On November 10th, 2014, Royal Caribbean introduced its new ship, Quantum of The Seas, to cruisers in North America. With a maximum capacity of 4,900 passengers, and brand new features such as the Northstar and RipCord by I-Fly, the Quantum of The Seas boasted the title as the most innovative cruise ship afloat. Aside from all the new on board features and heart-pounding shows, Royal Caribbean has received a tidal wave of negative reactions from its loyal passengers. The newly introduced concept, Dynamic Dining, was unanimously disliked by Royal Caribbean cruisers. The outcome of this dining concept has been abysmal. The negative press and comments by passengers have poured in from all directions. Royal Caribbean has made it official that Dynamic Dining is being cancelled. What’s in store for Royal Caribbean’s innovative Quantum class ships? What’s about to happen is going to make Royal Caribbean cruisers rejoice more proudly than a church congregation on Easter Sunday.
Throughout the course of the inaugural season, Dynamic Dining aboard the Quantum of The Seas was strongly disliked by passengers. After each and every cruise, the reactions from passengers has been very much the same. Passengers have referred to Dynamic Dining as chaotic, shameful, and an utter disgrace. Some loyal passengers have pledged that they will never sail on a Royal Caribbean ship again. Having to wait on long lines outside one of four (4) dining rooms each night of their cruise is not the ideal way of spending an evening on board. Passengers have stood in line for nearly an hour, and sometimes up to ninety (90) minutes to be seated. Worst of all, the quality of service has been sub par.
Finally, the madness is about to come to an end. Royal Caribbean has finally announced that it will be cancelling Dynamic Dining and returning to the traditional dining which passengers have been long well-accustomed to. Royal Caribbean cruisers will get to eat at either 6pm or 8pm, along with the option of My Time Dining. My Time Dining is the option which passengers can choose their own dining time between the hours of 5pm and 9pm. In the traditional seating, passengers can enjoy the up close and personal service by their waiter and assistant waiter. Who doesn’t enjoy that? It is cruising the way it is meant to be. From their waiters performing balancing acts with their wine bottles, to making utensils stand up end-on-end, passengers can enjoy their dining experience aboard the Quantum class ships the same way they enjoy their dining on board all ships. It is for sure, a well-deserved change back to normalcy.
So, how is this change going to unfold? This coming Spring, Royal Caribbean is delaying the launch of its upcoming Quantum class ship, Anthem of The Seas. It must be delayed so that the shell of the Dynamic Dining rooms can be demolished. Once demolition is complete, a full-fledged traditional dining room can be constructed. Not only will this change take place on the Anthem of The Seas, but on the third Quantum ship, Ovation of The Seas, due to launch in 2016. At the conclusion of its inaugural season in Bayonne, NJ, the Quantum of The Seas will be repositioning to Shanghai, China. Between Bayonne and Shanghai, the Dynamic Dining rooms will be ripped out and replaced with a traditional dining room. The new menus for the Quantum ships are yet to be determined. Also, the Quantum of The Seas will undergo some cosmetic changes to some of its public spaces to cater to the needs of the Asian market. When they say, “Change is good!”, it is best to agree.
After many months of adversity and disappointment, Royal Caribbean cruisers are getting the news they deserve. Not only do they deserve good news, they have earned it. Dynamic Dining has worn at the patience of Royal Caribbean passengers for an entire season. Beginning aboard the Anthem of The Seas, cruisers can answer the sea “Royally”. Well, not just the sea. They can also answer the calling of their stomachs, “Royally”. Whether it’s that mouth-watering shrimp cocktail, that grilled chicken breast, that enticing Atlantic Salmon, or that scrumptious German Chocolate Cake at dessert, Royal Caribbean passengers can sail happily once again. Traditional dining is back! The dining room is calling. It is time to answer it “Royally”.