Many reviews already exist on the Queen Elizabeth's Eastern Med sailings for 2013. I will not repeat what others have said to the best of my ability, and only emphasize things I believe others may want to know. This was our 4th Cunard cruise, but all the others were on QM2. We sail the most on Holland America, and Princess in the past, and have done over 20 cruises.
This cruise started in Venice on October 29 and ended in Rome on November 9. The weather was fantastic througout, with temps most days around 24C. We were met at the airport just after 10 am by a bevy of Cunard reps and directed to stand with a growing group of fellow passengers. We had to stand there for too long a time considering we had been on a plane all night, with no further communication from the Cunard reps as to what was happening . But then finally we got on the coach and off we went. Embarkation was very quick and we were in our stateroom by 12:05.
The stateroom was about the largest regular balcony cabin we had ever enjoyed. It seemed about 10 inches wider than most, which provides a lot more room to get by the foot of the bed, and past the sofa and desk to get to the balcony, which was also larger than normal. It was a BA category. We did a Guarantee on a CA and were very happy with this upgrade. Storage was also ample, with no shortage of hangers. My only quibble would be the shower, which was tiny. Thge bed was very comfortable. Our cabin steward was Joy, who provided excellent and unobtrusive service. This cabin is directly below the Lido restaurant, but I never heard any noise from above.