Queen Victoria – Cruise Ship Review
30 Jun 2016
Queen Victoria ship review: Bella on board
Date: 9 June 2016
Reason for being on board: ship visit
Who are you? Bella from Ocean World Travel
Name of the ship: Queen Victoria
Cruise line: Cunard
Queen Victoria ship review: a day on board
Food: We enjoyed a sumptuous 3 course lunch in the Britannia Restaurant on board Queen Victoria. To start I had a roasted vegetable and goats cheese tart which was nice and light. For mains I chose the beef steak with potatoes, bacon and spinach – this was my favourite course of the meal. The meat was cooked to perfection and it was just the right amount of food. For desert I decided to go with the salted caramel millionaire cake. When it came out it wasn’t exactly how I’d have imagined it but it was still absolutely amazing. However, it was incredibly rich so I could only manage a few mouthfuls.
There are plenty of other dining options on board Queen Victoria. From the lido buffet which is open 24/7, the Golden Lion pub, a traditional English pub serving ‘pub grub’ such as fish and chips, sausage and mash and curries (this is also a tradition on all of the Cunard ships), the Verandah – a select dining restaurant specializing in fine French cuisine (perfect if you’re looking for a romantic meal with your other half) to finally the Queen’s grill and the Princess grill. These are exclusively for Queen’s grill or Princess grill customers only. The menus are a lot more extravagant here and guests not only have access to the restaurants but to a private courtyard just outside of the restaurant too as well as a private lounge.
Entertainment: Queen Victoria has an on board night club (which is actually proven to be extremely popular) - Hemisphere holds talks from on board speakers in the day and transforms into a lively and atmospheric venue in the evening. For a low-key, relaxed atmosphere guests can head to The Commodore Club which is situated at the front of the ship with almost a 360 degree views, it is also renowned for its famous cocktails!
The Royal Court theatre holds 830 guests, showing full production shows from the company’s own theatre company and dance academy. On a production show evening guests can hire a private box at $55 per couple. A member of staff will pick the guests up from dinner, escort them to their box where they will enjoy desert, champagne and cocktails throughout the show.
The Golden Lion pub holds traditional pub entertainment such as karaoke, pub quizzes, sporting events and musicians. The Queen’s room is the best place for afternoon tea in the day as well as various classes (ballroom, fencing, salsa). On special occasions, The Queen’s Room will hold events such as Masquerade Balls where there are plenty of gentlemen hosts available so the ladies can enjoy a dance!
Facilities: Queen Victoria has many facilities on board; Kids clubs, a cigar lounge – the only room on board where smoking is allowed, a cards room – used for playing cards, cards instructors in the room can teach guests how to play different games, they also hold tournaments here during a cruise. A library -which works just like a normal library, guests can take books out and return them before the end of their cruise. Art gallery, shops, The Royal Arcade – the ships famous cashless casino where guests can register a card to play! Finally, there’s the Spa – a truly tranquil and relaxing setting. Guests can enjoy an array oftreatments in one of the many treatment rooms on board, or perhaps work off their lunch in the on board gym. Fitness classes and lectures/talks from experts on health and well-being are also available.
Accommodation: Whether you go for an Inside cabin or a Queen’s Grill Suite, all of the rooms on board Queen Victoria are done to an extremely luxurious high standard. The Grill suites are truly spectacular with plenty of space, a dining/kitchen area, huge bathrooms (with both a bath and shower in) and plenty of balcony space for entertaining. If guests book a Grill Suite they also receive complimentary champagne and canapes on arrival, robes, slippers, a choice of pillows and even personalized stationary.
Type of décor: The décor on board Queen Victoria is in anextremely traditional British style; luxurious and classy. The ship portrays a real sense of Royalty and exclusiveness. There is such a high attention to detail and you can really see how much money and thought has gone into the style of the ship.
Courtesy of the staff: The staff on board are extremely friendly. Their service reflects the VIP and exclusive connotations of the Cunard brand. During lunch our waiters were extremely attentive and welcoming.
What did you like most about the ship?
The luxuriousness and class of the ship and how it is resembled in all elements whether it’s the style or the service.
What did you like the least of this ship?
Although the ship had such a vast amount of facilities and activities on board, I feel that it is definitely aimed at a slightly older demographic. I wouldn’t say the ship was not family friendly but I think they could include more activities and facilities for a younger demographic.
- CREW MEMBERS 1,001
- PASSENGER CAPACITY 2,014
- NUMBER OF CABINS 1,007
- ENTERED SERVICE 2007
- GROSS TONS 90,000