2015 Quantum of the Seas Day 1
Sunday April 12, 2015
We arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport around 11:30 AM and after retrieving our checked luggage, we walked out of the terminal and were promptly picked up by a Royal Caribbean shuttle bus which took us and throngs of other Royal Caribbean vacationers to the cruise port in Bayonne, NJ.
15 minutes later, the Quantum of the Seas was in our view as our bus was approaching the port. On this brilliant day, the newest jewel of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line was standing majestically tall against a beautiful blue sky. Everyone on the bus was excited knowing that our 12-day journey was about to begin on this brand new ship in its inaugural season.
Kay, Ann, and Lee arriving at the cruise port. The Quantum of the Seas in the background
QOS at Bayonne Cruise Port
The bus ride ended at the crowded pier where we had our luggage tagged and conveyed into the bowel of the ship by the busy porters who were having a hard time trying to keep the eager vacationers under control. Once inside the terminal, the security officer inspected our online check-in documents and passports, screened our carry-on luggage, issued us our wrist bands, and waved us through. I was very impressed with RC's quick boarding process.
Leaving the port and approaching the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge before heading to sea
Lee and Bo in Windjammer Restaurant
Steve and Kay
First meal on the ship. L-R Lee, Ann, An, Steve and Kay
As we were entering this luxurious vessel, it was very clear to me that this was where we wanted to spend our next 12 nights. I will describe in future posts the various interior features of the ship but it would be fair to say that our initial reactions were that everything was jaw-dropping gorgeous.
We headed to our cabin, No. 7120, an ocean-view cabin with balcony, where we found an envelope that contained our SeaPass cards which we will use for shore excursions. The cabin is the same size as other RC's balcony cabins except everything is modern and new. The bed and bedding materials are extremely comfortable, closet spaces and drawers are plentiful, and there are even built-in USB ports on the desk for us to keep our hand-held devices charged.
The ship is drop-dead gorgeous
After meeting our friends for a quick lunch in the Windjammer Cafe, we headed to the Royal Theater to receive our safety training, then went up to the top deck of the ship to wait for the ship to depart.
Right after 4:00 pm, the ship began to move. Slowly at first then picked up its speed, as throngs of cruisers waving good-bye to the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the magnificent Verrazano-Narrows Bridge which connects the states of New Jersey and New York.
At night, the group met for dinner at Grande, one of the five complimentary restaurants on the Quantum. The Grande is a spacious and elegant restaurant located on Deck 3. It has off-white furnishings, big comfortable chairs, and beautiful curtains and chandeliers. Everything about this place from the servers' uniforms to the drinking glass exudes luxury. Its daily menu offers escargots, lobsters, and of course, steaks. Our group purchased a package of red and white wines that would be served with our dinner every night and we received a good discount for the purchase. We thoroughly enjoyed our first dinner on the ship.
First night dinner at the Grande. Janie and Tri
Grande is an excellent and complimentary restaurant
Dancing at Two-70°
After dinner, we headed up to the Royal Esplanade on Deck 4 where there are always plenty of places to sit and watch people. The Royal Esplanade has a mall - like atmosphere. It has shops, bars, the Cafe Promenade which has coffee, small sandwiches, and pastries; and a pizza parlor called Sorrento's. Everything is complimentary. It was a great day!
Kay and Steve. Manhattan skyline in the background