We cruise regularly and have sailed on RCI, NCL, Celebrity, Silver Sea, and Princess. Quantum of the Seas is one of the best cruises we have taken. We are couple in our late 30s and like the finer things in life but also like to have fun. ... Read More
We cruise regularly and have sailed on RCI, NCL, Celebrity, Silver Sea, and Princess. Quantum of the Seas is one of the best cruises we have taken. We are couple in our late 30s and like the finer things in life but also like to have fun. We consider ourselves lucky enough to be able to vacation and cruise. Was the cruise perfect? No. Is any cruise perfect? No. But I guess it is how you look at the world and we prefer to have ourselves a fantastic time!
Now onto Quantum. What an amazing ship! So modern, so many great activities and venues. Have sailed on many RCI ships and Quantum is a definitely a great step forward.
Arrived early for embarkation at Singapore – big, well layed out terminal. Checked in then waited till our coloured card was called. From customs took around 10 mins to get on the ship. Considering such a big ship embarkation went quite well.
Arrived in the Royal Esplanade and WOW! Sparkling and new, clean, modern and spacious. Spaces we loved on the ship were 270, Seaplex, Ripcord Sky Diving, the adults pool and Jamie’s Italian our fav restaurant. Ship design/decor reminded us of Celebrity – very tasteful and a luxurious feel.
Balcony on deck 8. Beds super comfy, nice to see a bigger ensuite with a proper shower screen, plenty of storage and big flat screen TV. Room service attendant friendly and cleaned the room well. USB points handy for charging. No shampoo/conditioner but asked our steward and these were provided.
Had no issues with Dynamic Dining so seems RCI have fixed the problems from last year. Liked being able to go to whichever restaurant we liked. Menus changed after 4 days and had some ‘always available’ options. Booked some of the restaurants before we cruised and some onboard using the APP. Longest we had to wait to be seated was 5 mins. Chic the best quality food and service. A little patchy in American Icon. Food could have been better in Silk but I guess that is personal taste. A lot of the wines by the glass were not available but sommelier helped with substitutes.
Wonderland was fun and different – great atmosphere and quirky menu. Our waiter knew the menu inside out and was fantastic - the beef melted in your mouth.
Jamie’s Italian was our fav. $30 for dinner, $15 for lunch. Lunch menu pretty much same as dinner with a few items removed. Have to try the meat plank and the calamari! Pastas made fresh daily and were delicious. We wanted to try a few and our waiter suggested smaller size portions which they can do. Eugenio also knew the menu inside out to the extent of where the ingredients were from. Do not miss Jamie’s!
Johnny Rockets had changed to Kung Foo Panda Noodles for the Asian market - didn't eat there but was $4-5 for noodles/dumplings.
LOVED Cafe 270 - Quantum's version of the Park Cafe. Roast Beef rolls as always were delicious. Salad bar had the tastiest Noodle and Caesar Salads and all made fresh for you. Good spot to grab a bacon and egg muffin in the morning as the Windjammer usually pretty packed.
Quantum offers lots of new things to do. Sea Plex always had something going on – did the bumper cars several times – so much fun! Glow Party was something different with the DJ floating overhead in a rotating capsule. Tried the roller skating as well. They also had dance classes in there.
Ripcord by IFly was fantastic. Booked on 1st day using the APP. Whoever thought you could sky dive on a ship! You had to remove everything in case it got caught in the giant fans - including any false teeth which our instructor told us had happened!
North Star usually had a queue of maybe 1hr or more – best time to go first thing in morning. Loved the views particularly in Hong Kong. Maybe they could work out some sort of booking system for North Star.
All the activities we tried were free.
270 lounge was our fav indoor venue. Great views over the back of the ship and the show Starwater was spectacular. Giant projections on the glass, aerial performers hanging from the roof and 6 robo screens. Haven’t seen anything like this before on land or sea and loved it – went several times. They did min robo shows during the day definitely worth seeing.
Not a huge fan of the new production show Sequins & Feathers – very loud and strange choice of songs - felt like we were being screamed at.
Spent a lot of time in the adult Solarium – beautiful design and healthy cocktails at the bar. Kids would sometimes come into the infinity pools and we appreciated the solarium attendants asking them to leave (nicely).
Music Hall a new venue for RCI ships – 2 level live music venue and other activities like a ‘silent disco’ where you listen to the music through headphones. The live bands played a mix of songs in English/Cantonese/Mandarin to cater to the mixed passengers.
Vintages the place to go for wine – Ting and the other bartenders so friendly and enjoyed chatting with them. We had the Ultimate bev package and most wines by the glass included. A quieter venue and super comfy chairs/lounges.
Technology overall worked really well. Internet was cheap compared to other cruises and high speed - $15 per day 1 device or $10 per day if you connected 2 devices. Liked using the APP to book shows, dining, shore excursions, etc. Easier than queuing up to book. Bionic Bar worked most of the time – you could choose from a menu or make your own cocktails. Very cool to watch a robot make your drink something different!
Service overall excellent. A lot of new staff onboard as the ship was on its way to China. A few issues here and there but no doubt will get better. Queues usually long at the front desk.
We were delayed getting into Shanghai due to fog. Bit of a pain but I guess you can’t control the weather. Didn't let it spoil our holiday.
Overall a fantastic holiday and would not hesitate to sail on a Quantum ship again – hopefully Ovation when she comes down to Aus. If you can’t enjoy yourself on this ship then something must be wrong! Read Less