Being seasoned cruisers we should have known better than to book a two week cruise, comprising of 13 sea days, 6 hours in New York, and Transatlantic crossing in mid November! Before the sea legs had even been unpacked we found ourselves in Force 12 winds, extremely rough seas and a horrid corkscrewing motion on the ship - most of all in our 'upgraded' cabin on Deck 11 and just back from the bridge. Some three days were lost to the mal de mer before I started to even get to know what the ship had to offer.
This was our first Cunard cruise and we were anxious to judge for ourselves if the QM2 was as superior as we had been led to believe. Whilst we found her extremely spacious, I public rooms and our cabin, we really could not find anything which puts her above and beyond the many other lovely cruise ships on which we have sailed. When they do a major refit - will someone please remove the stupid raised reception area on Deck 2 of the Britannia Restaurant. Where is the sense in walking up five stairs to be paired with a waiter to take you down five stairs to your table?? As I use a mobility aid that meant using a side entrance and waiting to attract the eye of someone - anyone - before the will to live was lost. Bad design!
The 'Transatlantic both way crossing in November' experience will not be repeated, but if the itinerary suits us, we may sail QM2 again, or maybe try another Cunard ship.
Spacious cabin but if you want to fit your clothes in the wardrobes, pack on wire hangers and remove their large chunky ones. You will need to anyway in the small wardrobe as the rail runs front to back with rings fitted into a slide forward/back rail. You will have to hook hanger hooks into the rings. Lots of lovely cupboard/shelf space in the tiny bathroom. Never managed to get a shower any time of day without getting sudden cold or hot water.