When I saw that Royal Caribbean was offering a short cruise out of Singapore on the ship’s way to China, I knew I had to book it and check out the cruise line’s newest vessel. Two weeks ago, prices dropped so I was able to upgrade into one of Royal Caribbean’s new Golden Suites for just a few dollars more. However, I will have more about these new suites and the perks with come with it after I get home. So stay tuned for more on them including photos of the new outdoor area and lounge just for these guests.
After being on board for a little over 24 hours, here are my first impressions of Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas.
Embarkation: Three months ago, I took another Royal Caribbean cruise out of Singapore (Voyager of the Seas) and embarkation couldn’t have gone any smoother. This embarkation didn’t go quite as smooth but that mostly had to do with the way the port handles things. Check-in was a breeze but customs moved extremely slow. Yes, you have to go through customs before you board a ship in Singapore since you are leaving the country.
They only had one agent screening and fingerprinting those with non-Singaporean passports. Right when I got to the front of the line, four more agents came over to help so those behind me ended up with a shorter wait.
On the gangway, I turned in my passport and I was on the ship. From the time they called our group (I was in the first group since I was booked in a Golden Suite) to the time I was on the ship was around 30 minutes. Yes, everyone turns in their passports to the ship. This helps expedite disembarkation as they are stamped during your cruise. We’ll pick up our passports on the last day of the cruise, it’s super efficient and works well.
Ship: Spectrum of the Seas is the first Quantum Ultra class ship. I forgot how much I loved Quantum class ships since it has been four years since I have been on one. The ship has a sky diving simulator, Flowrider, Sky Pad, and the SeaPlex that has everything from bumper cars to laser tag. The ship is gorgeous and highlights the new cruise ship class of 2019.
The ship was custom built for the Chinese market but the ship is not that different than Quantum. Yes, Royal Caribbean said the ship was built for the Chinese market but that really only applies to specialty restaurants and more table games in the casino. (There’s also a VIP casino) The ship has all of Royal Caribbean’s main specialty restaurants including Chops, Jamie’s, and Wonderland. There are a few specialty restaurants like Sichuan Red and Leaf and Bean that offer Chinese favorites.
Everything on board is in English, along with Chinese. If you want to take a cruise on the ship out of Shanghai, you’ll have no issues at all. All money on board is also in USD. I’m actually looking into taking one of the cruises out of China.
The ship also never feels crowded, it’s been really nice.
Cabin: My Golden Jr. Suite is located on Deck 16, above the Solarium. The cabin offers more room than the standard balcony cabin. I would estimate it has around 50% more room than regular cabins with a nice sized balcony. The bathroom is split. In one you have a tub, sink, and shower. In the other is a toilet and sink. After taking nearly 50 cruises on 11 cruise lines, this is my favorite cruise ship bathroom I’ve ever had.
The Golden Suites also come with a ton of extra perks including free room service (includes the full main dining room menu), free WiFi, access to the Golden Lounge and Golden Restaurant, priority disembarkation, and more. I will have more on these perks in a separate article when I get back from my cruise.
Crew: What can I say? The crew on board has been offering the spectacular service I’ve learned to expect from cruises on Royal Caribbean. They have been great and probably the best Royal Caribbean crew I’ve had in my seven cruises with the cruise line.
Odds and Ends: When entering Windjammer Buffet, there are sinks for you to wash your hands and it’s not exactly optional. A staff member is directing everyone to the sinks (a queue is set up) to wash their hands. All I can say is, THANK YOU ROYAL CARIBBEAN. Every cruise line and ship should do this and make it mandatory. It would do wonders to help prevent the spreading of illness on board ships.
One thing I love about Quantum class ships is that they are perfect for when weather isn’t all that great. The Solarium is completely enclosed and there’s an indoor pool. Add in the multi-functional SeaPlex, and bad weather doesn’t stop fun on these awesome ships.
I also lost my wallet somewhere on the ship on embarkation day. Hopefully someone will do the right thing and turn it in to Guest Services since I’m headed to Bangkok and Hong Kong when the cruise is over.
UPDATE: Thank you to whoever turned in my wallet to Guest Services when they found it in SeaPlex.
Since this is just a three night cruise and the ship offers so much, I am going to end this and enjoy Spectrum of the Seas. I will have more about the ship when I get home.