After a long flight (two segments and 17 hours flying time), we checked into the Hyatt on the Bund hotel in Shanghai for two nites. The hotel is located only a few short blocks from the port - a five star hotel with spacious rooms and all very modern amenities and conveniences.
There was an inordinately long queue checking in at the port but after 45 minutes we were able to secure our boarding documents and proceed to the ship and the buffet for lunch. Many of our meals - all breakfasts and lunches and several dinners were taken at the Windows Cafe buffet. The food was always beautifully presented and well prepared and had more selections than many much larger ships. At dinner time, the tables were attractively set with place settings, linen table cloths and napkins - an especially nice touch for a buffet. They also served different ethnic specialties each night. The ship's policy includes complimentary wine and soft drinks served at lunch and dinner which they poured More
liberally. The main dining room, The Discovery, has open seating and we had no problem being accommodated with a table for two at around 8:00 o'clock on short notice. The ship offered a buy-one-get-one-free for their specialty restaurants (Aqualina and Prime C) which meant a total of $50.00 supplementary charge for two persons at both restaurants - well worth the additional fee and both were excellent.
Our cabins, located mid-ship, included a small balcony and were adequate with the usual size fixtures, bathroom, shower and furnishings.
The shows included the usual musicians, singers and dancers. The ship's cruise director, Russ, performed in several shows as well. The Quest is a small ship by most standards so entertainment does not include elaborate productions. There were several daytime enrichment lectures by naturalist Prefessor Harvey Mann and others and the usual daytime activities found on other cruise lines. The Looking Glass 10th deck lounge was a great location for a pre-dinner cocktail and usually had a duo providing entertainment as well.
The service throughout the ship was outstanding - the entire staff was extremely accommodating - maybe a little too solicitous at times. The servers, cabin attendants, information and tourist desk personnel all apparently do not have "no" in their vocabulary. Speaking of the tourist desk, they have a very liberal cancellation policy for pre-booked tours which I found to be unusual compared to other lines.
Passengers were middle aged and mostly from Australia, UK and the US. Save for two or three toddlers, there were no children or teens on board.
Ports included Shanghai; Busan, South Korea; Hiroshima, Kobe, Kagoshima, Japan; Taipei, Huelien, Taiwan; Hong Kong. Less
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Cabin review: Club Oceanview Stateroom (porthole windows)
cabin was well located - mid-ship - easily accessible to all venues