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#1
Hertfordshire UK
110 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
We are seriously considering booking for 2019 Alaska, but are concerned by some poor recent reviews.Can anyone reassure us with an honest opinion.
#2
Washington State
2,003 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
I do think that one's opinion of a ship is highly subjective, and I love QE, so I will try to be objective too.

The ship itself is beautiful. It is easy to find your way around, it has a great promenade deck if you like walking, and the public rooms are well laid out and never seem too crowded.

We have eaten in all 4 of the dining rooms, and although I must say the Grills are the nicest, we have had excellent food and service in all 4, and I love the layout of them all. If you are going to be in the Britannia dining room, my favorite tables are those on deck 2 close to a window. I love watching the world go by while I eat.

The cabins are well laid out, but the bathrooms are very small in Britannia and Britannia club - we always bring a shower caddy with us as there is not enough room for all of my hair products, but it does reduce the available space in an already ridiculously small shower, with an annoying shower curtain.

We have found the staff to be wonderful on all of our cruises on QE, could not ask for better.

The enrichment programs we have experienced have all been very interesting. I enjoy the production shows, but have not always liked the other entertainers - we have had some comedians and singers that were simply not to my taste - but that is very subjective.

I would book another trip on her in an instant if there was an itinerary I wanted to do
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#3
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I have to agree with everything safarigal has said (with the exception of the bit about "hair products"; hair is a distant memory for me . But the showers are small).

I was onboard QE in February-March this year and couldn't find fault with the ship, or the service.

If you use the link below you'll find photos of her interiors.

I'd book QE again, without hesitation.
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#4
Gower Peninsula, Wales
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Joined Jan 2006
Although QE is my personal least favourite of the three, I would not hesitate to book on her again. I suppose it’s not so much I like QE less, but that I like QV and QM2 more.


QM2, of course, is completely different, so much more spacious and quite unique, and QV somehow, has a more united atmosphere on board and just gels better - in my opinion. But that hasn't stopped us booking several trips on QE, and we shall continue to do so.


If you like the itinerary, go ahead and book.
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#5
1,464 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
We have only been on QE twice, once in Princess Grill and once in Queens Grill (upgraded), both were superb experiences, and we loved it. Its a very subjective subject, we go on a cruise to chill out, and we enjoyed the ambience, service and food tremendously. We would go again in a shot, but age, health and mainly getting travel insurance for 2 old crocks means we have very reluctantly given up cruising.

We have had 41 cruise, over 400 days at sea, and without doubt QE grills was the best experience. Go for the best cabin your can afford, we started in an inside cabin on QE2 in 1991, and ended up in a Q3 on QE last December.
#6
USA
263 Posts
Joined Mar 2012
We were generally delighted with QE last August in Britannia... we both felt the cuisine, service and attentiveness of the crew there and throughout the ship (with one exception, see below) was really good. And for what we paid, excellent value for money. The ship's layout (unlike QM2's hedge maze design) was rational and easy to navigate and the range of deck spaces and public rooms very good indeed. We had a min grade obstructed view balcony and it was more than fine with a lot more hanging space than comparable cabins on other ships. The bathroom was... adequate.

Our only complaints frankly were the open deck areas and deck service. The decks looked a tip with heaps of used towels, chairs dragged hither and yon and the deck "service" was a big zero. So bad, it prompted us frankly to book Princess Grill for this August just for the much nicer (we hope!) private deck space.

Oh and you better like brown and beige and every shade in between.... QE is going in for a big (and needed) refit in November and hopefully the decorators will discover other colours in the palette.
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Dover, Kent
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Joined May 2017
We did our first cruise on QE last year and immediately booked for this year on our return. The pillows are too soft for my liking and the shower curtain is a nuisance but everything else was lovely. If you are big on entertainment QE's probably isn't the best but (as already stated) this is subjective. kohl57 is right - the decor is a bit 'beige' but we didn't have the open deck problem he experienced. We were a month later travelling than kohl57 - so maybe someone had already complained and it had been fixed?
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#8
New York City
176 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
To chime in, I’ve been on QE several times and she is my fave after QM2. I’ve done 2 Med cruises and I made her Maiden T/A in the winter-we came over with QV and we were rocking and rolling! Two years ago I did the entire World Cruise on QE-Southampton to Southampton and loved every minute of it. The land tours in China, Cambodia and India were FAB. She is beautiful, the staff are excellent, the food good to excellent. I’m booked again in 2020 in the Far East-can’t wait
#9
USA
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Joined Mar 2012
Originally posted by NeedPeace
We did our first cruise on QE last year and immediately booked for this year on our return. The pillows are too soft for my liking and the shower curtain is a nuisance but everything else was lovely. If you are big on entertainment QE's probably isn't the best but (as already stated) this is subjective. kohl57 is right - the decor is a bit 'beige' but we didn't have the open deck problem he experienced. We were a month later travelling than kohl57 - so maybe someone had already complained and it had been fixed?

Yes... me! And I believe quite a few others....
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#11
Cambs. U.K
1,645 Posts
Joined Apr 2003
She's a beautiful ship .We also love QE and have also booked the Far East for 2020 - looking forward to playing bowls on the bowling green and also croquet (after a fashion.)
Do book it - you will have a marvellous time and won't regret it.
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#13
essex uk and calabria italy
1,229 Posts
Joined Sep 2012
Originally posted by rose6
Are there any larger shower facilities available in the gym? If so do they have shower curtains?
Yes, and they have a sauna free to use also.A facility I wasn't aware of until I sailed in April.It was a pleasant surprise,cheers,Brian.
#14
288 Posts
Joined Feb 2014
Thank you Brian for responding to my question. I am still not clear if the larger shower room in the gym will have individual showers with curtains, or is a locker room style shower with little privacy.
#15
Oslo, Norway
911 Posts
Joined Oct 2001
I have been reading the reviews. Somehow get the impression most of the reviewers did part of the world cruise and their expectations were not line with the reality. For several it went downhill as they continued to criticise other matters too. Completely in contrast with for example the wonderful blogs of Safarigal.
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#16
essex uk and calabria italy
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Joined Sep 2012
Originally posted by rose6
Thank you Brian for responding to my question. I am still not clear if the larger shower room in the gym will have individual showers with curtains, or is a locker room style shower with little privacy.
Hi,sorry,yes they are individual cubicles with curtains,cheers,Brian.
#18
essex uk and calabria italy
1,229 Posts
Joined Sep 2012
Originally posted by Oslo Dutch
I have been reading the reviews. Somehow get the impression most of the reviewers did part of the world cruise and their expectations were not line with the reality. For several it went downhill as they continued to criticise other matters too. Completely in contrast with for example the wonderful blogs of Safarigal.
We were on most of the same sector as Safarigal and agree with all the comments on her blog.The fake news that no hot and cold canopays are no longer served on Cunard is not the case on QE.The wait staff in Commodore club were superb with one tray after another being offered.Regarding bad service in the pub and club,not true,the secret is to make yourself known as soon as you walk in.A simple smile or thumbs up goes a long way.You are then on the radar,lol,cheers,Brian.
#19
190 Posts
Joined May 2018
Originally posted by Faival
We are seriously considering booking for 2019 Alaska, but are concerned by some poor recent reviews.Can anyone reassure us with an honest opinion.
You will get different views from which class the person travelled, but from someone who last travelled in steerage my view is -

The ship looks good from outside, but inside there is nothing spectacular about the decoration of the ship with large parts being a naff 1970s beige. Cabin was adequate.

Food in the Britannia dining room was fine, but nothing memorable. Service in the MDR in the evenings was good, but at lunchtimes and breakfast was occasionally very poor. Buffet was slightly better than most ship's buffets, but the Golden Lion pub was sub-par. Afternoon tea was an awful factory production line affair.

Bar staff throughout were sullen and overworked, with many people complaining about the delay between ordering and receiving their drinks. Canapés frequently only appeared after you questioned where they were.

Entertainment was OK and the speakers were mostly quite interesting.
#20
berkshire
1,360 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
Originally posted by picsa
You will get different views from which class the person travelled, but from someone who last travelled in steerage my view is -

The ship looks good from outside, but inside there is nothing spectacular about the decoration of the ship with large parts being a naff 1970s beige. Cabin was adequate.

Food in the Britannia dining room was fine, but nothing memorable. Service in the MDR in the evenings was good, but at lunchtimes and breakfast was occasionally very poor. Buffet was slightly better than most ship's buffets, but the Golden Lion pub was sub-par. Afternoon tea was an awful factory production line affair.

Bar staff throughout were sullen and overworked, with many people complaining about the delay between ordering and receiving their drinks. Canapés frequently only appeared after you questioned where they were.

Entertainment was OK and the speakers were mostly quite interesting.
Would you like to share with us what cruise Line or ship you have been happy with .Your history of posts always appear to be negative .