We recently (3/3/2015) returned from a 22 day cruise on the Cunard Queen Elizabeth (QE) . The cruise was the San Francisco to Sidney, Australia segment of their around the world cruise. We truly expected to enjoy the ultimate in cruises but experienced one that was well below average. Actually it was the WORST cruise we have experienced. Based on this experience, we will never, ever go on a Cunard cruise again and strongly suggest all Americans to do the same.
It started off very well with a very smooth, efficient and expeditious embarkation and from there it was downhill. There was no "Welcome Aboard" refreshment nor a warm or cold hand towel. The public spaces are beautifully decorated and maintained in a 1920's Art Deco style with the company's attitude and philosophy to match. You are assigned a dining room based on the fare that you paid for your room, with the bulk of the passengers assigned to the main dining room. There are areas of the ship that us peons are not allowed to enter. Right from the beginning you feel like a second class citizen. To add to this feeling, some of those passengers doing the entire round the world cruise seemed to look down on those of us that were only doing a segment of the entire cruise.
Then onto the room, which was smaller then other cruise lines of comparable category (veranda) rooms. This provided less cabinet and drawer space. For a 3+ week cruise storage space is important. What was strikingly evident was the gross lack of amenities found compared to most other cruise lines. There were no flowers, fruit baskets, clocks, binoculars, umbrellas, beach bags, shoe shine kits, sewing kits and interactive TV. The beds for some reason seemed to cause a number of people back ache problems, our selves included. The ship was kept very cold by US standards which led to more then half of the passengers coming down with upper respiratory problems. My wife is now recovering from full blown pneumonia.