Seabourn Quest Cruise Review by c&semail: Wonderful Autumn break
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Wonderful Autumn break
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
We've travelled with Seabourn before, but also, for complicated reasons, we've been on some larger ships (up to 1600 people) in between. Even checking in to get on board reinforced why we will never want to go on such large ships again. Took a few minutes, no waiting. Greeted warmly on board, and from then on, remembered how lovely it is to be greeted and remembered by name. Nobody popping up to say 'sign here please' when you wanted a drink. No need to have to think out the rate per day for tips. No high pressure selling of excursions. There if you want but if not, help to do what you wanted to.
Room for everyone (easily) in the theatre, so no hoards of people rushing to get a seat. No tender boats, nor docking miles outside the town.
We hardly saw the cabin stewardess, but the suite was always immaculate.
The food was wonderful. I don't eat meat, but I always had plenty of choice, and in fact, you could get more or less anything you wanted. We did stick, More on the whole, to what was offered on the menus, but other people 'amended' things or asked to go off piste to an extent that we really wonder how the waiting staff and the kitchens manage. It was all beautifully presented, hot if it was supposed to be hot, arrived in timely fashion. I'd really like to know how they keep their cheese - from different parts of Europe, but all just a the right point for eating.
We opted to share tables virtually every night, either by invitation to sit on one of the larger tables (8 or 10) hosted by one of the ship's staff or officers, or by presenting ourselves to the maitre d' and saying we'd enjoy company. So we met some lovely people. Probably almost two thirds on board were North American, a fair number of Brits, and the rest of several nationalities.
My husband describes the whole cruise as 'pretty much impeccable'. Scratching around for any suggestions for improvement was tough, and perhaps the only thing which could have made the cruise even more enjoyable for us would have been if they could have organised to have some dancing in the theatre / lounge which has plenty of space (and was probably under-utilised). Instead, the only dancing was in the Club, which only had enough room for the squashed jiggling on the spot type of dancing. If you were looking for Las Vegas / Broadway style shows, you'd have been out of luck, but entertainment was perfect for us, in other words, low key, not too loud, nice singers, a couple of dancers, and port lectures and bridge and galley tours.
We hadn't been to several of the ports, and particularly liked Corsica, Sardegna, Mahon (Minorca)and Valencia. We will certainly be happy to go back for a longer look at these ports. We were also blessed with weather that was pretty good for the time of year in the Med (end of November) so that probably was a bonus for us. We have already paid a deposit on a future cruise with Seabourn Less
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