We wanted to do a transatlantic crossing on a real ocean liner and the QM2 is probably the only benchmark for that kind of travel. The passengers were dominated by the average age well north of late 60's; 40% Brit 40% US.
Overall, enjoyable but must agree with others who have critical comments about food/service in Britannia and Kings court.
-Ship and quarters were clean/well maintained. Crew that was encountered were polite and helpful -very positive interaction.
- The “only shipboard planetarium on the high seas" was marketed/hyped but was a great disappointment- it showed National Geographic videos on outer space!
- Gym small and crowded
- Britannia offered entrees in English style - overcooked, under seasoned with slow service in a crowded noisy venue.
- Kings Court had a wide enough array and passable quality of foods to meet most desires...food is often like a New Jersey diner/local restaurant. A variety of salads, breads, desserts. As in in the Britannia dining room, some foods (e.g., beef roast, prime rib, pork roast) were British overcooked and English breakfast items were traditional -runny eggs, watery oatmeal. However, the many alternative breakfast items can make up for the blah stuff. At peak times it can be very crowded. (and watch out for the many walkers, canes and the like!) The “ice cream” available was a machine with frozen mix soft serve that tasted like what it was.
- The Golden Lion “pub” had good pub food and atmosphere- but very crowded, slow service at lunch. (one day it took 10 minutes for a drink order, 15 minutes to order lunch, and another 20 minutes to be served)
Internet service is very slow satellite and expensive ( 75 cents/minute-but packages- $49 up are available). It took 3-4 minutes just to update email with no outbox items/downloads/surfing.
Clean, well kept- no issues with the accommodations - got what was advertised and it was fine