Quantum of the Seas: Tips on how to Enjoy Your Royal Caribbean Cruise Experience

Sunrise in Fukuoka
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Quantum of the Seas: How to Enjoy Your Royal Caribbean Cruise Experience

Going on a cruise is like being in wonderland. You get to visit many places and even while you’re onboard, you’re treated like royalty and you experience fine dining, limitless shopping, fun adventures and many more. I happen to be a part of the Filipino online content creators’ community who went on a Royal Caribbean 5-day cruise aboard Quantum of the Seas last November. This cruise brought us to Shanghai, Fukuoka, and Nagasaki. We were in Shanghai a day before our cruise started so the group and I had fun exploring the area first.

Xian Qiang Fang Restaurant in Shanghai
Xian Qiang Fang Restaurant in Shanghai
One Night in Shanghai
One Night in Shanghai

First off, let me tell you a few things about the showcase ship of Royal Caribbean, The Quantum of the Seas. Constructed in 2014, it can accommodate 4,905 passengers and 1,500 crew members. One of the main features of the cruise ship is the North Star which is kind of like a capsule wherein passengers can go inside and they will be taken over the edge of the ship at 300 feet above water. It gives a 360-degree view of the open ocean. There are plenty more amenities on the ship and you’ll never run out of things to do there.

Nightlife in Shanghai
Nightlife in Shanghai
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Now, here’s how the trip went and other things you need to know so that you can have a wonderful experience in case you plan to cruise with the Quantum of the Seas by the Royal Caribbean Cruise.

Tips on Getting the Best Prices

Scoring a discounted Cruise package means you can have more money to spend on your inland tours or even extra money for your duty-free shopping onboard. There are a few strategies that you can employ to get the best prices. The Royal Caribbean shares on their website how you can get good deals when cruising.

Royal Caribbean Check-in counter in Shanghai
Royal Caribbean Check-in counter in Shanghai

Here’s what you can do to get the best deals.

  • Book early
  • Watch out for price drops
  • Choose the older ships because their prices are cheaper
  • Talk to a travel agent
  • Choose guarantee staterooms
  • Purchase non-refundable cruise fares
  • Pick slow seasons when cruising
  • Ask for special rates
  • Try repositioning cruises

You can check out their website for detailed information about the tips.

Research the Ports You’re Visiting

Ohori Park in Fukuoka Japan
Ohori Park in Fukuoka Japan
Melo in Ohori Park, Fukuoka Japan
Melo in Ohori Park, Fukuoka Japan

There’s an option to tour the city you’ll be visiting during your cruise on your own or with a guide. With or without a guide, you’ll want to research about the cities you’re going to so that you have an idea what that place is like. By knowing some of the basic things about the place, you familiarize yourself in case you get lost or you’ll know how to act around the locals especially if it’s a strict city.

The Luxury of a Balcony Cabin

Stateroom Cabin with Balcony photo by Chichi Tullao of Happy Tummy Travels
Stateroom Cabin with Balcony photo by Chichi Tullao of Happy Tummy Travels

Booking a Stateroom balcony cabin gives you the extra luxury you won’t get from the inside cabin and most of the time, the upgrade cost is not that high. Personally, I love the feeling a Balcony Cabin gives me because of the added privacy, luxury, space and magnificent view especially when you are docked on a certain port.

Learn How to Pack Your Things the Right Way

List of Prohibited Items inside the Cruise Ship
List of Prohibited Items inside the Cruise Ship

Before you leave your home country, make sure to research about the weather on your cruise destinations. It will help you plan on what to bring in terms of wardrobes. Take note that there are also some things that are not allowed onboard the cruise ship.

These are:

  • Firearms & ammunition; real and realistic imitations
  • Sharp objects like knives & scissors (4 inches and above)
  • Prohibited Drugs & substances
  • Items that generate heat or create open flames like coffee makers, candles, etc. (curling irons and hair straighteners are allowed as well as normal-looking lighters)
  • Hover boards
  • Martial Arts, Self-Defense and Sports Gears, handcuffs, pepper spray and night sticks
  • Flammable liquids and explosives (lighter fluid & fireworks)
  • Hookah & water hookah pipes
  • HAM Radios
  • Baby monitors
  • Extension cords
  • Chemicals (bleach & paint)
  • Alcoholic beverages (each stateroom is allowed 750 ml bottle of wine or champagne. Cruise ship will store alcohol brought onboard, in a port-of-call and /or alcohol brought during boarding day which exceeds the allowed two bottles. They won’t return the alcoholic drinks brought by passengers on embarkation day.

The cruise ship is giving exceptions for the following sporting goods but the item/s will be stored in the stateroom and will be returned after the end of the journey.

  • Baseball bats
  • Hockey sticks
  • Cricket bats
  • Golf clubs
  • Skateboards
  • Surfboards
  • Bicycles

Remember to just bring the items you need so that you have more space for the items you’ll buy during your trip. Read this informative must pack items from the Royal Caribbean website.

Keep Updated with the Royal Caribbean’s Cruise Compass

Cruise Compass photo via Royal Caribbean Blog
Cruise Compass photo via Royal Caribbean Blog (link)

The Cruise Compass is your daily dose of information about sunrise and sunset times, daily classes on board, evening shows and more. The Cruise Compass keeps you updated and lets you know what’s happening on the cruise ship. This is a great way to know about the hourly activities aboard the ship so you know where you want to head to. They also mention in the Cruise Compass important contact info.

Download the Royal Caribbean Mobile App

Royal Caribbean International App
Royal Caribbean International App

Their free mobile app can be used aboard and doesn’t need an internet package. The features include the following options.

  • Viewing of cruises
  • Checking-in through the app
  • Schedules of daily activities
  • Deck plans
  • Reservations
  • Planning of itinerary
  • Onboard expenses details

RCI App is available for download on App Store and Google Play.

Rediscover Your Inner Foodie with Eat-All-You-Can Buffets Onboard

Our group never got hungry when we were aboard The Quantum of the Seas for there are so many food joints in the cruise ships. I’ve listed below some of the restaurants that await you if you choose to cruise with Quantum of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Noodle Corner at Windjammer
Noodle Corner at Windjammer

Café Promenade

Fresly Baked Breads
Fresly Baked Breads

This is the best restaurant if you like to people watch because it’s located in the middle of the Royal Promenade. They serve gourmet snacks, coffee, and pastries.

Sorrento’s Pizzeria

All you can eat Pizza
All you can eat Pizza

It’s located next to Harp & the Horn and this joint gives out free slices of pizza on special hours. You can also order customized pizza.

The Grande

Pork Adobo anyone?
Pork Adobo anyone?

The Grand is a fine dining restaurant where guests feel like they have been brought back in time when cruise ships bring together the most elegantly-dressed people who want to enjoy proper dining.

Two70

Breakfast at Two70
Breakfast at Two70

They serve heavy breakfast as well as light meal options. It opens from 7:30 am to 10:30 am for breakfast and opens again from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Windjammer Buffet 

Unlimited Cookies at Royal Caribbean Cruise
Unlimited Cookies at Royal Caribbean Cruise

There are several stations at this buffet where everything can choose between salads, light foods, sweets, fresh fruits and more. They open at 7:00 am to 10:30 am, 11:30 am to 3:00, 5:30 to 8:30 pm and 11:00 pm to 1:00.

Make Reservations at Restaurants and for Shows Early On

The Quantum of the Cruise Planner makes it easy to pre-plan all your daily activities including restaurants and shows. Having a plan for your cruise adventure allows you to allocate time for all the things you want to do during your trip and I can tell you that there is a lot.

Quantum of the Seas Bridge
Quantum of the Seas Bridge
Royal Caribbean Cruise Entertainment Shows
Royal Caribbean Cruise Entertainment Shows
Cold Cuts at Jamies Italian Restaurant
Cold Cuts at Jamies Italian Restaurant

One of the specialty restaurants onboard is Jamie’s Italian Restaurant which is the first branch of the restaurant located on a cruise ship. It features an open area where guests can opt for alfresco dining. Their menu includes fresh takes on Italy’s loved dishes.  They make their pasta on the ship from scratch and they even have a gluten-free option. Lunchtime is 11:30 am to 1:30 pm while dinner is from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Adventure Activities on the Ship

Bumper Cars

Bumper Cars
Bumper Cars

Located at the Seaplex, guests can enjoy not only bumper cars but also basketball, circus school trapeze lessons, etc.

FlowRider

Flow Rider at Night
Flow Rider at Night

You won’t get bored with the surf simulator! It’s full of action and you can even take surfing and boogie board sessions.

Giant Magenta Polar Bear

Giant Magenta Polar Bear
Giant Magenta Polar Bear

This one can be found in all the Royal Caribbean ships. The Quantum of the Seas version of this allows passengers to have views off the side of the ship and the gigantic magenta bear will be the spotter.

North Star

North Star
North Star

As mentioned above, the North Star is where you can have a bird’s eye view of the ocean. They say that the best time to be in the North Star is during sunset.

Ripcord by iFLY

Ripcord by iFLY
Ripcord by iFLY

This activity will let you skydive on board the ship. You just need to gear up and go inside a chamber and experience being pushed up the air and float like you’re really flying.

Experiencing Shore Excursions

Fukuoka 

We went on a 4-hour tour of Fukuoka where we visited Fukuoka Tower, Ohori Park, and Kushida Shrine. It was wonderful to experience the 360-degree panoramic view of Fukuoka City from Fukuoka Tower’s observation deck at 123 meters high. It has a cross-section that’s made of mirror called ‘Mirror Sail’. We saw Ohori Park where we discovered a winding stream, Karensansui (rock garden) and a teahouse. The tour also included seeing the 8th-century Kushida Shrine and KazariYamagase, the wooden float used in Hakata Gion Festival.

Melo in Fukuoka Japan
Melo in Fukuoka Japan photo by Psalm Ramos
Group Shot in Fukuoka
Group Shot in Fukuoka
Ice Cream in Fukuoka Tower
Ice Cream in Fukuoka Tower
Ramen in Fukuoka
Ramen in Fukuoka
Melo in Ohori Park photo by Karl Ivan Precentacion
Melo in Ohori Park photo by Karl Ivan Precentacion

After our guided tour, our group decided to explore the city on our own to search for what else, RAMEN!!! Fukuoka is famous for its Ramen and there are plenty of famous Ramen Places around the city but as they say, go to where the locals eat and that’s exactly what we did. We found Hakata Ramen Zen Senshuji. This hole in the wall resto is quite small and we had to wait in order to get a seat. It took a while but the wait is totally worth it, the flavorful broth, perfectly cooked noodle, shoyu tamago and tender slice of pork made me fall in love with Fukuoka… Yes Seriously!!

Nagasaki 

Our tour became more memorable when we went to Nagasaki Peace Park. The park was built to give peace a chance and to remember what happened in the place many years ago. They built the park ten years after the atomic bombing. It contains numerous gifts of statues and sculptures from around the world.

Matcha Ice Cream in Nagasaki
Matcha Ice Cream in Nagasaki
Golden Hour in Nagasaki
Golden Hour in Nagasaki
Inside Animete in Nagasaki
Inside Animete in Nagasaki
Cat in Nagasaki
Cat in Nagasaki
Melo in Nagasaki
Melo in Nagasaki

After the half-day tour, we walk around the city on our own to find some local street food and of course to do some shopping. We visited the Chinatown area and walked back to the port by just following Google Map.

Do Your Onboard Shopping on the Last Day

This will be your last day activity on board so make it count and shop around! Let me tell you a little secret, I discovered that the shops offer more discounts during the last day on selected items. You can choose various items like designer bags, food items, skin products like Kiehl’s, Cartier watches and more.

Experience Amazing Sunrise and Sunsets

Sunrise in Fukuoka
Sunrise in Fukuoka
Sunrise in Fukuoka Port
Sunrise in Fukuoka Port

Since you’ll be onboard the ship a few days, you will experience many stunning sunrise and sunsets and you should take advantage of that. Each place you’ll be in during sunrise and sunset is different and memorable so get your camera during these times and take Instagram-worthy photos.

Making New Friends

The best thing about the cruise experience is meeting new friends. From Filipino and foreign staff onboard, local people we meet in places we visited in Japan, to fellow content creators I traveled with. The trip gave us the opportunity to share our own experiences with the people we met there and learn something in return.

Group Selfie in Nagasaki
Group Selfie in Nagasaki

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip because it gave me the chance to visit new places, meet new people, learn about a culture and learn about the cruise itself. I’m glad to be a part of the group of content creators that the Royal Caribbean brought to witness the grandeur of their Quantum of the Seas cruise ship. Now I miss my cruise buddies. See you guys soon!

For Inquiries and Reservations, you may contact:

ARPAN AIR, INC.
International Representative (I.R.) in the Philippines for
Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Club Cruises
Telephone: (+632) 8922701 to 03
Mobile: (0998) 983 7453
Email: rylcaribbean@arpanair.com.ph
Facebook: Royal Caribbean Philippines
Website: cruising.com.ph

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