We have just returned from the "Royal Circumnavigation of Australia" which is part of the world voyage, the main attraction was being able to board and disembark in our home city, no air travel required and we could take as much luggage as we wanted.
Check in went smooth and we were in our suite in 30 minutes from arriving, we had a Q5 midships and the suite size was fantastic, huge amount of storage, plenty of hangers, the furnishing were very good.
The fridge was stocked with what we required, these were replenished as used, a fruit basket with a great selection always kept freshly replaced. The cabin staff were exceptional in looking after us.
We dined in the Queens Grill restaurant and the food and service were flawless, we were able to order items that were not even on the menu and if we were wanting something more complicated you just needed to give them a days notice, nothing was too much trouble.
The wine list was good but not overly extensive with a good range of pricing to suit most meals. The sommelier was very knowledgeable, quickly understood our likes and never tried to push us to purchase.
The ship herself looked and felt very good, only minor areas of wear, it was spotlessly clean and well maintained.
The shops were a little disappointing, the Cunard outlet was sold out of most clothing items in the regular size range, full of lots of what i would call "junk" items and very little in middle to high quality memorabilia, there was nothing for sale that was related to the Circumnavigation of Australia, this was very disappointing given the hype from Cunard re this voyage.
This is the third time we have been on QM2, the previous times have been in the Princess Grill in a P1 suite, this ship has again exceeded our expectations.
One of the main attractions is the fact most people on board enjoy dressing for dinner as per the theme for each night, the formal and semi formal nights are when this ship shines inside and out.
The entertainment was good overall, the main dance/singing shows were spectacular, the costumes were equal to any show I have seen, some of the pianists playing in the bar areas should not have been singing.
Prices for all types of drinks was very reasonable, we ate at Todd English one night the food was good but certainly no better than what was in the Grills Restaurant, we were not inclined to go back.
I would still highly recommend this ship if you are after a relaxed, refined experience, you will want for nothing and they do seem to deliver the "White Star Service" that sets this ship apart from the others.