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Let's start off with an important caveat: This was the maiden voyage of Quantum so some of the things that happened on our cruise will hopefully not be indicitative of the new Quantum class product. I feel it only fair to point this out from the start in order to provide a balanced and fair review. Ok, let's get going... Appearance: This ship is visually WOW inside, especially when you compare it (as you naturally would) to every other Royal Caribbean ship in the fleet. There are the Royal touches that make you know what brand you are sailing with but then there are so many new elements which make you feel they have created a hybrid company between Royal and Celebrity. I can honestly say that this makes it the perfect combination of Celebrity style and finesse and Royal activity and excitement and we love this new era of sailing. The inside spaces have been carefully considered and there is a real shift of feel as you move about the ship. I especially loved the transition between the Via and the Esplanade. The feeling of serenity as you walk through the "empty space" with the butterflies and calming music is really well constructed. I have seen several comments about the lack of Viking Crown in the design and how un-Royal it felt--I could not disagree more. The design is crisp, well constructed and misses nothing through the lack of Viking Crown lounge. Art: Quantum has more art that you could ever hope to see in one cruise and some of it is incredibly creative, bold and clever. There is the obvious big pink bear, which provides for the best photo backdrop ever on a ship through to the flower eyes as you enter the Windjammer (keeping an eye on the number of times you go in and eat even more food am sure!) to the butterflies adorning the Via and down towards two70. Different things would catch your eye each time and I was really pleased to see such a great connection between the art and the spaces. Entertainment & Activities: I simply cannot begin to describe how two70 takes theatre and socialising space to a new level. As a concept it is so simple but so cleverly put together. It was always busy, even during rehearsals and testing and a great space to watch the roll of the ship as we sailed through the choppy North Atlantic in November--maybe a little overwhelming at times and a cocktail or two needed to calm the nerves, or make them worse perhaps! The view out of the back with the several storey windows is superb and mesmerising. Then....wow oh wow...comes Starwater. As someone with training in the theatre I literally couldn't contain my excitement when we saw Starwater for the first (and mostly the second) time. The robo screens and the soft porn at sea cast were jaw-droppingly good. Sadly, the second time we saw it with some friends the screeens weren't working which really does affect the levels of interaction in the show but it was still performed to such a high standard. We realised at the end of the cruise that only once did we go and see something in the theatre--very unusual for us. This was of course Mamma Mia, which again was superbly put together and worth the wait after the sea caused postponed shows. Two70 and the Music Hall were definately the spaces of choice and changed how we usually spend time on a ship. The Music Hall is a really nice addition and much better concept that the usual large lounge space Royal have for entertainment. The 80's nights were so much fun and all good intentions to be in bed early were thrown out of the window thanks to the excellent tribute band. Our most frequented spot on the ship though (apart from the Diamond lounge and Pool Bar!) was the Sea Plex--we love it. Although the bumper cars were on the shy and tired side--not wanting to charge apparently--we did get to experience them twice during the cruise and we had such a giggle on them. Such a mad idea for a cruise ship but I am a big fan of crazy ideas so bring it on! We watched some of the circus skills stuff but never participated as we were alway en route to somewhere else, or in need of a hot dog at the back--yum yum!! Outside of the Seaplex is even more excitement with the rockwall, Flowrider and i-Fly. The first two are old hat for Royal but still nice to see. The latter however is simply a must-do activity when on board--so much so we did it twice, nearly three times had the weather not got rough again. The team leading the i-fly were superb and clearly loved their jobs, making it so much more enjoyable for everyone. The nerves quickly fluttered away when you are in the chamber being manhandled by the fittest men you could ever hope to fly with! The North Star...yeah...what more to say--cherry picker in the sky. Queued three hours, only because it had to be done but not really worth it. Novelty of it was fun but wouldn't rush to do it again. I nearly forgot to mention the Bionic Bar--well it didn't work on the Maiden voyage, but thanks for the free testing cocktails Makr Shakr team :)! We even created a new dining venue during these tests--the Bionic Bar Buffet and very nice it was (thanks Sorrentos) whilst sneaking in another multi-coloured freebie. I am looking forward to the Bionic Bar being fully functional and hope it does work! Dining: Ok, so this is a big change for Royal and there are good and bad points to it, some of which we put down to it being the maiden voyage but some of it we feel needs changing. Silk is a-ma-zing and we cancelled Jamie's Italian in order to join friends to eat there again on the final night. Chic and the Grande equally great but American Icon needs some work. The menu is odd (think Windjammer style but not as hot--yes, even more luke warm than the usual Windjammer food!) and for us just didn't work. We heard others saying similar things. Devinly Decadance is a great change to the Solarium Bistro and we loved the relaxed atmosphere it had, alongside some amazingly tasty food. Will definately be booking to go back on our next Quantum adventure in May. Then we come to Wonderland--if you have friends on board then do Wonderland as a group. We (somehow--thanks Alice/Helena!!) managed to eat there twice as a group and getting a whole load of dishes to share was fab. I want to say the food is simply out of this world, but it really isn't. It is just really well-prepared and presented food. The decor and staff (especially Helena, Oliver and Rudy) are what make it and we had two of the best meals ever thanks to them. We will never forget the Big B!! Cabin: These cabins are bigger, obviously in relative terms being a cruise, and look so much crisper. We were uber excited about being the first paid passengers and the first people to sleep in the bed (ok, we knew we weren't really but we like pretending!) but we got into our room and there was a half drunk bottle of wine in our fridge and the bathroom wasn't clean--not a great start. This was sorted promptly though but still shouldn't have happened on the first cruise. We also had an issue with the balcony partition which took two days to resolve (Guest Services are just as useless in the main on this ship as they always were--no point dwelling on this as Royal never does anything about empowering Guest Services to do anything!). Once sorted this gave us a great cabin, in a great location but the first two days were frustrating to say the least--also resulting in us having to sleep in another (unfinished) cabin on the first night after much complaining. I need to shut up now but there is so much more I could say about this cruise and this ship but let's not bore you all to sleep. I should of course leave something for a follow up review in May! The ship, when completely finished, will be stunning. As I am sure you can see from other reviews of the maiden voyage, there were lots of things that went wrong, but hey Royal Caribbean who are known for having rubbish technology have launched a ship that is full of it from top to bottom--something was clearly going to go wrong!! Being seasoned cruisers we knew things were going wrong--it was a maiden voyage peeps--and it made for a more memorable cruise, especially given the gifts in return!! The fabulous crew on board also made up for the mistakes and broken bits. We booked the transatlantic back to Europe next May and are taking some friends who have never been on a cruise before. I want to go now--this ship really does change everything...bring it on!

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Quantum of the Seas Cruise Review by Pauliepaul

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Let's start off with an important caveat: This was the maiden voyage of Quantum so some of the things that happened on our cruise will hopefully not be indicitative of the new Quantum class product. I feel it only fair to point this out from the start in order to provide a balanced and fair review.
Ok, let's get going...
Appearance: This ship is visually WOW inside, especially when you compare it (as you naturally would) to every other Royal Caribbean ship in the fleet. There are the Royal touches that make you know what brand you are sailing with but then there are so many new elements which make you feel they have created a hybrid company between Royal and Celebrity. I can honestly say that this makes it the perfect combination of Celebrity style and finesse and Royal activity and excitement and we love this new era of sailing. The inside spaces have been carefully considered and there is a real shift of feel as you move about the ship. I especially loved the transition between the Via and the Esplanade. The feeling of serenity as you walk through the "empty space" with the butterflies and calming music is really well constructed.
I have seen several comments about the lack of Viking Crown in the design and how un-Royal it felt--I could not disagree more. The design is crisp, well constructed and misses nothing through the lack of Viking Crown lounge.
Art: Quantum has more art that you could ever hope to see in one cruise and some of it is incredibly creative, bold and clever. There is the obvious big pink bear, which provides for the best photo backdrop ever on a ship through to the flower eyes as you enter the Windjammer (keeping an eye on the number of times you go in and eat even more food am sure!) to the butterflies adorning the Via and down towards two70. Different things would catch your eye each time and I was really pleased to see such a great connection between the art and the spaces.
Entertainment & Activities: I simply cannot begin to describe how two70 takes theatre and socialising space to a new level. As a concept it is so simple but so cleverly put together. It was always busy, even during rehearsals and testing and a great space to watch the roll of the ship as we sailed through the choppy North Atlantic in November--maybe a little overwhelming at times and a cocktail or two needed to calm the nerves, or make them worse perhaps! The view out of the back with the several storey windows is superb and mesmerising.
Then....wow oh wow...comes Starwater. As someone with training in the theatre I literally couldn't contain my excitement when we saw Starwater for the first (and mostly the second) time. The robo screens and the soft porn at sea cast were jaw-droppingly good. Sadly, the second time we saw it with some friends the screeens weren't working which really does affect the levels of interaction in the show but it was still performed to such a high standard.
We realised at the end of the cruise that only once did we go and see something in the theatre--very unusual for us. This was of course Mamma Mia, which again was superbly put together and worth the wait after the sea caused postponed shows. Two70 and the Music Hall were definately the spaces of choice and changed how we usually spend time on a ship.
The Music Hall is a really nice addition and much better concept that the usual large lounge space Royal have for entertainment. The 80's nights were so much fun and all good intentions to be in bed early were thrown out of the window thanks to the excellent tribute band.
Our most frequented spot on the ship though (apart from the Diamond lounge and Pool Bar!) was the Sea Plex--we love it. Although the bumper cars were on the shy and tired side--not wanting to charge apparently--we did get to experience them twice during the cruise and we had such a giggle on them. Such a mad idea for a cruise ship but I am a big fan of crazy ideas so bring it on! We watched some of the circus skills stuff but never participated as we were alway en route to somewhere else, or in need of a hot dog at the back--yum yum!!
Outside of the Seaplex is even more excitement with the rockwall, Flowrider and i-Fly. The first two are old hat for Royal but still nice to see. The latter however is simply a must-do activity when on board--so much so we did it twice, nearly three times had the weather not got rough again. The team leading the i-fly were superb and clearly loved their jobs, making it so much more enjoyable for everyone. The nerves quickly fluttered away when you are in the chamber being manhandled by the fittest men you could ever hope to fly with!
The North Star...yeah...what more to say--cherry picker in the sky. Queued three hours, only because it had to be done but not really worth it. Novelty of it was fun but wouldn't rush to do it again.
I nearly forgot to mention the Bionic Bar--well it didn't work on the Maiden voyage, but thanks for the free testing cocktails Makr Shakr team :)! We even created a new dining venue during these tests--the Bionic Bar Buffet and very nice it was (thanks Sorrentos) whilst sneaking in another multi-coloured freebie. I am looking forward to the Bionic Bar being fully functional and hope it does work!
Dining: Ok, so this is a big change for Royal and there are good and bad points to it, some of which we put down to it being the maiden voyage but some of it we feel needs changing. Silk is a-ma-zing and we cancelled Jamie's Italian in order to join friends to eat there again on the final night. Chic and the Grande equally great but American Icon needs some work. The menu is odd (think Windjammer style but not as hot--yes, even more luke warm than the usual Windjammer food!) and for us just didn't work. We heard others saying similar things.
Devinly Decadance is a great change to the Solarium Bistro and we loved the relaxed atmosphere it had, alongside some amazingly tasty food. Will definately be booking to go back on our next Quantum adventure in May.
Then we come to Wonderland--if you have friends on board then do Wonderland as a group. We (somehow--thanks Alice/Helena!!) managed to eat there twice as a group and getting a whole load of dishes to share was fab. I want to say the food is simply out of this world, but it really isn't. It is just really well-prepared and presented food. The decor and staff (especially Helena, Oliver and Rudy) are what make it and we had two of the best meals ever thanks to them. We will never forget the Big B!!
Cabin: These cabins are bigger, obviously in relative terms being a cruise, and look so much crisper. We were uber excited about being the first paid passengers and the first people to sleep in the bed (ok, we knew we weren't really but we like pretending!) but we got into our room and there was a half drunk bottle of wine in our fridge and the bathroom wasn't clean--not a great start. This was sorted promptly though but still shouldn't have happened on the first cruise. We also had an issue with the balcony partition which took two days to resolve (Guest Services are just as useless in the main on this ship as they always were--no point dwelling on this as Royal never does anything about empowering Guest Services to do anything!). Once sorted this gave us a great cabin, in a great location but the first two days were frustrating to say the least--also resulting in us having to sleep in another (unfinished) cabin on the first night after much complaining.
I need to shut up now but there is so much more I could say about this cruise and this ship but let's not bore you all to sleep. I should of course leave something for a follow up review in May! The ship, when completely finished, will be stunning. As I am sure you can see from other reviews of the maiden voyage, there were lots of things that went wrong, but hey Royal Caribbean who are known for having rubbish technology have launched a ship that is full of it from top to bottom--something was clearly going to go wrong!! Being seasoned cruisers we knew things were going wrong--it was a maiden voyage peeps--and it made for a more memorable cruise, especially given the gifts in return!! The fabulous crew on board also made up for the mistakes and broken bits.
We booked the transatlantic back to Europe next May and are taking some friends who have never been on a cruise before. I want to go now--this ship really does change everything...bring it on!
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Cabin 12564
These cabins are bigger, obviously in relative terms being a cruise, and look so much crisper. We were uber excited about being the first paid passengers and the first people to sleep in the bed (ok, we knew we weren't really but we like pretending!) but we got into our room and there was a half drunk bottle of wine in our fridge and the bathroom wasn't clean--not a great start. This was sorted promptly though but still shouldn't have happened on the first cruise. We also had an issue with the balcony partition which took two days to resolve (Guest Services are just as useless in the main on this ship as they always were--no point dwelling on this as Royal never does anything about empowering Guest Services to do anything!). Once sorted this gave us a great cabin, in a great location but the first two days were frustrating to say the least--also resulting in us having to sleep in another (unfinished) cabin on the first night after much complaining. This cabin is in a great location and central to everything at the front end of the ship and an easy walk to everything else.
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