Have you ever wondered how travel agents know so much about vacations? They take FAM trips (Familiarization Trip) to gain first-hand experience to share with potential passengers. Recently, two Global Connections Travel Agents took a FAM cruise on one of Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ships, the Quantum of the Seas.
Global Connections travel experts Marla D. and Christy Z. departed from Newark, New Jersey for a quick cruise out to sea and back to explore Quantum of the Seas’ game-changing technology, groundbreaking venues, new ways to dine and newly designed staterooms on a two-day cruise.
“The cabins were so nicely appointed we didn’t want to leave,” Marla said. “Each room has a television, telephone, private bath, shower, vanity and hair dryer, and are designed to be a relaxing retreat between activities.”
Even though Marla and Christy sailed with no port stops, they agreed the onboard activities alone can keep you plenty entertained. One favorite was the RipCord iFly, the first-ever skydiving simulator at sea. Passengers will enjoy the feeling of free-falling in an air machine that lets you soar in a safe, controlled environment. The transformative SeaPlex Indoor Active Space offers a full-size basketball court, and the first-ever roller rink and bumper cars at sea. The first food truck to ever set sail served delicious bites and music entertained the crowd from a floating DJ booth suspended overhead.
Perhaps most talked about activity on Quantum of the Seas is the North Star Observation Booth where guests can see the sea from 360 degrees. The giant crane-style North Star observation booth takes riders up and out 300 feet above sea level so they can have a birds-eye view of the ocean and port destinations.
Marla says her favorite experience was seeing the five-star Broadway-style shows. “We saw Mamma Mia and Starwater. It’s just as good as seeing the show on Broadway. You’ll want to make reservations for these!” she said.
All the activity works up an appetite. The duo found it easy to dine on this ship with Royal Caribbean’s new concept for cruisers—Dynamic Dining—allowing guests to dine wherever and whenever, with no set dinner times and no required formal nights. Plus with five complimentary restaurants and three Celebrity Chef restaurants onboard, they found no shortage of great places to eat.
“I strongly recommend making reservations. Even with no set dinner times, restaurants fill up fast,” Marla cautioned. “If you’re on a schedule, be sure to reserve your dining time ahead.”
The Quantum of the Seas is just one of Royal Caribbean’s newest ships. If you’d like to learn more about cruising, call a travel agent today at (913) 498-0960 or (800) 950-1110.
Photo credit: Royal Caribbean®