Arts gallery "Claredon Fine Art" Sports on deck, e. Britannia Restaurant Passengers who have booked an interior, outside or balcony cabin are welcome at the Britannia Restaurant. The cosy atmosphere at the two-storey restaurant provides a perfect framework for a delicious menu. There are two meal times at 6 p.
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Cost-cutting on food and services has resulted in a deterioration of standards over the years. Coupled with rip-off prices on drinks and tours it is no longer the leading cruise line of years gone by and certainly does not give value for money. My wife and I have been on many cruises on all Cunard Queens. This was our sixth on Queen Elizabeth but our first in its Britannia restaurant. Over the years, food has become of poorer quality, the quantity has been reduced and its presentation unappetising - except for the extra-charge Verandah restaurant.
Several times we ate in the self-service Lido and the Verandah. Even fish and chips in the Golden Lion pub were far better than the similarly described meal in the Britannia - where only 4 chips accompanied the fish.
Complaints on board the ship and, in the past, directly to Cunard management have had no effect. The midships balcony cabin we occupied could not be described as roomy but the main problem was the small size of the bathroom. We booked a cabin with shower but the moulded-plastic shower cubicle was the smallest we have ever experienced, being only 70cm wide and 58cm deep.
It was not possible to bend down in it to pick up the fallen soap so it was a case of having to step out of the cubicle to recover it. I hope it will be the last.
It became clear Cunard had not done sufficient work to eliminate the major problem which arose. Arrival time was listed as 8am and departure 5pm.
The ship anchored a long way from the port and passengers were advised to allow 45 minutes for the tender journey. It appeared there were not enough tenders to do the job and some local pleasure boats were also used to take passengers ashore. An announcement was that there some delay in the tendering operation so my wife and I left it till 11am to collect a tender ticket from the Queens Room. Hundreds of people were waiting there for a tender. We were told it was unlikely we would get a tender before 12 noon.
At As it had taken at least 4 hours to get passengers ashore, we considered, in view of the sail-away time, it would not be worth going ashore. Many other passengers were of the same mind and were angry. Whatever the problem was, it should have been sorted out by Cunard before Malacca was specified in the itinerary. If the problem could not be solved the ship should have gone elsewhere.
A similar planning failure occurred in Colombo where a tour highlight was a visit to the cathedral. When we arrived there it was closed. At Colombo a shuttle bus was provided by the port authority from the ship to the dock gate and a handicraft shop. On this latter service, the small buses used would not have complied with UK bus regulations. Not only that, but their small, hard backrest was completely unsuitable for the age group on this cruise.
A shuttle bus was provided but it did not take passengers north to St. Denis but to Gilles les Bains, a coastal development, 15 miles to the south. It was little more than a boat marina with cafes; lots of concrete steps; and a beach nearby. Completely inappropriate for passengers with an average minimum age of at least Passengers could go to St. A similar situation arose at Port Elizabeth where a shuttle bus took passengers from the container port where we docked to the Boardwalk Shopping Centre to the south of the city centre.
The only open, forward-facing deck on the ship from which passengers could take photos and video was still closed off. It is at the forward end of deck 9 and accessed through the fitness centre. No credible explanation has been given for this situation. Photo attached. Who has ever heard of an emergency exit being confined to crew?
What about the passengers? Does every member of the crew have a key for the locked doors? If a person wants to dress more casually he can dine in the Lido and relax in the adjacent Garden Lounge, says Cunard. However, we saw men allowed into the Britannia restaurant for dinner not wearing a jacket and, on formal nights, wearing a casual sports jacket or blazer and grey trousers.
At evening performances in the theatre many men were in short-sleeved shirts with no jacket. Clearly the dress code is not enforced and, consequently, non-compliance will get worse. So what is the point in having it?
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Cost-cutting on food and services has resulted in a deterioration of standards over the years. Coupled with rip-off prices on drinks and tours it is no longer the leading cruise line of years gone by and certainly does not give value for money. My wife and I have been on many cruises on all Cunard Queens. This was our sixth on Queen Elizabeth but our first in its Britannia restaurant.
Cunard brochure describes an era long gone
Kashakar Set dining time on same table means you can not work your meal time around the days activites and you do not get to mix broxhure lots of people. Cunard offers a quintessential British cruising experience combined with impeccable service aboard its three ships, which make up one of the youngest fleets in the world. Isthere any different sizing in prinsess suites? There seems to be a problem completing the request at present. The line has become renowned for the comfort, style and elegance offered aboard their ships as they continue to evolve and celebrate their rich heritage.
It was the vision of one man, Samuel Cunard, who set out to deliver mail across brochue Atlantic Ocean, whom took the first step to create what the company prides itself on today. Also in the refit is the refreshment of 2 popular public areas, the Lido buffet and Winter Garden, the introduction of The Yacht Club and enhanced accommodation. View all Queen Victoria Cruise Deals. Check pictures for yourself. Cunard Online Brochures Cunard offers a quintessential British cruising experience combined with impeccable service aboard its three ships, which make up one of the youngest fleets in the world. Good evening, we offer expert advice, the best prices, and exclusive cruise deals on the widest selection of cruises online It is part of a collection of items of post-war ship memorabilia collected by John McKay. Please select an option Scholarly or professional research For school, university, etc.