The Commodore club is my favourite place on board, particularly prevdinner drinks. The service here was faultless across the week, with waiters remembering our drinks order night-after-night. However, it's certainly not cheap. I'm a gin and tonic drinker and the increase in price with a 1oz or 2oz pour was noticeable. Elsewhere on the ship, some staff made it clear they wouldn't charge for the tonic if we ordered a 2oz!
The Verandah, whilst pricey, was comparable to a fine dining restaurant in a major city. There were plenty of extras included in the price and I like the theatre of some the dishes. However, I noticed the on-board photographers have now found their way to the Veranadah and they particularly enjoyed interrupting our food for a picture! A firm 'no, we are not interested' sent them on their way.
The Carinthia Lounge remains a very popular spot on board but food offerings are now limited. Last year I can remember chefs working in the small kitchen serving some delicious small plates but now it's simply early morning pastries available and the odd cake for afternoon tea. The blinds were firmly shut for much of the day. Has anyone else noticed this?
All in all, it was another fantastic voyage and whilst I'm going to give it a break next year, I can easily see myself booking another voyage in the years to come. Happy to answer any questions about my recent experience.
And finally, we arrived on the day of the crossing but our plane was delayed for three hours, which meant we arrived at JFK at 2pm. We cleared security at 2.30pm and were then left waiting for a Cunard arranged transfer for two hours! I understand this is managed by Intercruises? and they were truly dreadful. Our transfer arrived at 4.30pm and we arrived at the ship at 5.30pm, handed in our passports and were rushed in via an alternative entrance. Never again will I fly in on the day of the cruise!