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We expected some teething problems on a maiden voyage using new technology and were not disappointed. However the Operations VP Laura Posta was on board and played a true starring role. She fronted up and awarded every stateroom 300 dollars on the second day.......no reluctance just decisive leadership which was well appreciated by all the guests. We had arrived at noon on Sunday to embark to encounters new embarkation system......not desks but mobile attendants with laptops dotted around and impromptu queues everywhere.......super idea on paper but total chaos in practice. A cross between a rugby scrum and a party game......back to the drawing board on this one methinks. Onto the ship and no specific welcome or sail away given it was a maiden voyage but nevertheless still really exciting to explore the new ship and to compare itwiththeIndependance of theSeas which we usedregularly. To be honest itisnotaswowaship as wehadexpected.....there are some good things and some which are over hyped or that are disappointing. We are in a superior balcony cabin and found it less comfortable than those on the IOS but with a better shower room set up. The bed is large but maybe too large as there is only about a foot between it and the wall with the to as my bruised shins testify. The layout of the ship is very logical but the Esplanade is less interesting than the Promenade on IOS and the shops far less interesting with very high end jewellery outlets in the majority.......possibly with the Chinese market in mind when the ship moves there next year. Dynamic dining is an interesting concept and the booking seems to work well but it is like going toa different set menu restaurant each night and one misses the regular interaction without table waiters and an ever hanging menu. After saying that's shave had some really excellent food atChops Grill, the ChefsTable and at Devnly Decadence and at Izumi. Not sure I would like the variance on a two week cruise or if taking children on a cruise.. As to such things as the pod, seaplex, free fall flying etc .....possibly hype over substance and subject to long queues whilst servicing very few guests. As yet to be fair they have not sorted out many elements of the new technology but even then one doubts that the concepts are really practical. So all in all a bit like the parsons egg......good in parts and still sorting out its teething problems. To be honest if I had thechoiceof a two week cruise on this or the IOS, I would choose the latter .  

Quantum......a mixed bag

Quantum of the Seas Cruise Review by Wswilly3

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We expected some teething problems on a maiden voyage using new technology and were not disappointed. However the Operations VP Laura Posta was on board and played a true starring role. She fronted up and awarded every stateroom 300 dollars on the second day.......no reluctance just decisive leadership which was well appreciated by all the guests.
We had arrived at noon on Sunday to embark to encounters new embarkation system......not desks but mobile attendants with laptops dotted around and impromptu queues everywhere.......super idea on paper but total chaos in practice. A cross between a rugby scrum and a party game......back to the drawing board on this one methinks.
Onto the ship and no specific welcome or sail away given it was a maiden voyage but nevertheless still really exciting to explore the new ship and to compare itwiththeIndependance of theSeas which we usedregularly.
To be honest itisnotaswowaship as wehadexpected.....there are some good things and some which are over hyped or that are disappointing. We are in a superior balcony cabin and found it less comfortable than those on the IOS but with a better shower room set up. The bed is large but maybe too large as there is only about a foot between it and the wall with the to as my bruised shins testify. The layout of the ship is very logical but the Esplanade is less interesting than the Promenade on IOS and the shops far less interesting with very high end jewellery outlets in the majority.......possibly with the Chinese market in mind when the ship moves there next year.
Dynamic dining is an interesting concept and the booking seems to work well but it is like going toa different set menu restaurant each night and one misses the regular interaction without table waiters and an ever hanging menu. After saying that's shave had some really excellent food atChops Grill, the ChefsTable and at Devnly Decadence and at Izumi. Not sure I would like the variance on a two week cruise or if taking children on a cruise..
As to such things as the pod, seaplex, free fall flying etc .....possibly hype over substance and subject to long queues whilst servicing very few guests. As yet to be fair they have not sorted out many elements of the new technology but even then one doubts that the concepts are really practical.
So all in all a bit like the parsons egg......good in parts and still sorting out its teething problems. To be honest if I had thechoiceof a two week cruise on this or the IOS, I would choose the latter .
 
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Cabin 13646
Shower and loo area better than IOS but the rest a bit less comfortable and furniture makes invert ramped around the bed area.
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