2015 Quantum of the Seas Day 5
Thursday April 16, 2015
Quantum of the Seas has a skydiving simulator called RipCord by iFLY. The machine is a vertical wind tunnel located in the rear of Deck 15 near the Flowrider and the rock climbing area.
RipCord is so powerful, its 200 MPH wind could easily overcome gravity and keeps people or objects floating in the air for extended amounts of time.
Kay, Steve and I signed up for RipCord and after receiving the video instruction and suiting up, we were led to and thrown into the machine one by one to fly with our instructor. I found the one-minute fly exhilarating and harrowing as I tried to keep my body balance with the strong wind blowing directly on my face. It was fun though.
We can actually fly
Kay and Steve ready for iFLY
At 3:00 PM the ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico as scheduled. We went ashore and walked around the old but charming town, took pictures on the narrow cobble stone streets, shopped for souvenirs on Calle Fortaleza Avenue, and had some cold drinks at a sidewalk cafe.
With plenty of time to spare we visited the old El Morro Fort (Castillo San Felipe del Morro) which sits high up in the hill overlooking San Juan Bay. The 250-year-old fort was built by Spain and consists of numerous walls, gates, tunnels, gun ports, and bell towers. There are so many picturesque spots on this National Park site.
Standing near a tower and looking down at the deep blue Caribbean water, I felt a distinct contrast between men's creation and nature; and between war and peace.
View of San Juan Bay from the old fort
Our new friend and the photographer Loc Bang.
Quantum of the Seas pulling in San Juan
RipCord by iFLY
Lee, Kay and Janie on an old cobble stone street in San Juan
Bougainvillea flowers everywhere
Enjoying cold drinks at a sidewalk cafe in San Juan
Part of the group in the old San Juan
A guard tower at the old El Morro Fort
Great exercise going up and down the slope
Lee by the old wall
Later in the evening, we returned to the ship to get ready for dinner at the Silk Restaurant for dinner.
The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated and has a very sophisticated look. Its menu contains an array of eclectic Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, and Indian dishes. You could order green papaya salad, Vietnamese tacos, shrimp shumai, lamb shank madras, or sauteed tiger prawns.
Although we received very attentive service, we unanimously agreed that the foods were not as good as we had anticipated and sent some of them back to the kitchen. The chef came out and apologized and promised us that the menu on the second week would be much better and we promised to come back.
Tri and Janie posing
Kay and Steve
Before dinner, we had drinks here at Vintages Bar
A community table at the Two-70 Cafe
Everything is artful including the floor tiles
Day 5 has come to an end.
Lee and Bo in San Juan town square
Interior of the Silk Restaurant
Stock picture of one of Silk more favorite dish, the Vietnamese tacos