QUANTUM Dec 1-11, 2014 REVIEW w/lots of photos

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Hey CC family!

As promised, I'll be posting a gazillion photos and review of my Q sailing. I see LoutheGlue already has a bunch of photos and specifically all the compasses in a really nice order for everyone, so I am going to save my Photobucket bandwidth for many more incredible photos to share with you.

Here's a few teasers of my "home-made" pics and what you can look forward to if you book Q... or Anthem next year. The first photo is quite rare as the bow of the ship is not accessible to the public... I am there via the "All Access Tour", the only tour that will allow access through the crew quarters and onto the front of the ship.







Bottom Line... I had a AWESOME time on this unreal ship. I have almost 3000 pics and about 100 videos I have to go through, so bear with me over the next few weeks as I go through the 11 day sailing.... I hope you'll enjoy following along
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You already have me hooked. Waiting for more...
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5-6 months ago I had been looking at options to sail a short getaway in late Nov or Dec, and had been originally looking at the Allure, Grandeur, Brilliance & Vision itineraries.... then BAM! the announcement that Q was redeployed to China. The very next day after the announcement, and as I was searching through the other itineraries/ships/prices, I crazily looked up the Q sailings. Out of all itineraries from Nov-Jan, there were only 2 SI solo cabins available, luckily for this Southern Caribbean sailing as I was not going to spend this kind of money for a Cape Canaveral/Nassau itinerary! I put the cabin on hold... within 2 hours the other final SI was also gone and I did not see one come up available again at all for this sailing.

Q didn't interest me at first, like Oasis, the $ needed to book was to overpriced for my liking. I waited 4 years for Oasis and could do the same again for Q.... but the chances of her coming back from China in the same condition as when she left North America anytime soon will likely not happen. Many of the public spaces will already be changed for the Asian market in only 6 months (ie. the entire Music Hall, both up and down, is to supposedly be converted to more Casino and shops). I thought this was my only chance to sail her and really see what all the hype was about, so I booked.

As a pre-summary of my cruise, here are some basic thoughts;
  • Dynamic Dining is a hit for me. It worked seamlessly. I was able to change appointments any time and link with others who invited me to sit with them. As a solo, I was able to sit with others every night that I wished. Not only that, I give the free venues (except American Icon for me) a nod over most all other MDRs on all the ships I've been on the past few years.
  • The crew works their a$$es off. The wait staff in all venues did not treat me any differently because I did not know them from the night before. Excellent personal service and attention everywhere. The activity staff (ie. FloRider, Circus School, RipCord, etc) were the best ever on any ship, the absolute most attentive to on hands helping participants instead of just watching on the side and waving the next sucker to go through on their own. Reyno and Mario were constantly busy in the CL, and always with a smile and eager to help whoever had an issue in front of them.
  • Like when I met him on Vision, Capt Srecko made a point of visiting the DL and CL every morning and evening, and being seen around the ship. It was commented by several in the CL that they had never seen a Capt so much in all their sailings. Well done Capt. Srecko!
  • The ship itself it outrageously beautiful, sleek modern lines, the interior spaces knock the socks off all other classes.
  • NorthStar, RipCord, The Seaplex with bumper cars, roller skating,etc were extremely well attended with heavy line-ups at times... these are not fads folks, fantastic activities and so much fun.
  • Imo Two70 is a HUGE improvement over any Viking Crown
  • Entertainment (Mama Mia, Starwater, Beatlemania, Horizons, the Latin band in Boleros....) all top notch, collectively better than any other of my sailings so far
Ok, was everything perfect? Of course not. Is every single other ship perfect? Of course not. Have we heard about issues on other ships like bad service at guest relations, a bad meal at Chops, a disgruntled stateroom attendant, etc etc etc.... YES, tons, seemingly daily on various ships on this forum!!! Happens on all ships, and it did here on Q as well. The issues I personally encountered and heard first hand from other D+'s and Pinnacles had absolutely no bearing on Dynamic Dining, the flow of the ship, the lack of training, etc.... they were all issues that already happen on other ships as well.

As a final thought, the activity manager (Zach) quoted the higher ups right at the beginning of our Meet&Mingle in front of over 300 CC'ers in saying that the inspiration of this ship came from Radiance Class in combination with Solstice Class, of course with several new enhancements/amenities such as North Star. Several of us on these boards months ago before Q even came out of the dockyard equated Q class to an "cold" weather ship and perhaps somewhat of the "new" Radiance Class offering. Couldn't be more true in my eyes, and was proven very well to be the case on this sailing with not the greatest weather (cold) for a good portion of the sailing. And I was guessing a few months ago that Q could be incredible for the Alaska itinerary.. imo this is absolutely true, Q would be a sell-out weekly at huge prices in Alaska

Now on to the full review
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Originally posted by Hoopster95
5-6 months ago I had been looking at options to sail a short getaway in late Nov or Dec, and had been originally looking at the Allure, Grandeur, Brilliance & Vision itineraries.... then BAM! the announcement that Q was redeployed to China. The very next day after the announcement, and as I was searching through the other itineraries/ships/prices, I crazily looked up the Q sailings. Out of all itineraries from Nov-Jan, there were only 2 SI solo cabins available, luckily for this Southern Caribbean sailing as I was not going to spend this kind of money for a Cape Canaveral/Nassau itinerary! I put the cabin on hold... within 2 hours the other final SI was also gone and I did not see one come up available again at all for this sailing.

Q didn't interest me at first, like Oasis, the $ needed to book was to overpriced for my liking. I waited 4 years for Oasis and could do the same again for Q.... but the chances of her coming back from China in the same condition as when she left North America anytime soon will likely not happen. Many of the public spaces will already be changed for the Asian market in only 6 months (ie. the entire Music Hall, both up and down, is to supposedly be converted to more Casino and shops). I thought this was my only chance to sail her and really see what all the hype was about, so I booked.

As a pre-summary of my cruise, here are some basic thoughts;
  • Dynamic Dining is a hit for me. It worked seamlessly. I was able to change appointments any time and link with others who invited me to sit with them. As a solo, I was able to sit with others every night that I wished. Not only that, I give the free venues (except American Icon for me) a nod over most all other MDRs on all the ships I've been on the past few years.
  • The crew works their a$$es off. The wait staff in all venues did not treat me any differently because I did not know them from the night before. Excellent personal service and attention everywhere. The activity staff (ie. FloRider, Circus School, RipCord, etc) were the best ever on any ship, the absolute most attentive to on hands helping participants instead of just watching on the side and waving the next sucker to go through on their own. Reyno and Mario were constantly busy in the CL, and always with a smile and eager to help whoever had an issue in front of them.
  • Like when I met him on Vision, Capt Srecko made a point of visiting the DL and CL every morning and evening, and being seen around the ship. It was commented by several in the CL that they had never seen a Capt so much in all their sailings. Well done Capt. Srecko!
  • The ship itself it outrageously beautiful, sleek modern lines, the interior spaces knock the socks off all other classes.
  • NorthStar, RipCord, The Seaplex with bumper cars, roller skating,etc were extremely well attended with heavy line-ups at times... these are not fads folks, fantastic activities and so much fun.
  • Imo Two70 is a HUGE improvement over any Viking Crown
  • Entertainment (Mama Mia, Starwater, Beatlemania, Horizons, the Latin band in Boleros....) all top notch, collectively better than any other of my sailings so far
Ok, was everything perfect? Of course not. Is every single other ship perfect? Of course not. Have we heard about issues on other ships like bad service at guest relations, a bad meal at Chops, a disgruntled stateroom attendant, etc etc etc.... YES, tons, seemingly daily on various ships on this forum!!! Happens on all ships, and it did here on Q as well. The issues I personally encountered and heard first hand from other D+'s and Pinnacles had absolutely no bearing on Dynamic Dining, the flow of the ship, the lack of training, etc.... they were all issues that already happen on other ships as well.

As a final thought, the activity manager (Zach) quoted the higher ups right at the beginning of our Meet&Mingle in front of over 300 CC'ers in saying that the inspiration of this ship came from Radiance Class in combination with Solstice Class, of course with several new enhancements/amenities such as North Star. Several of us on these boards months ago before Q even came out of the dockyard equated Q class to an "cold" weather ship and perhaps somewhat of the "new" Radiance Class offering. Couldn't be more true in my eyes, and was proven very well to be the case on this sailing with not the greatest weather (cold) for a good portion of the sailing. And I was guessing a few months ago that Q could be incredible for the Alaska itinerary.. imo this is absolutely true, Q would be a sell-out weekly at huge prices in Alaska

Now on to the full review
can't wait for your pics and review!....K.O.

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I always try to spend a day pre or post cruise at whatever the embarkation city is, and there's no better city than NYC to visit! I flew Red Eye non-stop from Vancouver to JFK on Cathay Pacific (superb carrier buy the way) with excellent leg room even in economy class and was able to sleep pretty much the whole way.

The customs line was long at JFK as we were the first jet in the international terminal 7, and of course with the many Asians on board from the originating city (Hong Kong) and only 2 TSA officers to start the day (6am on a Sunday on Thanksgiving weekend no less... well, you guessed it, a very long line and delays getting out of the airport. I was out of the TSA line-up and luggage in hand about 7:10am (about an hour)

I had planned to get the NYCAirporter, and it worked perfectly both pre and post cruise. For $16 it leaves every half hour from JFK dropping off an hour later at Grand Central Station, Bryant Park and Penn. With my hotel just a block from Grand Central, that's where I got off.

I've stayed at the Roosevelt on Madison & 45th twice before and will never go to another hotel unless there's a deal I can't refuse... beautiful place, great rooms, excellent staff, super convenient 1 block from Grand Central. Less than a 7-8 block walk to Times Square, Empire, Central Park, etc etc. They had my room ready fro me when I arrived at front desk at about 8:45, so I was able to drop off and lock up all my bags and valuables rather than leave them with the bell hops. I also got to chill out a bit in the room before site seeing for the day.

At 9:15am I headed out to Grand Central. For those of you who have never been to Manhattan, the Subway is so very easy and the only way to go when getting around. Having been to NYC only twice before, it was easy for me to remember exactly where to go and what to do, it's not at all difficult. I was heading for the Statue of Liberty Ferries in Battery Park and normally the #5 or #6 is a direct line, but because of track maintenance in Lower Manhattan I had to get off at 14th Street and transfer to the R line which dropped me off right in front of the Staten Island Ferry Building. I walked along the promnade, taking photos along the way, and I made my 10:30am scheduled appointment arrival at the Ferries with plenty of time (in fact, they let me on early at about 10:15am) and away I went!!!








I had booked way ahead of time (due to selling out months in advance) the Crown Access ticket to the very top of the Statue of Liberty. This was a bucket list thing to do for me... I was not disappointed! Up I went to the pedestal level which is open to everyone who visits Lady Liberty




At the entrance to go to the crown I had to give up my audio tour equipment before entering the very very thin, high, revolving/rotating staircase that winds it's way up to the crown. Note that there are plenty of lockers to store handbags and belongings at ground level as the guards there absolutely do not let you through to the top with anything extra. Getting to the top for those of you with mobility issues is impossible unfortunately as there is just no space for wheelchairs etc.



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From what I could tell, tickets for the crown access sold out approx 3 1/2 months prior to the date, you just cannot fit enough people up there to support huge crowds as you will see in the photos coming up, so access is truly limited... yet the cost isn't that much more than the regular ticket. I totally recommend this as a must do activity.




Here's the Verazzano Bridge off in the distance looking past Lady Liberty's arm






As mentioned, there's no way for non-mobile people to get up there. There is an emergency elevator on the side that gets you close to the top but not all the way. Note how high the steps are and how tight the turns around the stairs. There's a total of 377 steps to get up to the crown.




From the crown, the pedestal, the base and all over the park I took a ton of photos. The museum is interesting and you should go through it to see the history of the Statue. I spent some time admiring the view and then headed off to Ellis Island. The Crown ticket, as it did at Lady Liberty, provided a free audio tour here as well so it's great value in my opinion rather than paying as you go. I had been here before so I spent1 1/2 hours here (you can spend easily a whole day at both Liberty & Ellis combined) before heading back to Manhattan.




Once off the Ferries I walked up to the World Trade Center, passing by the infamous Ladder Co.10 Firehall to the Memorial fountains. I did not have time to visit the newly opened 9/11 Museum and memorial but will 110% make time for it the next time. I had time to reflect at the Memorial and pay my moment of respect as I had done the last couple of times I had been at the site.




I finished the afternoon with a visit to St. Paul's chapel and Trinity Church, through Wall Street, and out all the way to the South Street Seaport. I also made my way up to the Brooklyn Bridge to find my way back to the subway (that's a long walk!!!). Finding the subway, I headed back to the hotel in order to rest for a bit before I headed out for the evening.
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I had tickets to the Knicks vs. Heat, my very first visit to MSG ever!!! I was stoked... Carmelo was back in the line-up and hopefully I would see a decent game. But first, what is a visit to NYC without at least a walk through Times Square??? So from my hotel is a direct 5 block walk down 45th Street to 7th Ave and all the bright lights.




After about a 1/2 hour walking around, watching the street entertainers and people watching big time, I walked down 7th Ave to get to MSG. I had pre-purchased seats on-line, 3rd row 200 level as I did not feel like spending the $300-$700 per seat needed to be in the lower levels in decent seats! Here is my view of the game. Cindy Lauper sang the anthem and she was incredibly (and surprisingly to me) excellent.






The game was utterly horrible! LOL!! As per my screen name, I'm an ex hoops player & coach. Check out the final stats below, specifically the Knick's FG% and 3PT%... unbelievable. Horrible horrible game, but I tell you I still had fun talking with a few New Yoika's around me, eating MSG food and just plain having a good time.




After the game my intention was to walk back directly to the hotel to get to bed by strolling up 33rd Street to the Empire State Building and taking a few photos from street level, then heading directly up 5th Ave to get to my hotel to get to bed. Approaching the entrance to Empire at about 11pm I noticed there were still a few people milling about, so I entered. I asked the guard attendant if the observation decks were open and he said "Yes, until 2am"... WOW! What the hell, I took out my wallet and up I went. I had been to both Empire and The Rock in daylight, but I had never seen Manhattan before in the darkness of night with all the lights so now I was catching a second wind and getting very excited. There was maybe 15-20 people alongside me going up. Zero line-up at floor 80 where the museum is and the normally huge "Disneyland style" winding line-ups. I did read and look through a few of the exhibits that caught my eye. I also head the audio tour headset which is also very good here, and then went up the 2nd elevator to the 86th floor on the observation deck. NYC is gorgeous at night, and without professional equipment my photos just do not do the view justice.






If you decide to visit Empire this late at night in December, bring lots of warm clothing! I was prepared with toque & scarf anyways, wearing layered clothing during the day as it was very cold. The wind up cold up there was chilling, you had to go inside a couple of times to get warm, and then brave the wind again when stepping out. Totally worth the cost and cold... a superb end to a great 1st day visiting this awesome city. It was time to go and get some sleep. I got back to the hotel just after 12:30am and went straight to bed... It's Quantum time tomorrow!!
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Originally posted by hollon
Love your first photo - can't wait for more
Lol Ya, I have that exact same photo on several helipads. The gentleman who took it did it in one take! I don't know how he managed that one... Awesome
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Interesting reading. I can't wait until you start reviewing the Quantum in detail. I'm so glad that you liked dd.
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Yay! I love reading your reviews . Looking forward to information on cruising solo.


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I slept like a rock!!! After a super busy day I really needed that sleep. So I prepared for a very exciting day ahead of me. After a quick small breakfast, I headed out of the hotel to find my driver from Carmel Limo who had also just arrived curbside at 9:30am... perfect timing. It wasn't a limo but a 4-door Nissan Altima, no matter a private car to get me there easily was all I wanted so no worries.

We made it to Bayonne in just over 1/2 an hour so I was early for my appointment time (10:45-11:15). This was my first view of the new Terminal and Q hiding behind!






I was also able to snap off a shot inside the terminal just before one of the reps quickly said "no photos". Basically you see the people with luggage directly in front of me, they are speaking to RCL reps with hand held devices checking us in, you then proceed directly to the security screening just ahead. Once you pass that, you sit and wait to get on!... unless of course you come right at your boarding time and you just go right through to the gangway. Seriously, from entering the building, to snapping the photo, to waiting 30sec for the next rep, for her to check me in and confirm my photo/details/"no ebola" questions were all done, and get through the screening maybe took 10 minutes tops. Very very easy and smooth.




They ushered me to a seating area to the left labelled as "suite guests", but I wasn't in a suite. I questioned another rep and she said don't worry about it. I sat down beside another single gentleman with his laptop open working away. Turns out he was one of the IT guys on-board who had been on since the TA. He was getting off finally. I had a very nice chat with this guy... bottom line from him that the issues compared from the TA to now were like night and day, so many issues were resolved. I was really glad to hear that. I chatted with a few other cruisers until they asked us to gather our things and head through the doors... it was a little after 11am so they started a little later than the 10:45am appt time. I met several other D+'ers in line and saw them throughout the cruise, and up the escalator we went. Entering on deck 5 we came right through the the main central elevator shaft on deck 5 right by the Loyalty Ambassador area... look one way and you see the Via, the other right in front you get your first view of the Esplanade. I snapped this pic right away as my very 1st pic inside Q




I didn't have much of a plan to view the ship, but I knew once I started I just would not stop! So since my breakfast was small today, I decided to get up to the Windjammer right away to have a bite to eat so I can spend the entire afternoon exploring the ship. So up the elevators I went to deck 14 (I had to look on the list which deck Windjammer was!). Out on 14 you can see an inteteresting one-of set of stairs leading from 13 to 14 that juts out over the "centrum-like" shaft of the elevators looking down onto the Via below... it has a glass floor so it's a little creepy to be standing on there. Everytime I used the stairs I tried to use these as it's kind of cool looking down.




So off to the Windjammer I go.....
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#16
Maple Ridge, BC
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I wish to offer some strongly worded advice:
If you go on Quantum expecting the exact same experience as you have had on every other class of ship, think again and don't book. I suspect many of the early complaints were partially because of the stress of this. This ship is totally different! You will likely feel lost and I did not feel at home at all...

However I was ready for this! This was a positive for me and extremely exciting. I tell you what, this ship is utterly beautiful, amazing lines and design. Just the idea of being able to explore everything new, finally see NorthStar and IFly in the flesh, etc was awesome for me.

So up I went the half staircase to deck 14, around the corner by the elevators and through to the Windjammer, I see this is also where Coastal Kitchen is located (entry just to the left of this picture) with Windjammer up ahead. I did not dine at Coastal Kitchen although I had heard many D+ got in there during the cruise either with other P's/suite guests or other ways.






As I approached the Windjammer, I can see right away this was not at all like all the other classes. To the left and right were hand washing stations... a major MAJOR ovation for RCL on this one. Shame on the 9 out of 10 (and this is being generous) cruisers who walked right by this area as the poor Windjammer hostess tried to direct everyone through... disgusting cruisers. Please everyone who reads this and goes on Q, Anthem or Ovation in the years to come, please don't be disgusting and please wash your hands every time in this area to help keep Noro and whatever else away from these ships.




The Windjammer itself is gorgeous, nicer than any other Windjammer in the fleet with masssive amounts of nice seating furniture and design, clearly labelled stations, a superb flow to get your food and it's also the largest Windjammer in the fleet imo!
(I took these shots during a late evening as my first couple of pics were blurred, so you obviously you see the food trays empty with the only people around at the back by the drinks section)






Having filled my plate with some great looking (and tasting it turned out!) Indian/Asian, a salad with all the fixings, etc I headed to the ever popular rear of open/aft seating area as is popular with the Radiance Class... and as I experienced on the Serenade just 3 months ago, this is what I found as I sat down.... yep, empty as usual even though so many cruisers supposedly claim this to be their favorite area especially on Radiance Class ships. And while this area did get used during the vacay, whenever I was there it was never truly full with standing-room only type of mentality nor people waiting in line for seating here. Excellent spot for breakfast and lunch for sure!

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#17
Maple Ridge, BC
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Joined Apr 2010
I had just begun to eat and I realized I should see if my Royal IQ ap works right off the bat. My phone had already picked up the Royal Wifi so I clicked the ap, it opened to a login/signin type of page asking my room number, name etc and came to this screen




You swipe the screen from left to right and you get this




You touch the "calendar" icon, top of page, 2nd from right, and you get this:




Not exaggerating this took me all of about 30 seconds to figure out. I picked up my fork with a smile to continue eating, and kept playing with the ap to see how it worked. It worked perfectly throughout the trip. Note the icon top right is the "chat" icon so that you can text others on board with you (no need for walkie-talkies anymore for example). During the trip I had booked, cancelled and re-booked the All Access Tour as well as changed 2 dining appointments with my ap and that worked no problem.
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#18
Maple Ridge, BC
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While I was the first one out to the aft area for lunch, it actually quickly started to get used by other cruisers. I snapped this shot before going up those stairs in this photo... remember these stairs as they can help you later




Up these stairs you find this... gorgeous seating area behind the Florider with unobstructed views, perfect for sailaways, sunsets, lunch when the seating below is full (hint hint), and easy access up to Seaplex. Gotta love that Manhattan skyline in the background!




Turning towards the front of the ship, there was a line forming of about 15 people at IFly/Ripcord. They were all from the previous cruise and knew that you had to pre-book time slots else you won't get on! I know of many who waited until the last 3 sea days to book and didn't end up experiencing this. For the record I did it 3 times over the course of this cruise, IFly is a 110% MUST-DO activity. I got in line right away and waited for them to open, spot on right at 12 noon as promised. I was booked for the next day after our M&M and cabin crawl... all good! But before taking any pics of IFly I was drawn forward by the iconic "Felicia" the Pink Bear... actually this art pieced is called "From Afar"






And it's pretty damn big, bigger than I thought! (I'm 5'11")

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#19
Maple Ridge, BC
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I tell you, after reading reviews, seeing pictures, etc over the last few months I was like a little kid in a candy store... I just had to see everything, and right now! Lol... kinda like a dog with a bone on his right and his favorite chew toy to the left, not able to decide hehe.

So I had to double back from Felicia to get my first glimpse of IFly. A few of the instructors were in there training. There are so many photos of these areas from previous cruisers and bloggers (and better quality than mine) I will try to limit them, you will get the idea as you follow me around the ship. I'll also have a few photos later in the review on the other days where I actually flew to share with you.






And here's a shot inside the dressing area, pre-opening and before anyone was every in there.




I have a photo of every RCL ship I have ever been on on embarkation day exactly like this... Quantum was no exception! So this was my chance with no one around at the back of the ship

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#20
Merrick, NY
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Joined Jan 2004
Fantastic reading! Thanks for all the fun and informative info. I've read several times that the traffic at the port is absolutely nuts. Did you find that to be the case?
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