However fancy the top suites on this ship, and however attentive the service in the Grills, there are still elements of the service in the main public areas of the ship that doesn't meet expectations. We had a crabmeat starter on a seafood foam sauce with tomato caviar and little cubes of feta cheese, which was exquisite. We had hot room service breakfast, which arrived promptly and was nicely presented, and for lunch the balcony table and chairs were adequate for outdoor dining. Who sails on Queen Elizabeth depends on where the ship is going. During the day, stylish casual wear, including smart jeans and shorts, is fine onboard. The waiters didn't seem to do much.
They certainly weren't helping passengers or fetching drinks. When you have the pedigree that Rundgren has earned over the years as an artist, I think it is hard, or even impossible to deny him this freedom. On informal nights, men should wear a jacket, but no tie is required, and ladies may opt for a dress, skirt or trousers. Small and intimate with a cream and teal colour scheme, this pretty room has windows all along one side and tables for two, four and six. Add these genuinely beautiful surroundings to the glamorous history on which Cunard trades, and you might think you're in for a luxury cruise.
There are two seatings, 6 p. No jeans or shorts are allowed. Located on Deck 2 and available to all cruisers, The Verandah is really special. The menu is a tweaked version of what's found in Britannia, and you get a more exclusive atmosphere, with a team of ultra-professional staff who quickly remember your name and personal likes and dislikes.
Afternoon tea is served in the Lido and the Queens Room -- waiter-served tea and crustless sandwiches, as well as a selection of cakes and hot scones with whipped cream not clotted cream, note and jam -- the same in both venues. We had double-baked goat cheese souffle and Provencal prawns from the a la carte menu, as well as some excellent cheeses from the trolley. The dress code comes into play at 6 p. Instead of capturing the public's imagination with waterslides and high-tech nightclubs, Cunard cashes in on its impressive heritage, a sense of occasion and old-fashioned pursuits like ballroom-dancing, lawn bowls or afternoon tea in the Garden Lounge. The handful of mini-cruises that operate every year are a big chance for first-timers to try Cunard and attract a more economically diverse crowd than usual. .
To avoid any wardrobe malfunctions, the daily program reminds passengers of each evening's dress code. We could barely move afterward. Both sisters' hulls are based on a blueprint shared with numerous other vessels in the Carnival Corporation family. The Lido was our least-favourite space on the ship. The decor somehow feels lighter, with chic, geometric Art Deco-inspired interiors, as opposed to the heavier Victoriana.
Lots of gorgeous Art Deco touches stand out in the curved panels and lavish sconces, as well as a sweeping staircase. Queens Grill and Princess Grill do represent some of the loveliest accommodations and most exclusive dining at sea, which is reflected in the price. Add to this a bit of showmanship and overall it was an enjoyable hour. It's also worth noting that passengers can bring one bottle of wine or Champagne onboard, but don't expect to start bringing on larger quantities unless it's approved by Cunard prior to the voyage. Britannia is also open for a full, cooked, waiter-served breakfast including pancakes, waffles, omelettes and eggs Benedict from 8 a.
The salad bar wasn't extensive, although the selection of cheese and cold cuts was reasonable. Ex-Southampton cruises inevitably attract a lot of Brits. Coffee and juice come out of machines, which also attract long queues. And check out the coveted white leather chairs, too. Tables are allocated in twos, fours, sixes and eights.
Vegetarians should note that there's also a dedicated veggie menu available on request with a choice of five appetizers and soups and eight entrees, so coupled with the options on the main menu, it's easy to have a varied and meat-free vacation. But the vast majority of passengers -- 83 percent of them -- are in Britannia-grade cabins, dining in the Britannia Restaurant or the slightly more posh Britannia Club. We saw a succulent-looking beef Wellington whizzing past, as well as lamb being flambeed tableside. When a couple of people at the table said they were finding it hard to read the menu under the low lighting, a waiter was at the table within seconds with an elegant wooden box.