If I my chime in as an interested party from the west coast. DW and I are sailing on the Quantum because we are very excited about cruising on new ships from RCI. We have done both the Oasis and the Allure so the Quantum was next in line. Having no ships from RCI sailing from the port of Los Angeles we have to fly wherever we depart from. I must admit though I was not very excited about sailing from sub freezing temps. DW and I will fly in the day before, book a hotel and sail on the Quantum for our 11 day cruise. We will pack a set of warm cloths and deal with the cold until we get to the warm weather in the Caribbean. It is what it is and we'll do what we have to do. until RCI decides to put a ship back here in LA we go with the flow.