Truly Formal Nights: Cunard has the most formal evening dress code (two or three nights of the sailing) on the high seas, a delight for those who like to dress up for an evening of dancing to a big band. Sure, it isn't white tie or black tie; it's black tie optional, which means (at minimum) dark suits and cocktail-length dresses. But, unlike on other lines, about 90 percent of the passengers comply, creating an unusually elegant atmosphere.
Golden Lion Pub: You’ll quickly see why this traditional English pub is a crowd favorite. Order the fish and chips and wash it down with a pint. Plus, with soccer matches roaring on screen and daily trivia games, it’s a great spot to meet other passengers.
Recent Refurbishments: Queen Mary 2 emerged from a major makeover in 2016 looking fresh: the new Carinthia Lounge was an instant hit for live music in the evening and small bites during the day; the new French specialty restaurant, the Verandah, is well worth the $35 fee; and there are new single cabins for solo travelers.
The Best Libraries: Home to 8,000 books, Queen Mary 2 has the largest book collection at sea. There are professional librarians in attendance, and the space offers wonderful views of the ocean from comfy reading chairs. In addition, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria both have two-level libraries.