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This was the March 1, 2015 Southern Caribbean cruise on Quantum of the Seas departing from Cape Liberty, New Jersey. We took the Academy bus from Arlington, Virginia the morning of the first. A predicted snow storm was chasing us the whole way, but it being Sunday, we made good time and got to Cape Liberty just after noon. Problem was so did a couple of dozen other buses. We were held on a side street for over an hour until a slot at the pier opened up for us to unload. By this time a few inches were on the ground. We waited till all the bags were off and tagged with the RFID chips. Security in the terminal was quick. They had enough equipment and the lines were short and moved quickly. After security we had to check in. There were no lines; no diamond, diamond plus, pinnacle or suite lines. No one was at the counters either, just a big room with chairs with folks sitting in them or walking around. There were some in yellow jackets near the entrance to the ship, so we asked where to go. We were told to take a seat. And there we sat for a while. Neither the passengers nor the staff with the iPads seemed to have any clear idea what was going on. We watched this one fellow move down the aisle of chairs not stopping to check anyone in, but just keep walking back and forth. I remarked that even in retirement, I could do that. If the job had full medical, I'd be willing to move to New Jersey. Eventually an officious-looking lady came and directed some of the walkers to actually start checking folks in. All the disorganization took time, but otherwise the new tech check in worked well. It was 2:15 pm by the time we were actually on the ship. A good training session would go a long way to improve this. After Kummelweck sandwiches in Cafe 270 we went exploring. There is so much art, electronic and traditional, that it is hard to take in all at once. This is a beautiful ship, more reminiscent of sister line Celebrity than RCCL. We had an obstructed balcony on deck six and wanted to check out how obstructed. The concept of having your key sitting out in the hall outside your room seems odd to me, but everything was there and it all seemed to work. The cabin was narrow, but very well designed with lots of storage and even our huge cruise bags fit under the bed. The bathroom had a great shower and seemed more efficient. We had a good view over the top of a lifeboat and considered the discount for an obstructed view a good bargain. Muster was inside for us at Michael's Pub, a great looking place with good beer choices and odd food choices. Cruising out of New Jersey and New York harbor, there will always be folks of many nationalities. Most of these folks are friendly, polite, and very interesting to talk to. What stood out as irritating on this cruise were a few incredibly rude people. They were blocking folks from entering “their” elevator, shouting to friends across the Schooner bar when the cruise director's staff were trying to host events there, and pushing folks aside to get into the show. You see a bit of this everywhere, but I've haven't seen behavior like this on any cruise before. Odd to see the rude New Yorker stereo-type so on display here. I read about all this angst over the new “dynamic dining” scheme, and we had no trouble with it at all. Yes, our travel agent made a large group and booked us all into the available eateries in rotation at 6pm. However after the 2nd rotation, most of us began to return to our favorites or try the upcharge places. No problem at all. We just walked on in and were seated without a wait. All that worry over nothing. All the info on the different restaurants is available on the RCCL website. Our favorites were the American Icon Grill, Chic, Devinly Decadance, and Jamie's Italian (upcharge). Beware the crabcake appetizer in AIG and Chic, it's all fake crab. Our biggest disappointment, surprisingly, was Silk, the Asian fusion place. We love Asian food, but the choices were bland and not authentic. Pity, because the décor was amusing, it looked like Fu Manchu's red velvet bordello. The idea of a formal restaurant rather than an all over formal night worked well. Those who wanted to dress up went to the Grande, those who wished to opt out of the middle-aged prom, ate elsewhere. Everyone was happy and the self-appointed fashion police had nothing to carp about. We re-lived our childhood with the bumper cars in the Seaplex, floated on air with the iFly parachute ride, and got great views of the ship on the Northstar. Royal's innovations always push the envelope and make Royal the most popular cruise line, even over the bargain lines. Mamma Mia was great, lots of talented performers, and the bands playing around the ship were great as usual. A lot of pre-cruise hoopla was made of the Bionic Bar with it's two robot bartenders. They had techs working on them every morning. A lot of repairs for a gimmick bar. Every movie I've seen with robots usually doesn't end well. They all get together to kill all the humans or one gets a red light in it and starts killing folks with lasers. I don't want to order a drink and hear “I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that.” Not impressed. While we opted to stay onboard for Labadee and San Juan, we took a cab with friends to Maho Beach on St. Maarten for lunch and to watch the planes come in. We took general sight-seeing tours of the other islands; Martinique, Barbados, and St. Kitts. Fort de France and Bridgetown were new ports for us and we just wanted to get back to the Batik factory in St. Kitts. We got some good pictures of the wild green monkeys. Lots of onboard events to keep folks occupied on the sea days. They even brought back the Quest, but scheduling it at 11:45pm before a port day doesn't really encourage participation; those with early excursions are a might pressed. The trivia games were good with lots of new questions, and the prizes actually got decent the last few days; metal water bottles, backpacks, and Quantum hats. Our team won the five day progressive trivia tournament (Go Starfleet!). Debark went much better than embark. We just walked off with our luggage in the 8:30 to 9am window for self-debarking. Customs at the port had enough staff and we breezed through. Again a wait for the buses to get a slot to load was a bottleneck. More bus parking would be a good thing. Quantum is all they claimed it to be and is a great vacation destination on it's own. I'll be sorry to see it change so much for it's trip to China. But, hey, there will always be Anthem.

After a lot of negative press, a great cruise on a great ship!

Quantum of the Seas Cruise Review by Cruznation

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This was the March 1, 2015 Southern Caribbean cruise on Quantum of the Seas departing from Cape Liberty, New Jersey.
We took the Academy bus from Arlington, Virginia the morning of the first. A predicted snow storm was chasing us the whole way, but it being Sunday, we made good time and got to Cape Liberty just after noon. Problem was so did a couple of dozen other buses. We were held on a side street for over an hour until a slot at the pier opened up for us to unload. By this time a few inches were on the ground. We waited till all the bags were off and tagged with the RFID chips. Security in the terminal was quick. They had enough equipment and the lines were short and moved quickly. After security we had to check in. There were no lines; no diamond, diamond plus, pinnacle or suite lines. No one was at the counters either, just a big room with chairs with folks sitting in them or walking around. There were some in yellow jackets near the entrance to the ship, so we asked where to go. We were told to take a seat. And there we sat for a while. Neither the passengers nor the staff with the iPads seemed to have any clear idea what was going on. We watched this one fellow move down the aisle of chairs not stopping to check anyone in, but just keep walking back and forth. I remarked that even in retirement, I could do that. If the job had full medical, I'd be willing to move to New Jersey. Eventually an officious-looking lady came and directed some of the walkers to actually start checking folks in. All the disorganization took time, but otherwise the new tech check in worked well. It was 2:15 pm by the time we were actually on the ship. A good training session would go a long way to improve this.
After Kummelweck sandwiches in Cafe 270 we went exploring. There is so much art, electronic and traditional, that it is hard to take in all at once. This is a beautiful ship, more reminiscent of sister line Celebrity than RCCL. We had an obstructed balcony on deck six and wanted to check out how obstructed. The concept of having your key sitting out in the hall outside your room seems odd to me, but everything was there and it all seemed to work. The cabin was narrow, but very well designed with lots of storage and even our huge cruise bags fit under the bed. The bathroom had a great shower and seemed more efficient. We had a good view over the top of a lifeboat and considered the discount for an obstructed view a good bargain.
Muster was inside for us at Michael's Pub, a great looking place with good beer choices and odd food choices.
Cruising out of New Jersey and New York harbor, there will always be folks of many nationalities. Most of these folks are friendly, polite, and very interesting to talk to. What stood out as irritating on this cruise were a few incredibly rude people. They were blocking folks from entering “their” elevator, shouting to friends across the Schooner bar when the cruise director's staff were trying to host events there, and pushing folks aside to get into the show. You see a bit of this everywhere, but I've haven't seen behavior like this on any cruise before. Odd to see the rude New Yorker stereo-type so on display here.
I read about all this angst over the new “dynamic dining” scheme, and we had no trouble with it at all. Yes, our travel agent made a large group and booked us all into the available eateries in rotation at 6pm. However after the 2nd rotation, most of us began to return to our favorites or try the upcharge places. No problem at all. We just walked on in and were seated without a wait. All that worry over nothing.
All the info on the different restaurants is available on the RCCL website. Our favorites were the American Icon Grill, Chic, Devinly Decadance, and Jamie's Italian (upcharge). Beware the crabcake appetizer in AIG and Chic, it's all fake crab. Our biggest disappointment, surprisingly, was Silk, the Asian fusion place. We love Asian food, but the choices were bland and not authentic. Pity, because the décor was amusing, it looked like Fu Manchu's red velvet bordello. The idea of a formal restaurant rather than an all over formal night worked well. Those who wanted to dress up went to the Grande, those who wished to opt out of the middle-aged prom, ate elsewhere. Everyone was happy and the self-appointed fashion police had nothing to carp about.
We re-lived our childhood with the bumper cars in the Seaplex, floated on air with the iFly parachute ride, and got great views of the ship on the Northstar. Royal's innovations always push the envelope and make Royal the most popular cruise line, even over the bargain lines.
Mamma Mia was great, lots of talented performers, and the bands playing around the ship were great as usual.
A lot of pre-cruise hoopla was made of the Bionic Bar with it's two robot bartenders. They had techs working on them every morning. A lot of repairs for a gimmick bar. Every movie I've seen with robots usually doesn't end well. They all get together to kill all the humans or one gets a red light in it and starts killing folks with lasers. I don't want to order a drink and hear “I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that.” Not impressed.
While we opted to stay onboard for Labadee and San Juan, we took a cab with friends to Maho Beach on St. Maarten for lunch and to watch the planes come in. We took general sight-seeing tours of the other islands; Martinique, Barbados, and St. Kitts. Fort de France and Bridgetown were new ports for us and we just wanted to get back to the Batik factory in St. Kitts. We got some good pictures of the wild green monkeys.
Lots of onboard events to keep folks occupied on the sea days. They even brought back the Quest, but scheduling it at 11:45pm before a port day doesn't really encourage participation; those with early excursions are a might pressed. The trivia games were good with lots of new questions, and the prizes actually got decent the last few days; metal water bottles, backpacks, and Quantum hats. Our team won the five day progressive trivia tournament (Go Starfleet!).
Debark went much better than embark. We just walked off with our luggage in the 8:30 to 9am window for self-debarking. Customs at the port had enough staff and we breezed through. Again a wait for the buses to get a slot to load was a bottleneck. More bus parking would be a good thing.
Quantum is all they claimed it to be and is a great vacation destination on it's own. I'll be sorry to see it change so much for it's trip to China. But, hey, there will always be Anthem.
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Cabin seemed smaller than on other ships but FAR better designed. LOADS of storage and a far more efficient bathroom. View out over the lifeboat was fine.
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