Queen Elizabeth Balcony (and Club) Room

Average
Editor's Balcony (and Club) Room rating
3.5
Jason Kerr
Managing editor
25 September 2020
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Queen Elizabeth facts

Cruise line:
Cunard
Name of ship:
Queen Elizabeth
Number of passengers:
2,081
Gripes:
Lack of inclusions.
Maiden voyage:
2010
Refurbished:
2018
Kids friendly:
Yes
What you'll love:
British traditions like afternoon tea and gin & tonic.

Review In Brief


The Queen Elizabeth Balcony room and the near identical Club Balcony room are cozy retreats at sea. Although modest in size, these cabins are bright and elegant. There is a queen sized bed, a sitting area and a small bathroom. As well as a balcony with outdoor furniture so you can enjoy the ocean views.


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Queen Elizabeth Balcony (and Club) Room Review


The Queen Elizabeth Balcony room is the most popular type of accommodation on board. Each one is elegant and comfortable, with an unmistakable Cunard style.

Indeed, the decor celebrates Cunard’s transatlantic history. Art deco-inspired pictures hang on the walls and the palette pops with royal blues and splashes of vibrant gold.

I think both the Balcony and Club Balcony rooms are a very good premium offering. They are both comfortable places to relax – especially on busy sea days.

A comfortable living space

Each of the Queen Elizabeth Balcony Rooms and Club Balcony Rooms are designed for easy-living.

Insiders tip: Club Balcony rooms have bigger balconies, but the inside space is identical.

The space has a combined sitting and sleeping area, with bedding that can be configured as a queen or twin-bed setup. On either side of the bed are night stands with handy drawers. There are also reading lamps, but sadly no bedside power or USB ports.

The sitting area has a small writing desk as well as a sofa which can best be described as ‘petit’. There is also a coffee table.

The sitting area in a Queen Elizabeth Balcony cabin.

The sofa has pleasant ocean views.

The small writing desk has one European and one U.K.  power outlet, as well as two U.S. outlets, but there is no USB charging slot. The writing desk doubles as a vanity area, with a hair-dryer cleverly hidden in a purpose-built drawer next to it. There are also tea and coffee making facilities and a mini bar.

The writing desk in a Queen Elizabeth Balcony cabin.

The combined writing desk and vanity area.

In addition, each room also has a large flat screen TV. However, it’s worth noting that it is not interactive.

Private balcony

The balcony offers wonderful views of the ocean. It has a set of reclining deck chairs and a cocktail table, although it has to be said there’s not much room to move owing to the narrowness of the standard balcony. On the other hand, Club rooms have significantly bigger balconies which are much better.

A Queen Elizabeth Balcony room balcony.

The balcony is narrow in standard (non-Club) rooms.

Small bathroom

There’s no getting away from the fact that the bathroom is small, and sadly it didn’t get much attention during the 2018 refurbishment. The shower itself is a tight squeeze with a curtain that somewhat unsuccessfully keeps water from spilling out onto the bathroom floor.

The bathroom in a Queen Elizabeth Balcony cabin.

The bathroom in a Queen Elizabeth Balcony room.

An overhead view of the bathroom vanity in a Balcony room.

An overhead view of the bathroom vanity.

Regrettably, storage space in the bathroom is also limited. Indeed, there is only a narrow stone vanity top and some small shelves. Thankfully, there is extra storage space underneath the vanity.

However, what the bathroom lacks in size it makes up for in style, thanks to top quality Quercus bath products by Penhaligons.

Storage space in the Queen Elizabeth Balcony & Club Balcony Rooms

The Queen Elizabeth Balcony Room has a large wardrobe with plenty of hanging space, as well as drawers and shelves. There’s also a full length mirror, ideal for checking yourself before Gala Evening. In addition here are handy coat hooks.

The closet in a Queen Elizabeth Balcony cabin.

The closet has lots of storage space.

Insiders tip: It’s worth noting that the wardrobe doors close with a bang, so take care if your partner is asleep.

In addition, there are deep drawers under the bed which are perfect for storing bulky items. Also, there is room to stow luggage underneath the bed.

Queen Elizabeth Balcony & Club Room floor plan

The layout of the Queen Elizabeth Balcony Room is typical for a premium cruise ship. There is a bedroom with a small sitting area and writing desk, as well as a private bathroom. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead on to the balcony.

Queen Elizabeth Balcony cabin floor plan.

The Balcony Stateroom floor plan.

Each Queen Elizabeth Balcony & Club Room is modest in size, with just 17.5 sq. m. / 188 sq. ft. of internal space. Balcony Rooms have a balcony measuring 3.7 sq. m. / 40 sq. ft. Club Balcony Rooms have a larger balcony, measuring 6.5 sq. m. / 70 sq. ft.

Balcony Stateroom positions on Queen Elizabeth

There are 568 Balcony Rooms and 42 Club Balcony Rooms on the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship. They are spread across the entire length of the vessel from decks 4 to 8.

There are a range of room categories which are located forward, midship and aft, as well as those with partially obstructed views. It Is important to note that the internal space of each of these staterooms is the same. Only the size of the balcony, the view and/or the stateroom positions vary.

Balcony room positions on Queen Elizabeth.


Balcony

  • BA – Midships, high on deck 5, 6, 7
  • BB – Midships, high on deck 5, 6, 7, 8
  • BC – Midships, high on decks 4, 8
  • BD – Aft, high on deck 5, 6, 7
  • BE – Forward and Aft, high on deck 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • BF – Forward, high on decks 4, 8

Balcony (partially obstructed)

  • CA – Midships, high on deck 5
  • CB – Midships, high on deck 4, 5

Club Balcony (larger balconies)

  • A1 – Midships, high on deck 7, 8
  • A2 – Midships, high on deck 8

Balcony Room amenities

Each Queen Elizabeth Balcony Room includes the following amenities:

  • Half a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival.
  • Fresh fruit on request.
  • 24-hour room service.
  • Nightly turndown service with chocolate.
  • Satellite TV (with multi-language films as well as music channels).
  • Direct-dial telephone.
  • Refrigerator.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities.
  • Hairdryer.
  • Safe.
  • Daily shipboard programme.
  • Bathrobe and slippers.
  • Penhaligon’s toiletries.
  • 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.
  • Dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Queen Elizabeth Club Balcony amenities

In addition to all of the above amenities, Queen Elizabeth Club Balcony Rooms include:

  • Sparkling wine on arrival.
  • Pillow concierge menu with up to 7 pillows to choose from.
  • Dining in the Britannia Club Restaurant.

The author sailed as a guest of Cunard.

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