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This is our 4th TransAtlantic and our first inaugural cruise. We went with an open mind and a good amount of patience as we did not expect everything to be smooth. We were not disappointed as things definitely did not go smooth. It all started with the weather as we had several days of rocking and rolling. The ship seemed to take it all well but the poor weather cancelled or postponed a lot of activities. First what we liked: The ship is generally finished and shows well. It is well laid out much like the Solstice class ships for the sister brand Celebrity. It handles the crowds well. Stateroom: We had a D3 balcony on deck 13. It was roomy with lots of storage space and a nice bathroom. The shower set-up is one of the best I've experienced in over 15 cruises. The balcony was a good size and had two chairs, footstools and a small table. One negative is the HVAC system could not be controlled well from the room. We and others were all complaining that we could not lower temp below 71.6 degrees. This may be a start-up issue but RCL will need to address before warm and muggy Caribbean. Deck 13 is below pool deck and had some noise issues. For more quiet, I would book a cabin deck 12 or below. Crown and Anchor: New on this ship was that the loaded daily drinks for the various Crown and Anchor levels (We got 3 per day for Diamond) on you cruise card/wrist band. This allowed you to get a drink at the various bars without having to go to a specific lounge at 5PM. Soda Card Upgrade: They had the new Coke Product machines throughout the boat so if you had the glass that went with the soda package you could go up to the machines at anytime and avoid the bars just to get a soda. Big Big improvement. Of interest is that the machines would only give out drinks to the package glass. How it could figure that out I will never know. Momma Mia: Fantastic full production. Jamies Italian: Of the 18 or so food outlets, this was the one that stood out. Very good and tasty Italian fare. TWO70 Venue: Think IMAX meets Cirque del sole with a sprinkling of Robots, add in great sound with singers and dancers and you have a wonderfully unique venue and shows. When it all works. Some first cruise up and downs but this will be a fan favorite of this ship and has great upside. Ships Staff: Everyone was pleasant and tried hard to make it all work with a smile as they were learning the new technology on the fly. Final Highlight: Coming into NYC at dawn on final day with fire boats spraying water as we go past Statue of Liberty while Frank Sinatra was singing New York New York. What could be finer!! NYC skyline at dawn was breathtaking. What needs work: Dynamic Dining: There is no main dinning room so in that way cruising on the Quantum IS different. I would definitely recommend booking on line before you board as you will find the good outlets with no availability once on board. This new approach makes co-ordinating reservations with friends difficult. Especially friends you meet on board. The venue themselves all seemed nicely designed but the food all seemed to taste the same from place to place. Also the menu options, at least on this cruise, were somewhat limited. The one exception was Jamies Italian which was excellent. Coastal Kitchen, RCL's version of Celebrities "Bleu" is for suite guests and pinnacle level guests only. Unlike "Bleu", the menu is the same every day which is a negative. Also Jr. Suite customers can only eat dinner while the upper level suite and Pinnacle guests could also eat breakfast and lunch in the venue. I suspect this will change over time. High Tech nature of ship: The Quantum is a leading edge technology ship. When it works, much of it has the desired WOW factor. But on its first cruise it did not all work and when it doesn't work, the whole experience breaks down. So for the next few cruises everyone needs to keep this in mind and have patience as they work out the bugs. Examples of breakdown on this cruise were iPad breakdowns and learning curves when checking in, lost dinner reservations, Bionic bar breakdowns, one of the TWO70 experience robots broke, and the Northstar did get stuck one day stranding some people for a short period. TranAtlantic Entertainment: In comparison to previous TA's on RCL and Celebrity, daytime activities were minimal and I actually found myself bored on a couple of days. No midday shows, no midday movies, no Talent show, Quest, Liars club, cooking demos,pool games etc. The live music options were generally limited to after 5. No guitar player or atrium live music to enjoy the day. Evening shows and performers were fine and even great in Two70 and Momma Mia but for a TA it needed more. We did not do the skydive simulator, flowrider or the bumper cars but heard generally good reviews of those features. The Seaplex is a full sized gym and will offer many guests lots of enjoyment. Final Comment: The new terminal at Cape Liberty is finished and worked well. Plenty of cabs and shared rides to Newark. By carrying luggage ourselves off the boat we were at Newark and thru security by 9:30AM. So all in all, not the best TA we have taken but the weather certainly contributed to that. In general, RCL should be credited for trying new ideas. I am sure they will work out the bugs but it might take a few cruises.  

Nice new ship - What's Good and What needs work

Quantum of the Seas Cruise Review by CruiserSkip

Trip Details
This is our 4th TransAtlantic and our first inaugural cruise. We went with an open mind and a good amount of patience as we did not expect everything to be smooth.
We were not disappointed as things definitely did not go smooth. It all started with the weather as we had several days of rocking and rolling. The ship seemed to take it all well but the poor weather cancelled or postponed a lot of activities.
First what we liked:
The ship is generally finished and shows well. It is well laid out much like the Solstice class ships for the sister brand Celebrity. It handles the crowds well.
Stateroom: We had a D3 balcony on deck 13. It was roomy with lots of storage space and a nice bathroom. The shower set-up is one of the best I've experienced in over 15 cruises. The balcony was a good size and had two chairs, footstools and a small table. One negative is the HVAC system could not be controlled well from the room. We and others were all complaining that we could not lower temp below 71.6 degrees. This may be a start-up issue but RCL will need to address before warm and muggy Caribbean. Deck 13 is below pool deck and had some noise issues. For more quiet, I would book a cabin deck 12 or below.
Crown and Anchor: New on this ship was that the loaded daily drinks for the various Crown and Anchor levels (We got 3 per day for Diamond) on you cruise card/wrist band. This allowed you to get a drink at the various bars without having to go to a specific lounge at 5PM.
Soda Card Upgrade: They had the new Coke Product machines throughout the boat so if you had the glass that went with the soda package you could go up to the machines at anytime and avoid the bars just to get a soda. Big Big improvement. Of interest is that the machines would only give out drinks to the package glass. How it could figure that out I will never know.
Momma Mia: Fantastic full production.
Jamies Italian: Of the 18 or so food outlets, this was the one that stood out. Very good and tasty Italian fare.
TWO70 Venue: Think IMAX meets Cirque del sole with a sprinkling of Robots, add in great sound with singers and dancers and you have a wonderfully unique venue and shows. When it all works. Some first cruise up and downs but this will be a fan favorite of this ship and has great upside.
Ships Staff: Everyone was pleasant and tried hard to make it all work with a smile as they were learning the new technology on the fly.
Final Highlight: Coming into NYC at dawn on final day with fire boats spraying water as we go past Statue of Liberty while Frank Sinatra was singing New York New York. What could be finer!! NYC skyline at dawn was breathtaking.
What needs work:
Dynamic Dining: There is no main dinning room so in that way cruising on the Quantum IS different. I would definitely recommend booking on line before you board as you will find the good outlets with no availability once on board. This new approach makes co-ordinating reservations with friends difficult. Especially friends you meet on board. The venue themselves all seemed nicely designed but the food all seemed to taste the same from place to place. Also the menu options, at least on this cruise, were somewhat limited. The one exception was Jamies Italian which was excellent. Coastal Kitchen, RCL's version of Celebrities "Bleu" is for suite guests and pinnacle level guests only. Unlike "Bleu", the menu is the same every day which is a negative. Also Jr. Suite customers can only eat dinner while the upper level suite and Pinnacle guests could also eat breakfast and lunch in the venue. I suspect this will change over time.
High Tech nature of ship: The Quantum is a leading edge technology ship. When it works, much of it has the desired WOW factor. But on its first cruise it did not all work and when it doesn't work, the whole experience breaks down. So for the next few cruises everyone needs to keep this in mind and have patience as they work out the bugs. Examples of breakdown on this cruise were iPad breakdowns and learning curves when checking in, lost dinner reservations, Bionic bar breakdowns, one of the TWO70 experience robots broke, and the Northstar did get stuck one day stranding some people for a short period.
TranAtlantic Entertainment: In comparison to previous TA's on RCL and Celebrity, daytime activities were minimal and I actually found myself bored on a couple of days. No midday shows, no midday movies, no Talent show, Quest, Liars club, cooking demos,pool games etc. The live music options were generally limited to after 5. No guitar player or atrium live music to enjoy the day. Evening shows and performers were fine and even great in Two70 and Momma Mia but for a TA it needed more.
We did not do the skydive simulator, flowrider or the bumper cars but heard generally good reviews of those features. The Seaplex is a full sized gym and will offer many guests lots of enjoyment.
Final Comment: The new terminal at Cape Liberty is finished and worked well. Plenty of cabs and shared rides to Newark. By carrying luggage ourselves off the boat we were at Newark and thru security by 9:30AM.
So all in all, not the best TA we have taken but the weather certainly contributed to that. In general, RCL should be credited for trying new ideas. I am sure they will work out the bugs but it might take a few cruises.
 
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Cabin 13206
Midship deck 13. Bed was by the slider. Bed was comfortable. Bathroom was one of the best with roomy shower. Big negative was the HVAC controls which did not seem to work. Nice Flat panel TV. Plenty of storage. Some noise (Footsteps) from above which was pool deck.
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