We have just returned from an Eastbound transatlantic cruise on the QM2, having left New York 45 minutes before the port was closed ahead of Hurricane (Storm) Sandy.
First the good news - if you want to ride out force 11 weather (80mph + winds and big seas) you cannot do better than the QM2. With all the turmoil of leaving New York we settled down to a very civilised dinner, with just a bit of rolling motion - unlike the poor souls we had left behind who were soon to suffer the full effects of the terrible storm.
This was our second trip on QM2, having done a back-to-back transatlantic in 2011. We flew out on this occassion (flights and hotel with Cunard) and had a 'guarantee' A grade balcony. The flight with American Airlines was fine - not as good as BA or Virgin but perfectly acceptable. We were meant to have a transfer from JFK airport to our Hotel (Marriott), but along with several other couples we were left stranded. Only after enlisting the help of various 'travellers aid' reps at the airport, a Cunard bus was eventually tracked down (90 minutes late - and with no hint of apology).