Queen Victoria Cunard Review

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   So if any of you have been following my Twitter or Instagram accounts you will have seen that I have not long got back from a cruise. I have experienced a cruise before with Royal Carribean but this time we went with Cunard. My fabulous PR guru friend Paul Knowles (http://www.pkpr.co.uk ) invited me along to review it so myself, Paul, his partner, and my friend Jenny all went. It was absolutely unbelievable! As I had already been on cruise before I knew what to expect but it was Jenny’s first time so it was all very new to her. We flew out to Istanbul and stayed over there for one night before making our way to the cruise liner the following day.

The cruise liner we were on was called ‘Queen Victoria‘ which is the sister ship of both ‘ Queen Elizabeth‘ and ‘Queen Mary 2‘ . Once inside the ship it felt instantly comfortable; the décor was classic and timeless and featured some gorgeous carpeting throughout. There was a three – deck high Grand Lobby with a breathtaking sweeping staircase, ornate sculpted balconies and elegant decorative touches everywhere we looked.

 We were greeted by our chaperone and shown to our state room. This was sumptuous, clean and highly modernised with a gorgeous view of the balcony. Like the other Cunard cruise liners, ‘Queen Victoria‘ operates on a class system where the cabin grade you choose dictates where you eat. This means for those who want to splash the cash, the Queens Grill and Princess Grill provide top notch accommodations and more upmarket dining options. Having said that, around 80 percent of passengers are happily ensconced in Britannia-grade cabins and dine in the stylish Britannia Restaurant.

 The dress code is quite formal compared to other cruise liners which I really liked; for the ladies it was either a cocktail dress or evening gown and the guys were expected to wear dark suits with ties or tuxedos depending upon whether it was a formal night or not. On a seven-night cruise there are two formal nights, some have themed nights but this depends on duration of your stay.

Formal Night.. Myself, Tom Stockton, PKPR and Jenny Wright

 We only stayed for 5 nights as we had commitments back home so couldn’t stay the full course, which we were a bit gutted about. We managed to get in a visit to the beautiful Marmaris in Turkey then made our way over to Heraklion in Crete before disembarking in Athens in Greece.

 My favourite part of being on the cruise liner was the fantastic way in which you get looked after. It really makes you feel like royalty, which is perfectly fitting with the name of the cruise liner! You literally never need to lift a finger and the value for food is unbelievable. If you know me will know I’m a very very fussy eater!! Every where I go.. Unless its Steak and Chips, Chinese food, or Spaghetti Bolognese I don’t like it, so I was apprehensive about dining options. I didn’t need to worry thankfully as there is food 24/7 and every type of it! We even went to bed one night after having our meal and a few drinks and then began to feel a bit peckish. It was about 3am but couldn’t resist so we went down and to our delight were served pizza, a cuppa and some cookies to take away and ate them in bed! The perfect service shone through. No matter what time, there is something for everybody.

 If you are looking for a stylish and sophisticated holiday then this is definitely the one for you. It was lovely for me to go with my friends, but it would also be as nice to go with the family or on a romantic couples getaway as there is something for everyone no matter what age. I will definitely be returning early next year.

Made some amazing memories with fabulous friends!

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