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Royal Caribbean Cruise to Nowhere Review

Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas Cruise to Nowhere Review

Updated:
April 6, 2022

If you're looking for a short fuss free vacation with the family with lots of activities and entertainment for both kids and adults, then a cruise vacation with Royal Caribbean checks all the right boxes.

With its family focused offerings, Royal Caribbean's Cruise to Nowhere on board its Quantum of the Seas cruise ship is a great option for a short vacation with the family.

While on board, you're sure to be entertained by shows, food and beverage options, and activities that cater to every age group.

There are also ample opportunities for parents to relax while your kids have fun at the same time.

[Update] From 11 April 2022, the new Spectrum of the Seas, will be replacing Quantum of the Seas for Cruises departing from Singapore.

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Pre-departure

You'll need to take a professionally supervised Antigen Rapid Test (ART test) on on your sailing date, prior to your terminal boarding time at Marina Bay Cruise Centre.

There are a few options for test testing:

  • Fullerton Health Centre at Raffles City (Royal Caribbean's health provider)
  • Combined Test Centres or Quick Test Centres designated by Ministry of Health (MOH)
  • Tele-ART over video call with providers such as Doctors Anywhere and Speedoc

Things to do on board

There's always something new to try on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Whether you're looking for an adrenaline rush, or want to relax and unwind, there's something for everyone.

You should have no problem filling your time on board the cruise as a whole host of activities await you from outdoor activities such as rock climbing and swimming, to workshops and live entertainment.

Live Show

Make sure you download the Royal Caribbean App before you get on board as many activities require bookings through the app.

You can only start booking once you're on board and connected to the ship's WiFi though, so an earlier boarding time will definitely be an advantage here.

While you can access the Royal Caribbean App using the ship's guest WiFi, you won't be able to surf the internet with this.

If you need to go online, you'll have to get an internet package. There are 2 packages, Voom Surf, and Voom Surf and Stream, with the price differing based on the WiFi speeds.

It's best to purchase these packages in advance as you'll get better discounts.

Protip: Spend your time booking activities once you board the cruise ship as many of the popular activities get booked up fast and are filled by the first day.

Swimming Pools

You'll be spoilt for choice as there are three swimming and whirlpool areas on board; the outdoor pool area, indoor area, and Solarium.

If you're in one of the earlier boarding slots you're in luck! The swimming pools and whirlpools will be the least crowded on the first day so we'd suggest heading straight there once you're settled down on board.

If you're early enough on the first day, the pools could be almost empty.

Outdoor Pool area

The outdoor area consists of a swimming pool, two jacuzzi pools, a wave pool for children, and a little toddler's pool area.

There are also plenty of deck chairs here for you to soak in the sun.

Kids will gravitate towards the wave pool where they'll have a ball of time splashing about as the pool generates small waves.

Each pool will have a time limit of 10 minutes during the busy periods. You're free to queue up again though if you want to go back into the waters.

Indoor Pool Area

If you want some respite from the sun, you can head to the indoor pool area which has a swimming pool, two jacuzzi pools, and a baby pool.

The water in the swimming pool here tends to be on the cold side so don't expect to be staying long.

The Solarium

An adult only (ages 16 and up) pool area, the Solarium is located at the front of the ship and offers up one of the best views on the ship while you soak in the water or relax in the lounge area.

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Dodgem Cars

Buckle up and take a spin on a bumper cars. This is held at the Seaplex which is the indoor games arena of the ship.

Note: You'll need to be at least 5 years old and 107cm to ride with a guardian, or 8 years and 122 cm tall to ride alone on the bumper cars.

Bookings: Through the Royal Caribbean app

Charges: Free

Rock Climbing wall

One of the signature features of the ship, the 12m rock climbing wall overlooks the ocean and is suitable for both beginners and experienced climbers.

Reservations are not required for this activity so you can go as many times as you like! This is one of the most popular activities on the ship though, so expect to queue for about 20-30 minutes each time.

Minimum age: 6 years old and above.

Charges: Free

North Star

The tallest observation deck on any cruise ship in the world, the North Star takes you 100 metres above sea level where you can take in 360 degree views of the ocean or shore.

Pro-tip: For a different experience, go up when the ship is still in dock. You'll get a stunning view of the Marina Bay skyline that you won't find anywhere else.

Restrictions: Minimum height of 107cm tall or 122cm to ride alone. Maximum weight of 136kg.

Bookings: Through the Royal Caribbean app

Charges: Extra charges apply

FlowRider (Free)

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Grab a board and ride the waves at the FlowRider surf simulator.

The FlowRider creates something like a standing wave in the water, the result being 100,000 litres of rushing water that you can ride on a surfboard just like you would in the ocean!

And while you're hanging ten, instructors will guide you if you're a beginner or teach you some tricks if you've already got some experience under your belt.

Private sessions are also available from $69.

Minimum height requirements:

  • Boogie Board: 1.32 metres
  • Stand up: 1.47 metres

Charges: Free

Ripcord by iFly (Charges apply)

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Feel the rush of skydiving on the RipCord by iFly simulator.

The experience is similar to the one at iFly Singapore in Sentosa except you're now flying on deck.

Minimum age: 3 years old

Weight: Less than 103kg if shorter than 6' or less than 93kg if 6' and taller.

Bookings: Through the Royal Caribbean app

Charges: Extra charges apply

Seaplex

If you're up for some sports, head to the Seaplex, which is the indoor recreation centre for the Quantum of the Seas.

You'll find a full sized basketball court here and you can also book sessions to play pickleball, table tennis or video games such as Xbox here. All while enjoying gorgeous views of the ocean all round.

Bookings: Through the Royal Caribbean app

Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean is a drop-off program for kids aged 3-11 years old.

Children will be kept entertained with games, themed parties, and fun learning activities.

Meanwhile, parents can catch a break knowing that your kids are under the care of the trained staff from Royal Caribbean.

We did this every day and the kids had such fun that we would recommend this for all families with young kids.

Bookings: Through the Royal Caribbean app

Charges: Free

Running Track

A running track runs around the boat and you'll see some people getting in an early morning or evening run here.

Fitness Centre

The Fitness Centre is the prefect place to work off those calories from all that feasting on board.

Floor to ceiling windows ensure that you'll be working out amidst spectacular views.

You certainly won't be getting better views at any other gym!

What a view to work out to!

The Fitness Centre also offers a variety of training classes such as Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, and Sculpting.

Charges: Fees apply for some classes

Spa

The spa is the place to be if you want to feel pampered.

Enjoy a variety of treatments from massages and wraps to facials and even accupuncture.

We didn't try if ourselves though as the rates were on the pricey side.

Casino

The casino is not really the focus on a Royal Caribbean cruise so you'll find a rather small one on the Quantum of the Seas with the usual slot machines and card game tables.

You'd probably find much less serious gamblers here compared to say a Dream Cruise, so the place never seems to be very packed and you shouldn't have a problem securing a space whenever you're feeling lucky.

Arcade

For video games fans, there's a small arcade where you can indulge in some arcade games.

You probably won't be spending much time here though.

Exploring the Quantum of the Seas

One of the things we love about the Quantum of the Seas is that no matter where you are on this ship, you'll have a great view.

For some peace and quiet, settle down indoors with a book and cup of coffee or glass of wine.

Or step out onto the deck where there are plenty of lounge chairs for you to enjoy the ocean view.

Part of the fun was discovering new areas every day as we walked about the ship.

Activities and Workshops

Join in games such as Bingo, game shows, and sports competitions where you compete against other passengers to win prizes.

Join in a game of bingo and you may walk away with some prizes

Attend workshops where you'll learn how to create an origami flower, fold a towel into the shape of a swan, or learn wine appreciation.

Sit in on an art auction or participate in dance classes.

There won't ever be lack of things to do on board as there are literally hundreds of activities that you can sign up for every day, many of which are family friendly.

Origami workshop

Entertainment and Shows

Royal Caribbean cruises are jam-packed with entertainment options.

One of the highlights on board are the nightly shows featuring acts such as cabaret and vocal performances, acrobatic displays, and even comedic juggling.

Reservations are required for these shows though note that you can only reserve one show at each venue during your cruise.

Protip: If you're interested in more than one show at the same venue, you can put yourself on the waitlist. However, for the more popular shows, it's likely that there won't be any vacancies .

The bars and music halls come alive at night with a whole host of live music options. You'll find acts that will suit every taste from pop music and rock, to jazz and oldies.

Drop in on a live band performance at the Music Hall, or sip on a cocktail and sing along to popular tunes at the Schooner Bar to the accompaniment of a grand piano.

The performers will often take musical requests too!

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Dining

One of the benefits of being on a cruise is that all meals are taken care of and included in the price.

The best part about Royal Caribbean's cruises is that there are plenty of dining options on board, from buffet meals and room service to specialty dining options.

The variety of complimentary dining options on board also meant that we never tired of the food which while not spectacular was usually quite satisfying.

Windjammer

We found ourselves dining most often at Windjammer and the Main Dining Room.

Windjammer is the ship's main buffet restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you’ll enjoy a good meal here with an even better view.

Outdoor seating is available at Windjammer

Bonus for the kids with balloon twisters going around during some of our meals

In the mood for a more premium dining experience? You can try out the specialty dining restaurants such as Chops Grille, Jamie's Italian, and Izumi at an additional cost.

Need a quick snack? Head over to Seaplex Dog House which serves up hot dogs made to order, complete with an assortment of toppings.

Or grab a slice of authentic New York style pizza at Sorrento's Pizza. These 2 places were good enough for us to hit them daily (sometimes more than once a day!) when we were on board.

A happy camper at Sorrento's Pizza

For drinks, there are a number of bars and lounges on board. One of the most interesting is definitely the Bionic Bar where you can watch the robot bartenders prepare and mix the drinks for you.

Bionic Bar

The live piano performance at Schooner Bar is one of the most popular acts on board

Pro-tip: Alcohol is not included as part of the cruise packages so adding on a beverage package may make sense if you plan on consuming more than a few drinks.

Rooms

Quantum of the Seas has four types of staterooms:

  • Interior (no windows)
  • Ocean View (with a window)
  • Balcony
  • Suite

We stayed in the Balcony staterooms which comes with a king bed and sofa bed and can comfortably fit up to 4 pax.

Balcony Stateroom

Balcony Stateroom Toilet

The balcony itself was really nice. We found ourselves lounging there quite often to admire the beautiful ocean views. Waking up every morning with the sea just next to you was a real treat!

You get a turn down service every night and the kids are sure to love the folded animal towels that will be left in your room after the service.

If you're feeling peckish at night, room service is available 24 hours with a decent selection of complimentary dishes. You just need to pay a small delivery fee for every order.

Protip:

Bigger families can opt for one of the connecting rooms. You'll need to book early though as there aren't many of them and they are usually taken up pretty fast.

Make sure you bring a travel adapter for your devices as all of the sockets in the room are standard US ones.

You may also want to bring your own shampoo and conditioner as the bathrooms only stock the 3-in-1 soaps that are for both hair and body.

Overall Experience of the Royal Caribbean Cruise

All in all, we had a great experience on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas.

There was so much to do for all of us - the kids had an incredible time and there were plenty of activities to keep them busy.

What we liked was that it was literally fuss-free. Everything was taken care of once we were on board. Plus, all of your meals are provided, all you need to worry about is what you want to eat!

The staff were always friendly and helpful as well.

We will definitely be back for another family adventure!

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