This was our second Quantum cruise, our first was the 11 night 2 February cruise. The February cruise remains one of our favorite cruises, for many reasons, marred only by the incessant, inescapable, whining and complaining of fellow travelers - with little or nothing to complain about. Puzzling at best, because this is a great ship and it was a terrific trip.
Returning in March, the perceived issues were gone. Disappeared. We noticed a few minor tweaks and refinements, but the big change was the passengers. The complaining was gone, replaced by families and individuals looking to have a great time, and succeeding.
In retrospect, it was as if the 1100+ Diamonds (Barnacles) onboard were involved in a scavenger hunt of sorts, determined to find all the glitches already noted on these pages, and add fresh insights (grievances) of their own. They were experts on everything, prefacing every gripe with their cruise history for authentication (bragging rights). That can explain how the three couples we had breakfast with on day 2 had already declared, less than 20 hours after leaving port, that they were never sailing Royal again (wish it were so) because Quantum was so terrible. The March travelers, left to their own devices and opinions, were having a visibly great cruise - they didn't know they were supposed to be miserable. It's long been known that you can't put new wine in an old wine skin. The Quantum experience shows that you can put old wine in a new wine skin, but it's a largely wasted effort, nothing is gained.
If you can fill all the stormy space available you've brought way too much luggage. Well designed and very functional.
Bayonne fully lives up to expectations. My apology to international travelers,and please, don't think Bayonne is America. Poor entry road, surly baggage handlers, inconsistent security screening, over priced ground transportation are some of the highlights.
Labadee is a great day at the beach. If that's what you're expecting that's exact what you get. Increasingly Labadee is becoming one of our favorite days - a great escape from the Northern winter.
San Juan is far less threatening in recent years, making it a more enjoyable port to visit. Very accessible, scenic and interesting. Good restaurants complete the picture. Traditional last call I'd at Señor Frogs, but after this visit that tradition ends - poor service but worse- bad attitude.