As seasonal cruisers, we decided on the Cunard Queen Victoria due to its wonderful itinerary to the French Polynesian Islands plus Australia and New Zealand. We had not visited these ports before. I was a bit leery that the ambience on the ship would be too stuffy and too formal but it was not as formal as I had envisioned.
We had a rough beginning since we were due to embark in LA on the 17th of February but our flight was cancelled on Southwest due to inclement weather both in NYC and our layover city. Many flights had been cancelled the previous day(s) as well and they were catching up with getting people out who had been stranded due to the inclement weather. Even though we knew our flight had been cancelled, we went to the airport and tried to get on standby, to no avail and decided to join our cruise at the next port, two days later, in San Francisco. We had better luck on that day getting out but the unfortunate thing was we did not get to see San Francisco again since we had been there in the past on a separate "land" trip we had done. Oh well.
To our surprise, we had been upgraded to a higher deck (from 6 to 8) and a bigger room - we always go inside cabin unless we can get a better room for not much more than the inside rate. Wonderful, I thought! Since we arrived late afternoon - 2:30-3 p.m., embarkation was a total breeze! Never had we experienced such an easy embarkation process. There were two couples ahead of us filling out their health forms. No lines, no hassles. When we arrived at our stateroom, we found a bottle of champagne in a bucket of ice with two flutes waiting for us! Alrighty, I thought, this is very classy!
Nice, clean and comfortable. Many pillows available - sheets were always changed and clean!
Visited with family stationed there; walked on Waikiki beach, had a great pina colada on the beach - great experience! Beautiful port - had cruised there 11 years ago for my 50th birthday!