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Queen Isabel Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Disappointing-- not luxury

Queen Isabel Cruise Review by Gloria!!

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2017
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom with Window

Wanted to see the Douro River and Portugal. Chose this ship because it was small and reviews were good. It was lacking in many things: bathroom had black mold and smelled. Ship needs renovation. Even smelled like diesel fuel at times.

Front desk was unfriendly and unhelpful. Food was hit and miss -- some meals weren't even hot! Had two very disappointing dinners -- the dining room staff did try to make it up by bringing me chocolate covered strawberries.

The cruise director did not speak English well-- pronounced with Portuguese sounds. He was not especially friendly and did not explain things well. His projector with pictures of what we would see tomorrow seemed silly-- want to see it in person first! Wasted time instead of explaining times of tours, etc. in a clearer way.

Piano player was good. Only a couple of nights of other entertainment.

Tours were average- some interesting, some not.

On the plus side: The dining room and lounge staff were super nice, friendly, helpful.

Tour guides were good (in Lisbon and the tours off the ship).

Bottom line: don't expect personal service and excellent food even though it is such a small ship and it is NOT a luxury boutique like they claim.

Intercontinental in Lisbon was nice-- but only one restaurant in the large hotel. First night had to have dinner in bar because didn't know to make reservations.

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Cabin Review

Outside Stateroom with Window

Cabin bathroom needs total redo.

Average small cabin.

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