Quantum of the Seas: A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words

Kristen Oliveri of Pasta’s Kitchen had the pleasure of checking out the latest and greatest from Royal Caribbean International this past weekend. Sailing on Quantum of the Seas, she sampled everything from top notch nightlife to North Star to a healthy living experience. Below is a glimpse into what she encountered during her voyage. Stay tuned for more coverage and in-depth articles on her complete immersion adventure.

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The Bionic Bar. Have you ever had a drink made by a robot? Well, I have! The Bionic Bar aboard Quantum of the Seas is unlike any other “spirits”experience I have ever had. This is how it works: You order your drinks on a tablet. You can create a custom beverage or stick to the classics. (I chose a Cosmopolitan.) Once you’ve placed your order the screen on the side of the bar gives you all the drink info: How many parts vodka to cranberry juice, etc. It gives you the wait time (two minutes until Kristen’s drink is ready…) and then notifies you when it’s finished. Viola!

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This was the breathtaking view from Quantum’s groundbreaking North Star. It provides 360 degrees of views of the ship and the sea. This photo was taken on our way up, up and up! Below is the pool and lounge area. Although too cold to lay out, it was beautiful nonetheless. As you can imagine there were many “oohs and ahhs” on this 10 minute long voyage. I even celebrated with a glass of champagne upon my departure of North Star. It seemed like the right thing to do.

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Meet Genevieve Gorder, the host of Genevieve’s Renovation and Dear Genevieve on the HGTV cable channel and Royal Caribbean’s Experience Advisor for design. I had the pleasure of interviewing Genevieve who spoke to me about how the overall design and aesthetics of the staterooms and suites on board Quantum can enhance the customer experience. Stay tuned for more with Genevieve…

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Oh Mama Mia! Here is my boyfriend Nick and I at intermission of Quantum’s fantastic production of Mama Mia. It’s worth noting that I have seen the smash hit musical on Broadway and this rendition certainly did the original cast justice! It was Nick’s first time seeing the show and was caught singing along. He is a huge ABBA fan, after all. “Honey, I’m still free. Take a chance on me.”

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Welcome to Wonderland. Wonderland was far and away my favorite dining experience aboard Quantum of the Seas. This innovative restaurant is known for its molecular gastronomy similar to the likes of Spain’s El Bulli. Inside, it’s basically a recreation of Alice in Wonderland. Above is a photo of the dessert menu that comes along with a beautifully hand-crafted key. We ordered the molten chocolate cake (flourless) and the Baked Alaska that exceeded expectations.

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This biggest thrill while aboard Quantum of the Seas was being able to take part in the official naming ceremony of the boat. It was an amazing experience from beginning to end. The fairy godmother, actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth performed a memorizing rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Stay tuned for more Quantum of the Seas coverage right here on Pasta’s Kitchen. Any questions or comments? I’ d be happy to answer any questions regarding my experience. To email me, please send a note to kris.oliveri@gmail.com.

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