Royal Caribbean’s Got a Big Secret

November 14, 2012 | By | 7 Comments

Perhaps a Royal Caribbean veteran has encouraged you to attend, vaguely describing it as a lot of fun. “Just go,” your smiling friend says, without providing details. “You won’t regret it.”
Maybe you’re intrigued when you see it listed on the daily Cruise Compass, somewhere between “Art Auction” and “Karaoke.”
“The Quest Adult Gameshow.”
Or just “Quest” to those who know and love it. And for some, it is the highlight of the cruise — something they look forward to (and plan for!) before they even step foot on the ship.
Quest might be one of the best worst-kept secrets in cruising. It’s uproariously fun and supremely competitive, but the (unwritten) rule dictates you just can’t talk about it.
With that in mind, we’re doing our best to educate you about Quest without actually giving away anything. Some do’s and don’ts, for the uninitiated:

Do keep an open mind, and go with the flow. If you take yourself too seriously, you won’t have fun at Quest.
Don’t bring the kids. This is an adult gameshow; trust us, you don’t want your kids there. There’s a reason Quest is on the schedule late at night.
Do arrive early, and sit close to the action. Quest fills up fast, and the prime spots — especially for participants — are closest to the stage or dance floor areas.
Don’t worry if you can’t get a seat. If you’re participating, chances are you won’t use your seat anyway.
Do bring a camera that does well in low light. Much of the action takes place in darker spots that are backlit.
Don’t post those perfectly lit photos on social media sites. Consider Vegas rules in play — what happens at Quest stays at Quest. Photos should strictly be used for memories — and possibly blackmail of family members.
Do bring your purse or tote bag, packed with your essentials. Then, throw in a few nonessentials. You never know what might come in handy when you’re playing the game.
Don’t worry if you don’t win. In fact, we’re pretty certain no one really wins or loses, even though “winners” are rewarded with medals.
Do participate. Come on, live a little. You’ll get more joy from the evening if you agree to play along.
Don’t be surprised when you get those knowing nods the next day from people who recognize you from your Quest antics. Smile back, and, if the moment is right, offer a repeat performance. You’ll probably never see your fellow passengers again anyway, so have some fun.
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    7 Responses to “Royal Caribbean’s Got a Big Secret”

    1. Brian
      November 14th, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

      Do keep in mind that many consider bringing said “goodie bag” of extras to be cheating, or at least not in the spirit of the game. Search the Royal Caribbean page on the Cruise Critic forums to see what I mean.

    2. Scott M
      November 14th, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

      The last time were were on the NCL Spirit they did something like this. It was a BLAST!

    3. Susie
      November 14th, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

      Well stated Colleen! Some of the best memories are from Quest and it brings out the competition that you otherwise rarely see in some.

    4. Fredrik
      November 21st, 2012 @ 12:02 pm


      Well, advertised in the compass, heavily promoted by the staff and shown on every cruise in review. I would hardly call that a secret…

    5. CathyWolf
      November 21st, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

      Carnival also does a game like this!

    6. David
      November 21st, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      Quest is always fun. It is best in mixed teams of 4 or more. See another group that is short, join them.

    7. Bob
      November 21st, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

      I agree with Marelaine. Once the cruise lines start losing the general publics’ business maybe, just maybe they will wise up. Then again maybe Daves’ snobs will be enough to pull them through. In any case the low end lines will probably lose enough business for them to not be anle to afford to clutter up the ports with superfluous ships that they can’t afford to keep afloat.

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