After much research we decided on the East-Bound Trans-Atlantic crossing, main reasons...found a very good fly/stay/cruise package at a great price. Also the Atlantic one place guaranteed not to get a Blackberry signal...so the bliss of complete relaxation.
We did approach the trip with some trepidation, because of the formal aspect but in some ways this made the trip somewhat special the chance to dress up and not look out of place.
One thing we did do was to use the White Star Service and sent all our formal attire so that it was awaiting us in our cabin when we boarded, this meant we had to drag very little with us on the flights over. Yes quite expensive but well worth the cost.
Embarkation in Brooklyn was very efficient as expected and from arrival at the terminal to cabin took about 30 mins total.
The cabin was on deck 6 and had a good sea view. The cabin was roomy and well enough appointed to cater for the two of us. A half bottle of sparkling wine gratis to welcome us. There was plenty of room for all storage.
Our Cabin Steward Greg was superb, he was attentive, nothing too much trouble and un-obtrusive.
At all times we found all staff extremely polite.
QM2...we found exceeded our expectations and is appointed to 5 * standard in all areas.
Food was to a high standard and to be truthful better than we were expecting. We took late sitting in the Britannia Restaurant, and found that at no times were we rushed, and still had plenty of time to attend the myriad of entertainment provided.
Staff in the restaurant were again superb,Richard our waiter for the duration was outstanding.
In general, we found plenty to do during the 6 day crossing, Planetarium, Cinema,show, performance from the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Quartet.
In fact you could do as much or as little as you want.
Music venues and choices diverse, Disco, Big Band, Jazz, super Caribbean Band "Vybes" you requested it the played it.
Bars plenty of choice.
We didn't find the formality a problem, 2 informal nights (Jacket no tie) 3 formal night (Black Tie) 1 semi formal (Jacket + tie) in fact it was nice to dress up.
All in all a wonderful experience, we are already discussing repeating this trip in 2009, hopefully friends will accompany us...and I can see why people become Cunard "Junkies"