Posted April 17th, 2018, 04:33 AM
Could I solicit the thoughts of anyone who has experienced both - on the differences, positives and negatives of the experiences. Are they comparable?
We have done the latter three times on S class ships and now have taken the plunge and booked a first cruise with Cunard on Q.V. for October.
Any tips on getting the best out of the QG experience or indeed if there are any things to watch out for/avoid we would appreciate it ( forewarned is forearmed)
We have sailed in QG on QV and a Royal Suite on Celebrity. Both lines only once, we are on X Silhouette again in May.
Both experiences were great, but for us, Celebrity had the edge (excuse the pun!).
Embarkation was smooth and quick. We were greeted by our butler and taken to our cabin. Then had lunch in the QG restaurant.
We were in a Q1 and the room was amazing, the balcony was enormous - best balcony EVER!!
Service on Cunard was the best service we have experienced. The Grills restaurant was very nice and the food was mostly excellent. The Maitre 'd (Sandro) and his 2ic (I think Eduardo?) were brilliant as were our waiters.
Speciality dining - we did not try. Apart from the pub and buffet, there was only one alternative dining venue (correct me if I'm wrong) and the menu just did not appeal, luckily the food in the restaurant was good enough for this to not be a problem.
Our butler, Romil, was excellent and when requested he would bring no us the hot canapés from the Grills lounge instead of the cold canapés (although I seem to remember the normal canapés were also good, but the hot ones were delicious!)
The Grills lounge was good but rather small and it could be tricky finding somewhere to sit for both pre-dinner drinks and afternoon tea.
The Grills courtyard was sublime and a gorgeous space to eat al fresco when the weather allowed.
The Grills decks I didn't use very much due to being lucky enough to have such a huge balcony.
Entertainment - we found the ship very quiet. Plenty of ballroom dancing though if that's your thing, it was certainly fun to watch.
Embarkation - we were greeted in the terminal by the MC host and escorted on to the ship and straight to Michael's Club to enjoy nibbles. We did both these cruises in 2015 and the 'suite life' or whatever they call it, had just been rolled out so I'll be interested to see how this is different on our cruise next month.
The suite was beautiful and, as Cruiseluva says, very modern with clean lines and plenty of space. The room is midships so a side balcony this time (we do prefer the aft) but still large - there is a bath on the balcony, which is a nice idea, but I would rather have had the extra space, especially on a Baltic cruise! Due to the bath there was only one sun lounger, which, again, was fine on this cruise as sunbathing opportunities were few and far between. I believe you can request an extra lounger if required.
Service was excellent, the MC concierge was especially helpful and ever-present. There were lots of nice touches - invitations to various events in MC and helipad sail away. Cruiseluva is also correct that MC is a little gloomy, but as we only really used it in the evenings we didn't find that a problem.
Luminae was very good, but QG was better. Luminae did serve the best burger I have ever tasted though......
Speciality dining - the best food I have eaten on any ship, ever. Tuscan Grill - delicious and fantastic views from the aft.
Q'sine - great fun with friends
Murano - wow.
Buffet - another big win for X. Very impressive. Great selection.
Entertainment- Celebrity wins. We found MC extremely convivial for pre and post dinner drinks. The bar staff were great and would bring your regular drinks as soon as you sat down. The Captain would occasionally be in there mingling with guests. I would say the evening entertainment was biased to a younger crowd - focussed more on bars and dancing than the ballroom focus of Cunard (absolutely nothing wrong with that - horses for courses)
For us Celebrity was somehow more conducive to meeting other guests and the atmosphere on board was more relaxed. We made some great friends on this cruise who we are still in regular contact with.
It's hard to put my finger on exactly why we preferred Celebrity, perhaps we just found Celebrity more sociable?
At the time we sailed, Celebrity still had the formal evenings so similar dress codes.
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