2015 Quantum of the Seas Final Thoughts
1. We booked our cruise through Costco but bought airfares and ground transportation from Royal Caribbean and everything went without a glitch. We flew from our home to Bayonne on the day of the cruise and got to the port with plenty of time to spare.
2. RC's check-in process at the port was very organized and quick. The disembarkation was equally efficient. It was very easy to get around on the ship because there were plenty of signs and maps. This is the map of every deck on the QOS.
The pool area
The Solarium at night
Looking down on the Royal Esplanade
The elegant Grande Restaurant
Lee in Barbados
Kay, Janie, and Lee in San Juan
Guys with matching shirts. Their wives know how to coordinate. L-R Tri, Loc and Bo
These ladies cruised together before. L-R Janie, Kay, Anna and Lee
Rock wall in St Kitts
Fort de France, Martinique
3. Worrying about public health, Quantum of the Seas installed hand-washing stations at the Windjammer Buffet. Everyone was required to wash their hands before going into the buffet. There were also hand sanitizer stands all over the ship and this is good!
4. We purchased the Internet plan as soon as we got on the ship. We paid $20 per day for two devices with unlimited data. Compared to other ships' Internet, QOS Internet speed was very fast. The Royal IQ App I downloaded on my phone did not work consistently.
I suffered food fatigue after a few days
We board the QOS on a Sunday. The elevator says so
It's helpful to bring a selfie stick
The two most beautiful girls in our group
The handsome brothers
Hand washing station in the Windjammer Restaurant
Bo connecting in front of Vintages
5. Because QOS has the Dynamic Dining system and five complimentary restaurants, we made dinner reservations for our group months ahead of time.
Those who did not reserve either had to wait a long time for a table or go to other restaurants or the buffet. Our dinner locations and times varied to accommodate our shore excursions and shows. RC allows you to link staterooms for dinner and show reservations.
The Grande Restaurant requires gentlemen to wear jackets to dine there and it is a lobster lovers' heaven. Lobsters are on the menu every night.
You can order as many food items as you want at Grande or any other complimentary restaurants but just don't be wasteful. I have to tell you that my gluttony was out of control the first few days but then I developed a mild case of food fear and ate very sparingly after that. I was glad to have gained only one pound after the trip.
Foods we had at the Grande
7. Don't forget to work out. The Vitality at Sea Gym on Deck 16 is very well equipped and has a great view.
8. You cannot miss the musical Mamma Mia. It's that good.
9. We did not book shore excursions with Royal Caribbean because they were too expensive. We researched to determine where we wanted to go on each island and negotiated with van or taxi drivers to take us there. Basseterre in St Kits has an interesting system. Taxi drivers stand at their own assigned places at the pier and call for guests to come to them. Police officers keep close eyes on the drivers who stray from their places.
One of many hot tubs
10. I mentioned prices for our shore excursions in my blog but here they are:
a) Labadee. Free tram rides to beaches. Free beach chairs but tip workers who set up your chairs
b) St Maarten. Water taxi rides from pier to Philipsburg Beach are $5 one way and $7 round trip. $10 to rent an umbrella and a pair of beach chairs. Taxi rides from pier to Maho Beach are $10 per person one way for a small group. Cheaper for larger groups.
c) Fort de France, Martinique. Ferry rides to beach are 16 Euros per person round trip. Two beach chairs and an umbrella are 10 Euros per day. You could use dollars here but it would be much more expensive.
d) Bridgetown, Barbados. Taxi rides to the Boatyard are $5 per person. Boatyard entrance fees is $15 per person which include chair, umbrella, one drink, and a ride back to the ship.
e) Basseterre, St Kitts. Island tour with stop at a beach is $10 per person. Free entrance at Carambola Resort but chairs are $10 per person.
QOS churning water
Lee in St Kitts
Lee and Anna
11. We did not purchase the standard drink packages on the ship. There were free juices for breakfast and free iced tea for lunch and dinner. Complimentary coffee is available all day long. We bought wine for dinners (24 bottles for 12 nights) and received a 20% discount. It worked out to be about $25 a bottle. Beers on the ship are $6 per bottle. We did not try any mixed drinks nor the Starbucks coffee.
12. Our balcony stateroom had a very good bed and bedding materials, and that must be why we slept very well every night. The only issue with our room was that the toilet flushing was very loud. Made a complaint to RC and the explanation was that the vacuum line was designed that way. For our inconvenience, RC gave us a credit to be applied to our next cruise and we intend to use it.
13. We sure did overestimate the amount of clothing we needed for the 12-day trip. We did not use more than half the clothes we took with us.
Robots in Bionic Bar that make drinks
Digital display of your days on ship
Lee relaxing in Two-70
Two-70 at night
Trang and Chien
Loc and Bao Anh
What a great time we had!