November 2014 - Quantum of the Seas to Cruise to Nowhere
I was fortunate to attend a teo night Cruise to Nowhere on the Quantum on November 21,2014. First and foremost the Quantum is beautiful. From the interactive artwork, to all of the motivation posters scattered throughout the ship where amazing. This was my 6th cruise, and was pleasantly surprised at the balcony stateroom, plenty of storage and space to move around.
Here are the pluses of the Ship: The Seaplex was innovative and well designed. Upstairs your kids could spend hours playing on the XBoxes or ping pong tables that are set up. Downstairs the SeaPlex acts as a basketball court, trapeeze school, roller scateing to the best feature, the bumper cars. The only thing that I wish would be the bumber cars would go a little faster and the experience was a little longer then the three minutes that they allot. Next on the list is Ripcord by Ifly. If you are unaware of what this is, it gives you the opportunity to simulate skydiving. The instructors were amazing. They were funny, encouraging, and very helpful. If you do not like small spaces this is not the place for you. I was happy I tried it, but would not run back to do it again, but it maybe due to the fact I felt closed in.
Club 270 was an amazing concept in the cruising industry. The way the screens changed scenes was incredible. This was one of the main areas for dancing late at night. It is a two level area, where the dance floor is centered in the middle of the first floor.
The staff at Michael's Genuine Pub was top notch. I was only in there a short time the first night, but the staff member knew me by name the next day when I went in to grab a micro brew.
I enjoyed a majority of the ship, but I need to mention a few things. The Bionic Bar was a novelty part of the ship. It was fun to watch a robot make my own signature drink, but the wait time and the cost of one drink was a little too much. I think if they collaborated the robots, they could make this more interesting. In the two nights, I only went to the Bionic Bar once. It would have been nicer if they made the space a little larger too - not a lot of space to move around.
The Dynamic Dining was an interesting concept, but I think there is room for improvement. We went to Silk the first night and American Icon Grill the second night. The food was decent at Silk, but I feel like I have had better food at a traditional dinning hall on other ships. Everyone at my table had the steak, and all agreed it was mediocre. American Icon was better. The food was tastier, and better presentations. The service was slow, but I think that is intentional as the cruise lines want you to experience the food, and relax.
Overall, I enjoyed myself on the Quantum. I do believe they were experiencing some initial bumps, but sure Royal will smooth it out!