This was our first transatlantic cruise. This is one of the many "must do before I die" items on my hubby's list. We booked at a great price, which included an upgrade from an inside cabin to a balcony cabin and included airfare from London as well.
We booked our cruise 5 days before sailing, so we only had a "cabin guarantee", which meant we didn't know exactly what cabin we would be in. We flew from Orlando to NY and were met by Cunard reps at the airport and transported by bus to the ship. Once we were able to determine what cabin we were assigned to (after a small bit of confusion), embarkation was quick and efficient. We booked our Anniversary dinner reservation at Todd English just as we boarded the ship.
Every crew member we encountered as we boarded was extremely polite and pleasant. We found our cabin and were pleasantly surprised at the size and amenities provided. We were greeted with a chilled bottle of champagne in our cabin, and we toasted our departure from NY! Contrary to several reviews our "hull balcony" was just fine and the room was bright and spacious. Our room steward, Greg, was accommodating and efficient. He brought us a champagne bucket for the couple of bottles that we brought onboard and kept if full of ice throughout the cruise. It seems we were one of the very few passengers on our first transatlantic crossing.
Every single person we met throughout the crossing were experienced cruisers and world travelers. Even though we have been on 10 previous cruises(Caribbean) we felt like "newbies". We met so many wonderful and interesting people on this cruise. Not one of them "snobby" as we had feared.
The ship is absolutely gorgeous! Since we have not been on QE2, we had nothing to compare it to, but we love this ship. The ballroom is large and beautiful, the Britannia dining room lovely, the English pub fun and inviting...they even have a planetarium! We had so much fun exploring!
We only went to three shows..but they were very good. We went to afternoon tea each day...veddy veddy nice! Both my hubby and I won at bingo, we had fun in the casino, and even renewed our wedding vows! We ate fish and chips and drank Guinness and played trivia and sang along to Karaoke in the pub! We had a ball!
The food in the Britannia was very good...Todd English was excellent-they even gave us an anniversary cake! And the Chefs Galley was a really fun experience!
The "gym" was well equipped and I did the treadmill each day...even when the ship was rolling quite a bit and I felt like I was walking up and down hills! Disembarkation took a little while, but overall was on par with other cruises we have taken.
We booked transportation onboard to London, where we spent 5 days. We Pricelined a hotel and ended up staying at the Capthorn Tara. It was very nice. We met up with some of our English friends who came to London for a few days. London is VERY EXPENSIVE! We went to two shows and the cab ride was 20pounds($40) each way! Food was extremely expensive as well. Typical lunch with a "brew"- $40.
Overall though, we had a wonderful time...loved the QM2! It was a trip of a lifetime, and would not hesitate to do it all over again!