Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, has a lot to see and do but as Royal Caribbean fans know there's always tips and tricks to getting the most out of your cruise.
We present here a list of our best Quantum of the Seas secrets to help you have a better time. Enjoy!
Best uncrowded spot for breakfast: Cafe @ Two70
If the Windjammer or American Icon Grill is just too crowded for your taste, a lesser known breakfast spot to check out is the Cafe @ Two70. It rarely fills up like the other places and offers some tasty options too!
Least crowds for North Star: port days
North Star is always in demand so lines seem to be long all the time but if you want to check it out without the long line, try to go on North Star on port days.
In addition to there being less people onboard to compete with on port days, when Quantum of the Seas is in port, North Star has more limited movement and can only go up and down and not over the side of the ship like it does on sea days. Because of this, the North Star rides are shorter and thus, the lines will move faster.
Best spot for sailaway: bridge wings
Leaving Cape Liberty will result in a crowded pool deck because of the amazing views of New York City and the surrounding area. If you want a less crowded spot, check out the bridge wings, which are accessible from the Solarium on either side at the very front.
Best spot for sailaway for suite guests: Suite sun deck
If you're lucky enough to be in a suite, there's a special sun deck that is accessible from the pool deck just for suite guests. It's usually empty and offers great views of the Verazanno Bridge and New York City.
Best day for bumper cars: embarkation day
Just like the pools and hot tub, the bumper cars have the shortest line on embarkation day. Head there on your first day onboard to be able to smash into your fellow guests without a long line.
Book RipCord online in advance
As you might imagine, lots of passengers want to check out RipCord by iFly because it's the kind of experience lots want to try. Royal Caribbean allows you to book in advance complimentary sessions so you don't have to worry about long lines.
Try to make reservations early in your cruise, so you can get in before others who have not signed up to reserve times.
Speaking of iFly, you cannot bring a camera into iFly, so if you don't want to spend money on buying photos, make sure someone in your party not scheduled to fly at the same time is available to take pictures.
You need your SeaPass card in port (even with a WOWband)
Royal Caribbean's new RFID bracelets, WOWbands, are pretty nifty but when your ship is in port, you will need to bring your SeaPass card too to use as proof of being a current cruise guests to return to the ship.
Catch the RoboShows on sea days
The amazing new robotic screens in Two70 will start performing on sea days starting at 12:30pm on the hour (more shows at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, etc). These are fun to watch, especially when the weather outside is not so great.
Discover some hidden gems onboard
It's easy to overlook these rooms, but the Library (rear of Two70) and The Workshop (an arts and crafts room) on deck 6 are two nifty little locations.
Easiest place to get a drink: Michael's Genuine Pub
If you just want a quick drink without any crowds, try Michael's Genuine Pub in the Royal Esplanade for a quiet spot with quick service.
Best spot for deck chairs: Near the FlowRider
Getting a deck chair on sea days when the sun is shining is never an easy task, especially at the height of the day. A good spot to snag a deck chair are on the back of the ship, port side. You will find it's a good spot to grab a chair and catch some rays, even late in the day.
Use the Coca-Cola FreeStyle Machines
If you get any soda package, you can use the Coca-Cola FreeStyle machines. There are three of them: Sorentos (deck 4), Windjammer (Deck 14), and SeaPlex (Deck 15).
Best time for Bionic Bar: Later afternoon on sea days
We think the Bionic Bar is a bit of a gimmick but there's no denying it is a really cool concept. If you want to be able to "belly up to the (bionic) bar", try for late afternoon on sea days. There will be less people around before the bar starts to get crowded again at night.