The positive stories about Quantum of the Seas are a bit rare on Cruise Critic. If not everything is as usual, it's not good! Quantum of the Seas is a gift to us being positive about trying something new and exciting based on today's technology. We have been at the 12 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise from Cape Liberty, Bayonne, January 11 to 23, 2014. (We were also on the 8 Nights Transatlantic Maiden Voyage from Southampton to Cape Liberty, Bayonne, November 2 to 10, 201). We acknowledge, that there are things that can be done better, but our very clear impression is, that work is in progress with the problems, and many of the problems we experienced at the TA Maiden Voyage have now been solved. To introduce something new - to be the pioneer is always risky, but daring to risk is very brave. If no one dares nothing new happens. For our cruise we tok a taxi from Manhattan to the Cruise Terminal. There was a lot of traffic towards the terminal in Cape Liberty - it took about 15 minutes to get to the baggage check in, but then the luggage handling was fast and smooth. After a few minutes, there was a free agent for check-in - it took about 5 minutes with paper work and health questions. Then straight through security check, and aboard Quantum of the Seas after another 15 minutes and no waiting. Friendly and welcoming staff. The cabins (Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony ) are lovely, and a bit bigger than for other RCCL ships. The service in the cabins as always top notch. There are two large closets, big shelves above the beds and some drawers. Fine with storage space,. The internet now works perfectly (free on this trip) - we streamed TV and were on Facetime with family at home. two70, ia a lovely place - living room by day, and transforms to an entertainment center by night, seamlessly blending live performances with cutting-edge visual technology using Vistarama and RoboScreens. Impressive shows, especially Mamma Mia and Sonic Odyssey in the Royal Theatre and Starwater in two70. Lovely decorated public areas like The VIA, nice decor, stylish and modern design. We had not booked tables in the restaurants before the cruise (some problems with the reservation system). Most reservations were made with Royal iQ App as well as some at the entrance to the restaurant. Most evenings we did get the time which suited us, and we saw no queues at the entrances to the restaurants. Basically, we really liked the concept Dynamic Dining - being able to choose from several restaurants and could choose the time that best suits. All restaurants have many dishes to choose from and every night is an extra 'daily menu' embedded in the menu card. There are still challenges to Dynamic Dining to function optimally - management's focus should be on getting the reservation system work better. So will the restaurants' capacity also be better utilized, and it will spread to more satisfied employees and therefore happy guests. Are you innovative set, we highly recommend a holiday with Quantum of the Seas.
The cabins are lovely, and the service in the cabins as always top notch.Video from the Cabins: Cabin #11610Cabin #8604At my two cruises Quantum I did stay in a Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony.Cruise November 2, 2014 in #11610 (D2). with with sofa bed. and For January 11, 2015 in Cabin #8604, (D8).In 1610 the sitting area is at the 'balkony end' while in 8604 the bed is at the 'balcony end'. The space between the curtain between the windows and the bed is quite narrow.For storage there are two large closets and shelves above the beds and some drawers. Fine storage space, however, there are two hanging rails in one cupboard which is not suitably located.I do prefer the layout of my balcony #11610.Stateroom is 198 sq. ft. with 65 sq. ft. balcony , sitting area and full bath.