shower room lacked storage space and the bath towels were rather small. Plenty of hanging space in the wardrobes and the beds were extremely comfy. The whole ship had been tastefully decorated with seasonal garlands and trees etc and looked magnificent.

Food was varied and mostly excellent as was the afternoon tea served on the Queens room. Our first full English breakfast was extremely disappointing. The bacon was hardly cooked, the black pudding not cooked at all, baked beans were pale and served in a watery sauce ( poor quality) and the whole lot was cold. We did not have breakfast there again. Lunches and evening meals were entirely different and service was exemplary.

Daytime activities were very good although neither of the guest speakers appealed to us. Good variety of films were shown and the usual watercolour painting and bridge classes were supplemented with floristry lessons. The dance lessons were excellent, lead by a charming young couple who demonstrated the steps and made the whole experience enjoyable. The theatre company were as good, if not better than any I have seen. The shows were well produced and the costumes and sets could have graced a West End show. Individual entertainers were a mixed bunch. A comedian/singer/ guitar player should have retired years ago and conversely, the trio of young male singers have a long way to go before they reach their full potential. The pianist was a delight as was the veteran entertainer Roy Walker. We enjoyed the cruise very much BUT, as usual, the majority of seating areas were cold and had awful piped music morning noon and night. Most music played was more suitable for a smoky nightclub after some heavy drinking or a funeral! Very very disappointing. No seasonal music until the very last day. I spoke to the Head of Entertainment who said that Cunard had not secured a license to play Christmas music. I found this rather hard to believe. Since when do Christmas Carols need a license? I felt that the cruise would have had far more Christmas atmosphere if the music had been more appropriate. But perhaps this was a cruise for those who hate Christmas?

By Jennifer Fairchild on 02 January 2019

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