Queen Victoria: Restful and regal, a royal relaxation

Marcia Levin is currently sailing on Cunard’s Queen Victoria

Cunard’s Queen Victoria sailed last night (March 29) from Port Everglades. I boarded for the 16-day sailing which winds up in Southampton, the ship’s home port, on April 14.

Grand Lobby feature

I have sailed on Queen Mary 2 twice, and several times on QE2. This is the middle sister, so to speak. Queen Mary 2 is the oldest, Queen Elizabeth came on line last fall and I toured her in Port Everglades in January. Queen Victoria is very similar to the Queen Elizabeth.

Rich reds and deep midnight blues mingle with a creamy/gold hue and tons of wood tones to provide an elegant and gracious “welcome aboard” and veteran Cunard cruisers – and there are literally hundreds aboard this sailing – feel quite at home. They know what to expect.

Consider the Queen’s Room where high tea is a late afternoon must and where dancers trip the light fantastic until quite late.  The Golden Lion Pub is home to fish and chips and countless fun trivia games. The Carinthia Cafe offers the best coffee at sea and a great way to people watch fellow passengers in the Grand Lobby. And for those in Queen’s
Grill or Princess Grill, from what I hear, the same high quality of service and food is sailing right here on the Queen Vic.

Cafe Carinthia

This time around I am assigned to the Britannia Grill. I have been fortunate, in the
past, to have dined in both the more posh enclaves. I found the Brittania food quite good and except for neglecting to refill my iced tea or remove my drinks glass, the service was quite lovely. I am seated – for dinner – with eight others, a couple of Canadians, another American, some Germans and Brits. Our table is a microcosm of the makeup of the
passengers aboard.

Cunard, of course, has very deep British origins. Although part of Carnival Corp., the line has maintained its definite profile as a UK-oriented company. I like that, I am an Anglophile and enjoy tea time, a little bit of formality and British humor. In fact, the entire entertainment staff – some 10 men and women are Brits. The exceptions? Two Ukranian dancers.

We are in Cape Canaveral today, Nassau tomorrow, then we’re off to Bermuda.

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