As I am a Cruise Specialist with Cruise Republic I was offered the opportunity to experience this amazing ship for just a day. On the 25th February 2011 I was cordially invited onboard the Queen Elizabeth . On arriving at the Melbourne wharf I waited my turn to get onboard. Walking up the Gang Plank
to the Foyer off the Queen Elizabeth and all you see is amazing golden colours and happy inviting staff waiting to take your cruise card to scan you onboard .
We scanned on and we waited in the main Foyer which was AMAZING .To see and experience the lights, the new wood of the Grand Staircase, and the iconic painting off Queen Elizabeth. The grandeur off this ship is just amazing. We then started our walking tour off the ship, seeing every part off the ship from the Spa to the Casino and the pool, YOU wish that you could be apart of this amazing cruise. There is so much Cunard history within this ship I could very well say that it is a museum for the QE2. The art work, the decoration's, and the amazing architecture is sensational. We had a lunch onboard which was amazing. We had the choice between the Salmon and the Fish OMG it was to die for .... I could have asked for second's. The service was exceptional and there was nothing that I could fault. From them pulling the chair out to pouring me a sensational drop of the finest red wine.
Sadly it came time to leave as I really wanted to stay onboard and be on the first World Voyage for the New Queen Elizabeth. I would highly recommend this cruise ship to anyone that wanted a 5 star experience it really is AMAZING, Cunard Line have outdone themselves yet again.
The Queen Elizabeth is 294 metres long, with a beam of 32.3 metres and a draft of 8 metres. She enjoyed her first ever cruise in October 2010 and carries 2,092 guests and 1,003 crew members.
Her voyages, which often include World Cruises, are far-reaching and global, with visits to destinations such as Hamburg, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Dubrovnik, Venice, Naples, Barcelona, Dublin, Reykjavik, Singapore, Istanbul, Athens, Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Osaka, and many, many more.
Days at sea needn't be dull with a plethora of entertainment options and activities on board. There are more than 6,000 books in the library, a Game Deck designed for lawn bowls, a tennis court, dance classes, and a Royal Court Theatre showing abridged Shakespeare classics, musical productions and the odd movie.
Cunard also runs a speaker series to introduce guests to academics, explorers, novelists, scientists, former politicians and other notable people to discuss contemporary issues.
The Royal Spa offers a range of treatments, or you can head to Deck 9 to relax in one of the two pools or several spa pools.
For families, there is a teen zone, a night nursery, a play zone for children aged 2-7, and a kids' zone for those aged 8-13.
Stateroom options vary from interior cabins with elegant decor to rooms with views, rooms with balconies, and suites with all the bells and whistles.
The Queens and Princess Grill Suites at the top of the line are the definition of luxury, with everything from fresh fruit and personalised stationery to a butler and reserved seating at the exclusive Queens and Princess Grill restaurants.
Meals can be as formal or as casual as you like, with three main restaurants for traditional and flexible dining.
There are also specialty menus for Asian meals at Jasmine, the taste of Mexico at Aztec, French cuisine at The Verandah, and delicious fare at Asada's South American Grill. Plus, the Lido restaurant offers all-day buffets.