Cunard Line

Queen Elizabeth - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Cunard’s newest liner, the 90,000-ton, 2,092-passenger Queen Elizabeth debuted in mid-2010 and boasts Cunard’s traditional black-and-red hull and grand interior spaces. Along with near-sister Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth is a smaller, somewhat quieter version of the Queen Mary 2, and the ship successfully marries tradition with modern technology, design and innovation.

Tradition reigns at Cunard Line, and that is why the entirety of the Queen Elizabeth is a nod to the company’s former liners. Queen Elizabeth’s art deco design was inspired by the line’s first two Queens, the 1930s-built Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary.

In the Grand Lobby, a stunning art deco chandelier comes from the era of the first Queen Elizabeth.

The new Queen also has a Midship’s Bar, a throwback to the first Queen Elizabeth, and home to three cases of memorabilia related to the original liner, including a 1938 invoice from the shipbuilder and an original ship telephone. QE2 fans will be pleased to know that some of the best relics from that vessel are also on display here, such as the QE2’s bell and a bust of Queen Elizabeth that was in the QE2’s Queens Room.

Also bowing to early history, the new Queen did away with the Todd English restaurant that both the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria have. On Queen Elizabeth, Cunard re-introduced a specialty restaurant from the first Queens, The Verandah. Run by Jean-Marie Zimmermann, a longtime Cunard chef, the space pays tribute to its predecessor with identical art and original menus on display from their Verandah restaurants.

Dining aboard Queen Elizabeth
Where Queen Elizabeth also has continuity with her sister ships is in the dining. As on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, each category of stateroom is paired with a sea-view restaurant. The restaurants follow a similar pattern to Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, with Queens Grill and Princess Grill Restaurants for those guests in Grills suites, and the Britannia Restaurant for the deluxe stateroom accommodations.

Both the Queens Grill and Princess Grill Restaurants are located on top of the ship (Deck 11), enclosed by graceful and gently curving panoramic glass walls on the seaboard sides, and cantilevered out over the side of the vessel above Deck 10.

Both Grills offer a single seating, so guests can enter at a time of their choosing, and the restaurants themselves, although architecturally similar, are decorated distinctly to create an individual feel. Grills guests also have exclusive use of their own private bar and lounge conveniently located next to the Grills restaurants, and complete with resident Concierge.

French–style doors open from each Grill Restaurant onto the Courtyard – an exclusive patio area, where al fresco dining is offered, and steps lead up to the Grills Terrace – a secluded retreat that’s on the ship’s uppermost deck where Grills guests can enjoy luxurious sunbeds and dedicated waiter service.

Like Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth also offers the Britannia Club where guests travelling in AA category staterooms enjoy single-seating dining at a time of their choosing in a sea-view dining room.

The main dining room, the Britannia Restaurant spans two decks at the stern of the vessel and evokes memories of classic ocean liner restaurants with a sweeping staircase and marbleised backlit decorative ceiling among the focal points. Breakfast and lunch in the Britannia are served open seating, and guests have the option of either early or late sitting for dinner.

In addition, Queen Elizabeth offers several alternative dining venues:

•The Garden Lounge, also named after a room on the first Queen Elizabeth, hosts occasional evening “Supper Clubs” with musical entertainment and dancing. The area has a palm–filled conservatory feel inspired by the glass houses at Kew Gardens and its vaulted glass ceiling makes it a truly light, bright and airy place to sit by day.

•The Lido Restaurants, up on Deck 9, are light spacious areas with sea views, and offer breakfast and lunch buffet style. In the evenings two of the restaurants serve different styles of regional cuisine, in a more formal setting, and the third continues to offer an extensive buffet.

•Café Carinthia was introduced on Queen Victoria – furnished in art deco touches and rich décor, and offering sweet pastries, fine teas and coffees.

•Golden Lion Pub, another Cunard signature, offers English pub food for lunch in a traditional British pub setting.

Queen Elizabeth Activities & Public Rooms
Near the main pool is the lovely Garden Lounge, a conservatory-style space under a glass roof inspired by London’s Kew Gardens. Champagne and afternoon tea are served here by white gloved waiters, while on some evenings it transforms into a supper club with live music and dancing. The many other lounges and pubs include the atmospheric bow-facing Commodore Lounge, the nostalgic Midships Bar that pays tribute to the original QE2, and the Golden Lion Pub. The two-story library is among the best at sea, and guests always enjoy the ship’s permanent collections of Cunard and maritime photos and memorabilia.

You’ll find a forward-facing gym and spa, plus an indoor/outdoor play area for kids, several pools and hot tubs. Outdoor activities include paddle tennis, croquet, and traditional bowls. There is also a wraparound promenade deck to enjoy on sea days.

Staterooms aboard Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth offers 1046 staterooms, of which 892 (85%) are outside staterooms with 738 (71%) featuring balconies.

There are 127 Queens Grill and Princess Grill Suites on Queen Elizabeth, paired with dining in the Grills restaurants.

The six main Queens Grill suites are named after the six Cunard Commodores who have been knighted: Commodore Sir Arthur Rostron, Commodore Sir Edgar Britten, Commodore Sir Ivan Thompson, Commodore Sir Cyril Illingworth; Commodore Sir James Bisset and Commodore Sir James Charles. Each suite features a portrait and biography of the Commodore after whom it is named.

There are also nine different categories of suites and staterooms: Grand Suites, Master Suites, Penthouses, Queens Suites, Princess Suites, Britannia Club, Balcony, Outside and Inside.

They all have at least a mini-fridge, bathrobe, slippers, American and British electrical outlets, dataport outlet and a half-bottle of sparkling wine waiting on the first day of the cruise.

Grills suites guests are privy to even more of course, from a pillow menu to concierge service, shoe shine service, a separate bath and shower, a larger sitting area, and a full bottle of sparkling wine upon embarkation. Queens Grill guests are on the receiving end of complimentary daily canapés, fruit basket, butler service, and sugar-iced strawberries to go along with a bottle of champagne upon embarkation.

Ship Information
The Queen Elizabeth is an ocean liner for the new traditionalist, with an atmosphere of timeless elegance. Cruising the Mediterranean or Northern Europe on a Cunard ocean liner is an experience that should be on every cruise enthusiast's list of "Must-Do" cruises.

During a 12 to 14 day cruise you will meet many interesting personalities and have many engaging conversations. In the dining rooms over lunch or dinner, in the Champagne Bar and the Commodore Club, or perhaps over a pint of beer in the Golden Lion Pub. The possibilities are endless.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2010 ♦ Ship's Class: Victoria Class ♦ Country of Registry Great Britain ♦ Tonnage 90,000 metric tons ♦ Length 964 ft - 294 m ♦ Cruising Speed 24 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 2,092 ♦ Passenger Decks 12 ♦ Officers and Crew 996 ♦ Officer's Nationality British ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International ♦ Passengers to Staff Ratio 2.10 to 1

Total 1,046 ♦ Suites with Balcony 127 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 611 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 146 ♦ Inside 162 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 20 ♦ Cunard Line cabins and suites represent a wide range of options. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service. Passengers traveling in the Queens Grill and Princess Grill Suites have access to a private lounge, and dine at a reserved table in their respective Grill Restaurant. Passengers in category AA Britannia Club Balcony cabins dine in the single seating Britannia Club. Passengers in other categories enjoy dining in the traditional grandeur of the Britannia Restaurant, with 1st and 2nd seating for dinner.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating in the Britannia Restaurant ♦ Single Seating Dining for passengers in the Queen's Grill, Princess Grill, and cabin category AA Britannia Club allows you to be seated at your reserved table when you arrive ♦ Grill passengers can also dine al fresco in the Courtyard outside the Grills restaurants ♦ Specialty Restaurants (reservations recommended): The Verandah, Asado, Aztec, Jasmine ♦ The Golden Lion Pub serves traditional pub lunch fare, such as fish and chips, shepherd's pie, bangers and mash ♦ Dress code on Cunard Line includes formal, informal, and casual evenings ♦ Each evening a more casual buffet dining can be found in the Lido restaurant ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pool ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Sports Court ♦ Promenade deck wraps around the ship

Enrichment Programs
Cunard Line is known for its enrichment programs. Cunard Insights lets you learn about historical and contemporary subjects presented by speakers that include academics, explorere, former diplomats and politicians, writers, TV personalities, and more. On select voyages you might also find the onboard program to include lectures by members of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Indoor Children's Play Room ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center