To begin, this experience was top notch from the moment we landed in New York to our arrival back at the Heathrow airport 6 days later.Cunard gets top marks for efficiency. The transfers to and from the airports worked like clockwork. Embarcation was fast and courteous, we were in our cabin by 12:20 and having lunch in King's Court 10 minutes later. By 1:30 all of our bags had arrived and our room stewardess had introduced herself. Our cabin was booked as"obstructed view" but we lucked out on this too. 8059 is between the lifeboats so we had an excellent view of the ocean. Our table in the Britiannia was #262 on the balcony overlooking the Commodore's table an excellent location for people watching. We were assigned a table for 6 and our dinner companions were very agreeable ( a fellow Canadian lady travelling alone, an American couple with whom we agreed early on not to discuss politics and a very charming well travelled lady now living in NYC but who is actually a world traveller). The food was a cut above what we had experienced on cruise ships and the portions were reasonable not enormous. We had dinner one evening at Todd English and while the room itself is very impressive I didn't find the food that much more enjoyable than the dining room. The shows in the "Planetarium" were worth seeing albiet somewhat short.The library is really impressive over 8000 books and big comfortable chairs overlooking the bow of the ship.
The English Pub lunches are not to be missed and the afternoon tea service is really worth experiencing although the same scones and teacakes are served up on deck 7 in the King's Court, it's not quite the same as being served with a quartet of musicians and white gloved waiters. Although the pool areas are spacious and lounge chairs are abundant we spent more time on our balcony than on deck. Somethig we noticed right away was how quiet this ship is. Never heard noise from hallways or other cabins and could hardly detect the sound of the engines. Two minor criticisms, the internet is very sloooow and I wished they had small teapots in the King's Court (as a tea drinker, I hate tea bags in a cup)However those are petty annoyances compared to the overall first class experience.