The Cunard Queen Elizabeth is a luxury ship which was named by Her Majesty the Queen in 2010. With a host of eateries, bars, lounges and entertainment to choose from, the Queen Elizabethepitomizes comfort and luxury cruising with a modern twist.
Bars, Restaurants and Lounges
Queen Elizabeth has no fewer than four restaurants as well as a series of lounges, clubs and bars ideal for nibbles, dining and post- or pre dinner drinks.
The Queens Grill restaurant is world renowned for scrumptious gourmet meals in a beautiful formal setting. Dinner is served here between 18:30 and 21:00, and those guests staying in the Queens Grill Suites are reserved a table.
Serving dinner at the same time, the Princess Grill restaurant is the Queen’s little sister, offering intimate dining in a sophisticated area. Here too, al fresco dining may be an option when the Queen Elizabethis visiting some of the world’s warmer climes.
Those looking for a more casual surrounding will delight in the pub-grub found in the Golden Lion Pub. True to the traditional British pub, quizzes, television screens and live music can also be found here.
Relax to Sounds of the Resident Pianist
Meet for an evening drink with old friends or new in the Commodore Club, where the resident pianist or singer will lull you into complete relaxation, or take a spin on the dance floor in the Yacht Club, where the nautically themed dance floor is certain to delight.
The Garden Lounge is a bright and airy stop off, perfect for relaxing with a book, catching up with friends or merely watching the world go by. Evening time often sees the arrival of a ‘Supper Club’, where live music and dancing beneath the starry sky takes over once the dining is finished.
Café Carinthia is the perfect stop for a quick elevenses or mid-afternoon snack: overlooking the Grand Lobby, it is ideal for people watching while sipping one of a range of delicious speciality teas and coffees.
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Amenities and Entertainment
The Queen Elizabeth cruise ship is well equipped for those long days at sea, with dozens of activities waiting to be explored. Escape from it all with one of the 6,000 books available in the ships library, or delight in a game of croquet on the Game Deck.
The book shop specialises in nautically-themed books and other memorabilia to remind you of where you’ve been. The Promenade pool (located on the Promenade Deck) not only offers deliciously warm waters for swimming in, but a live band situated beside it, which creates an atmosphere like no other.
The Royal Spa offers indulgent treatments for those on a pampering mission, while the ship’s gym is fully equipped and works alongside a series of fitness classes from yoga to spinning.
Designer boutiques take pride of place on deck 3, ideal for those with a hankering to shop, while the Image Photo Gallery offers photos of you and your loved ones to purchase and remember your trip forever more. The Clarendon Fine Art Gallery has a reputation for exceptional artists of both British and international fame.
The prevalent image of a cruise is one of sophistication and elegance and even though many cruise lines have tried to move away from this formal nature and instead make themselves much more casual, there is still a yearning amongst many for the high life that some cruises can provide and Cunard are certainly in this category.
The company has been defining cruising since the mid 19th century however they can currently boast to having the youngest fleet on the water with the Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 all having been launched in the past few years.
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Cunard has been a roaring success recently with the amount of awards and critical acclaim that it is received: last year they won 16 awards at 11 separate ceremonies including Cruise Line of the Year at the British Travel Awards and Best Cruise Company from the Daily Telegraph Ultratravel Awards.
However, what kind of service can you get with Cunard cruises that justifies all these accolades?
Cunard for Elegance and Relaxation
As we have already mentioned, the focus on these cruises is very much on elegance and relaxation. All the ships have numerous swimming pools, a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants to choose from, spa treatments, a theatre, film screenings and a casino. So there is certainly enough to keep even the most restless of people occupied on board these liners.
Dinner and evening entertainment is where Cunard really shines and it is all about looking your best and mingling with the other passengers on the ship; on a 7 night cruise aboard a Cunard vessel you will usually have 3 strictly formal evenings, two that are semi-formal and another two for casual wear.
The cruise line has also gained much recognition for its shore excursions. For all the focus that is directed to what is on the ship, much of the emphasis on your holiday is geared towards seeing the places that you are visiting and Cunard offers some enthralling excursions.
These will be organised by the cruise line however you can go it alone if you wish and explore by yourself – something that many people do prefer.
If it is elegance and sophistication that you are after then Cruising with Cunard would be a very good choice.
Whether it is the black tie and ball room dress dinners, the cigar lounge or the entertainment at night, this cruise line certainly offers a classy but relaxed break away and the amount of awards that the company has won in recent years is certainly testament to this.
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