The newest vessel to join the Cunard fleet is Queen Elizabeth, named in 2010 by Her Majesty the Queen. As soon as you step on board, you notice the elegance & luxury of Cunard.
One of the first port of calls when you step on board is the top deck. With plenty of space and sun lounges, you can quickly sit back and relax with a drink and enjoy your cruise holiday, or take a dip in the pool or hot tub. The Games deck offers croquet, bowls or paddle tennis all under a canopy, should the weather be too hot!
The staterooms on board are light and modern and well equipped for every traveller, they range from Insides, Oceanview, Balconies & Suites. I was lucky enough to be on board for the launch of the ship and had a very spacious suite, with a butler! On my return to the vessel for a mini-cruise, I had a balcony stateroom, which was wonderful to have the sea views.
When it comes to food, Cunard know exactly how to do it! The Lido buffet is open all day with a variety of snacks, carvery, light meals and buffet offerings. The Britannia, is the main restaurant on board, spanning over two decks there is a great menu served every evening, and if you don’t want something off the menu, that’s fine, the staff will cater for you. The Verandah is Queen Elizabeth’s formal alternative dining option, with French cuisine served every day. The Golden Lion pub is like a local at sea! Serving drinks throughout the day, you can also order light meals here like fish & chips, which are all included in your cruise fare. When not serving meals, the Golden Lion pub is home to the daily bingo & quiz – it’s a must you are on holiday after all! The Garden Lounge is inspired by London’s Kew Gardens, it’s a great place to meet friends and enjoy sea views with floor to ceiling windows. Here you will also find traditional White Gloved Afternoon Tea, Cunard’s signature famous service.
After all that food, don’t forget to visit the well-equipped gym and also the Royal Spa. The Royal Spar has the latest therapies & beauty treatments to de-stress & detoxify your body. The library is extensive and on several decks, there is something for everyone here! For those days at sea, there are also plenty of board games and card games for you to enjoy. Something that you may not instantly think of with Cunard is children. Children are well catered for on board, there is a kids club with activities and play equipment to keep them entertained all day long!
There’s so much entertainment on board from the ship’s show company, and whether you want to enjoy a musician or a cabaret in a show lounge or a big west end style show, it’s all there for you. The Royal Court Theatre is impressive, with Royal Box’s on the upper level, these can be booked for special occasions on board, so you can enjoy the performance from the comfort of your own balcony box.
Before you depart for home, don’t forget to visit the Royal Arcade, here you will find all the shops & perfect souvenirs. Inspired by London’s Burlington Arcade, the shops stock brands never before been available at sea, including Hackett, Fortnum and Mason and much more. Of course, there is also the
Cunard branded collection too, including clothing, stationery & models.