There are no bells and whistles like water slides or skating rinks on the QM2. But there is ball room dancing with a live band every evening, a show every night in the large theater, a jazz trio in the bar, piano players in the lounges, and an oldies band in the late night club. Definitely an older crowd. But there is a full children's area and teen lounge, both well supervised. Even the only dog kennel at sea. Also the largest library at sea with a full time librarian. And a planetarium that doubles as the movie theater.
Food in Britannia left much to be desired. The dining room is beautiful and service was top notch. But the up charge for specialty dining was well worth the cost. Verandah was like a top NYC steak house. We were especially impressed with the cheese trolley rolled to our table with perfectly aged selections from England, Ireland and France. The specialty dining, Bamboo and Piazza was also a big step up from the food in Britannia and the atmosphere was quiet and elegant, nothing like the Kings Court buffet even though it was next door. If you don't mind the crowds in the buffet, the selection and quality was always very good. There is also a small room next to the specialty dining called the Chefs Table with fresh pasta and pizza every evening. Good for picky eaters or anyone wanting a small meal in a much quieter atmosphere than the buffet.
About half the people cruising were from England. If your idea of a good vacation is the chance to have a quiet conversation with people from other countries, a drink before or after dinner in an elegant lounge, a little dancing and maybe catching up on a good book, then I recommend the QM2.
Our BF stateroom had a nice sized balcony, unobstructed. I do not recommend the obstructed balcony. The life boats completely block the view. You want the view more than the fresh air. There are very comfortable chaises on the promenade deck for that. Our cabin was right next to the life boats. It blocked the left side view a little. But we did not mind.
Embarkation was standing in line for more than an hour. No chairs except for those needing help boarding.
Our favorite port of the cruise. Tenders were large and boarding was effortless. Seats on top in nice weather. There are no ubers in Bar Harbor. But there is a free shuttle that goes everywhere in the park except up Cadillac Mountain.
We took a long walk along the shore to the trading post and stopped for poutine right outside the entrance. There are lots of cabs here and we took one back to the ship for CAD$12. People are friendly and helpful in Corner Brook and it was interesting to learn about the Innut people.
Charming and historic town. But very commercialized. We booked the Orleans Food and Wine Tour on Viatour. Highly recommend. Orleans is very scenic and the stops to sample chocolate, wine, cider and cassis were excellent.