On 16th December 2014, I embarked on a short 3-night cruise to Zeebrugge onboard Queen Elizabeth. My first experience of a Cunard cruise was a transatlantic voyage from New York to Southampton onboard Queen Mary 2.
First impressions of the ship were very good. The stairways reminisced the luxurious ocean liners of yesteryear, with their intricate ironwork.
A bottle of champagne was awaiting our arrival in the cabin, a lovely treat courtesy of Cunard. The cabin was a decent size and similarly furnished to those onboard Queen Mary 2. The balcony was a good size, although a sliding door would have been easier to open than the hinged balcony doors.
The Lido Restaurant offers delicious buffet cuisine and you can even have a cooked-to-order pizza!
The grand lobby is simply spectacular. The giant mural depicting the original 1939-built Queen Elizabeth, adds to the grandeur of the 3-deck high area.
The Queen’s Room is a magnificent ballroom, home to nightly waltzes, the glamorous Cunard Ball and the famous white-gloved afternoon tea service.
The Garden Lounge is a tranquil place to relax on a sea day. A selection of sports games are shown on the TV’s as well as live music by the resident band. It was a popular venue during our cruise, as people escaped the cold December weather!
The pool deck is rather average and features a pool with two whirlpools. There is also a giant chess board located above the spectacular Yacht Club, with a view of the pool area. Overlooking the bow of the ship, the Games Deck features lawn games such as croquet, bowls as well as tennis.
The Royal Court Theatre is perhaps the best theatre at sea in terms of decor. It really felt as if you were sitting in a Victorian West End theatre in London! You can sit in a Royal Box for $55, which also includes chocolates and Verve Clicquot champagne, however the view you get sitting in a Royal Box is appalling for the price you pay, as curved pieces of glass, at eye-level, obscure your view.
The two-deck high, art-deco inspired Britannia Restaurant was a fabulous place to eat. Service was impeccable and the food was outstanding.
The complimentary room service menu was brilliant. I could not fault anything. My favourites were the cheese burger as well as the chocolate cake!