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Quantum of the Seas Review

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Quantum was a different ship

Review for Quantum of the Seas to the Eastern Caribbean
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Sail Date: Dec 2014

We were on one of the early Quantum cruises. We left Cape Liberty. Nice big terminal. First go through the "TSA" scanning equipment -- several stations. We were suite guests, but there were no special lines for such people. But no matter. There wasn't that much of a line. Looked for the so-glad-you're-cruising-with-us smiles, etc. Don't remember any. I will say the senior citizen helpers wearing turquoise were all so smiley all through the welcoming process. Can't say that for the RCL staffers. After scanning, went to the suite counter line. The woman behind the counter was helping somebody. When she finished, she called some guests standing there (non suite guests, I could see) and helped them. THEN she helped us. So if you are looking for preferential treatment, you won't find it in the check-in process. We had pre-checked in online, including the photo business. But that did not seem to speed things up all that much. Maybe a 1/2 hour until we were on the ship.

Next stop (a hike down the building, around the corner and back down the building) to a podium. Here they gotcha if you had not uploaded a picture. The people in front of us had not uploaded a pic -- gummed up the works. They didn't make any effort to call all prepared people over here, people still needing an ID photo over there.... So we finally went through that mini-station.

Eventually we got on the ship. Spouse and I have sailed several RCL cruises, as well as Celebrity, Carnival and Princess. The Quantum by and large looks very similar to every other ship except I will say not as shiny glitzy. With the cruise almost 3 month past, nothing really stands out EXCEPT when walking the long hallway down to our room, the wall across from the outside staterooms was pretty much bare. At best there was a poster every 15 - 20 yards??? with pithy sayings. I feel like making a trek to Hobby Lobby and buying some picture posters and donating them to RCL. Other ships have lots of pictures and photos on the empty walls so that the hallways are like mini-art galleries. Not the Quantum. Rather plain Jane.

Cabin Review

Extremely noisy. Heard and felt the beat of the bass as well as the aerial singer every time they performed the show. Vibrations felt in downstairs sofa, chair and upstairs bed. Also heard and felt the disco music they played from 11:00pm until "late". Slept with earplugs.Other than that, an okay suite. Lights were weird. Smart room wiring means there is no way you can turn on a table lamp only to watch TV in the living room. It's laboratory lighting! Door to downstairs bathroom (and other closet doors) rattled with ship movement, so had to use towels to chock the doors. Roomy suite, but wasted space around stair well. Sofa and chair were modern, hard plastic. Not comfy at all. Internet accessible in room, pretty fast. Bye bye free movies (maybe one channel?) Hello pay-per-view.

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