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13 Royal Caribbean Cruise to Nowhere Cruise Reviews

The ship is beautiful, decor top notch, comfortable beds. Service in dining rooms needs improvement. Bar service, terrible due to the fact that Royal does not have enough bartenders at any bar on the entire ship. For instance 1 ... Read More
The ship is beautiful, decor top notch, comfortable beds. Service in dining rooms needs improvement. Bar service, terrible due to the fact that Royal does not have enough bartenders at any bar on the entire ship. For instance 1 bartender at Solarium bar on Saturday close to noon, the bartender could not possibly keep up, when I asked him to contact someone to get help, he responded that the other bartender was getting supplies for the bar! Ridiculous, supplies should be brought by someone else. Keep the bartenders at the bar to help the guests. Spectra Cabaret was cancelled for our Sunday evening 9PM show. Such a disappointment. There was a band scheduled each afternoon at the outdoor pool but canceled each day because it was cool. So why wasnt the band reassigned to an area inside the ship, so guests could enjoy music??? The knew the forecast days in advance! Food average, nothing great, desserts some dry and tasteless, others such as cheesecake, the portion so small you would need two slices to equal a normal slice. Specialty coffee shops, do not have enough staff. For instance, the person who makes your latte/cappuccino also has to ring up the order, so takes so much longer. Why doesnt Royal have a person ringing up the orders so the drinks can be made by someone else??? This is a new ship, yet I have NEVER felt so wobbly on ANY other ship and I have been on four cruiselines! The stabilizer on this ship does not do its job, the waters were not very choppy, no storm, yet always felt so much movement. I would not go on the Anthem again, expected better service and entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
The check in process was absolutely terrible. My husband and I were already frustrated after being stuck in traffic for over two hours, and then got to the chaos of this horrible port. So unorganized! We got through security and were told ... Read More
The check in process was absolutely terrible. My husband and I were already frustrated after being stuck in traffic for over two hours, and then got to the chaos of this horrible port. So unorganized! We got through security and were told to "have a seat" with about 100 other people. There were about 5 staff members with iPads checking people in and taking pictures. There was no organization whatsoever. The staff looked panicked and the guests were shouting at them to come to their family and check them in. So the staff would leave the line and go start that line, and this process went on and on. Eventually, we had to tell the staff member in our line to finish this and stop leaving to go to some family that was yelling at her. It was a hot mess. Not a great first impression. Once on-board everything was okay. We went to our cabin and made a list of the things we wanted to do that day. We went to eat at buffet near the Solarium and that was alright, but we were starving so it didn't matter. We then walked around the ship just to see where things were. We had dinner at Silk that night and it was pretty good. We didn't buy the drink package and I was kind of upset that I had to pay for a soda. That just seems like something that should be included in the restaurants. So I stuck with water for the next 3 nights. We saw Spectra's Cabaret that night and that was so weird. I still don't even know what it was about. Then we went to Michael's Pub and had some beers and hung out there watching the guy playing guitar and singing (he was excellent). There were quite a few extremely drunk people and I couldn't believe the bartender's were still serving them when they could barely stand. But, that's not my problem, right? The next day we woke up and decided to go in the hot tub in the Solarium. The water was NOT HOT at all. It felt so odd and there were so many people jammed in it that we just left and did not return for the rest of the trip. It felt so gross. Then we went to Seaplex and played ping pong and Air Hockey - which they charge for...I don't know. The cruise is not cheap and I can't even get a game of Air Hockey for free? My husband did the Ripcord (the indoor sky diving) and he really enjoyed that. He did not have a reservation but luckily some people did not show up on time and he went right in. We saw the We Will Rock You show and that was ehhhhh, alright. Way too long. Like almost 2 hours long. We literally fell asleep. We saw the comedian after and he was hilarious. We really enjoyed that. We also went to the casino, but it was a little too smokey for us to stay too long. Then went to Chic restaurant and that was a poor experience. The waiter was cocky and annoying and the food was not that great. Overall, the trip was just okay. We did alot of fun stuff, but the staff was not that friendly and completely unorganized throughout of whole stay. I can't imagine being on a 12 day cruise with them. Not sure if we will sail with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Diamond Plus cruiser with RCCL, but have sailed other cruise lines. Just let me say the pre-cruise terminal experience was different and not very well organized. One person telling you to go here and there with no signage. Thank ... Read More
Diamond Plus cruiser with RCCL, but have sailed other cruise lines. Just let me say the pre-cruise terminal experience was different and not very well organized. One person telling you to go here and there with no signage. Thank goodness I knew how the process was suppose to work. For a new cruiser, it would be daunting. Your sea pass card awaits you in your room. I booked a balcony on deck 8, thankfully not to far from Aft elevators. Stateroom attendant did a great job. Lets just say there is a lot of walking on this ship. We did the classic complimentary dining, (rotated between the free dining rooms each night with the same table and wait staff. We had table 101 for 2, with Christian as our waiter, he and his wife (asst.waiter) were great. We ate in Chic, Grande and American Icon, our least favorite was American Icon which I thought I would like the best. We ate lunch in Chic one day, the lobster/shrimp saffron rissoto was the best. Smoked potato soup not too good. Our waitress did not tell us that the tuti salad bar was available. Windjammer food the same as always, but variety was much smaller than I felt in the past. Only one waitress offer to get us drinks. Indoor pool and solorium were packed everyday. You could not enjoy Johnny Rockets as it is located on the outside pool deck, where they normally would have ice cream stand. Concierge Lounge has a beautiful view, once you find it at the end of deck 12 staterooms, be prepared for a long walk down a crooked hallway. Two 70's caberet show was cancelled, Queen show worth it to see, Atomic Punk (Van Hallen show), loud but ok. Casino, only wasted 5 dollars, no wins. Slots expensive, penny slots actually cost more than 3 dollars per spin on some. Not much variety. Only place we didn't go was SeaPlex. We saw Northstar and Windtunnel experience. Don't waste money to dine in Solorium Bistro (lunch or dinner) or go there for breakfast. Only came across one disgruntled employee, he was the concierge person in the diamond lounge on deck 5 outside the theater. No food was available in Diamond or Concierge Lounge due to them not passing Noro Virus inspection from last cruise. Ship seems a little top heavy as it swayed more than most and the overall design, had an Asian feel, no glitz, cheap poster pictures, Floors 3,4,5 not designed for amount of people on ship, to many expensive shops, Disembarkation was easy and fast after all the selfies left. Would I go again, only if prices came down, because I can drive to port and not fly. But for now, will try Baltimore and continue to fly to Florida to cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
After all the hype about this ship I couldn't wait to get on it. I watched videos of it all the time. I don't know if a longer cruise would have given me a better impression or not. I feel like I was gypped. Too many people ... Read More
After all the hype about this ship I couldn't wait to get on it. I watched videos of it all the time. I don't know if a longer cruise would have given me a better impression or not. I feel like I was gypped. Too many people trying to do the same thing in a short time so you missed a lot. I took my 16 year old grand daughter on this cruise. They didn't get my reservation for North Star & had no more openings so we couldn't do that. I really wanted to do it. Didn't care about Ifly. They changed my reservation for We Will Rock You to a time that interfered with my dining reservation. I had to change it to an afternoon show. They changed Spectra's to a different day than I had reserved also. I wasn't even notified of the changes. I read about people's reservations being changed so I checked mine & found out they were changed too. My grand daughter wanted to do the bumper cars. It was a 1 1/2-2 hour wait for a 3 minute ride! We didn't wait. Another thing we didn't get to do. The only seats we could find for Spectra were in the last row off to the side. I don't understand why the lights were so dim for this show. With that & our seats being so far away, you couldn't really see that great. It was a pretty good show though. I think the design of this room was poorly done. Went 1/2 hour early for We Will Rock You to get a good seat. I did enjoy it although the character of Galileo was a bit annoying at times. Trying to get a seat at the Music Hall was impossible. Three times we went, 3 times there were no seats. Not even a place to stand & watch. The juggler was amazing and very funny. One of my favorite things on a cruise is a Caribbean band. It was in the planner but never saw them. I like line dancing too. None of that either. What's a cruise without the Electric Slide, the Wobble etc? Couldn't find a seat to play Trivia either. They even ran out of forms to write your answers on. We ate at Grande. It was good but not hot. No waiters entertaining you on this ship. Miss that! Had breakfast & lunch either at Windjammer or Solarium Bistro. The scrambled eggs were awful. I believe they are powdered. They use that on a lot of the ships now. Had real bacon one day, after that it was turkey bacon. On the last night we had steak at the Solarium Bistro for dinner. It was good & it was hot. Wish I had tried dinner there before. Tried the infamous roast beef sandwich at 270. It was tough and had a lot of gristle. The self serve ice cream was closed down. The ice cream at the Windjammer had no taste to it. Waits for drinks and elevators were very long. The cabin was small but it had plenty of room to store clothes. Bed was comfortable. There was an engine type noise in the room constantly but I was able to get to sleep even with it. The Virtual balcony wasn't very clear. It looked like there was no sun out but when you got up on deck it was sunny. Pool was too cold for me but my grand daughter loved it. They weren't crowded either. Hot tubs were great. Was disappointed in the Royal shop. Nothing much in there. I was looking to replace some T shirts I bought on another RC ship but they didn't have them. That is the only shop I went in. Couldn't afford the other ones. Staff was good except for one gentleman at the service desk. I went two more times after that & had really good polite service with a young Asian girl. My cabin steward Eniko Brown was the best steward I ever had. Very pleasant, always greeted you, asked how your day was going & if she saw you coming she would open your door for you. She did a great job on the cabin too. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze but it took about 45 minutes to drive down the street to the terminal! Leaving the terminal there was no traffic. Not really impressed by this ship. I won't return again. I think Explorer of the Seas was much prettier, food was better & Leigh the cruise director was great. Too bad it's gone. I will not do a 3 night cruise again on any line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
After sailing on Quantum of the Seas in 2014, I wanted to try Anthem. I was anticipating this ship and all of its beauty. The ship itself was beautiful and very clean! After a few weeks of bad seas and bad press for Norovirus, I ... Read More
After sailing on Quantum of the Seas in 2014, I wanted to try Anthem. I was anticipating this ship and all of its beauty. The ship itself was beautiful and very clean! After a few weeks of bad seas and bad press for Norovirus, I wasn't sure what to expect but the ship was indeed very clean. I noticed that it seemed to rock quite a bit, but it could have been because we were going very slowly, 12 knots, and I think the stabilizers might have been off. And we didn't go to Halifax as we were supposed to, but went south instead for safety which was fine. It just would have been nice if the Captain told us instead of letting us guess or see on the television that we had a change in direction. Now the reason I rated it average was for a few things, the food was no better than cafeteria food and service was terrible. The exception was Jamie Oliver's, a specialty restaurant, that was fantastic and we had eaten in on Quantum as well. Just great! The Grande where we ate one night was good too and service there was wonderful as opposed to American Icon where it was horrendous! Our room steward too was wonderful though. For a weekend cruise, I was not expecting towel animals which we got. He also brought us ice which was great. We mentioned it once and he brought it everyday without us asking again. Technically, it's supposed to be from room service. The shows were interesting. Spectra Cafe was different and good and We Will Rock You had some excellent singers. The show itself would have been better if they just sang the Queen songs and didn't have a lame story around them. The singers were very good though. The game shows with Abe Hughes the CD were very good too. The best feature of the ship is the Solarium and indoor pool. Just a wonderful space that I would love to see on all ships. All in all, would I go on the Anthem again, I don't think so. Too many negatives and not enough incentive for me. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Just returned from a short 3 night cruise from Sydney staying in a Balcony cabin Deck 9. Firstly would like to say the ship is lovely and the entertainment was great. However...if you are intending on purchasing a drink package on this ... Read More
Just returned from a short 3 night cruise from Sydney staying in a Balcony cabin Deck 9. Firstly would like to say the ship is lovely and the entertainment was great. However...if you are intending on purchasing a drink package on this ship I would think again. We purchased the Ultimate drink package which included top shelf liquor and premium coffees and juices. We spend a fair bit of time at the Solarium bar (adults only pool area) where there were always very long queues to get a drink. I noticed a drink waiter coming around for a couple of hours on one of the days but he was no where to be seen by the 2nd day. Many people I observed were very annoyed at having to queue up constantly to get a drink. The bar service was very slow and they didn't have enough people on duty. Someone mentioned that this is common on short cruises from Sydney as they allow some of their staff to take leave during this time which results in minimal staff on duty. If you decide to purchase the drink package I would go inside and down in the lifts to the schooner bar, order drinks and bring them back up in the lift. This is much quicker than standing in line. I have cruised many times and have found the service on the RC ships through the Caribbean to be much better than what I have experienced cruising from Sydney. Perhaps it has something to do with the 'tipping' in America. I even had trouble trying to get a freshly squeezed orange juice, the wait time was very long. The water went off the first morning of the cruise so we couldn't get coffee from the cafe. We found the first night at dinner in the restaurant they were very unorganised and we seemed to have trouble ordering drinks from our drink package. The staff on the Explorer did not look happy, and the service was average. The best service I encountered was on the morning we docked. We were having breakfast in the Windjammer and the service was exceptional but I think it was because they were trying to get us to have breakfast and move on fairly quickly to disembark. Very disappointed with the service on this cruise and for that reason would not cruise on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
16 of us just sailed on voyager of the seas on a 3 night sampler.We had been on the 1 night in novemeber 2013 and vowed never to go with this ship again but we did. We had read all the previous negative reveiws and thought what have we ... Read More
16 of us just sailed on voyager of the seas on a 3 night sampler.We had been on the 1 night in novemeber 2013 and vowed never to go with this ship again but we did. We had read all the previous negative reveiws and thought what have we done . Well we were suprised as all the staff were very good.Ebarkation was very quick on the ship in about 20 mins. But cant see where 80 million went only to take out a lot of the lounge spaces and put in more cabins. Far too many people,no lounges to sit and have a nice drink as could not get in them,one of us would have to go up to Anchor lounge an hour before to get a seat for pre dinner drinks. Anytime dining was a disgrace i booked our 2 talbles of 8 2 months before sailing and then went straight to dining room to confirm and it was all wrong were told it would be fixed when we got to dinner we were given 1 table of 10 and 1 of 6 away from each other needles to say we fought them and got it changed and was ok for the 3 nights. The food in the Saffire dining room at night was outstanding and we had the best waiters ever well done Ben 10 our waiter. The drink waiter after the first night just came to our tables with the drinks he knew we had and put them in front of us. we had the premium drink package and it was fantastic, but too many lines at all bars to get a drink, very few waiters serving drinks out at the pool. Generally not enough staff foe example go to dining room fro breakfast takes at least 2 hours. As i said earlyier we had a great time but we will nevser sail on this ship again not a patch on Rhapsody and Radiance need to take heed RCCL or Princess will beat you as we will stay with them more rooms to use. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My wife and I recently sailed on this beautiful new ship for a three night "sampler cruise to nowhere". Arrival and parking was a breeze. Inside the terminal it was a little crazy, agents standing all over with tablets. There ... Read More
My wife and I recently sailed on this beautiful new ship for a three night "sampler cruise to nowhere". Arrival and parking was a breeze. Inside the terminal it was a little crazy, agents standing all over with tablets. There were a few traditional stands also. It went ok but we were there very early, 10:30. I imagine with lots of people it would be chaos. We were able to get into our cabin at12:30. We were on deck 11 with a balcony. The hallways seem narrower than on other ships. Our room was nicely laid out, but again it was narrow. There is no table in front of the couch. If there had been, the room would have been very small. The person sleeping on the window side of the bed will find it difficult to maneuver between the drapes and bed. The restroom was great and the shower was roomy. The room service menu continues to be reduced, especially complementary items. Our mini bar was not stocked until the last evening of the cruise. A sewer smell in our cabin was handled quickly on day two after calling maintenance. The elevators were never all working at the same time. It was all rather odd. You would press up and suddenly end up going down or stopping on floors not pressed. We ended up changing elevators a couple of times. RCI is really pushing technology, meaning buy their internet package. We found we could accomplish just as much by using the cabin TV or going to Guest Services and using their tablets. Speaking of TV, the channels in the cabins are very limited. Free movies are no longer an option, however the movies for a fee have greatly increased. That seems to be a very common theme. Many many things and options which used to be free are no longer. Much has changed since my first cruise 10 years ago. We went to Vintages the wine bar and the first two wines we requested were not available. The server said only about 60% of the wine was on board. We also experienced this in Wonderland, one of the premium dining venues. Shopping was a disappointment due to no alcohol being for sale. The store was fully stocked however they could not sell. When we booked we paid full price, but we certainly felt RCI was treating this as a discount, test run. If that was the case they should have affected lower prices. On day two we attended a travel agent seminar with RCI executives, including the COO. During this question answer session an executive said the staff are trained to ask guests about food allergies, we were never asked. They also stated a guest can always request standard items not found on the menu, such as grilled chicken, steak, etc. At dinner that night in American Icon I requested the steak on the menu outside the venue and on the TV menu. I was told it was no longer available and had been replaced. I asked for any type of steak and was told there was none available. I was not even asked what I would like in place of a steak. We told a supervisor about the seminar and statements made by RCI executives, yet no response and no steak. We were able to get on Northstar after a two hour wait. RCI should look for a better way to manage the line and prevent last minute line jumping. Maybe pass out numbers to people when they come up. We enjoyed Northstar, but on a normal cruise in warm weather probably not worth two hours. The ship does not offer a complementary venue offering hamburgers, french fries and hot dogs on the pool deck as you traditionally find. The complementary venue has been replaced by Johnny Rockets, for a fee. Not only a fee but a 15% gratuity on your milkshake. Mamma Mia was fantastic. The comedian was great, the show in 270, Starwater, was visually stunning however the performance was disjointed. The performers were great and derserve a better platform to feature their talents. Spa is huge and very professional.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I sailed with my family aboard the Quantum of the Seas, sampler cruise, for 2 nights. Since the ship was not stopping at any ports, the whole reason was to "sample" the ship. Unfortunately my family and I could not do much ... Read More
I sailed with my family aboard the Quantum of the Seas, sampler cruise, for 2 nights. Since the ship was not stopping at any ports, the whole reason was to "sample" the ship. Unfortunately my family and I could not do much sampling. However, I will start with the "pros". I was upgraded to a balcony room, which was nice. Did not get to really use the balcony as it was a frigid 32 degrees and windy most of the time, but still nice. The room was spacious and toiletries were provided. The staff was very friendly and accommodating for the most part, especially in the restaurants and bars. The ship itself is beautiful and huge. Inside cabins had really cool virtual balconies that displayed a high def projections of the ocean in real time. Bionic Bar- the best part of the ship. Robots make the drinks after you order through an iPad. A fun novelty to watch and a cool futuristic bar to hang out in. The spa was awesome and received an amazing deep tissue massage. Ok, now for the cons: The elevators was ALWAYS full and numerous times a few were out of service. Here is my biggest issue. As I mentioned this cruise was to sample the ship and all it had to offer. Skydiving simulator, North Star, bumper cars, shows, restaurants, etc. On Friday, the first day of the cruise, I went to guest services to find out if I could make a reservation for the sky dive simulator (iFly) and was told I could not and to just go there and wait on line. When I did go there and try to wait on line the next day, we were informed that it was sold out and that we needed tickets. No one mentioned needing tickets. The same for the North Star, also sold out because tickets were required. There was nothing that said anything about having to reserve tickets, nor did any employees make this clear. It also was not stated on the itinerary that was left in the cabin. Therefore, we were not able to "sample" these activities. Restaurants also were always booked and it was near impossible to get a reservation. Bumper cars? Get in line, for about half the day. Coffee, get in line again. Lines, lines, lines, everywhere. If your clothes are wrinkled, you have one option- send them out to get pressed. $18 and 5 hours later for 3 items my clothing came back still wrinkled. There is no iron in the room. I was also told I was not allowed to use my own hair dryer and had to use the one provided (a tiny travel sized one that would have taken half the day to dry my long hair). Seating areas along cafe's and bars were always covered in dirty dishes and glasses. Nothing was ever cleaned up, and I found myself eating amongst lunches and beverages of those who came before me. This was actually pretty gross. Shows were sold out before I even boarded. I had tried to make reservations through the website a couple of weeks in advance, but nothing was close to being available. Food in the restaurants always came lukewarm. All in all, I really did not get to sample much on this ship, except 2 restaurants, some fancy hot chocolate, part of a show, and a massage. Too many people, and way too crowded. These mega ships may seem amazing however, keep in mind you may be one of over 4,000, therefore you will not get to experience all the ship has to offer.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Not sure where to start! our 12th cruise with RCI and worst yet! Our card didn't work in few bars which led to double chargers for drinks! Never worked in Bionic bar!!! didn't get on north star cause they gave tickets away ... Read More
Not sure where to start! our 12th cruise with RCI and worst yet! Our card didn't work in few bars which led to double chargers for drinks! Never worked in Bionic bar!!! didn't get on north star cause they gave tickets away without informing! Have been told first day its stand by! Wait time for drink at schooner bar 20min. Chops grill dinner super long withSuper dirty windows not romantic! They run out of champagne I ordered online and told us that at the end of the first night! Really??? for $250 bottle??? WOW-not! offered 2 cheaper once but little late! Seams like to much changes and the crew was confused! No special free inaugural souvenirs like we got on Oasis and Allure! Food so, so! Favourite place...Music Hall!!! Live music, pool tables and good drinks! Ship itself is very modern and beautiful but need to improve a lot!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
My husband and I felt this trip was like a prototype, having many wrinkles that needed tweaking before the working model evolves. The passengers were guinea pigs,needed to find out which, if any, innovations were feasible. Check in at ... Read More
My husband and I felt this trip was like a prototype, having many wrinkles that needed tweaking before the working model evolves. The passengers were guinea pigs,needed to find out which, if any, innovations were feasible. Check in at Southampton was rather chaotic, as everyone seemed to arrive at the same time. Those of us who had checked in on line were sent to a different area, and waited for someone to bring up our details on a tablet. When our turn came, we were told we hadn't checked in. I said that if I had not checked in, I would not have been able to print off my sea pass! That piece of technology was not working, but we were able to continue to the ship There was no feedback form to fill in; those who gave their email info were to be notified and would have a week to send in their feedback; there were many guests on board who were not leaving USA until 19th, arriving back in the UK November 26th. As the ship docked at Bayonne November 10th, it would be too late for any feedback. Bearing in mind there were about 3,500 passengers on a ship that was not the size of the Oasis class, meant that more cabins would be needed, and we thought they were long, but narrower than usual. We could not understand why it was advised to book dining choices prior to boarding. When we boarded, it was clear that with 4 complimentary venues and many more that had a fee, it was obvious why booking was necessary. We were told that we could always change, but that may have me3ant we'd be unable to get a restaurant of our choice. If we were happy to share a table, it was easier than if we wanted a table for two. Each of the restaurants kept the same menu for the whole trip, so if anyone booked all their places at the same restaurant, they would not have much choice of menu. The shows also had to be booked, or it meant standing in line, waiting to see if there was any room just before the show began. Some who did book still were turned away. Another problem was that the option to use the bumper cars was available at the same time as an early dining time; if you wanted to do that, then the dining time would have to be changed, and it might have been difficult to get in anywhere else. People who wanted to try the North Star had to queue for between 2-4 hours, which seemed out of proportion to the few minutes the experience lasted. Some days it was too windy, and during the cruise, the strong wind and rough sea made it impossible for shows to take place, as it would not have been safe for the dancers. Mini bars in cabins were not going to be stocked until the ship reached Cape Liberty, and some of the shops were not opened until half way through the trip. I don't deny there was a lot of technology going on, but not everything worked at times. The robots serving cocktails, (only certain ones had been programmed in) reminded me of a cross between a pterodactyl and a duck when it has its head in the water and its tail pointing to heaven. They looked rather cute though. There was always plenty of room in the Windjammer buffet restaurant, with a good choice of food. It was certainly a completely new slant on cruising. If you want to be regimented into a series of appointments for doing something at all times,rather than strolling round and choosing something as the fancy takes you, then Quantum may suit you. You won't find any interesting talks; you won't even get to try on your lifejacket, because they are not in your cabin. A crew member will demonstrate how it's worn when you are at your assembly point, but that's it! I would have appreciated a relaxing time once we were off the ship, but that is another story, which I will address on Trip Advisor.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
My wife and I enjoy cruising. We are in our late 60's . We took the 3 night cruise from Port Liberty NJ to see what this new ship had to offer. Since we live in New Jersey we were able to drive to the port and park. Parking is rather ... Read More
My wife and I enjoy cruising. We are in our late 60's . We took the 3 night cruise from Port Liberty NJ to see what this new ship had to offer. Since we live in New Jersey we were able to drive to the port and park. Parking is rather limited and it took about 15 minutes just to get into the lot. We stayed in a stateroom with a balcony. The stateroom was a little on the small side, but nice. Unfortunately the ship had lost the credit card link for our sea pass and therefore we could not charge purchases with the sea pass. This was fixed after four trips to Guest Services. At Guest Services we had to wait in line approx. 10 minutes each time we visited them. We ate in three if the restaurants. "Silk" and "Jamie Oliver's" were excellent- good food and good service. The American Icon restaurant was only "Fair" and the service was terrible. We had wanted to go to some of the other restaurants, but the ship computer also lost all of our dinner reservations, and nothing could be done to fix this. We went on "Northstar" but had to wait in line outside on deck for 1.5 hours, and when we got to the end of the line, it malfunctioned and closed for the day, so we had to go back a second day and wait in line again. Most of the attractions onboard have long lines. The shows were good, but you need reservations to get into the shows and space is limited. The ship will be really nice after they fix the numerous problems. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We went on the the 3 day cruise to nowhere to experience the Quantum of the seas. We go on a cruise about every year to year and a half (usually with 6 kids) but this time was just the 2 of us to get a quick getaway. I was very excited to ... Read More
We went on the the 3 day cruise to nowhere to experience the Quantum of the seas. We go on a cruise about every year to year and a half (usually with 6 kids) but this time was just the 2 of us to get a quick getaway. I was very excited to experience this new ship. There were many things that I liked about the new ship such as the entire upper deck, Pools, (Indoor and out,) the skydiving, everything about seaplex, solarium etc etc.... I thought the entire ship looked very nice, and liked the rock hall space and enjoyed all the entertainment and the rooms were better.... These things were all upgrades from previous Royal Caribbean ships and should have put this cruise above others from the past... However, its the stuff that was missing and changes that did not need to be changed that makes me worry about the future of Royal Caribbean ships. First of all the new dining is definitely upsetting people more than making people happy... I don't think i've seen any positive reviews of the "change in dining". Especially if we are going to be bringing kids on this class of ship. I miss the real "WOW" of walking into a 3 story Dining Room. All the restaurants on this ship seemed to be just tucked away and felt like we were in a basement rather than a fancy restaurant. Kids want basic food... chicken nuggets, hot dogs, sirloin steak, kids meal stuff..... and these are not even options at any of the main dining restaurants or specialty restaurants... I surely cannot see spending an additional $25 to $50 per meal for kids at any specialty restaurant when they would not even touch most of the food options. Most importantly, on past cruises my kids loved going to the main dining room to talk to "their waiter" that they made friends with over the past few nights, this is no longer even possible on the Quantum class... Please bring back the regular waiters and specific time dining... I'm sure they can figure out a way to make it work, possibly like the Disney Cruises where you eat in a different restaurant every night but it is at the same time and you have the same waiter night after night... I'm sure it can be fixed but they better do it fast. Need more fun things on board, like the Love and Marriage show, or Quest, or even the parades.... These daily fun times (even if they are less than an hour long) is what keeps us entertained on these ships and are things that you don't really see or do anywhere else but on a ship so why get rid of them on the Quantum class? At least replace with new cruise director shows or activities... to keep us entertained. In summary, the ship itself has added new things that should put it one step better than any previous ships, however making a few things better while taking away what has always made you the best, is what is upsetting the majority of Quantum cruisers. Stick with the old while adding some new and all will be good again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
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