A Christmas Cruise on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

The Grand Lobby, Queen Elizabeth

On the 19th December I returned from a three night Christmas market cruise to Bruges, Belgium onboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. It was my first experience with Cunard and one I leave with fond memories of…

Cunard Queen Elizabeth Grand Lobby

First impressions once onboard in Southampton were very good, there was even champagne on ice waiting in my cabin.

Cunard Queen Elizabeth Stateroom, Cabin Cunard Queen Elizabeth Christmas Market Cruise

The grand lobby mid-ship is a spectacular space and it was great to see Cunard have really got into the festive spirit with garlands, trees and poinsettia plants filling the public areas.

Cunard Queen Elizabeth Christmas Royal Arcade, Cunard Queen ElizabethShopping Arcade, Cunard Queen Elizabeth

The weather wasn’t amazing (after all it’s mid-December), but the cold and drizzle didn’t seem to discourage some from enjoying the pool, jacuzzis or a game of bowls on deck.

Lido Cunard Queen Elizabeth, Pool areaLido deck Cunard Queen Elizabeth

Inside, the glitzy Queen’s Room on deck two hosts discos, parties and balls in the evening with live bands.

Cunard Ball Queen Elizabeth, Christmas cruiseChristmas Cruise Queen Elizabeth, Cunard

By day you can come here to enjoy Cunard’s traditional afternoon tea with white glove service. I was very eager to experience this for myself on my second sailing day at 3:30pm.

Queens room, Cunard Queen Elizabeth, Christmas

If you cruise, be sure to arrive early as queues will build quickly, but the attentive waiters did their best to accommodate the full room of people as quickly as possible.

Queens Room, Afternoon Tea, Queen ElizabethCunard Afternoon Tea, Queen Elizabeth, Queens RoomScones, Afternoon tea, Queen Elizabeth, Queen's Room

If you simply want to enjoy the tea at your leisure, you also have the option to help yourself in the lido buffet around the same time.

Lido Buffet Queen ElizabethLido Buffet Cunard

Other options available in The Lido Buffet. In the Queen’s Room, I was also really impressed by a huge gingerbread village display by the staff onboard.

Gingerbread Village Cunard Queen Elizabeth, ChristmasChristmas display, Cunard Queen Elizabeth, Gingerbread houses

The Britannia restaurant venue is art-deco inspired and exudes charm and glamour. The atmosphere, table settings and personal service made for a very enjoyable and elegant evening dinner.

Art Deco, Cunard Queen Elizabeth, Britannia RestaurantSpring rolls, sweet chilli sauce, Britannia Restaurant, Queen ElizabethCunard christmas dinner, Queen ElizabethCunard Queen Elizabeth, Britannia Restaurant, Desserts

I think Cunard’s elegance and traditional style matches the festive time of year perfectly and I can’t think of a finer way to travel to Europe’s Christmas markets.

Royal Arcade, Shops onboard Queen Elizabeth, Christmas Drinks, Cunard Queen Elizabeth

For more cruise ship tours and videos, including Anthem of the Seas and P&O Britannia click here. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

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1 Comment

  1. Stephen Hazlehurst
    May 2019 / 1:53 pm

    What sets Cunard apart from other cruise lines? I’ve cruised on Queen Elizabeth, and there is one huge difference between this ship and others I’ve cruised on, you don’t touch on this, and to me it’s a very important part of the experience.

    What do you think it is?

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