our second day aboard the quantum began with a long lie-in, a lazy breakfast at windjammer, followed with a full day’s itinerary of complete relaxation – well, what else is a cruise holiday about?!
despite our north sea location we were amazed by the clear blue skies and warm rays beating down, even if it was a little breezy on our balcony! wonderfully sated after lashings of seattle’s best coffee and freshly scrambled eggs, we headed straight for the adult-only solarium on deck 16 and set up camp for the day at the very front of the ship, with a blissful panoramic view of the ocean in every direction.
offering a perfect escape from the world, the glass-canopied solarium is full of lush vegetation, cushioned shaded cabanas, tranquil blue pools, and bubbling jacuzzis, as well as a plethora of healthy berry smoothies being served up at the aptly-named sunshine bar.
blissed out and seriously chilled, we left our perch at the front of the ship after a few hours to further explore the upper deck’s innovative activity offerings. the bright and futuristic looking seaplex is home to sports & games for kids of all ages and we found it in circus school mode, with people queuing up to learn the flying trapeze. it’s also home to the first-ever dodgems at sea, basketball and 5-a-side football matches, video game arcades and nightly roller discos, as well as bringing the hugely popular food truck concept to the seas, with seaplex doghouse serving up a variety of sausages from frankfurters to bratwurst.
next door, alongside the rock climbing wall, giant red bear and flowrider surf simulator is the ripcord by ifly; an exhilarating skydiving simulator allowing you to experience the thrill of weightlessness as a powerful jet holds you up. the whole experience takes place within a 23ft glass flight chamber, so you can fly and take in the ocean views all at once – how insanely cool is that?!
after witnessing all that boundless activity we felt compelled to do something (semi) active ourselves, so we climbed up to the top deck of the ship to walk the running track that encircles the entire length of the ship. let me tell you, we were not prepared at all for the ferocious winds that whipped around the head of the boat as we battled to make our way along, and we soon gave up all our good intentions and headed back indoors for far more enjoyable pursuits: self-serve wine at vintages!
all dolled up and ready to party our last night away we joined a couple of fellow bloggers for dinner at silk, a pan-asian restaurant with dishes inspired by the myriad of flavours of the east, from india to vietnam. we were given a tasting menu which allowed us to sample all the signature appetisers – from szechuan beef short ribs with tamarind glaze, scallion & lime to vietnamese pork belly tacos – all washed down with a thai boxer speciality cocktail of rum, basil, coconut & ginger beer.
i had definitely made the right choice in pulling on a red dress for the evening, as i matched the sumptuous oriental backdrop of the restuarant perfectly! i loved the cluster of red and monochrome paper lanterns hung dramatically over the dining tables and we shared a few comical jokes with our fellow diners about the knockers on the backs of the grand ornate chairs; seriously, i can never take charly anywhere! ;)
all that remained to make our saturday of bliss complete was to dance the night away in the music hall. designed to be an intimate venue for live music, we were delighted to find not just sixties tribute band the overtures on the bill for the evening but also eighties band the wild boys too; cue a hugely enjoyable night of thrashy air-guitaring, singing at the top of our lungs and throwing shapes on the dancefloor like the crazy party kids that we are (ahem), before we finally fell completely exhausted into our beds around 2am.
thanks so much royal caribbean for such an amazing introduction to your new quantum class ships, the weekend was an absolute pleasure from start to finish!
cruise vacations aboard quantum of the seas begin from £768 for a 8 night bahamas cruise. more details here.