We booked this cruise to take my elderly mother on a special holiday and we weren't disappointed. The whole experience met or exceeded all expectations.
Our two adjacent A6 balcony staterooms were very smartly fitted out, and the balconies were larger than I anticipated - given the unusually warm October, we were able to make good use of them. Throughout our trip, the steward did a great job of keeping the cabins clean and tidy, and we made good us of the free room service breakfast.
The ship itself is beautifully and stylishly finished. It is a matter of taste of course, and others might prefer more in the way of facilities and less in the way of style, but the Queen Elizabeth approach suited us perfectly. A remarkable thing about the ship is its ability to absorb people - it never felt crowded and there was always somewhere to relax and enjoy a drink. We enjoyed too the way the dress code made the trip feel more special - it was noticeable that there were a lot of younger passengers on the ship (as it was half term) and they too seemed to enjoy the opportunity to dress up.
Eating in the gorgeous surroundings of the Britannia restaurant was a good experience. The menu choices were well thought out and the quality good. The service though really made the event - our table was served by an outstanding team - unfailingly warm, friendly, efficient and considerate.
We took advantage of the entertainment on board. One of the shows was a bit mediocre, but that was more than made up for by the two performances by Allan Stewart, who is one of the best and funniest comedians/impressionists I have ever seen anywhere. Absolutely brilliant.
Negatives? The only real gripe was actually some other passengers. Most were a delight but a few seemed to spend their entire cruise looking for things to complain about and then doing so loudly to anyone who was unfortunate enough to be in the vicinity. These were without exception older passengers and they were perhaps wishing the QE to be a 1930s ocean liner - it isn't and it isn't going to be for Â£600 a head on a five day cruise. It is, however, a beautiful and well designed ship with a great crew. We're hooked and have already booked another trip, this time with our late-teenage children.