| Cunard Queen Victoria 2017
Canaries Christmas Voyage
This is the area where we are collecting a picture gallery, in particular, of views and food round the ship which adds to the general introduction. In due course it will be used to update the introduction. The Queen Victoria is now 10 years old and has just had a refit which made some major changes making her much more like the Queen Elizabeth. The whole shape of the stern has been changed with the addition of extra cabins into the new near vertical stern. This also increases the size of the rear deck for loungers considerably. Internally the current Chart Room was changed into the new Britannia Club Restaurant like on the Queen Elizabeth. We found the Britannia Club Restaurant excellent and hare looking at possibilities to upgrade some of our shorter future cruises although the dedicated cabins are on 8 deck and suffer from noise penetration from the Lido Restaurant, Garden Lounge and Deck areas above and also have an overhang from the projecting deck 9 over many cabins which cuts off the view and sun from the recessed cabins like we had - not a problem in winter but a serious problem in those cabins in summer.
The other major change which occurred recently has been in the Verandah Restaurant. The verandah was a huge improvement over Todd English which the QM2 and Victoria both started with. The food in the Verandah changed little for many years with both an A la Carte and Degustation menu in the evenings. The Degustation was excellent value at $35 for ~7 courses depending how one counted. This has now changed to a single fixed price 7 course menu in the evenings at $49, similar to the degustation menu but with more but less exciting choices - for example the pigeon in chocolate and hot Fois Gras have disappeared, as has the trio of sweets. The increase in price was initially too much for many people and the restaurant has seemed relatively quiet in the evenings. This was addressed on the last World Voyage by the addition of a intermediate and very restricted 'Discovery' menu at $35 and the concession that the Diamond World Club lunch voucher can also be used towards a dinner, we do not know if this will be continued on the next Grand Voyage. The 'New Veranda' no longer claims to be French sourced in France now it is inspired by French and Spanish Mediterranean and certainly the cheese is a pale imitation of what is was a few years ago and certainly not sourced in France. It is clear that Zimmermann's vision of a Michelin Star at sea has sunk without trace. That said it is nice to have a change and one gets a very pleasant meal.
Although we did not have time to sample it on this cruise we have to mention that there is also 'Alternate Dinning' in the Lido. TThe 'themes' are periodically updated. Currently the themes are: Bamboo (Pan Asian), Coriander (Indian), Aztec (Mexican), La Piazza (Italian and Smokehouse (American comfort) which run in a typical sequence with four days of each then a change.
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Content revised: 4th January, 2018