Just returned from three back to back cruises aboard QM2.....two across the Atlantic and one from New York to the Caribbean. I fine it hard to fault any aspect of the total package that they offer, as its level of quality and service almost harkens back to a bygone age. Throughout the 27 days the consistent level of service from the whole crew was exceptional; be it the cabin steward, the bar staff, the waiters or the sommeliers. In addition the quality of the food in all restaurants we visited was of the highest level. We were in the standard Britannia restaurant but ate out at the alternative dining Verandah, were invited for one meal in Queens Grill and also ate several times in the Kings Court buffet. All were of the highest level and it is worth mentioning the superb work achieved by the Maitre d's of each of these. In the Britannia, Atilla is totally on top of everything, as is Luis in the Verandah and Osman in the Queens Grill and the same is so with the sommeliers, under the masterful control of Domino De Four. In my view, The Verandah is at least one star Michelin Level both in terms of the food and the service and our one meal in the Queens Grill was also superb. Equally the new re mastered Carinthia Lounge is a superb venue and their snack breakfasts and lunches are wonderful innovations.
Add to the above a host of thought provoking speakers including Jane Corben from Panorama, the superb historian Joshua Levine and one of President Bush's senior staff plus entertainment such as water colour painting, some outstanding wine tastings, fencing and the superb team from RADA and you have some really good things to do when crossing the 'Pond'.
In the evenings the pick of the acts were Phillipa Healey and The MacDonald Brothers and in addition such recent films as Dunkirk and Churchill were being shown. Thankfully also Cunard do have proper standards of dress and behaviour plus they do not sell 'booze' packages and so there were no examples of drunken goings on, now so prevalent on such as P&O and Celebrity.
Finally a word about the shore excursions.....we went on four and all of them were fantastic with great guides. Yes with Cunard you pay a realistic price for realistic quality and you need to like a level of formality. If either disturbs you then they are the wrong line for you but certainly as far as I am concerned they produced a level of service, quality and value for money that I regarded as exceptional.
Super cabin on deck 11 aft with walk in shower, nice balcony and adequate storage space.