Quest for Adventure Review

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The flagship vessel for Saga Cruise’s new discovery-style adventure excursions set sail in 2012 to destinations across Central and North America. Packages include travel insurance, gratuities, all meals (including 24-hour room service) U.K. mainland travel service to departure airport, and gala events. Formerly the Saga Pearl II, the Quest for Adventure is billed as a “pathfinder” ship small enough to navigate ports of call that are inaccessible to larger cruise ships. Her interior is furnished with six decks of requisite facilities to keep destination-focused holidays relaxed and exciting. Polished rosewood details and discreet neutral tones give a yacht-like impression. Sixty single cabins and single suites with private balconies reinforce the intimate setting which remains non-smoking inside and out.

Built in Kiel in 1981, Quest for Adventure was acquired by Saga Cruises in 2009, refurbished, and rechristened Saga Pearl II. She was renamed Quest for Adventure in May 2012 and continues with the same crew, officers, and facilities. She welcomes vacationers to her well-staffed bars, dining rooms, and poolside havens. More than 3,400 books line the shelves of the tranquil library, which also offers a selection of recent DVDs. Her open deck is spacious for jogging, or perfect for daily sunrise or twilight strolls.

In a style that can best be described as restrained contemporary, the rehauled interior of Quest for Adventure succeeds aesthetically, with unobtrusive sculptures and artwork distributed around upholstered club chairs and pillowed banquettes in discreet public rooms reminiscent of an upscale hotel. Geared toward British lifestyle and tastes, the large entertainment venue hosts guest performers and encourages romantic after-dinner dancing accompanied by the ship’s orchestra. And of course there's a daily traditional afternoon tea. Though the “cinema” is merely a projection screen with rows of moveable director chairs, the ship has a library that can rival most any at sea. Cabins are spacious, well-maintained, and well-appointed. Service is first-class.

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