We have just returned from a short (3 night) cruise on Queen Victoria to Bruges. Our first short cruise, and our first cruise on a Cunard ship.
I think I can say for all three of us it certainly will not be the last visit to that part of Belgium,or our last cruise with Cunard.
We booked a balcony stateroom on deck 6 for the three of us and I can say we were impressed with the cabin layout, and quality of fittings and furniture. Although only a three night jaunt, our cabin steward was as attentive as any we have had on longer cruises, and greeting us by name on our first meeting with him. The addition of a fridge in the room was a bonus we did not expect, but proved useful to keep the two bottles of wine I took on board (with no issue) cold, to enjoy when dispatched to the balcony at 18:00 while the females got ready
We booked second sitting in the Britannia restaurant and had a table for ten with superb company for every meal. It may be the nature of a short cruise, but on our table I was the oldest passenger at the grand old age of 57, dispelling some of the stories quoted on cruise forums regaling the advanced age of Cunard customers. It was also interesting to see all 4 groups on out table ordering wine with every meal, again in contrast with some comments regarding the cost of drinks on Cunard ships. The food was excellent in every aspect, excellent selection every evening, with our table waiter taking time to give his recommendations for the evening meal. If there has been a dumbing down on service, quantity or quality then I am sorry I missed how it used to be because I found it all very, very good. We took breakfast in the main restaurant and lunch one day in the Golden Lion, a true pub at sea with a great pub atmosphere. I can not comment on the buffet as we did not use it, but my wife and daughter took afternoon tea one day and returned full of praise. Room service was quick with morning tea/coffee arriving within the 15 min time selected, and a sandwich ordered on our return from Bruges arriving within 20 minutes at what must have been a busy time.
We found the bars and lounges full of atmosphere, and enjoyed a G&T in Hemispheres every evening before dinner, and the show in the theatre post dinner.
I think what surprised me most was the level of service we enjoyed by every staff member we made contact with, nothing was to much trouble and they all seemed to enjoy giving good service, and certainly seem to enjoy there work. I think this may be led from the top, commodore Christopher Rynd was often seen on deck or around the ship interacting with passengers.
So, in conclusion, and I apologise for the lengthy tome, but I could really carry on extolling the virtues of this wonderful ship, a fantastic double first for us, but certainly not the last in either respect