Queen Elizabeth Ship Visit in Dublin
July 16, 2020
I had never been lucky enough to see any of Cunard’s fleet so when I got an invitation from Cunard to spend the afternoon exploring Queen Elizabeth whilst she was docked in Dublin I jumped at the chance.
As someone that’s used to sailing on newer, larger more flamboyant ships I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, somewhere between old fashioned and stuffy that’s for sure. What I got was something entirely different altogether.
From the moment I stepped on board I was transported to a bygone era. Queen Elizabeth oozes elegance, style and sophistication. It’s built into the very fabric of the ship.
The decor is refined and elegant, it reminds me of an elegant art deco hotel . The colour and tones are understated and the soft furnishings add a luxurious feel to the ship. She is bright and airy with a very easy atmosphere. The ship feels really spacious with lots of areas to relax in without feeling like other guests are on top of you. There are wonderful vintage touches to the decor which proudly salute the history of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth’s Ocean Liner lineage.
A Vintage Bathroom Sign.
The dining options on board are much more extensive than I thought they would be for a ship of her size,
The Britannia – Main Formal dining room,
The Lido Buffett Restaurant
The Verendah a French Bistro
The Princess Grill – For passengers in P category Cabins
The Queen’s Grill – For Passengers in Queen’s Class Suites
The Golden Lion Pub – Traditional Pub
The Lido Pool Grill – On The Pool Deck
The Courtyard – For Al Fresco Afternoon Tea or Dinner
Our lunch onboard was superb, It was probably one of the best lunches I’ve had on a ship visit in Dublin port. The food was outstanding but I must mention the service, it was exceptional. Cunard is known for it’s service but until you actually experience it, it’s hard to understand it. The staff were excellent; relaxed and friendly but their professionalism was another level. They anticipated what you wanted before you had to ask but yet they didn’t intrude or hover. It was super.
Although I didn’t get to experience any of the entertainment whilst we were on board, the entertainment timetable looked great. There were lots of activities during the day from ballroom dancing lesson, computer lessons, painting lessons, wine tasting sessions to Bridge or board games there is lots to do. In the evenings there are wonderful broadway style shows in the Royal Court Theatre, live music in the bar or ballroom dancing in the Queen’s room grand ballroom. The ship also has a casino and The Royal Arcade.
Queen Elizabeth provides lots of options for rest and relaxation, again I was surprised by the amount of facilities she has on board. She has 2 beautiful outdoor pool and 1 indoor pool. There is 4 jacuzzis, a termal suite, a spa, Hair salon and gym. The Ship does have both a kids and teens club, from babies to 17yrs old there is lots to keep them busy.
All in all I was completely surprise by Queen Elizabeth. She is a beautiful, elegant ship with a modern art deco design combined with a good range of facilities and superb service. If you have already sailed on Queen Elizabeth let me know what you thought of her in the comments below.
The Cruise Queen x