In the words of the late, great Oscar Wilde, “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about at all.”
And if Royal Caribbean is using that as its yardstick, then it will be very happy with the number of comments about Quantum of the Seas (though perhaps not all the content) on our Facebook page and the Cruise Critic Message Boards.
On Facebook, posters seem to be roughly split down the middle, with half welcoming the innovations on the new ship, and the other half bemoaning the fact that it is more like an amusement park, rather than a cruise ship.
Jim Hugo wrote: “Knock yourselves out. Plenty of amusement parks where I live, I don’t need it on my vacation too.”
Richard Lucky wrote: “Sounds like a floating circus……I’ll pass. This is one of many reasons we’re changing from RCI to Princess. RCI is looking more like Carnival every day.”
And Ruth Oliver said: “I have no interest in a ship with bumper cars and a skydiving simulator.”
But on the Cruise Critic Message Boards, members seemed a lot more positive:
Baldilocks wrote: “Wow! I’m afraid I might forget to get off this ship! Maybe it could just sail around in a circle for a week so everyone could try out all the new stuff.”
Tispwisp wrote: “So cool! I don’t know which feature I will like more. But I guess the kid in me is saying bumper cars! LOL Can’t wait to book!!!”
And Silver Cloud wrote: “That is truly innovative! I would love the pod that swings over the water! Well, I would love all the new innovations!”
Meanwhile, DaddyBytes singlehandedly took on the haters with this post:
“I see many, many, many posts of people saying they don’t get the purpose or the appeal of bumper cars on QoS. To me this is similar to saying I don’t get the purpose of the kid clubs. Are you kidding me!?
Now don’t get me wrong, I can understand how bumper cars don’t appeal to adults, especially those without kids. But surely everyone can understand that the target audience of bumper cars are not the single traveler, the retiree’s, or couples without kids etc…
I have 3 kids from the age of 9 to 14 and I pretty much got a ‘wow’ from them when telling them about the cars on-board (among other items like those at SeaPlex).”
The “North Star” – the pod inspired by the London Eye that will hang over the ship – also received mixed reviews.
Philomena Kiernan wrote: “pod thing is silly. I would have preferred all those extra hot tubs or the cascading pool.”
D.J. Gary G wrote: “ugly, looks like one of the cranes got stuck to it during construction and they never removed it.”
Lee Coop said: “That stupid pod thing sticking out of top a bloody waste of time.”
Tracy Ellis had just one word to describe it all: “Dumb”, while Michael Lloyd tried to act as the voice of reason: “Looks like FUN, after all isnt THAT what is important while on vacation … all the cry babies should just stay home, or sail one of the boring lines … . Great looking ship RCL will have to give her a try!
But the last word goes to Sheila David Churchill, who catches the whole spirit of the ship when she wrote on Facebook:
“Well, I think it sounds like fun, and I think families will love it.”
Well said Sheila!
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