We stayed on the QM before our Splendor cruise. It was nice to do but in 2009 she was badly in need or renovation. (I understand a different company took over management of the property in 2010. Hopefully they have plowed some money back into her.) Furnishings in the public spaces were badly worn and just dirty. A downside may be you are away from downtown LB so you are pretty much isolated to the ship/hotel itself unless you have a car.
Staying on the Queen Mary - it was a rather cool step back into history.
Getting up early and watching Splendor arrive in the dark from the bow. We we still on Eastern Time so getting up wasn't a problem.
Walking across the parking lot for early check in and then returning to the comfort of our room for a couple of hours.
Low lights -
We had hot & cold air blowing and couldn't turn off the hot.
There was some HS party below us, with requisite kids running around. It wouldn't have been so bad if we didn't need to sleep with the porthole open to try to get some cool air.
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; John Masefield
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014, 2016
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015