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Queen Victoria - Cunard Line - cruise ship review and photos

As mentioned before, Grill Class passengers have their own topside sunning space, but will have to come down from their hideaway to frolic in one of Queen Victoria's swimming pools.

Pavillion Pool Pavillion Pool
Pavillion Pool   Pavillion Pool

Queen Victoria boasts no less than three pools. All pools are located on Deck 9. First, there is the indoor Hydropool, then there is the attractive Pavillion Pool amidships. And finally, all the way aft, you will find the Lido Pool. 

Pavillion Pool
Pavillion Pool

With so much valuable outdoor deck space given over to Grill Class guests, non-suite guests might have a hard time finding an available lounge chair on sunny days at see.

Pavillion Pool Pavillion Pool
Pavillion Pool   Pavillion Pool Jacuzzi

Both pool areas come with Jacuzzis and adjoining bar areas, so there is no fear for dehydration.  All outdoor areas are decked out in rubber, with  simple decorative motives in both pool areas.

Lido Pool
Lido Pool

Your best bet to score a lounge chair on a sea day is the aft Lido Pool which has more seating available. One deck up there is an additional sun deck with many more lounge chairs, watched over by that giant red funnel.

Lido Pool Pavillion Pool
Lido Pool   Pavillion Pool

All the way forward on deck 11 is more open deck space. Appropriately named "Sports Deck", it features a full-sized tennis court with very limited sun deck space around it.

Pavillion Pool Sun Deck - 10 deck
Pavillion Pool   Aft sun deck - 10 deck
 

One of the most popular public rooms on Queen Mary 2 is the Winter Garden. And so Cunard wisely decided to incorporate a Winter Garden on their new Queen Victoria, too! Designed to be an integral part of the Pavilion pool deck, this Winter Garden has a sliding glass roof and is nothing short of wonderful.

Winter Garden
Winter Garden

With its semi-tropical feel and airy atmosphere it is the perfect garden lounge and automatically serves as a natural overflow for the nearby Lido Restaurant.

 

Taking up at least one third of the total length of the ship, Queen Victoria's Lido Restaurant is positively huge. The blue, cream and yellow color scheme is attractive, and so is the ultra-spacious setup of the serving stations.  

Lido Restaurant Lido Restaurant
Lido Restaurant   Lido Restaurant

We enjoyed lunch here and were quite pleased with the offerings. A slice of pizza, a fresh salad there. And in keeping with Cunard's British heritage, fish & chips and green peas were of course present as well. 

Lido Restaurant
Lido Restaurant
 

Located on decks 2 and 3 aft, the cavernous Britannia Restaurant holds almost 1,000 guests and serves meals in two seatings. 

Britannia Restaurant Britannia Restaurant
Britannia Restaurant   Britannia Restaurant

If you have seen Queen Mary 2's Britannia Restaurant, Queen Vic's counterpart turns out to be somewhat of a disappointment.

Britannia Restaurant
Britannia Restaurant

The color scheme is dark and while the two-deck high entrance is quite impressive, the aft part of the two-deck high room is a jungle of tables, chairs and serving stations.

     

 

Photos and text: 2007-2008 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on February 10, 2008

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