I do know about those other ships leaving from that area, but not sailing where we wanted to go. I only know a couple of people who did Norweigan and didn't care for it. This will be our 10th cruise, so knew what we wanted and read a lot of reviews about the EOS, most were favorable, so decided to give it a try. The Quantum looks awesome, something to look forward to in 2015! Thanks for the reply.