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Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Relaxing but sedate

Queen Elizabeth Cruise Review by kimmk

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand

We chose this cruise as a relaxing way to get home from South Africa.

The ship gave a grand impression with wood paneling a feature. It appeared well maintained. For those who get sea sick, there was quite a bit of movement, even in relatively calm seas.

We had a balcony cabin, we started in 5137- midship. This cabin had a tender boat directly underneath it , which obstructed our view down to the water. After a few days sailing we were able to move to 5159 , nil obstructions and a bigger balcony. The shower is tiny however hot water plentiful and towels fluffy.

The staff were unobtrusive yet attentive. They seemed happy and were all polite.

The food was enjoyable. They catered very well for food intolerance. My friend was given the following days menu to choose from and they made were able to adapt most choices to gluten free for her, with notice.

The day spa's prices were exorbitant- eyebrow tinting $44 US plus tip , manicure $88 US plus tip etc- staff were stationed at the door trying to entice passengers in- if prices were reasonable people would have been lined up !

The demographic was 80+ with the activities and entertainment to match. The entertainment team lacked presence. There was an annual staff tug of war organised, which surprisingly drew a crowd, otherwise, unless there was a two for one trunk sale on, it was difficult to find other passengers !

I enjoyed the promenade deck, which enabled a full lap of the ship - 3 laps = .9 miles. The only down side was that there is a smoking area on the port side, so coped a lung full of smoke on each lap when exercising.

There a two pools, the front one more sheltered, getting a deck lounge was nil issue.

We only had 2 ports on the way home. As usual the excursions were pricey.

On Re union island I opted for a visit to the turtle sanctuary, which was unguided and information written in French.....

Mauritius we did a catamaran trip to snorkel , this was magical.

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