We sailed from Brisbane to Alaska on the Quantum of the Seas. The staff as always were efficient, hard working and kind. The food, however was disappointing and certainly inferior to pre covid days. Poor quality cuts of meat were used, any chicken dish in the Windjammer was inedible as the chicken pieces were just grizzle and chewy, as were the stews, having fatty grizzled meat in them. The staff in the MDR were efficient and hard working though there seemed to be less of them as in previous cruises eg the assistant waiter served the drinks. Again the quality of the food was not as good as it once was and the choice more limited.
Our biggest concern was being unable to use the North Star bar in the evenings as it was given over to smokers, we had not come across this before and queried it at Guest Services and was told smoking was allowed from 18.00 hours till closing. Due to health reasons we were unable to drink there, disappointing as it would have been nice to sit with a drink and watch the sunset.
The shows in the theatre were very good but they seemed to have less variety in the rest of the entertainment relying heavily on hypnotists requiring audience participation, which I suppose is inexpensive to produce. Although I did not care for this form of ‘entertainment’ it did seem popular with our fellow cruisers.