This was probably the best cruise we've taken in the 30 years that we've been cruising. The ship, service and ambiance was excellent. I was a bit leary in booking this cruise because of all the past negative reviews on this website however there was very little that I could fault the cruise line for.
We embarked in Ft. Lauderdale. Got to the port around noon and had to wait an hour and a half to board. Only three Cunard people to check the guests in. Once onboard we went to our cabin and had a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us! We were automatically upgraded to an A1 category balcony. At first I was furious, because this cabin was at the very front of the ship and I feared that we'd feel the constant movement and pitching of the ship. Not the case at all. Very smooth and quiet cabin. The cabin felt much more luxurious than the Queen Mary 2 cabin we'd had a couple of years ago.
We cruised to New York, let off hundreds of passengers, loaded up many more and continued on to South Hampton. The service onboard was impeccable! Our cabin steward Melanie, was excellent and always had a smile on her face. She kept our cabin spotless and didn't seem to mind that we showered twice if not three times a day!
The first night we were escorted to a dining table for four. I'd requested a table for two, however it apparently wasn't available. Upon arrival in New York, they switched us to a table for two. The food was excellent. Every evening, every choice we ordered was great. One night we tried the buffet, which was almost empty, however the food was equally as good. We never did go to the Verandah, because the dining room food was excellent.
Entertainment consisted of lectures during the day. Evening shows with the Cunard dancers were way above what Celebrity and Norweigen had to offer. One afternoon there was a guest talent show. Afternoon tea served every day. We had four formal nights. Very much an older clientele. Lots of wheel chairs, canes, etc. We are mid fifties and felt like we were among the youngest - fine with me!
The only drawback to our cruise was the Golden Lion Pub. On two occasions, the waitress did not bring our seapass card back to us. She'd given it out to someone else and they proceeded to use it in the shopping arcade. However, when we brought it to the attention of the pursers office, they removed the false charges quickly from our bill.
We cannot wait to take another Cunard cruise. We'd gone on the Queen Mary 2 a couple of years ago, however the Queen Elizabeth was so much better in many respects. Another great cruise.....