A few minutes after reading the poor review on cruisecritic about the QE2 November trip, I found in the same site's message boards a very different view..
RJMS74: "Despite an embarkation fiasco from hell & a seven hour delay & poor weather with force 10 conditions the ship I had a great cruise with food & service in the Queens Grill 2nd to none! Cannot wait to return next year."
CUNARDQUEEN: "but in general after 9 trips and in Mauretania (steerage) the whole ship was looking great, personally it was the best cruise yet, great service all over and a great choice of food, breakfast seems to be a very busy in the lido each day, but the mauretania really excelled herself, no complaints at all....Couple of minor points, Afternoon tea in the Queens Room at sea was always packed, you need to be there before 4pm other wise forget it...In spite of the minor complaints, she's still a grand lady and can still shift when she needs to 26kts one day , bit worn at the edges, but still an incredible experience, Going back next year for cruise no 10"
So guess we just need to decide for ourselves... and in about 30 odd days we shall!