We have recently returned from a cruise on the Seabourn Quest, our first Seabourn cruise. We have previously sailed on various different cruiselines, most recently with Azamara Club Cruises so we were interested to see how Seabourn would compare. In fact in the same year we sailed on the Azamara Quest and the Seabourn Quest and I will compare both ships at the end of this review.
The Seabourn Quest is one of Seabourn's newest ships and it really was sparkling new and very smart indeed. Our suite was extremely spacious and comfortable with a good sized balcony and bathroom including bath. A bottle of champagne was waiting in our room which was already stocked with our choice of drinks which we had ordered in advance online. In reality we didn't touch any of them.
Our cruise was quite port intensive so we spent our time exploring independently in the mornings and relaxing on board after lunch. We were very impressed with the spaciousness of the ship in that there are lots of open areas with sunbeds, settees, tables and chairs so there was no difficulty in finding a quiet spot to relax in the sunshine. We enjoyed spending time aft on deck 5 where there were 2 jacuzzis and a small plunge pool. Service on the pool deck was excellent with a constant stream of brightly coloured cocktails being offered or sorbet in champagne!
In fact service throughout the ship was excellent too. We couldn't work out how they could call us by name without knowing our room number! We found it slightly strange to be escorted by arm to a seat in the bar or in the restaurant but it was great to request a specific table for 2 by a window and to be taken to one instantly, even if it meant taking off other place settings to convert it to a table for 2.
We enjoyed all the food on board. We usually had breakfast and lunch in the Colonnade, which was a delicious buffet but with the option of freshly cooked items such as eggs benedict for breakfast and the most fantastic sword fish steaks for lunch. In the evening the Colonnade became a waiter served restaurant and we tended to alternate between eating there and in the more formal Restaurant. Once we joined a table hosted by the Ship's doctor and we learned that it is usual to be invited to join these hosted tables. One day we enjoyed the excellent Galley Lunch. Every type of food was beautifully presented and displayed throughout the Galley. The food was all great - not forgetting the lovely canapes served with our pre-dinner drink in the Club.
In summary we loved the smartness of the ship, the size and comfort of our room and the spacious feel on board, with many quiet open areas - here the Seabourn Quest wins over the Azamara Quest. We love the food on both ships and the service can't be faulted on either. Where the Azamara Quest wins is in the friendliness of the Officers which creates a very happy atmosphere on board.
We feel very privileged to have experienced both of these cruises and hope to sail on both again one day.