Friends have travelled on Cunard ships and recommended them, also sailing from Southampton fitted in with our life.
Have cruised before on two P&O ships so know the routine. Firstly check in was so easy, eating lunch just after 1pm, everything was so smooth. Cabin was on deck 4 aft, lovely and spacious and quiet (even though many people told us midships is the best) have found no difference in location!
Queen Elizabeth is very Art Deco and certainly a step up in fixtures, fittings & cleanliness from P&O (but again P&O served us well on a half world cruise and I not knocking them) but obviously you pay more on Cunard and probably expect more. Certainly the food served in the dining room or found in the buffet was outstanding & they totally catered for my wife being gluten/dairy free, not a single meal was disappointing.
Spacious, plenty of wardrobe area, comfortable bed, all perfect
Easy embarkation & disembarkation
Used hop on/off bus & walked a lot
Been Crete many times, held little interest
Lovely peaceful beach nearby and all day stop thoroughly relaxing
Walked around old town