A Quantum Day at Sea
November 13, 2014
Our first full day aboard Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum of the Seas was jam-packed with activities. There’s so much to see and do aboard this massive new ship and, with the clock ticking down, I armed myself with a deck plan and set out on a whirlwind day to cram as much as I possibly could into my day.
As it turns out, I managed to do a lot. I explored nearly every nook and cranny, walked every deck, and climbed every staircase. Over the course of 15 hours of activities, both scheduled and unscheduled, I ended up with over 600 photographs of the ship to sort through – yet I still have barely scratched the surface.
Because there is so much to talk about onboard Quantum of the Seas, we’re going to do a broad overview of some of the public spaces and technological features of the ship today and delve into more in-depth articles on the ship’s technological achievements and dining options in more detail later this coming week.
What has truly surprised me, however, is that many of the most heavily-promoted features of Quantum of the Seas are really very well-designed footnotes. What I mean by that is that, as a ship, Quantum of the Seas would have still been a winner without the SeaPlex. Or the Bionic Bar. Or perhaps even the RipCord by iFly. These are things that are very cool, but that you’ll probably do once in your voyage, tick it off your list, and move on.
More significant, I think, is how well she’s designed. Quantum of the Seas isn’t a direct evolution of the Voyager and Freedom class; she’s a radically different vessel. In many ways, she shares more similarities with Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice-Class. This is particularly apparent when traveling down the forward section of Deck 4, which features ceilings that extend to Deck 5 and windows that fill the promenade with natural light. It’s a far more elegant ship than Royal Caribbean has built in the past, with the possible exception of the still-gorgeous Radiance Class.
Quantum of the Seas also does a number of things differently. For example, you won’t find lifejackets in your stateroom closet. Standard-issue on nearly every cruise ship, the thought here is that it makes far more sense to provide lifejackets at your muster station. After much thinking and a lively debate with some of my fellow writers onboard, we like the idea: in the event of an emergency, you’re heading to your muster station anyway, and this could eliminate confusion from guests as to whether they need to return to their rooms – and possibly traverse five or six decks to do so.