I chose a Transatlantic on the QM2 because I am loyal to the Cunard line. I also needed to visit England for a family matter so this seemed like a good option for me. I sailed in 1966 on the original Queen Mary. Although the new QM2 (and I sailed before the recent renovations in 2016) was much different in appearance somewhat different in customs it had the same luxurious feel. I traveled in January so it was especially quiet, not much sitting out on the deck then. As my title said, total relaxation. Some might refer to it as an Old Folks Home. not exactly but it does lack the circus like atmosphere of some of the "party boats." There is plenty to do but if you are looking for a miniature golf course, rock climbing walls, bungee jumping you won't find them on the QM2. However, there were plenty of other activities during the night and evening for adults, both free and for a small charge. (dance lessons free, water color lessons had a charge) I have read that some voyages now offer lessons in genealogy! I did choose the minimum internet package but would not do that again. I had an inside cabin on Deck 5, aft. I couldn't see the ocean so if that is what you want choose accordingly. I was only looking for a comfortable place to sleep so I could enjoy the ship during the day without spending a fortune. I ate dinner every night in the main dining room for Britania passengers. I sat at a table with a group of single travelers. Food was great for me. I didnt drink alcohol at the time so don't know how that worked. For lunch and breakfast I ate in the Kings Court buffet which was fine. THere were so many choices I don't know how anyone couldn't be pleased. the total experience might not for be for everyone but if its right for you- WOW. I'd do it in a minute but as a solo traveler, with the single supplement, it is a bit pricey. With a travel mate, my inside cabin was a bargain. (If I remember correctly, something like $699 plus tax and port charges.) I think it was a "guarantted cabin" which meant nothing to me at the time and didn't cause me any problems. Embarkation was easy, just follow their instructions. I sailed the voyage just after the last voyage in 2012 that had a norovirus outbreak. They handled that so well I was impressed. All it meant for us was that we left Brooklyn about 6 hrs later than we normally would have, so they could disinfect the ship. Norovirus was one reason why I had never cruised recently so I was quite nervous when I heard about this outbreak but no problem. they informed me by email what the change in nornal routine would involve. Getting off the ship was just as easy. Yes, it was boring but they have a very organized process. Otherwise it would be chaos. They also run buses to connect passengers with the two London airports and rail stations. I took the one to Pancreas (sp?) station because I was heading north. It cost $75 .Because it was transatlantic there were no shore excursions, just sea day after sea day with nothing to look at but the ocean which is gorgeous in the winter. I did not explore NYC before embarkation but I have read other reviews from people who explored Red Hook, Brooklyn and were pleased. That would be much easier than trekking into Manhattan. I don't have anything to compare my experience with as I have never cruised except for my two transatlantic (actually 3 as I sailed back and forth in 1966 which included a smaller Cunard liner) but I personally would never do anything but a transatlantic on Cunard. Wonderful memories were made both times. I didn't travel with children, so not sure what activities they have but I know they do have a children's center. Not too many children in January although i did see a family with two little girls dressed for dinner. Very cute!
Dont remember the cabin # or the exact category but it was on deck 5 towards the back of the ship. No porthole or view of the ocean. Very nicely decorated, very comfortable bed. Only a shower which was fine with me. Cant say much more about it as I was only looking for a comfortable quiet place to sleep. The only negatives were that it was close to the laundromat but that was ok during the night and I was only in the cabin a few minutes now and then throughout the day. THere was also some intermittent strange noise that sounded like a toilet flushing in the walls. When I first heard it I thought 'Uh oh, that might be a problem". I guess I adjusted because I didn't notice it after the first day. Ear plugs probably would have helped anyone bothered by light noise.