Queen Elizabeth Review

Cunard Line
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  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars 4.5
  • Expert Rating:4.5-stars 4.5
  • Traveler Rating:3.5-stars 3.4
    • Couples: 3.1
    • Families w/ young children: N/A
    • Families w/ older children: 4.7
    • Singles/Friends: 3.3
    • Groups: 4.0
  • Health Rating:
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 2010
  • Refurbished: 2014
  • Ship Size: M
  • Total Cabins: 1,046
  • Restaurants: 8
  • Pools: 2

How it Ranks: Queen Elizabeth ranks #1 out of 3 Cunard Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

The newest Cunard ship, Queen Elizabeth first set sail in 2010. With a capacity for a little more than 2,050 guests, Queen Elizabeth maintains a 1-to-2 crew-to-passenger ratio, providing more customization than you might find on a larger ship. Past cruisers say the crew provided five-star service, especially during the embarkation and disembarkation process. Smaller than the cruise line's flagship, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth offers nearly 1,050 staterooms — 85 percent of which are outside cabins. What makes Queen Elizabeth's accommodations stand out from the rest of the Cunard fleet is the availability of nine single staterooms (starting in December 2014) — eight of which offer ocean views. In-room amenities include a minifridge, a half-bottle of sparkling wine, nightly turndown service and in the suites, walk-in closets and butler service. Daytime activities are just as diverse, with enrichment classes, afternoon tea and outdoor garden parties. While this ship does provide some supervised entertainment for kids, the fact that Queen Elizabeth offers more adult-centered activities was a major plus for recent cruisers. For those interested in improving their dance skills, Queen Elizabeth is the only Cunard ship to offer dance lessons on board. These lessons may come in handy for the ship's evening entertainment, which, like all Cunard ships, features themed balls and elegant evening galas. Travelers looking for a more low-key atmosphere will find it at the ship's Yacht Club and Supper Club — both venues unique to Queen Elizabeth. Aside from its onboard entertainment, Queen Elizabeth also offers a versatile lineup of six restaurants, including the Queens Room — an intimate venue for afternoon tea only available on select Cunard ships. When you tire of dining in the main Britannia restaurant, head to The Verandah — the ship's specialty French restaurant. 

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