After the cruise industry returned to sailing from North American ports in July 2021, all cruise lines had to make major changes due to the covid pandemic. Some were obvious like vaccine requirements, masks and additional cleaning protocols. Capacity was also limited and social distancing was enforced (as much as possible on a cruise ship.
Many popular activities have been changed or canceled to comply with these rules, which have been mandated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Events like dance parties, parades, and anything that brought people together in an enclosed space are gone. This included things like laser tag on ships that have it because you can’t play without bumping into people.
Even on huge ships like the Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) – Get a free report Oasis-class ships, events have been compromised due to CDC-related rules. It was unpleasant, but necessary given the situation on board and ashore.
That started to change when the CDC started to slack off and then dropped its pandemic-related rules. In July 2022, the CDC stopped regulating cruises, making cruise lines somewhat beholden to the ports they stopped at, but leaving them mostly completely unregulated.
After that, most of the lost activities came back, sometimes in a modified form at first, and later exactly as they were before the pandemic. A very popular activity, however, did not return even when all the rules and precautions related to the pandemic began to disappear.
It raised fears that he might not return, but eventually some Royal Caribbean ships offered “The Quest”, a popular 21-plus scavenger hunt.
What is Royal Caribbean’s “The Quest”?
“The Quest” varies depending on who’s leading, but it’s a slightly grown-up (sometimes very grown-up) game/competition designed to be riskier than traditional cruising activities. Different teams compete to be the first to get each requested item.
A message board member on the Royal Caribbean blog, which is not affiliated with the cruise line, described it this way.
“It’s basically this giant scavenger hunt within your team. On Oasis, it was at Studio B. There’s 6 couples who are team leaders, and the cruise director shouts out tasks – things to find in the audience or things to accomplish. For example, 6 ladies’ bras or 3 shoelaces tied together. Team leaders have a card with their number on it, and as soon as the task is completed/found, they run towards the Cruise Director with the item and map, wave in his face. Faster teams get more points,” HMills96 shared.
Another poster, Jerel, put it that way.
“In short, this is an adult game show where people happily make fun of themselves,” he wrote. “It doesn’t take long before they ask for girls who wear red thongs and to prove it on stage, or even ask a captain to produce 4 bras, a lot of women will quickly rip them off for that matter. plus, it’s pretty much guaranteed to see dirty men dancing with each other and/or hairy men in women’s clothes.”
Royal Caribbean is slowly bringing back “The Quest”
When just about every other activity had been brought back and “The Quest” hadn’t returned, some people feared it was quietly fading away. It is definitely an activity that is not really in line with the company’s family business model.
Now, however, a number of members of a Royal Caribbean Facebook group have posted about “The Quest”, going back on their browsing (with evidence of the event announcement being shared in the Royal app). Caribbean).
“Look what’s back on Brilliance tonight, supposedly the first time on a ship since Covid,” shared Thomas Anglin, who provided a screenshot of the app.
A number of band members have also shared that the game show has been on multiple Wonder of the Seas crossings.
“I wonder if the transatlantic got it,” posted Nick Miyar.
“We had it on Wonder a week ago. Every cruise director will ask for the first one,” Scott Leonard added.
And, while “The Quest” seems to be coming back, it’s only appeared on select ships so far. It seems, however, that once a ship brings it back, it makes it a regular feature of every cruise (usually the last night) as it was before the pandemic.
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