WorldLee's Reviews

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Cunard Queen Elizabeth Ship inspection review

Luxury level

5 out of 7 stars

Value for money



Great itineraries around Australia and to New Zealand

Overall experience

score out of 10

What I really liked

  • The feeling of a very grand old world cruise experience
  • Only 2081 passengers on a ship this size (90,000 tonnes) = lots of space
  • Generous stateroom sizes in all accommodation categories
  • The very best of facilities and entertainment focused on a 60+ age group
  • The option to choose Princess or Queens Grill Suites with complimentary access to private restaurants and bars
  • The drinks package is fairly priced at USD69.00 per person per day.
  • Access to a free self service laundry

What we didn't like so much

  • USD on board. The exchange rate from USD to Australian dollars is currently not favourable
  • Gratuities are an additional USD11.50-13.50 per person per day. Ask me about access to exclusive deals inclusive of gratuities
  • Drinks, including drink packages, are plus 15% gratuities
  • Bathrooms in the Britannia stateroom categories are very small
  • The optional dining options are many but the cover charge for these are yet another extra


Cruising with Cunard is an opportunity to step back into the opulence of 1920-1940’s Hollywood glamour with the White Star service Brit’s are famous for. Best suited to those in the 60+ age group who enjoy getting dressed up for a grand old world cruise experience.

This review was written following a ship inspection of the Queen Elizabeth when she was in Sydney earlier this week. It has been written for the purpose of helping you decide if this cruise line and ship is right for you.

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My experience:

My time on the Queen Elizabeth was only for the day however our time covered inspection of accommodation categories from Britannia staterooms to Princess and Queens Grill Suites and Penthouses along with all public areas and lunch typical for a Cunard guest in the main dining room.

For visuals, you may like to view the short (2.30 minute) video I’ve prepared of my time on the ship below:

The Queen Elizabeth’s old world charm has remained fresh with regular maintenance and minor refurbishments since she entered service in 2010. I found the spaciousness of the ship a real highlight. With a maximum of only 2081 guests on a 90,000 tonne ship finding an uncrowded space or deck chair by the pool one of the two large pools will never be an issue.

Cunard are renowned for the very best in entertainment along with a variety of restaurants serving quality meals. The Queen Elizabeth has one of the best gyms I’ve seen on a ship and I hear it is very popular with guests.

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