I recently went on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria to experience some traditional, elegant, British cruising. The interiors of the ship are luxurious marbles, woods and rich fabrics which exude elegance and luxury. As soon as you step on board, you arrive in the atrium which is the heart of the ship; from here you can visit reception, shore excursions, lounges and many bars, all accessible from the sweeping staircase.
If you are missing your home favourites, head to the Golden Lion pub for traditional pub food and drinks. Here you can find favourites like fish and chips or cottage pie whilst enjoying a great pint! After dinner head to the Commodore club for a nightcap before retiring to bed, or if you’re at sea, this venue offers great views across the ships bow. Hemisphere’s is the venue if you want to dance into the early hours, with its resident DJ. Other dining venues include the Verandah restaurant which French inspired dining, Bamboo offers Asian fusion, Coriander serves Indian cuisine and Prime is the spot for succulent steaks and seafood.
If you want to burn off some of the calories after over indulging, the well-equipped gym is open throughout the day. For pampering head to the Royal Spa, which offers massages, therapies and treatments. The hydro-therapy pool offers a place to de-stress and detoxify.
If you want to soak up the sun, head to the Lido deck with its swimming pool, Jacuzzis and pavilion bar to enjoy a cocktail on your sun lounger. The Winter Garden is a conservatory style venue, combines elements of indoors and outdoors, filled with plants, bathed in natural light and featuring a roof that opens in warmer climates.
If you want to experience the ultimate luxury, why not consider the Cunard Grills experience, rated amongst the finest afloat, you enjoy lavish suites and dining. There are private areas such as the Grills lounge with its open air deck space, exclusively for Grills passengers.
The Royal Court Theatre offers lavish broadway, West-end style shows every night of your cruise holiday. The venue is quite stunning and over three-tiers, if you fancy something extra, or are celebrating a special occasion on board, why not choose a private box?
There is a choice of staterooms, starting from interior, to ocean view, to balcony and to suites. All come with your own cabin steward to look afternoon, and all decorated with fine prints, soft colours of the sofas and the famous Cunard turndown service when it’s time to retire.