Sunday, November 2, 2014

Departure from Southampton

Watch the first vidio - departure from Southampton at this link

Finally November 2, 2014 and the time for Quantum of the Seas maiden voyage from Southampton to Cape Liberty, NJ.
We arrived at Southampton City terminal at noon.
We dropped the suitcases, got the RFID stickers attached so we could track the luggage, dropped it and went into the departure hall.
Here was it reasonably chaotic! The check-in was not well managed resulting in long queues. Obviously the staff really didn't know what to do.
Good the this is the only Quantum of the Seas departure from Southampton and that the facilities in Bayonne are suited for a smooth check-in
Finally, after one hour we could board the ship, but also here the queues were longer than expected and the staff not good enough prepared.
The good news was that our cabin was ready when we came aboard - a key was outside the roome with our name and the WoWband was waition inside
After having inspected the cabin,  we did have lunch in the Windjammer marketplace.
In the afternoon we was walking around the ship - A tour down the Royal Esplanade - great experience. An amazing ship
We checked also the Various restaurants. Back in the cabin we unpacked our suitcases and made the last reservation using the Royal iQ App.
After a little more chaotic start than expected it looks like it will be an amazing cruise - Quantum of the Seas appers to be a fantastic ship
Unfortunately the internet does not have the expected bandwith for this trip, so I cannot uploade the videoes - expect to upload starting from next Monday.
Also in general the IT systems onboard were not fully reliable causing som problem and longer queues. There are over 100 IT specialists onboard to fix the problems.

Video: Quantum of the Seas departure from southampton