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  1. My daughter and i are spending five nights in Singapore, Almost booked an add on spur of the moment five day cruise from Singapore on the Quantum but then read the very bad reviews based on its China sailings pretty much saying if you are a Westerner dont do it Is the ship experience going to be the same when its based in Singapore? Will anything be altered before it starts its Singapore season. Complaints were things like Lack of coffee available (i really neeed my coffee) no specialty coffees available All Food only catering for the Asian Market Things that dont normally cost having a cost or only available for suite guests Pushing Shoving Arguing English speaking tours and activities canceled , reviews basically saying ship totally catering to Asian Market only and if you are a Westerner..find a different ship/company. Has me a bit concerned as I am not familiar with that area of the world ..so would leaving from Singapore be the same sort of cruising ?
  2. We are from the chilly state of MN. We hate to repeat a ship, and will be done with the current Oasis class next year. Would love to try Quantum class, but hesitate due to the price of flying out east, and having a couple of cold weather days... so my question is... are these ships so cool that they are worth it? Note, we love giant ships, and Oasis class is our fave 🙂. We are DINKs.
  3. Read on Cruise Fever: Royal said that in order to improve guest experience and to minimize wait times, there will be a fee for the North Star and Ripcord by iFly on Quantum of the Seas starting with the November 16, 2019 sailing. The new fees will be as follows: Ripcord by iFly: $29 pp USD North Star: $12 adults pp USD / $8 child pp USD (up to 11 years) Bumper Cars: Complimentary (with option to upgrade to Express Lane for $5 pp USD) Note: Express Lane option is to be paid onboard at the Seaplex/Bumper Car area. Guests will be able to purchase tickets for these activities on Cruise Planner. These new fees apply to Quantum of the Seas on roundtrip sailings out of Singapore starting on November 16, 2019. Cruises that are nine nights or more in length and repositioning sailings are excluded from these new fees.
  4. Hi Everyone, We're planning our next cruise and we have just made final payment for a 7N Best of Japan cruise next month. I will be traveling with my wife and my parents. I really struggled to find any detailed reviews of the Quantum from Beijing. I understand that these cruises are 'culturally enriching' cruises as Royal Caribbean puts it, so I am looking forward to seeing how different this one is going to be. So if there is anything that you guys would like to know more about or see, this is the best time so that I can get back with answers. Our itinerary is as follows: 22 - Mumbai to Bangkok to Beijing (Thai Airways) 23- Beijing to Tianjin Port - Cruise begins 24 - At sea 25 - Fukuoaka, Japan 26 - Sakaiminato, Japan 27 - Kyoto, Japan 28 - At sea 29 - At sea 30 - Tianjin Port (cruise ends) We're spending 2 nights in Beijing after the cruise and 1 night in Bangkok before returning to Mumbai on the 3rd of July. We haven't heard too many good things about Asian cruises, that they're really crowded, people are more pushy, casinos & buffets are always full, the food is for the Chinese/ Asian palette and so on. But we've decided to go check it out for ourselves. As you can see from my cruising history below, we LOVE our European/ Western cruises but now its time to go East & see how they compare. We've already got some bad news, the amazing Solarium on the Quantum is ONLY for suite guests. We're sailing in veranda staterooms so looks like we won't have access to one of our favourite parts of the ship. We also tried booking the North Star for 4 of us, over a month to go for the cruise and there are no time slots available which can take 4 of us together. This inspite of the fact that you've got to pay $20 per person to try the North Star. However, judging from our previous 4 cruises on Royal Caribbean, we're sure we will have a good time once we are onboard. 😊 Cheers! Nick
  5. Anyone else wish these ships did longer itineraries in the Caribbean? We tend to cruise in the winter and fly from New England. With that in mind, I am always looking for a longer itinerary to get the most days out of of the cold weather and in the warm sun. Unfortunately, every time I look I never find a 9 night or longer on Oasis or Allure, etc.. For this February we are booked on a 9 night on the Explorer. While I am very excited, I do wish I had the option of going on one of the larger ships since a seven day itinerary doesn’t give as much time to enjoy both the ship and the ports. Wonder why they don’t....
  6. Can anyone advise if their is any ballroom dancing on this ship . I understand that the Dance hall maybe has some, if so is it nightly ? & if so is the floor a good size
  7. Looking at a 2020 Asia cruise aboard the Quantum of the Seas. When I get to the dining choice in the booking process, I'm given two options: Cosmopolitan Dining or a blank option (which I can check). Cosmopolitan dining is described as "Cosmopolitan Dining lets you choose between two dining times and sit on a first come, first serve basis in any of our main restaurants." So I have to show up at either 5:30 or 8:00? Can I get a table for 2? Has anyone had this and how did it work for you. Also, any idea what the unlabeled choice is? Here's a screenshot:
  8. Recently booked a B2B leaving from Singapore for 18 nights for Feb 2020. Never thought about reading reviews about this cruise as sailed with RC many times, until now. It is very hard to find a good review. Seemingly everything is really poor which really surprises me. Has anyone been on this ship in Asia who can put my mind at ease. Any info would be great. The food is the main issue as it caters mostly for Chinese so if there are any menus out there can anyone share them. Thanks very much
  9. Because I was so grateful for the bit of information that a few people shared here about their experiences on Quantum in Asia, I thought I'd pay it forward and share as well. We disembarked yesterday, having taken the 21 March 7 night cruise to Japan out of Shanghai. I am still in China and will be for the next couple of weeks, so my apologies in advance for updating sloooowly as time and internet connections allow. So let's start with what does "culturally enriching cruise" mean? It is a nice way of saying that the line is not marketing to westerners wanting to see Asia while living in a Western bubble onboard ship. RCI is marketing to the local Chinese population and adapting much onboard for them. You WILL be a minority (if you are a westerner) and should not expect to have all the same things you always do. Out sailing was about 15% non Chinese with the largest groups (in order) being: Australian, Russian, American and Indian. Plus 4 Germany that we found, one large group from Mexico, a smaller one from Brazil and one from Venezuela. I am sure ther ewere others we missed seeing out and about or did not hear about from crew. We were told, repeatedly by crew, that this was FAR more Westerners than that had seen in MANY sailings---3-4 times more than normal. Think about those cruises that have a high percentage of Spanish speakers (or others, but that seems most common) and many activities are translated into Spanish (maybe there are two Love and Marriage shows, etc) but not everything. Sort of a bit like that---except that the food is different as well and while some Western choices are always around---most food is not what you are used to. If having one of the night time entertainers on the mainstage speak only Mandarin, or having limited Western food options in the MDR is going to upset you---this is not the cruise for you. There were several otherwise truly lovely Aussies on our sailing who complained a great deal about this and felt truly slighted to not have their language and food taste catered to. Please do not be those westerners---thanks. I will go through areas in more specifics as to exactly what is different as the review goes on.
  10. I know a minor thing..but for those of you who have sailed on Quantum class (doing Ovation in June), are there robes in the stateroom?
  11. We feel the size and the amount of people is just too much. We have been on all other ships though.
  12. We are sailing again on Ovation in September and we are on deck 7 with an obstructed balcony 7262. Or at least that is what the deck plan shows. However Quantum and Anthem do not show the same cabin as obstructed. Does Ovation have a different lifeboat setup then the other two?
  13. Hi We're sailing (two adults two kids) on ovation late April from Hawaii to Vancouver, and we're in 11510. Seems like these corner ocean views are an interesting shape with more space than others... But because there are so few of them and quantum class are still relatively new ships I can't find pics or videos... It you have any (or thoughts), please share! Thanks Adam Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. We've just booked a 9 night cruise on Quantum from Singapore in Feb 2020. I see that Quantum is having a drydock at the end of this year but can't find out much about it. Does anyone know what is being done? We've never done a cruise in this part of the world before (have visited on land trips), I'm guessing that the 'feel' of the ship will be quite different sailing from Singapore than the current Shanghai itineraries which seem to get poor reviews from Western guests. For those that have sailed from Singapore, will we notice a big difference from our usual European/US cruises? Is the entertainment very different? Do they still have formal nights and do people dress up? I'm sure I'll have many more questions as the cruise gets nearer too. Thanks, Julie
  15. Hi all. Are formal nights on quantum class ships still non existent ? Or do they have them now ? Thanks
  16. We are looking at this Cruise as part of a trip including India and China. When I looked up the ship it says that these cruises 'have our Chinese guests in mind' What does this mean. Will announcements be made in various Chinese dialects. Will the food in the different restaurants change. Unfortunately there is no further information. We will not be booking with Royal directly as this cruise is wrapped up with the land tours and flights. However I am concerned Thank you to anyone who knows more than I do
  17. I've always been a 7 day cruiser but this year we have our first 12 day coming up on Ovation to NZ. I Iike the leisure of a cruise but with the extra time, I'm curious to try out more on board activities. It will be just me and my husband sailing.  That being said, what are your favorite onboard activities that RCC offers? Both free and paid? I know it can vary based on the cruise but still would love to hear!
  18. Good Afternoon! Has anyone recently returned and took pics of the drink menu prices on a Quantum Class ship? More specific, the Anthem of the Seas? I'm curious as I just bought the Deluxe Drink Package and I've been reading some contradicting info.. Like is the max price for mixed drinks $12 or $13 on Quantum Class ships? I've purchased the package before and never had an issue with any drink I ordered, but I'd just like to see what the prices are as of a recent sailing. Thanks in advance!
  19. DH has been wanting to do an Asian cruise but I haven't been convinced yet. I found a January 2020 7 night on the above ship Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam RT. Pros and cons? Will we be the only Americans on this cruise? How is the ship?
  20. Hi All, I already have a booking on Ovation from Sydney but am thinking about switching to Quantum from Singapore. Trying to understand if there any differences between the two from anyone that has been on both? Is one better than the other or nothing much different. Thanks in advance.
  21. I will be cruising later this year on the Anthem for the first time. However,I have been on the Quantum ? In what ways are they the same and in what ways are they different ?
  22. Having previously sailed with RCI in Asia out of Singapore without any issues, I am quite intrested in a forthcoming RCI Cruise Package that offers two nights in Hong Kong & Singapore with interesting selection of Ports between. I have read lots of very negative reviews of the Quantum sailing from China, any experienced cruisers have a opinion if this cruise out of Hong Kong is likley to suffer with the same fate ? Also is Feb/March a good time to visit ? Appreciate any advice.
  23. I cannot seem to find anything on this so am trying to see if CC members have heard anything. Quantum will be leaving China for a short season, sailing out of Singapore. When Ovation sails in Singapore and Australia, the Royal Suite Class system is in effect rather than China's Golden Suite Class system. Does anyone know if Quantum will be doing the same? For us, it makes a huge difference as we are not high rollers and the included internet, drinks etc will be much appreciated. Thanks!
  24. I notice that many of the negative reviews for the Quantum class ships mention overcrowding, compared to other ships both bigger and smaller. However, it seems that actually the Quantum class ships have a relatively high space to passenger ratio: https://www.cruisemapper.com/wiki/761-cruise-ship-passenger-capacity-ratings Can anyone explain this disparity from their experience of these ships?
  25. Hi - Has anyone sailed in this cabin on either ship? It's an interior room but there's a wall next door. I'm curious if there's noise due to it being a storage or utility room. Looking forward to my first RC cruise! Thank you
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