A Visit to Royal Caribbean's New Quantum of the Seas

 

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Quantum of the Seas Visit - 11-16-2014 

Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas From New York 

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Quantum of the Seas Overview

On November 16, 2014, I had the pleasure of visiting Royal Caribbean's newest ship, the Quantum of the Seas. The Quantum of the Seas marks a new class of cruise ship for Royal Caribbean - larger than the "Voyager-Class" but still about 25% smaller than the "Oasis" Class.

The Quantum of the Seas is one of three ships on order. Her two sisters are under construction at Papenburg, Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard for Royal Caribbean. At 168, 666 tons and 1,141 feet long, the ship is still large by today's standards and advertised as the 3rd largest cruise ship sailing.

The Quantum of the Seas will sail 5-12 day cruises departing from Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey to Bermuda or Florida and the Bahamas or the Eastern Caribbean. In the spring, the Quantum of the Seas will reposition to Shanghai, China and be marketed primarily to Chinese Clientele.

 

Quantum of the Seas Initial Impression

Check-in and boarding was effortless at the new Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal. From curb to boarding took less than 15 minutes. Once onboard the Quantum of the Seas you immediately are embraced by her modern, sleek, European, simplistic design and decor.

The color scheme of the Quantum of the Seas is very neutral, utilizing beiges, browns and tan shades throughout. There are splashes of color - usually with the furnishings, that jump out at you and contrast with the basic color schemes.

The ship's roots are from Meyer Werft Shipyard, who is known for specializing in cruise ship construction. There are many features that have been duplicated on the Quantum of the Seas. Some of the copied features include the shopping area - which mimics the shopping area found on sister brand Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Solstice. The Wonderland Restaurant has roots in Disney Cruise Line's newest ships and the Music Hall resembles a similar venue found on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway.

 

 

Quantum of the Seas  Game Changers:

The real game changes for the Quantum of the Seas are:

1) The NorthStar which seemed popular among guests and a feature that is unique to the Quantum of the Seas. The Northstar can accommodate up to 15 passengers and lift them over 300 feet above sea level. (No charge for the attraction but reservations required).

Quantum of the Seas Royal Caribbean's North Star - NorthStar

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2) The Rip-Cord looks like a blast! People of all ages were trying this Skydiving simulator.

Quantum of the Seas Royal Caribbean Flow Rider and Rip Cord

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3) The Seaplex will surely be popular with the kids and those young at heart. The two story        recreation area featuring bumper cars, roller skating, circus school, air hockey, Ping-Pong, and video screens connected to X-Box consoles. There were a number of 30 something males playing video games so the kids will have some competition.

There is also a hotdog truck located in the SeaPlex area where teen and adults can get a hot dog with all the fixings.

Quantum of the Seas Royal Caribbean Bumper Card Sports Plex - SeaPlex

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4) The Solarium - I cannot say enough about this area located high above the bridge of the ship. Featuring a number of pools at different levels flowing into each other, 2 large whirlpools, plants and trees (forming a tropical setting) and ample seating all enclosed in a glass canopy. This area  is sure to be a favorite for cruise passengers 16 years of age or older. Fully enclosed in glass, Sunbathers and swimmers will be able to enjoy the area regardless of the outside temperatures or weather conditions.

Quantum of the Seas Royal Caribbean 16 years or older Solarium

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5) Food at the specialty restaurants are exceptional and the Quantum of the Seas has her fair-share of eating establishments.  From Chops Grille to Izumi Japanese Cuisine, there is something for everyone.  There are 5 open seating dining rooms, 5 complementary casual eateries and 8  additional venues that will carry a cover charge at a la carte prices. With 18 dining options, as well as a 24 hour eatery you will never go hungry.

Quantum of the Seas Royal Caribbean Chops Grill Speciality Restaurant

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6) The ship has integrated technology into all of the public spaces.  Whether it is video artwork, a robotic bartender or ordering your drink or meal using an electronic tablet -Technology is everywhere.

    

Quantum of the Seas Pluses

1) Activities, Activities and Activities -- In addition to the Rip-Cord and Seaplex described above, the Quantum of the Seas has, a gym, Spa and associated therapy treatments, an Arcade, Children programs, Children activities and rooms, Pools, Whirlpools, Rock Climbing wall, jogging track, Flow-Rider (Surfing machine) and more.

Quantum of the Seas Royal Caribbean Outside Pool and Movie Screen

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2) Low Key activities - Try your luck in the Casino; play a game in the Card room; read a book in the Library; watch a movie in the pool; Relax in the Whirlpool; participate in Wine tasting; Sampling a home-brew beer in the Pub; shopping at the retail stores, stop at the coffee shop or eateries at the Royal Esplanade; catch a show in Two70 or the Royal Theater; explore the interactive video artwork or just people watch.

Quantum of the Seas Royal Caribbean Esplanade

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3) Unique Stateroom Options: 373 Virtual Balcony staterooms (interior staterooms offering expansive real-time views of the ocean and exciting destinations through a virtual balcony); 1,571 Balcony Staterooms;  28 Studio Staterooms (interior and balcony); 16 Family connected staterooms.

Quantum of the Seas Royal Caribbean Balcony Stateroom

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4) New to Royal Caribbean, the expansion and creation of various new dining options bringing various food from around the world to passengers.

5) The unique show room Two70 Degrees. This extraordinary room coverts from an aft facing tiered lounge to a night time show room with specialty and videography shows. The room boast 3 story windows that turn into ultra-high definition screens as well as 100+ television screens which descend from the ceiling.

Quantum of the Seas Royal Caribbean Two70 Lounge

 

6) The Robotic Bartender is fun to watch and a great way to pass some time.

8) DreamWorks themed pool area for the kids to enjoy and an extensive kids program with age appropriate activities.

7) Royal Caribbean's Crew and Staff are extremely pleasant and always willing to help.

 

Quantum of the Seas Observations

The elimination of the main dining room has created a concept where the two story dining rooms no longer exist. The two story dining rooms have been split  into 4 more intimate dining rooms spread across 2 decks. .

 

Areas for Improvement

The Windjammer Buffet has a wide selection of food but the food tasted ordinary. There is a definite difference between the quality of the standard food and the food available at the pay-for-restaurants.  Also the food at the Windjammer Cafe is displayed in Pots instead of serving trays. The food tended to be cold since the pots were deep and the food at the bottom was warmest. In addition, there was limited staff serving the food therefore all passengers all were touching the same spoon or fork to move food from the pots to their plates.

Quantum of the Seas Royal Caribbean Windjammer Cafe

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Certain areas of the ship are very narrow and when sailing at capacity, the passenger flow through the ship can be very disruptive. An example is on Deck 15, the jogging track is also the pedestrian walkway and is framed on both sides by deck chairs creating a narrow pathway. Inside the ship certain locations are also narrow..

On the aft of the ship is located the large Pink Bear. Other than a piece of artwork, I am not sure what purpose it serves. I suspect that the bear is a placeholder and once the next new amenity is found, the bear artwork will be lifted off and replaced - until then - the Quantum has a pink bear.

 

Synopsis - Departing Thoughts

Quantum of the Seas - Friendly Crew; Amenity packed; Introduces new concepts to cruising (Automation, Modernization, Rip Cord, Northstar, bumped cars and more); Great for kids of all ages and active adults; Extensive Kids Program as well as Family oriented activities; Exceptional specialty dining; Sophisticated, upscale atmosphere; Upscale shops; Bars; Pub; Casino and more.

The majority of the public rooms are located on 3 decks and run the entire length of the ship. You will need to be mobile to navigate the entire length of the ship. There elevators are swift and efficient (for fun you may want to ride the elevators just to laugh at the comical animal artwork on the back walls). The Glass elevator is also fun to ride to see the ship's lobby from up high. The Solarium is one of my favorite spots onboard; extensive Spa and Gym facilities.

Overall the Quantum of the Seas is a great choice for families and adults wanting an adventurous vacation.

 

 

Related Information: 

Royal Caribbean's new Quantum of the Seas - Pre introduction Write Ups and Videos. - Quantum of the Seas Review Part 1  Quantum of the Seas Video Review Part 2

 

Quantum of the Seas Fast Facts

Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas Pool Area

Registry: Nassau, Bahamas
Built at Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Maiden Voyage: October, 2014
Godmother: Kristin Chenoweth
Tonnage: 168,666 GRT
Length: 1,141 feet (348 meters) long
Width 136 feet (41 meters)
Draft 28 feet (8.5 meters) draft
Cruising Speed 22 knots cruising
Passenger decks: 16      Elevators: 16
Crew: 1,500
Bow Thrusters: 4 with 4,694 horse power each
Occupancy: 4,180 guests (double occupancy) - 4,905 guests total

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