We have cruised many different cruise lines, but have never done a transatlantic. We took the QM2 home after a week in Europe. In all, it was a lovely, relaxing voyage. We stayed in an inside cabin, as that was the cheapest alternative and there was nothing to see but water outside, anyway. Dining in the Britannia restaurant was excellent. Staff were very attentive, it was a first for our teen daughters to see a female waiter and sommelier. Food in the King's Court area was not as varied as we've had on other cruise lines, but there was plenty of it, and it was hot and well prepared. Unlike others on this forum, we found the seating in Kings Court to be plentiful, with the only problem being that the area is so large that it is easy to get lost and then not find your family again when one wanders away.
Our cabin was small, but comfortable. Beds were some of the best we've had on a cruise. Entertainment was not so hot when compared to other ships, but there was lots to do--we went to daily quizzes, took lessons on how to play bridge, attended some of the lectures, read books on deck, etc. We are cerebral sorts that like that sort of thing. Public rooms were clean and neat. Of all the cruise lines we've sailed on, this was the least "sellsellsell" on the part of the cruise line--shops were small, art and jewelry dealers were there if you wanted to stop by, photographer was not in your face. We didn't use any shore excursions, so I didn't rate that. We got an excellent deal for our inside cabin, but I believe that our voyage was sold out so I wouldn't wait to try to grab a last minute ticket for a summer crossing.
Unlike others on this forum, we had absolutely NO problem with embarkation in Southampton. The whole process, from taxi drop off to arrival in our cabin was about half an hour. Debarkation in New York took a bit longer, Cunard did not leave the best instructions for those of us who wanted to self disembark, so there was a bit of confusion there. Still, the whole process, from leaving our cabin until catching a taxi at the terminal (of which there were plenty), was about an hour and a half.
Fairly small but very comfortable. Two doors down from the (free) laundry facilities, which I had worried about before the cruise, but which was no problem in terms of noise. The cabin was a bit to the rear of the ship, which allowed for some feeling of ocean movement and some engine noise. At night, it was possible to hear the band/DJ from one of the bars, not sure which one. All in all, I'd choose this cabin again.
excellent, very fast, our luggage arrived to the cabin at the same time as we did.