We have been on 4 previous Transatlantic voyages and as we suddenly found we had a week available we made a late booking with Cunard. Cabin selection was limited and we ended up with a midships deck 8, obstructed balcony that was fine for a Transatlantic crossing. Cunard could only offer us BA London to New York (our least favourite airline) so we opted to do our own flights. Travelled with Norwegian on the day of the voyage. A bit worrying as if you are late they do not wait for you as you have arranged your own travel. However, left LGW 1/2hr late at 6am, arrived JFK on time at 0830am and through immigration by 9am (May 2017 3 hrs at Newark). 5 minute wait for our previously arranged Limo and at the cruise terminal by 1030am. Straight through security and a 45 minute wait for check in to open (3hr queue June 2015). At 12noon wheelchairs were called forward and we were on-board and having lunch by 1230. Best embarkation ever.
Second sitting in the Britannia and found we were next to the waiters pantry, but were moved immediately we made a request. Tried a bottle of wine at dinner, $30 plus 15%, greatly overpriced, possibly £5 in Waitrose, and did not go there again. If they made it a more realistic price I'm sure they would sell more.
Shows were generally good. I am not into magicians but on the last night the magician was exceptional, well worth going. I felt that the daytime lectures were very slanted and not to my taste but there is always something to do so no problem.