Back when the book I’m OK, You’re OK by Thomas Anthony Harris was all the rage (I know, I am dating myself), I ran across this little ditty.
“I’m OK, You’re OK, OK is what we both are,
But as between the two of us, I’m more OK than you are.”
That fairly well sums up my misguided, even slightly delusional, outlook on life. “Keep moving, nothing abnormal to look at here, Bub.”
However, I will be the first to admit that I do have a slight psychic tic when in comes to making decisions. Thank goodness men’s attire has become less formal. You have no idea how much time that has saved me standing in front of my impressive rack of neckties in the morning unable to pull the trigger.
If you share this particular character flaw, you may need to solicit a little professional help in planning out your Quantum of the Seas vacation. (Our folks are excellent at helping with that, by the way.) To shamelessly paraphrase Winston Churchill’s famous quote about Russia, the Quantum of the Seas offers choices, wrapped in options, inside of alternatives! Fasten your seat belt because we are about to go around the ship in 800 words.
First, you must grasp the concept of dynamic dining which, fortunately, is so strikingly simply that even I got it on the first try. The concept is to offer a mind-boggling array of delectable yet distinctive cuisine within an alluring variety of settings and ambiance served up when and how you choose. For the first time on a cruise ship you have ultimate flexibility and control of your dining decisions. For someone who can’t touch their toes with a yardstick and whose life has been careening like a steel ball in a pinball machine for decades, flexibility and control would be nice!
There are eighteen dining venues from which to choose. What is particularly exciting is that, in addition to the specialty signature restaurants you have come to expect, there are five unique full-service restaurant options that are all complimentary and sans reservations! Those are American Icon Grill, Chic, Silk, The Grande Restaurant and Coastal Kitchen. To learn about some of the other eighteen options, simply click here .
Another exciting aspect of dynamic dining are these three celebrity chefs: Jamie Oliver (Jamie’s Italian), Michael Schwartz (Michael’s Genuine Pub) and Devin Alexander (Divinely Decadence at Solarium Bistro) all working their magic under the watchful eye of Cornelius Gallagher, Director of Culinary Operations at Royal Caribbean International.
If you would like to watch a brief video that perfectly encapsulates the themes I have just been sounding, simple click here.
For some people a perfect vacation is defined as doing nothing. I think Royal Caribbean must have had a completely different set of folks in mind when they built the Quantum of the Seas, i.e., the ones whose definition of a perfect vacation is doing everything! If the ultimate aim of taking a vacation is to escape the ordinary and experience the extraordinary, this ship has struck a center bulls-eye.
What kind of diversions would you find on the perfect cruise ship? Hmmm . . . let’s dream a moment.
The perfect ship would have an “intimate, jewel-shaped capsule” that gently ascends over 300 feet above sea level offering “breathtaking views of the ocean, the ship, and the exciting destinations.” That would be North Star.
The ideal ship would also have a magical indoor space where you can indulge in your favorite activities like crashing bumper cars, roller skating like we did way back when, shooting a little hoops with a pick-up team or attending a circus school where you learn the ancient craft of the flying trapeze. I know, let’s call it SeaPlex!
As long as we are brainstorming, let’s go way out on a limb. In fact, forget the limb altogether. Let’s create a way to experience the exhilaration (or in my case, sheer terror) of skydiving without committing the insanity of jumping out of a perfectly sound plane! You will be floating on air in no time . . . literally . . . thanks to Ripcord by iFly.
I promised you 800 words and I am getting perilously close. I haven’t even mentioned Two70, Dreamworks, the Royal Loft or Music Hall. If you have been paying attention, as I know you always do, it has no doubt begun to dawn on you. If your humble scribe can’t decide which features to highlight, how are you going to figure out where to eat and what to do? Not to worry, mon ami. We have an army of people (OK, probably more like somewhere between a squad and a small platoon) that are eager to assist you. You aren’t alone in your quest for adventure.
And with that, this is the 800th word: Cheers!