We embarked on the Queen Elizabeth on for a cruise around the fjords and the northern cost of Norway. We only have experience of Cunard and only after the company was taken over by Carnival, however, our 10 year old son loves his holidays aboard and we have a great time too. If there is a downside it is that we do not see our son enough, as he spends as much time in the "Zone" as he is allowed.
As soon as we embarked we made our way to our cabin to which our luggage had already been delivered. Within a short while our cabin steward came to introduce herself (this is something that has happened on each of our cruises). We were warmly welcomed back on board.
The Britannia restaurant was everything we had hoped for - excellent (and plenty) food presented beautifully and served by friendly waiters. While our sommelier was rushed off his feet, his guidance was always worth following.
The "Zone" (children's area) was available between the hours of 9 - 12, 2 - 5 and 8 - midnight. Thank goodness it was close some of the time so we actually saw our son. The activities were well suited to his age and he enjoyed the company of the other children.
We didn't use any of the organised shore excursions, having undertaken a little research before we had travelled. Experience had taught us that these tend to be very expensive, so we undertook our own excursions and enjoyed the freedom those offered. The ports of call were excellent with plenty to see and do with the notable exception of Stavanger the Sunday after the Norway shootings. Understandably the food festival had been cancelled, leaving little to do. However we did not feel like being in the holiday mood while the country was in mourning. We visited the Cathedral, signed the book of condolences and returned to the ship.
Our stateroom was more than spacious enough for three people during the day, however the placing of our son's bed did limit access to the balcony at night - this was something we knew in advance and were able to work around.
How good was our cruise? We have booked to go again with the same cruise line. Enough said!