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We are seriously considering booking for 2019 Alaska, but are concerned by some poor recent reviews.Can anyone reassure us with an honest opinion.

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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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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 :D . 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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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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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.

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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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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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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:D:D

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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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Ah. It worked then, thank you for doing that - it seriously wasn't in evidence in September!

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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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Are there any larger shower facilities available in the gym? If so do they have shower curtains?

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Hi,sorry,yes they are individual cubicles with curtains,cheers,Brian.
We have paid the balance on our cruise on QE today. Never cruised before. Beige or not it can't arrive soon enough.[emoji4]

 

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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.

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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.

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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 . ;)

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Would you like to share with us what cruise Line or ship you have been happy with...
Thank you for asking this question.

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We have paid the balance on our cruise on QE today. Never cruised before. Beige or not it can't arrive soon enough.[emoji4]

 

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You will love it. It is a fabulous ship.

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We have cruised in QE over 300 nights, and quite like her. QM2 is my favourite but QE has been the ship we have sailed on the most in recent times.

We were onboard two weeks ago and the ship had a better feel about it than it did on our previous cruise, when we found the ship lacking in atmosphere.

After a break away from her we went back on QM2 but having just returned we were pleased to find things were back to normal.

The staff are very friendly and many of them have been onboard since they moved from from QE2.

This Food in Britannia was better than we had on QM2 last Christmas and yes, they were serving hot canapés which they were not on QM2 and friends told me they still are not serving them on QM2. No idea why this is.

The ship is getting a bit tired looking but is due for refreshing.

The things I found not to my liking this last trip were the pillows which are not the ones that Cunard used to have. I noticed the same on QM2 also .

Seems the days have gone where the bed had large metre square pillows, regular size ones, and bolster pillows, plus a small cushion with a yellow cover.

Now it is one metre square and an awful long soft thing that felt like it was filled with cut up pieces of foam. We had the same on QM2 . Cutting back on bedding. The towels have shrunk in size as well. No big bath sheets, just small bath size .

The shower cubicle is tiny and no space for hair products.

I often take a sauna and use the facilities in the ladies changing room. Here you get a large shower. One with a seat for disabled guests. The toiletries are from Canyon Ranch and there are large bottles of excellent hair conditioner to use and sun screen, and even mouth wash and razors. So check out the sauna showers.

QE is a nice ship with friendly staff and I can not really fault her but she could do with some new colour schemes as she is looking drab. I am sure you will enjoy your time onboard.

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The QE is my favourite ship to be on and I just got off her a few days ago.

She is in dry dock in November and certainly needs a paint job as she is getting rusty in places (to be expected though).

 

The Golden Lion pub was sub-par. Afternoon tea was an awful factory production line affair.

Sorry, I can't agree with this. The fish and chips are to die for and the service was excellent.

How many cruise lines serve afternoon tea in the dance room with waiters serving you with white gloves? Or perhaps you are referring to the Lido - where some days last week there were small tubs of genuine clotted cream to be had.

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The QE is my favourite ship to be on and I just got off her a few days ago.

She is in dry dock in November and certainly needs a paint job as she is getting rusty in places (to be expected though).

 

Sorry, I can't agree with this. The fish and chips are to die for and the service was excellent.

How many cruise lines serve afternoon tea in the dance room with waiters serving you with white gloves? Or perhaps you are referring to the Lido - where some days last week there were small tubs of genuine clotted cream to be had.

 

Totally agree with you on all your comments. Just would like to add, the fish N Chips are good and if anyone like myself prefers the fish unbattered they will cook it without the batter.

Afternoon tea is a lovely experience and I go at least once every cruise . I love to sit and listen to the harpist and have a nice pot of Earl Grey tea. I do not often eat anything as we usually have lunch in the dining room, but you can still go and people watch listen to the music and enjoy the delicious scones and cakes. It is quite special.

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As the original poster mentioned, some of the recent reviews for QE have been dreadful.

If anyone who has travelled recently could write something for our review section it might help to redress the balance.

 

Thank you

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I wrote one for our Baltic cruise a few days ago, but it hasn't yet appeared, it was very positive.

Jane

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I wrote one for our Baltic cruise a few days ago, but it hasn't yet appeared, it was very positive.

Jane

Thank you, I look forward to reading it.

It can take a while but you should get an email when it's published.

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I always read reviews with interest and one or two grains of salt. Afterall, there's nothing more personal than a holiday and assuming people don't set off determined to be miserable, bad reviews must reflect something. But often that particular cruise, that particular steward or dish or cabin. Ships are mostly down to people, passengers and crew. And they change accordingly.

 

I am astonished to read such critical comments about afternoon tea on QE.. we are Oceania regulars, a line that sets great stock in their afternoon tea (and does it very well) and we frankly surprised to both think it was better on QE including hot from the oven gluten free scones for my wife and produced, on memory, by the stewards, too. It sure wasn't a "factory production" affair at all.

 

Ditto Britannia Restaurant service and cuisine. We thought our assigned table had superb stewards (and it did, too) and were again pleasantly surprised this was mostly emulated in open sitting experiences at breakfast and lunch. Consistency matters a lot and it's probably the hardest to achieve in anything and we felt it was here in service and quality of the meals.

 

And apparently constructive complaining (and done aboard and "at the top") works in getting improvements as it appears to have done with the supervision of the open decks and deck service. Too late for us, alas, but seemingly better now.

 

But yes, the "old" QUEEN ELIZABETH is looking tired in places and even new was mired in a muddy colour palate that is relentless and depressing. So the November refit is eagerly anticipated and, of course, we always always go on a ship just before a refit when she needs it the most!

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I am astonished to read such critical comments about afternoon tea on QE.. we are Oceania regulars, a line that sets great stock in their afternoon tea (and does it very well) and we frankly surprised to both think it was better on QE including hot from the oven gluten free scones for my wife and produced, on memory, by the stewards, too. It sure wasn't a "factory production" affair at all.

 

My observations on the 'production line' feeling of afternoon tea was due to a number of aspects. There was no individual service from the waiters in the Queens Room. They come out with a tray of items, stop at the first table for them to be served something, move on to table two; rinse and repeat. Up and down the rows of tables, serving as if on a production line. If you wanted something other than the standard tea or a different type of jam, the waiters were not happy as it disrupted their flow.

 

And tough luck if you did not arrive at the Queens Room well in advance of the start of service. Stand in line for 30 minutes for a table to become free.

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The QE is my favourite ship to be on and I just got off her a few days ago.

She is in dry dock in November and certainly needs a paint job as she is getting rusty in places (to be expected though).

 

Sorry, I can't agree with this. The fish and chips are to die for and the service was excellent.

How many cruise lines serve afternoon tea in the dance room with waiters serving you with white gloves? Or perhaps you are referring to the Lido - where some days last week there were small tubs of genuine clotted cream to be had.

 

Totally agree with Ray's comments above.

 

Lovely ship, excellent service.

 

Afternoon tea perfect, yes on sea days you do have to be there early to be seated, but that just proves it's popularity.

A team of waiters have their designated area of the Queens room to serve. One serving tea, one sandwiches and another cakes/scones. No problems encountered even if you wanted some different type of tea or glutton free product.

 

Strongly recommend.

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Typical of the service we had aboard QE last August, we actually had stewardesses recognizing my wife at tea "gluten free, gluten free" and practically running over with hot from oven gluten free scones. We didn't get service like that at tea at The Connaught and Claridges. If it's a factory production line, it's the most efficient and friendly one afloat.

 

And better than our experiences on QM2. One of our favourite moments was waiting forever at tea for scones and this unfortunate (and rather large) Russian lady with what looked liked enormous white gardening gloves on managed to drop all of the scones on the deck and started to pick them up with the tongs. We decided we'd forgo the calories and skip the scones that afternoon. Indeed the rest of the crossing.

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The free laundry was a pleasant bonus also,including soap and conditioner also.We were lucky it was right outside our room,while some people walked the length of the ship to find all machines busy.

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Our first cruise ever was on the QE to the Canary Islands last Christmas/New Year. I selected this particular cruise to fit in with our overall winter holiday to Europe, but most importantly because of the Cunard name and the type of service and fellow passengers we expected to join us on the cruise.

 

Can I say, both my husband and I were amazed with the cruise, the level of service from our cabin attendant, the stewards who served us every meal and every staff member we just happened to bump into during the 15 days. Honestly, I cannot understand how someone can complain.

 

All the food was really great, I certainly don't cook like this at home! Our cabin was spotlessly clean, always. All requests, from firmer pillows, to more ice was happily provided by our cabin attendant. We lashed out for the degustation menu at the Veranda Restaurant - an experience.

 

Loved the afternoon tea, the opera sessions, the 10 shows we attended, the sail away parties (even though it was cold) and the amazing Christmas and New Year dinners in the MDR. Although we don't dance, we made it a practice to watch the first 45 minutes of the dancing each night before our late dinner sitting. There was so much we could have participated in, but just couldn't fit it all in.

 

We took only one Cunard shore excursion, but I must say it was very well organized and we really enjoyed the trip. Most of all I loved being up on deck watching the QE maneuver a 360!

 

We did come across a few, and I say a few passengers who complained - we just avoided them. They can really bring you down when you are having a great time.

 

We had a wonderful time, and will be joining Cunard again in October this year for a Med cruise on Queen Victoria this time.

 

I am sure you will love the QE.

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