We travelled on Queen Mary 2 from Southampton to Rio, via New York, Fort Lauderdale, Amber Cove, Barbados and Salvador, from January to February 2016. The ship then carried on with her World Cruise.
We thought the ship was mostly excellent throughout, although there were one or two worn areas of carpet and a cracked tile or two in the bathroom.
The ship is due to go to Hamburg for work, when she returns from the World Cruise in May 2016, so maybe these tired areas will be improved then.
We had an outside cabin, (number 6009, near the bow on the starboard side), which was very spacious and clearly intended for disabled people, judging by the folding arms and supports in the bathroom. It had a single porthole and was furnished comfortably but not luxuriously. It did not have a balcony. The 2 single beds had been joined up, giving a very comfortable, 6ft wide bed. The steward was excellent, as most of them are.
Being almost at the front end of the ship, it was very quiet, with hardly any traffic passing the door.
We recommend this cabin to anyone who doesn't require a balcony.
Boarded ship here.
They've spent a lot on the terminal, to make it attractive, but there isn't much of interest inland.
We'd already seen the Everglades, so stayed in Ft Lauderdale, which is just another American city. It was okay, but we can walk around a shopping mall anywhere.