Cruising on Queen Victoria

24th June 2009, 06:54
I just returned from a 14 day cruise on QUEEN VICTORIA that began and ended in Southampton. It was called "Baltic Splendors" and called at Zeebrugge, Bremerhaven, Kristiansand, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Goteborg.
As we left Southampton on May 27, 2009 the INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS was leaving port at the same time and passed in front of QUEEN VICTORIA. Both ships cruised majestically down the Solent. QUEEN VICTORIA still looks like a ship but INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS looks like a SoHo New York City condominium placed on a ship's keel.
For part of the cruise we sailed in company with P&O Lines VENTURA that called on many of the same ports (another condominium on a keel).
At many ports QUEEN VICTORIA docked in container ports so there was lots of shipping activity in every direction. The ship is very elegant and the atmosphere is heightened by Cunard's dress code that requires formal, semi-formal or elegant casual clothing in public spaces after 6:00 p.m.
The visit to Goteborg was QUEEN VICTORIA'S inaugural visit to that port so a marching band played on the dock as the ship left the port and the ships whistle made three long blasts. Really cool!

24th June 2009, 22:17
So glad you enjoyed your cruise. I agree about Independence of the Seas. Nice to hear than Queen Victoria is keeping with tradition.