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Seabourn Cruise Line: Seabourn Quest

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Seabourn Quest Review

Launched in 2011, Seabourn Quest is virtually identical to her sister ships Odyssey and Sojourn. One of the ship’s unusual features is Seabourn Square, a “living room” that replaces the traditional cruise ship lobby with a lounge furnished with easy chairs, sofas, and cocktail tables. A central enclave houses concierges at individual desks.

The ultraluxurious Seabourn Odyssey and her sister ships exude understated elegance in a spacious setting. In addition to sumptuous ocean view suites, there are pools, hot tubs, and a two-deck spa. The specialty dining room gets its own dedicated space, and there’s room to spread out on deck and in gracious public lounges indoors. There is a Club bar for predinner cocktails and an observation lounge affording expansive sea views. The spacious show lounge features a proper stage for entertainment. When the water-sports marina is extended, there’s even a third swimming option—an enclosed in-sea "pool" with teak deck.

A leader in small-ship, luxury cruising, Seabourn has an elegant fleet of ships that appeal to sophisticated, independent-minded passengers whose lifestyles demand the best. In addition to personalized service, Seabourn delivers all the expected extras—complimentary wines and spirits, a stocked minibar in all suites, and elegant amenities. Expect the unexpected as well—from exclusive travel-document portfolios and luggage tags to the pleasure of a complimentary mini-massage while lounging at the pool.

Peace and tranquility reign on these ships, so the daily roster of events is somewhat thin. Wine tastings, lectures, and other quiet pursuits might be scheduled, but most passengers are satisfied to simply do what pleases them. One don't-miss activity is the daily team trivia contest. Prizes are unimportant: it's the bragging rights that most guests seek.

Although the trio of original Seabourn ships were sold, the line now has five larger, even more luxurious ships in service.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Kayaks, waterskiing, and other complimentary water toys are available at the fold-down marina when the ships are at anchor
  • The fully equipped gym has a Kinesis Wall, an innovative method of exercise utilizing a pulley-and-cable system
  • There is never a cover charge for specialty dining

Cons

  • Choose your suite location carefully—not all balconies are equal, even within the same category
  • Although the spa is opulent, it’s still operated by Steiner, which operates spas on most cruise ships
  • Past passengers take a proprietary interest in the ships and may seem cliquish to newcomers
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 330
  • Entered Service 2011
  • Gross Tons 32,000
  • Length 650 feet
  • Number of Cabins 225
  • Passenger Capacity 450
  • Width 84 feet
  • New

Jan 19, 2015

Antarctica

Like so many others, visiting Antarctica was a high priority because of the desire to see one of the most unique environmental and animal places on the planet. Chose the Seabourn Quest option because of the high quality and all inclusive trip characteristics. The ship is great and the service staff incredible. Food offerings provided considerable good choices and quality. The biggest disappointment was the very limited time spend on land in Antarctica

and South Georgia. This results from the 400 plus passengers. Because of this I think others should choose a smaller ship. Food was somewhat disappointing in the main Restaurant and Restaurant 2, but very, very good in the Cololnnade and Patrio Grill where service was better and food always excellent. The cabin with veranda was very well designed and spacious. The entertainment and many talks by expedition staff were good. The expensive excursions were mostly terrible and a waste of money and time. Overall, a trip of a lifetime, though very expensive.

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