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Queen Victoria Review

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria, launched in 2007 as the first Vista Class ship, is a virtual sister to Queen Elizabeth. Expect a stately, grand design with interiors that pay homage to prewar ocean liners via the prolific use of marble, wood, wrought iron, and brass. A 2017 refurbishment expanded the sun deck, redesigned the Grand Suites and Penthouse Suites, added Britannia staterooms and a Britannia Club dining room, created the Chart Room bar, and enhanced the Winter Garden, a Mediterranean-inspired lounge with a glass roof.

Queen Victoria sails a variety of European itineraries from Southampton, England, to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. The ship also offers sailings in South America and embarks on occasional world cruises.

What We Love

Fancy Evenings: The ballroom comes alive each night, with dancing to a live orchestra. Expect theme nights, such as a black-and-white ball, Ascot night, or big band, when the ship’s orchestras play together.

Golden Lion Pub: The traditional English pub offers favorite pub grub dishes such as cottage pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips, and ploughman’s lunch. There's also musical entertainment, singalongs, and hugely popular, twice-daily quizzes.

Best Known For

Proper Afternoon Tea: Every afternoon, tea service begins with a choice of teas, followed by crustless sandwiches, fresh cakes, and sinful scones slathered with clotted cream. It's a memorable experience as musicians strum in the background. 

Cunard’s Captains: The ships' captains tend to have a real presence, far more than on other lines. They host special gatherings, share interesting maritime trivia during the noontime announcements, and invite guests to the master’s table.

Who It's Best For

Adults Age 50 and Up: The ship is based in England and the Mediterranean, and attracts an older crowd made up mostly of couples.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

About the Other Passengers: Sailing with an overwhelmingly British clientele may be a significant plus for some cruisers, but a negative for others.