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Old October 29th, 2014, 04:53 PM
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Arrow => QUANTUM of the SEAS <=> MAIDEN VOYAGE <=> LIVE REPORT<=> Review+Pics+Video

Hello fellow cruisers,
I would love to share details of our pre-cruise trip and then - observations and LIVE reports from the maiden voyage - transatlantic on the QUANTUM of the SEAS!
My photos - your comments.
I will start posting soon.

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I can't wait....have fun!
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Quantum is already here in Southampton UK, and she is gorgeous.
When the wife saw her for the first time, she said "WOW!"
No I am no way connected to Royal Caribbean and their PR team, but that is what she said. So it shows, what RCCL set out to achieve, has happened. I'm not cruising on Quantum, but have Anthem booked for July, so I am awaiting pictures of the inside venues and to see what the other 4 venues that RCCL hasn't announced yet, actually are. Is there a cupcake cupboard?

Let us all know.
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The full deck plans for Quantum are now posted on the RCI website, so all the 'more to come' places are now named. They don't have the cupcake cupboard on Quantum. I think they removed it from the Oasis too and that space is now a Kate Spade handbag shop.
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The Quantum of the Seas docked at Southampton City Terminal about 06:15.
The weather was just dreadful: rain and wind.

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The Quantum of the Seas docked at Southampton City Terminal about 06:15.
The weather was just dreadful: rain and wind.
Normal day in Southampton then.
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Sorry to be running behind schedule.

Time on the ship flies.
Pictures take a lot of time.
Getting familiar with the ship also takes ome time.

Embarkation in Southampton was promised to be the easiest ever due to sophisticated smart technology/

Passengers were given an option to download their own photos during online check-in to speed up the procedures at port.

In fact, embarkation in SOU turned out to be most disorganized and slow.
Those who completed online check-in and downloaded photos were placed in lines to be photographed again.
Agents were not giving right directions to the passengers. In the result, hundreds of people were standing in lines and waiting for nothing while they cleared to board the ship.


Eventually we boarded the ship.
We found a huge brand new modern looking cruses ship.

Let's look at Cruise Compass:

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Thanks CT,
Enjoyed reading through the cruise compass....Obviously, there will be a few problems, but eventually they get worked out... Have fun and keep in touch.
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So cool to see the Cruise Compass, this helps to answer alot of questions and gives a great guide to what you can do. Alot of things are normally not available until you sail but this had loads to do on the first day.
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As we boarded the ship, we found all "hot" facilities in use.
Weather was good.

The highlight of the departure day and the whole cruise: "Mamma Mia".
That was a Triumph of the Seas.
Absolutely stunning performance on a brand new ship.

DayTwo was not as smooth as the departure day.
We were going deeper and deeper into the weather system that caused increasing pitching and rolling.

Personally, I like it. It's a kind of entertainment that is possible only at sea.
And the Quantum was a top level entertainer.
Pitching, rolling, cracking sounds throughout the ship.
Shows were rescheduled on later days.

After total failure with the smart check-in and some minor issues visible on the new ship, Royal Caribbean did not wait for more and made an announcement that all the passengers onboard were getting $300 per cabin right away on their acoounts, and also 25% discount for a future RCI cruise (calculated as 25% of the sum paid for the Quantum cruise).
Very wise and respectful move by RCI.
Right in time.

Day Two Cruise Compass:

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I would like to know what passengers are saying about the specialties on the Quantum, the flying observation ride. Is it working how much time does each ride take and how much does it cost. What about the electric cars, what is time and cost for the electric car rides.

How's the food?
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I have not heard comments on specialty dining.
We have two resevations in specialties. I will report with menus.
Food overall (my opinion) 4 out of 5. The buffet is 5.

The "North Star" (flying observation) is a joy. It's free. A ride takes about 15 minites.
Waiting in the line is from one hour+.
Bumping cars are free. One session is 3 minutes.

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It is nice that you have these daily programs but I would vastly prefer that you put them up as attachment files which we can all download if we want to see them. I have changed them to links because they seemed to be conversation stoppers. Of you look below each post when posting you will see an option to "manage attachments" - Please just upload the pictures there so we can download them page by page if we want to see them.

I thank you for your effort - you went to a lot of hard work, but its just too much for the threads here.

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You can read MY two reports on the front page of CruiseMates.. but I will also offer some additional info here.

I liked the interior decor, but I was not overly impressed. It is pretty one-dimensional in my opinion with a LOT of shades of gray (how timely....

My "smart check-in" was also a failure because somehow they had me down as myself ansd myself as a guest. Now, it should easy for a check-in person to just cancel the guest (I looked for a way to do it online pre-cruise and I could not do it - and that prevented me from fully checking in online). But the rep couldn't do it, so she called over an IT (info tech) specialist who should have known how to do it, and he couldn't fix it either.

Finally, she wrote out a boarding slip and told me to go to the guest services to get a room "key" (wristlet). There was another couple next to me who had the problem of their guest not being included on the manifest. Come to think of it, I never saw them on board.
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Day 7 Cruise Compass:


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Quantum of the Seas Confidential



Introduction



The Quantum of the Seas and the Anthem of the Seas are the newest cruise ships of Royal Caribbean International (RCI). They are also the third and fourth largest passenger ships in the world (after the Allure of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas that belong to RCI as well).

It has been about a year or so since many details of the new design have been available to public.

Unlike many other new ships, the promo campaign of the Quantum/Anthem is massive production. It is focused on the design features and innovations that provide the new ship with the promotional logo of a “smart ship”.
Unlike many other ships, some details were kept secret until the very last moment or still remain out of focus of the advertising campaign and mass media “reviews”.

In this review I will pay due respect to the “smart features”, but first of all - to the ship itself.

I have had a privilege to participate in the most significant event in the world of cruising in 2014 - the Quantum maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
Please note that I am a paying passenger and not a member of numerous promo brigades on board.

The ship suffered many small or not so small technical issues during the maiden voyage that was not a problem for us at all.

I had been fully aware of potential problems before we boarded the ship.
That was a brand new ship – just a few days fresh from the shipyard.

Our trip followed the route of glorious ocean liners of years past.
Our journey from Southampton to New York was an adventure, an excursion, and a great time on the stormy Atlantic – everything we were looking for.


Where to start a pre-cruise trip if you are going to be on the Quantum maiden voyage?

At Meyer Werft in Papenburg!

Yes, of course.
Seeing the Anthem of the Seas under construction was a beautiful introduction to the Quantum maiden voyage – both technically and emotionally.

Please take a moment to see my pictorial report of the pre-cruise trip that I call “PreQuantum”.


So, the Quantum maiden voyage was a part of a great adventure.
Can I say that I did not like it? Never.
It was marvelous.

The tour of Meyer Werft was unforgettable.

The weather in London and Southampton was better that one could expect. The only exception was a couple of hours of terrible wind and rain when people gathered in Mayflower Park in Southampton at 6 a.m. to see the Quantum docking.

When we got inside the ship…
The ship smelled like a new car.
Everything was clean and new…
All that crafted a very special atmosphere of the maiden voyage.

In the review you will see some maiden voyage issues mentioned (and illustrated!).
Don’t consider these as complaints – from the most chaotic check in ever to the pools flooding the upper deck – this is just a travel report.
All those things are things that happen. I don’t include it in my ship assessment.

The internet is full of critical reports about the maiden voyage: “something did not work, personnel were not trained, technology failed, dining failed, worst cruise ever”….
I don’t belong to that group of reporters.
I really did like the maiden voyage.

Other reports declare it “unbelievable/outstanding/5*/best ship ever” – I don’t share that outlook either as it is quite an exaggeration.

This remarkable ship is spectacular and cleverly designed for a particular kind of cruising (particular “business model”), but considering some obvious design flaws and omissions, it is hard to call it “best ever”.

Now let’s take a closer look at the magnificent Quantum of the Seas / Anthem of the Seas.


This is Quantum of the Seas Confidential –
a review of the Quantum of the Seas / Anthem of the Seas class of cruise ships: design, amenities, dining, entertainment, cabin guide with pictures and video.



Some necessary statistics and terminology


Quantum of the Seas / Anthem of the Seas

Gross Tonnage – 168,000 GT
Length – 1,141 ft
Max. Beam – 136 ft
Draft – 28ft
Cruising speed – 22 knots
Capacity - 4180 guests double occupancy (4905 total)
Crew - 1500

Gross Tonnage is frequently confused with ships weight or displacement.
One Gross Ton is equal to 100 cubic feet of internal (enclosed) volume.
So it is about volume, not weight.

Ship’s weight (equal to ship’s displacement) is measured in metric tons.
The heaviest passenger ships afloat are two RCI Oasis class ships (the Oasis and the Allure - about 100,000 tons).
RMS Queen Mary 2 ocean liner is the third (close to 80,000 tons).


General notes on the Quantum/Anthem of the Seas design and planning


This is an overview.
All the details with photos and video will follow.

From the first glance it’s clearly seen that the Quantum/Anthem is an enlarged and in many ways improved Celebrity Solstice.

The most noticeable improvement over Celebrity ships is the use of divided engine uptakes that utilizes advantages of axial planning. This is a luxury (smart!) feature in cruise ship design that has been a tradition for Royal Caribbean ships since the Voyager class, but lacking on Celebrity ships.






Another area of significant improvement over Celebrity is balcony cabins design.
Like on the Solstice class ships, standard balcony cabins on the Quantum/Anthem are squeezed in width (about 8 inches less than standard) to fit more cabins in the ship length.
But it’s done much more cleverly.







That’s a really smart improvement over Celebrity.
I will pay a special attention to that smart improvement later in the review.



Unfortunately the Quantum/Anthem have inherited some major design flaws from their Celebrity predecessor.

The superstructure is tall (8 balcony decks – compare to 5 balcony decks on RCI Freedom class) with “humps” and “recessed in” areas that resulted in a promenade deck that has been ruined by lifeboats, obstructed or spoiled views from a significant number of balconies, huge overhang supported by struts placed right on the balconies. The promenade deck is not wrap-around – just two separate strips on both sides of the ship.







Some Celebrity Solstice features have been lost or modified.

The feature that has been lost is the forward observation deck. This is an obvious loss in comparison with Celebrity Solstice class ships and there is no reason to justify that.
Two tiny rudimentary open areas over the bridge wings (views are spoiled by the glass screens) do not compensate for the loss.

Other upper deck areas have been modified in accordance with the Quantum/Anthem new concept of enclosed upper decks with the addition of some very unusual entertaining activities.
The Solarium took the place of the Sky Lounge (a principal lounge – forward observation lounge).
The Gym moved up and took the place of the sports court and formerly open forward sun deck (“Solstice Deck”).
The covered pool remains where it was on the Solstice. The difference: the glass dome is now equipped with sliding windows, so it can be partially opened to allow some fresh air.







The new feature – “North star” (an observation capsule on the crane) – sits on the roof of the covered pool.
The open pool remains where it was on the Solstice.
The Grass Lawn has been replaced with a covered multi-purpose sports court, “SeaPlex”.
The aft part of the upper deck houses the traditional RCI Flowrider and a new feature the RipCord by iFly.

One deck below – the general buffet or “Windjammer” – is principally a copy of the Celebrity Solstice buffet by design and layout with an open area on the stern.
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Internal public areas – “major landmarks” of the ship from bow to stern


The Theater is where it was on the Solstice.

Former Celebrity Central (a “second stage” for smaller scale performances) is now the Music Hall. The venue has grown two decks high (it took space from the deck below) and extended transverse taking up space of the former “Entertainment Court” – a small two deck high atrium.

Celebrity Central and the Entertainment Court on Celebrity Solstice class ship



Music Hall on the Quantum of the Seas



The lowest passenger deck (deck 3 where two strips of window cabins are placed along the sides of the ship) has been revised.

The lines of cabins are now all the way from the theater to main dining rooms along the sides, so the public rooms on deck 3 do not extend from board to board.
Instead, the space on deck 3 forward between the cabin strips is now used for public rooms: the lower deck of the Music Hall and the casino.

The lateral shopping passage (port side) from the theater to the Grand Foyer on the Solstice class (“shops on the Boulevard”) remains the same on the Quantum/Anthem.

The former Grand Foyer on the Celebrity Solstice is now reshaped to resemble a portion of traditional RCI Royal Promenade. Sorrento’s pizza and a tiny corner of Café Promenade will remind you that you are on a Royal Caribbean ship.

The Esplanade on the Quantum of the Seas



Thanks to divided engine uptakes, the Solstice Grand Foyer (now called “Royal Esplanade”) has received a new extension called “The Via” that gives Quantum/Anthem interiors a much classier look.

The Via on the Quantum of the Seas




A familiar starboard lateral passage (“Ensemble Lounge”) that goes from the Grand Foyer aft to the specialty restaurants area – the area behind a very noticeable tinted glass belt around the stern on Celebrity ships - now leads from The Via to the new public area – a huge multi-purpose lounge called “Two70”.
The tinted glass belt around the stern of Celebrity has grown dramatically on the Quantum/Anthem and is almost three decks high now.





An adjacent dining area where Celebrity Solstice passengers would find The Blu (a separate dining room for “Aqua Class” price category and suites guests) is now
“Café @ Two70” - an equivalent of the “Park Café” on the Oasis class ships.

Specialty restaurants have been moved to deck 5 (starboard) where the Galleria Boutiques used to be on Celebrity ships.


MDR (Main Dining Room)


The formerly 2 deck high board-to-board wide main dining room space on the Celebrity Solstice has been split into four separate one deck high and half ship wide dining rooms.
Each dining room offers its own menus and ambiance.
Capacity: about 430 each.






All four restaurants are complimentary “any time dining”.
However reservation in advance is required.
RCI calls this system “Dynamic Dining”.

“Coastal Kitchen” – a 130 seat complimentary dining room is reserved exclusively for Grand Suites and some other privileged guests. This venue is located on deck 14 next to the Windjammer buffet.

This concludes a brief overview of the Quantum of the Seas / Anthem of the Seas design in comparison with their predecessors - Celebrity Solstice Class ships.
A step-by-step Confidential Review will follow.
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Quantum of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas

Design and Planning
Cabins



The purpose of my reviews is to give as much information as possible so that you can get the best of your cruise vacation: choose the right cabin on the right ship.

How to find the best location on the ship?
How to make an informed decision?

First of all we need to see what this ship really is and recognize it's pros and cons.
This is my task as a reviewer: focus on the ship design, planning, ship facts, objective information.

Another thing that is vital for a proper review: comparisons.

How to distinguish marketing hype from real things?
Put two ships together and see what is what.





You see the a Royal Caribbean Freedom Class ship (Left) in comparison with the design that generally represents the Quantum, the Anthem and their predecessor the Celebrity Solstice (Right).

We can notice three major things that are new for Royal Caribbean ships and seriously affect our cabin choice:

1. Bump-outs ("Humps") and recessed in (narrow) areas of the superstructure on the Celebrity/Quantum/Anthem
2. Lifeboats that spoil the views from the lower balconies in recessed in areas
3. A huge overhang that affects two upper balcony decks in recessed in areas.




Larger images and other pictures are located in my pictorial guide.

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1. Humps and Recessed In Areas on The Quantum / Anthem


Cruise lines are trying to increase revenue.
That's not a big news.
The more cabins the more revenue.
The more balcony cabins the more revenue as balconies can be sold for a higher price.
That's why we often see tall floating apartment buildings called cruise ships.

But tall ships become top heavy that reduces ships' stability.

How to reduce weight of the tall superstructure?
The answer is: to make it narrower (Recessed In Areas)
The wider areas of the superstructure (Humps) still work to increase capacity and also to enforce the strength of the hull in general.


The Forward Hump on the Quantum / Anthem




The Middle Recessed In Area




The Middle Hump
This is a premium location on the ship: no lifeboats below, no overhang above, minimum motion




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2. Lifeboats


The Quantum / Anthem has a marketing nickname "smartship".
This is a bold advertising slogan that is hard to forget or avoid.
So we'll be returning to "smart" things from time to time.


Explore the Past to Understand the Present

This is how lifeboats were placed on the Titanic (the Olympic is shown). Lifeboats were standing on the boat deck taking up valuable space of the promenade:


Now let's jump in 1920s and look at one of the smart ships of the past - SS Ile de France

Below: a legendary French ocean liner SS Ile de France.
Not only a revolution in public rooms decor she was, but also in lifeboats placement.
Lifeboats on the Ile de France were suspended on so-called gravity davits leaving open space for a beautiful promenade deck.
This smart principle has been a standard for luxury liners and cruise ships since then.




Promenade deck on RMS Queen Mary:



The Solstice / Quantum / Anthem design brings us back to 1911.
You see lifeboats standing on Deck 5.
Result: no proper promenade deck; views from Deck 6 balconies are ruined, views from Deck 7 balconies are somewhat affected.

That is not a smart thing.

Quantum of the Seas:



What will happen if lifeboats become suspended?
Some balcony cabins will be "obstructed window" cabins in this case.
That means less revenue...


Confidentially for you.

1. There are no cruise industry regulations that do not allow cruise lines to build cruise ships with proper promenade deck.
2. A common practice is to rate a balcony as "obstructed view" only on condition that there is a large part of equipment directly between your eyes and the horizon. So, if a lifeboat is placed right in front of your balcony but the horizon is still "one inch" above it - your balcony "officially" is not obstructed.

I don't welcome this practice.
So in my reviews I pay special attention to all the design flaws that in fact spoil our cruising experience even if they are not "officially" considered as such.


I have combined Deck 5 (Boat Deck) plan with Deck 6 plan to reveal the areas most affected by lifeboats on the Quantum / Anthem of the Seas:




Larger images and other pictures in my Quantum of the Seas cabin guide

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3. Overhang


The superstructure has to be narrow to save weight.
At the same time the upper deck has to be as wide as possible to accommodate all the facilities (pools, sun deck, etc.).
Shipbuilders solve this collision by creating overhangs.

A small overhang could be a nice feature for those who want to keep their balconies in shadow.
However, in case of the Celebrity Solstice and the Quantum / Anthem the overhang is huge and (in my opinion that is shared by many who have cruised on Celebrity) rather depressing. It's surpasses any "comfortable" limits.
But some people like it.
Please take a look and decide for yourself which group you belong to.


What makes the problem worse: numerous struts that support overhang.
Struts save weight. A structure without struts would require more metal.


A principle scheme of the overhang on the Celebrity Solstice that is the same on the Quantum/Anthem:






One deck below the Overhang on Celebrity Solstice class ships.
Note that the overhang on the Quantum/Anthem is larger.
[IMG]One deck below the Overhang on Celebrity Solstice class ships:[/IMG]



The most affected is Deck 13.
Deck 12 is where struts are placed.
I don't think that many potential cruisers would like to have balconies like this:

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Below is a Diagram in which the upper deck plan is combined with the Deck 13 so that you you can see the areas that are most affected by the overhang.
Note that the Overhang is wider in the Aft Recessed In Area:




Before we go to Your Ultimate Cabin Guide, a few notes about ship motion.

The general principle:
The bow is more prone to movement than the stern; and the most comfortable area is near the ship's center of buoyancy - slightly aft mid-ship. This is where the Middle Hump is located.
Lower decks are less prone to movement than upper decks.
Ships roll from side to side, so inside cabins near the center of the ship are less affected (less than window and balcony cabins).

The Quantum was rocking and rolling a lot during transatlantic crossing.







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Quantum of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas


Your Confidential Cabin Guide

What cabin on the Anthem / Quantum is right for you?


Balcony Selection Summary


We pay extra for balcony cabins to enjoy all the advantages they provide: personal outside space and beautiful views of the seas.

What a disappointment to find out that your balcony actually has no sea views, squeezed in a dark corner or has a smoking station a few feet below...

This is my Ultimate Anthem / Quantum Cabin Selection Guide to help you find a cabin that is right for you.
You will see photos and description of all the most important cabin categories on the newest Royal Caribbean ships.

In this part of the review we'll observe the best and the worst balcony locations on the Anthem / Quantum of the Seas.

I colored areas from where you have the best views Dark Green.
The worst ones - in dark Red.

So-so areas are in Yellow. For example, Deck 13 balconies on the humps provide great views but are located under public decks that means potential noise.
Your cabin choice is safer if there is no public rooms above and below.

The best views are from the balconies on the Middle Hump, Forward Hump.

Decks 10 and 11 are very good.
So is the aft part of the Deck 12.

I would thoroughly avoid Deck 6 behind lifeboats, Deck 7 aft, Deck 13 under overhang and a few more spots that are marked in Red in the diagram:




Detailed comments on each area in Your Confidential Cabin Guide.



Standard* Balcony Cabin

on the Anthem of the Seas and the Quantum of the Seas


We are starting from the most numerous cabin category on the Quantum - Balcony Cabins.
Balcony cabins are the best representatives of the cruise ship accommodations in general.
We will study all the amenities of the balcony cabins. Please note that these amenities are the same for other cabin categories (with some exceptions).

The Quantum / Anthem feature about 1530 balcony cabins.


What is a standard balcony cabin on a cruise ship?

There is no international convention or regulation that define standards for balcony cabins (for the purpose of this review - I am not speaking about safety, environmental regulations, etc.).
But there are principles that are practically implemented by cruise line industry, so they are de facto cruise ship standards.

A standard is "an idea or thing used as a measure, norm, or model in comparative evaluations".

* "Standard balcony cabin on the Quantum" means "most typical for a particular cruise ship called Quantum of the Seas".
A standard balcony cabin on the Quantum is about 198 sq. ft. You can see that number in many online resources. I am glad to confirm it (Source: Quantum of the Seas - measured).

For our comparative evaluation we'll use the most typical (i.e. standard) configuration of a balcony cabin on many cruise ships (industry standards). This is very important for understanding Anthem / Quantum cabin design.

A standard cabin is as wide as needed to accommodate the bed and the passage between the bed and the opposite wall. A standard width is 270 cm or 106". It cannot be smaller because this size is a minimum determined by human body size.




A standard cabin is as big in length as needed to accommodate a bathroom, a bed with two nightstands and a sofa. Unlike the minimal width, the minimal length may vary slightly depending on configuration of the sofa and bathroom.

Balcony width is determined by the cabin width.
Balcony depth may vary significantly depending on shipbuilders' generosity.

Cabins on the Quantum class ships are squeezed in width.
They are only 250 cm or 98" wide (median width).

To be "in compliance" with the 270 cm / 106" minimum for the bed & passage the cabin walls are curved. The curved walls also necessitate the alternating bed scheme, with one near the door, the next closer to the balcony.

"Saved" inches allow for approximately 110 more cabins to be added on each of the Quantum Class ships.

Left: Quantum / Anthem principal scheme. The "saved" space is colored in Red.
Right: A standard width cabin with the same layout is given for comparison.




Now I would like to emphasize a design feature that I rate as a Smart Thing #1 on the Quantum class: walls zigzags are hidden inside the closets.

This is a genius improvement over Celebrity Solstice cabins.
Quantum designers have swapped curved walls.

Wall zigzags are visible on Celebrity making the cabin look like a curved grotto.

On the contrary, on the Quantum - the visible wall is straight like in a "regular" cabin.
I will repeat the comparison diagram because this fact is a key to understanding Quantum cabins design."]Now I would like to emphasize a design feature that I rate as a Smart Thing #1 on the Quantum class: walls zigzags are hidden inside the closets.

This is a genius improvement over Celebrity Solstice cabins.
Quantum designers have swapped curved walls.

Wall zigzags are visible on Celebrity making the cabin look like a curved grotto.

On the contrary, on the Quantum - the visible wall is straight like in a "regular" cabin.
I will repeat the comparison diagram because this fact is a key to understanding Quantum cabins design:






At this point it's necessary to have a look at the Royal Caribbean ships that are closest to the Quantum / Anthem in size: the Freedom Class Ships (Freedom, Independence, Liberty).

Balcony cabins on the Freedom Class vary from 184 to 199 sq. ft. with balconies as large as 65 sq.ft. (Source: RCI).

Combining cabins and balconies:

Quantum / Anthem of the Seas - 249 sq.ft.
Freedom of the Seas - from 249 to 264 sq. ft.


Cabins on the Quantum appear to be longer and narrower.
Freedom decor looks a bit dated but the wider cabins definitely feel more spacious.




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Quantum on the Seas cabins have a pleasant modern look.
The main contributions to that are simple large details, bold colors, a large flat screen TV on the wall and the fact that walls zigzags are hidden.

Well, I can say that the interior decor is a bit dark, and this is related to the ship hallways and public rooms as well.









Above is a "bed closer to the balcony" layout that is considered preferable by many (myself included). The sofa is a regular one, not a sofa bed. This cabin sleeps two.





Below is an alternated layout with a "bed near the door".
The sofa bed is unfolded. This cabin sleeps three. It's quite obvious that this layout is not as good as "bed near the window".







To be continued...
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Dear Cruisemates, after a break I continue my review of the Quantum Class ships.
Anthem of the Seas or Quantum of the seas - what cabin is right for you?
Quantum / Anthem of the Seas cabin video review is ready.

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Thanks for the cabin info., very informative. I did notice how nicely these cabins are organized, although, a bit smaller closet, was still able to fit everything that needed to be hung up and even had some shelf space left, so ample room. I was also glad to see extra space in the shower. Thanks for the video.
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