Quantum of the Seas is known for its latest technology – from hydrodynamic design, hull shape, low emissions and its low fuel consumption. Two of her highlights are the London Eye-inspired gondola called the North Star, attached to a mechanical arm 91 metres above sea level it gives the passengers a 360 degree bird’s-eye view of the ocean and ports; and the innovative Two70 interactive venue. Royal iQ, an interactive scheduling app, also made its debut in Quantum of the Seas making dinner reservations and tracking of activities easier. Other high-tech innovations include robot bartenders at the Bionic Bar, interactive photo kiosks, USB ports for in-cabin charging and RFID bands instead of key cards. Other than its techie tweaks, Quantum boasts million-dollar art installations such as the 9 metre tall magenta bear and the Waves of Light free-form mirror and glass sculpture. For dress, anything goes during the day and night (casual resort wear). Formal wear is not so big on Quantum, unless guests choose to dine at The Grande, where formal dresses and suits are required. Royal Caribbean passengers are charged $13.50 per person, per day ($16.50 for suite guests) and can be prepaid or added on a daily basis to the passenger’s account. Guests can add or remove gratuities by visiting the guest services desk.
There are several price grades and categories for accommodation on Quantum, depending on size and location. All cabins have a “view”, whether real or virtual. Virtual balconies in interior rooms have real-time ocean views that can be turned on or off. One of the innovations on board is the RFID wristband to replace the key card system. Most cabins are larger than the industry average. Generally, cabins are outfitted with king-sized beds convertible to two twins, small sofa that can be pulled out into sleepers, desk/vanities, three outlets (European and two US) with USB ports, flat-screen TVs, hair dryer, safe, and a mini-bar. All cabins are designed to let natural light in, but also have energy-saving lighting. Bathrooms are practical, with glass-enclosed showers, small counters stocked with travel-sized toiletries, and shelves for storage. Besides more space, suites sport a split-bath arrangement, access to specialty restaurants like Coastal Kitchen, priority check-in, reserved seating in the main theatre, priority tender tickets, spa bathrobes for onboard use, free pressing service on formal nights and priority departure. Studio cabins appeal to solo travelers. Fairly new within the industry, Quantum has 28 studio cabins, 12 of which have balconies.
Quantum is proud of its Dynamic Dining concept. It features 18 restaurant and eatery choices allowing passengers to not worry about dining times and seating and eat wherever they want to. With the exception of The Grande, dining attire is fairly casual. Some of the free dining options are contemporary restaurant Chic, pan-Asian dishes from Silk, American comfort food at American Icon Grill, The Cafe at the hi-tech Two70 venue, or casual food truck staples from SeaPlex Dog House. Royal Caribbean signatures such as the 24-hour Cafe Promenade, Sorrento’s Pizzeria and Windjammer Marketplace are other options. Passengers can try something new or splurge a little on high-end dining at Michael’s Genuine Pub by Chef Michael Schwartz, have chocolate or coffee at La Patisserie, sample Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver, or try the transcending dining experience at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine. Room service is available 24/7. Late-night/early-morning orders (between midnight and 5am) incur a $3.95 surcharge.
Vitality Spa has 22 treatment rooms, including two for couples. The spa offers a variety of treatments from wraps, facials, massages, to teeth-whitening and acupuncture. For Vitality’s thermal suite, it has six heated ceramic loungers, a steam sauna and a dry heat sauna. Day pass is $30 but weekly passes are also sold. Quantum of the Seas also has one of the largest and best-equipped fitness facilities at sea. It has a good range of Life Fitness machines and free weights. Fitness classes like TRX ($20 per session) and spinning/FlyWheel classes ($25 per session).The fitness centre has men’s and women’s locker rooms with a steam room and a sauna. There are three main pools on board – an outdoor pool, one under a retractable roof, and the adults-only Solarium. There are also four hot tubs near the pool. Loungers are scattered around the deck area. For adrenaline inducing activities, guests can go to the back of deck 16 for iFly by RipCord, a skydiving simulator, for free. There is also the FlowRider surf simulator, as well as a rock-climbing wall.
Quantum of the Seas has excellent and varied family offerings. Adventure Ocean Program has activities for different age groups. During sea days, the program is available from 9am to noon, 2-5pm and 7-10pm. Parents with kids in Adventure Ocean receive cell phones, which they can use to check on their kids or communicate with the youth staff. Group babysitting, called the Late-night Party Zone, is available from 10pm to 2am. It comes with a fee of US$7 per hour, per child. In-cabin sitting is available for kids ages one year and older (subject to availability). Parents must reserve the service 24 hours prior and it costs $19 per hour for up to three children within the same family. As for the teenagers, Fuel, a teen-only club hosts parties. They can also hang out in the Living Room, also a teen-only lounge. Inter-connecting family cabins connected through a shared vestibule are really good for multi-generational groups.
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