So last time I told you all about Quantum’s incredible technology. It really has transformed nearly every aspect of the guest experience, from super speedy check in and luggage tracing, right down to the dining. Guests can reserve at iQ stations, by the new app, by phone or in person and with 18 restaurants and 14 bars to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Table staff take orders on a tablet, keeping them where customers need them most, in the restaurant, and this technology will track you no matter where you eat, so if you love a glass of champagne while you order, or if you have any specific dietary requirements, this will all be logged and the information will be available to each restaurant when you arrive.
Casual dining options are many and varied: pick up a quick pizza slice at Sorrento’s, a coffee and cake or sandwich in Café Promenade, a hotdog at the Seaplex Dog House or pay a small charge per item to eat at fab 50s themed burger joint Johnny Rockets or Michael’s Genuine Pub .
Of course, families can still head up to the Windjammer Marketplace, which has also had a facelift making it feel a lot less like a standard ‘International Grill’ buffet and much more warm and welcoming. The introduction of a hand washing station at the entrance is genius and removes the need to place staff with antibacterial hand gel by the doors.
Behold, the ‘light toss’ section (sorry):
I think with most people planning on booking a cruise, the evening dining options will always be a huge part of why people pick a particular ship. Royal Caribbean worked hard to make Quantum elegant and contemporary and I think they’ve done a terrific job to make the dining options reflect this. The massive main dining room found on other ships has gone, replaced with four different complementary restaurants, all with their own distinct style.
The Grande is a beautiful, opulent dining space featuring classic European dining. The dress code is a bit more formal, and the menu reflects this with classic dishes. Lobster is always on the menu, and the service is elegant and low key. With new Dynamic Dining placing the emphasis on providing more flexibility, I think The Grande will maybe appeal to those diners who enjoyed formal night. Except now they can do it as much as they like!
Chic is just gorgeous: contemporary, blingy and sparkly, it will appeal to diners interested in dressing up and splashing out. Pure indulgence.
The American Icon grill concentrates on regional American comfort food, but is certainly no diner. The attention to detail in the decor makes it a really special place to eat. Look out for the lenticular screens showing pictures chopped into strips!
Silk is unique, Richly decorated in deep red and purple, the food is a delicious Pan-Asian sharing concept, with lots of small plates. Order lots and let everyone dig in.
For the fee paying restaurants, Quantum has brought back some tried and trusted classics, including the frankly fantastic american steakhouse Chops Grille, featuring a new menu and concentrating on top quality ingredients including some amazing dry aged Porterhouse. New for this ship are several celebrity partnerships, including the first ever Jamie’s Italian at sea. With the same laid back, authentic Italian vibe and really well sourced, high quality ingredients, the restaurant is a pleasure to dine in. The staff are very knowledgeable and well-informed which really adds to the atmosphere. Don’t miss the incredible sharing planks.
My favourite of all, though, is the beautiful,unique and fantastically quirky Alice Through The Looking Glass inspired Wonderland. With opulent, mismatched and definitely ‘through the looking glass’ decor, gorgeous colourful glassware and a fantastical menu, including some ridiculously way out cocktails (dry ice and candy floss feature) even the staff are the right mix of eccentric and entertaining. The food is based on smaller sharing plates which you can choose, but it’s honestly better to sit back and let the staff choose based on what sort of thing you prefer: seafood, veggie, meat, or a combination of all of them. Dishes are quintessentially quirky and very Heston-like – dry ice and unusual presentation feature heavily! Leave room for the fabulous desserts. Oh and the heavenly chocolate cheesecake martini. It’s part theatre, part dining and part performance art and an absolute bargain at the $45 per head cover charge.
To complete your decadent evening, stagger across to the Bionic Bar where a robot will whip up your cocktail while you relax. Honestly, you couldn’t make it up.
Join Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas, on an eight-night Bahamas cruise, priced from £1,499.00 pp (based on two people sharing an interior stateroom). Price includes return flights from London Heathrow to New York, one-night pre – cruise hotel stay, transfers and an eight-night cruise departing from Cape Liberty (New Jersey), and calling at Port Canaveral, Florida; Nassau and Coco Cay, Bahamas before returning to Cape Liberty for the flights from New York back to the UK; meals and entertainment onboard and all relevant cruise taxes/fees.
Price is based on 13 March 2015 departure.
For more information or to book call 0844 493 2061 or visit www.royalcaribbean.co.uk