Onboard Activities and Exciting Entertainment Options Abound
The Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas cruise ship has several exciting onboard activities for cruise lovers and is marketed toward adventure aficionados of all ages. However, Quantum has a good mixture of attractions geared toward younger and older children alike.
The ship has many activities familiar to those who have sailed with Royal Caribbean before, like the rock climbing wall and the FlowRider surfing experience. Quantum of the Seas also features a large outdoor swimming pool with a video screen, covered pool, and whirlpools—all perfect for families who like to swim or sit in the sun.
The Quantum of the Seas doesn't have a long, complex, outdoor water slide like many cruise ships, but it does have many more indoor activity spaces than other ships. Some of the most popular attractions include the huge SeaPlex indoor activity space and the RipCord by iFLY indoor skydiving experience, but there are plenty of other ways to spend your time on board this luxury cruise ship.
North Star Observation Capsule
The Quantum of the Seas North Star is a large glass capsule that takes cruise ship passengers 300 feet up into the air so they can experience amazing 360-degree views of the ship and surrounding area.
The 10-minute ride is slow, smooth, and quiet, and even those who are afraid of heights can enjoy the views. Rides on the North Star are complimentary unless you want to ride at sunrise, sunset, or book the entire capsule for you and a loved one (or a group of friends).
The Quantum of the Seas North Star is large enough for 14 guests and an operator. The entire capsule is glass, so it provides spectacular views of the sea, ship, or the port of call. Passengers board on the top of deck 15 midship, the operator closes the door, and the capsule starts to rise, going up about 300 feet. The huge arm swings back and forth, so the capsule is suspended over the ship as well as both sides. Amazing doesn't quite capture this activity, especially on a cruise ship!
SeaPlex Indoor Activity Space
SeaPlex is a huge indoor activity area aft on deck 15 of the Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas. This space features a full-size basketball court, roller skating, a circus school with trapeze lessons, and 30 bumper cars. The upper deck of the SeaPlex has rooms for video games, foosball, and ping pong.
Guests need to check the Daily Planner to find the times that SeaPlex offers different activities. The main court is shared by the bumper cars, basketball court, skating rink, and circus school activities. However, these don't occur simultaneously.
RipCord by iFLY Skydiving Experience
If you've always wanted to skydive but are terrified of heights (or jumping out of a moving airplane), Quantum of the Seas offers a special change to fly indoors at the RipCord by iFly skydiving experience facility.
While you only "fly" about 3 feet above the floor, it's more difficult than you might think and will surely be a special memory for the whole family. Fortunately, an instructor stays with each person in the wind tunnel to help them stabilize before they "fly" on their own. The operator keeps the wind speed turned down low enough to prevent the participant from sailing off up the tunnel.
The entire RipCord experience takes about an hour, but much of the time is used for getting dressed in the jumpsuit and helmet, receiving training, and watching the others in your group "flying" in the wind tunnel while waiting your turn. Each participant gets to enjoy the skydiving experience for about two minutes, which is plenty of time to leave wanting to try it again.
In order to try RipCord, you need to visit the attractions and book an appointment to fly, then show up about an hour before your scheduled appointment for training and to watch others take to the indoor skies.
FlowRider Wave Simuator
While the outdoor FlowRider water feature is closed during winter cruises, it's a great activity in the height of the summer cruise season. This 40-foot-long surf simulator is filled with 30,000 gallons of rushing water that tests surfing enthusiasts of all ages at their ability to ride the waves.
Surrounded by stadium seating for friends and family to cheer you on, this attraction is a great daytime activity for the whole family. To reserve a spot, speak to your cruise planner. While signing up for a spot is free, private sessions cost an additional fee.
Giant Magenta Bear
Each cruise ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet has its own giant animal mascot. The iconic symbol of the Quantum of the Seas is this giant, magenta polar bear, which is found outdoors near the SeaPlex. This piece of artwork is 30 feet tall and weighs eight tons. The bear, titled "From Afar," is constructed of 1,340 stainless steel triangles.
Although the bear is not really an onboard activity, it is probably the most photographed item on the Quantum of the Seas. Similarly, the giraffe aboard the Anthem of the Seas by Royal Caribbean is the most photographed item on that luxury cruise ship.
Onboard Scuba Certification and Rock Climbing
For an additional fee, you can enroll in a scuba certification program while on board the Quantum of the Seas then take a guided PADI dive with a range of courses when the ship comes to port in destinations around the world.
Climbers can also take an onboard adventure up the Rock Climbing Wall, which rises 40 feet above the deck and offers a variety of courses for everyone from beginners to speed climbers. With no reservation required at this free attraction, it's a great pit stop for the whole family while waiting for reservations elsewhere.
Entertainment and Dining
From casual American eateries with live music shows to decadent dinner theater experiences on-par with Broadway, there are plenty of entertainment and dining options onboard Quantum of the Sea year-round.
Popular restaurants include the Chef's Table, featuring culinary creations by Quantum's Executive Chef; Izumi, a fresh sushi bar; Coastal Kitchen; and the main dining room, which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. At night, adults can check into the Diamond Club, Bionic Bar, or Vintages for a casual drink or small bite or head over to Schooner Bar for a classic piano accompaniment to their cocktails.
Concerts, musical productions, movie screenings, and even movie screenings fill the entertainment lineup on Quantum of the Seas year-round. You can see Tony Award-winning musicals onboard, including "Mamma Mia!," "Grease," and "We Will Rock You," or take in a casual concert from special guest performers, which vary depending on the season.