Luxurious and relaxing cruise
Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
My wife and I took our December holiday combined with an overdue honeymoon to the seas for 18 nights aboard Seabourn Quest (11 port stops, not the 8 shown above) and we were not let down at all; this doesn't mean that there were no challenges at all but relatively speaking, they were minor. Let's get the challenges out of the way first - 1)December cruising on some luxury liners results in a lot of older (post 70) passengers which in itself isn't a problem at all, until you are aboard a vessel where it seems that about 80% are over this age. I think it fair that a predominant "seniors" age indicator somehow needs to be implemented at the booking stage! 2)The Aruba excursion could have been better organised with more fitting facilities or located at a less overcrowded beach - somewhat unpleasant. 3)The Seabourn website system for pre-booking excursions and on-board spa treatments is not correctly linked to the on-board account that is opened for new passengers and this proves very More
frustrating indeed. 4)No celebratory fireworks were arranged for New Year's day at some beach location unfortunately and this was sorely missed by many :-( Now, the good stuff! Seabourn's staff are exceptionally well trained and are very pleasant indeed, going the extra mile. The food and culinary menu quality is exceptional, especially in the Main Restaurant and the signature dish Restaurant 2, which both give 5 star service. The suites are well appointed with 24 hour room service manned by a dedicated team that actually goes the extra mile to provide requests that are not shown on the room service menu! The excursions got better with each port we sailed into, culminating with a private island beach day at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas which was totally exceptional, TOTALLY! Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
A good port experience with an exceptional coral and then shipwreck snorkelling experience reached by a 20 min catamaran ride.
The beach swim was located at a beach reach after another 20 min cat ride located closer to the actual port so the ride back to the ship after this swim was shorter.
A fair experience which can be improved upon especially from the beach used perspective - this beach was overcrowded and not as clean as it should be.
An excellent Segway excursion which is highly recommended. The Segway is simple to learn and use effectively inside of 15 minutes and then the actual excursion fun starts. Irrespective of your age and fitness level, the Segway is a MUST!!!
A better experience aboard a historical "pirate" sail ship. The snorkelling was conducted on a more deserted beach and was good.
This is essentially a private island used by the Seabourn Cruise line together with their sister cruise lines such as Carnival.
The experience here was truly exceptional with Seabourn going all the way to make our day special. We took a para-sailing excursion which was wonderful, followed by champagne and caviar served in the water on the beach by the food staff from the ship, followed by an exceptional barbecue lunch which was very well prepared.
A suggestion would have been for the ship to arrange the Jet-Ski excursion as well so that this was available in the excursion menu, which it was not , unfortunately. The group island does cater for Jet-Ski excursions located 5 minutes away by tram ride.
An excellent day well spent... Even the great weather was ordered by Seabourn!
Modern port with a good experience. Took a Botanical Gardens excursion as there wasn't much of an excursion choice here and this turned out to be quite boring and not really worth the time spent.
Puerto Rico boasts a good outlet mall which could rather have been placed as an option/excursion for those who would have rather chosen to shop due to the dearth of excursions at this location.
The port is well designed and at this time of the year (31st Dec)it boasted all the large private yachts of the rich and famous around the world - this was a sight to behold indeed.
There's not much to do at this port save for a few excursions; we took the Yellow Submarine ride and this was very pleasant indeed with much marine life viewed.
At this time of the year we felt that the cruise line could have arranged that we were catered for by way or a fireworks display arranged by the ship itself; as matters stood nothing notable was arranged and the ship "hung around" at the port so that we view the fireworks arranged by some billionaire who was visiting the island. The problem with this is that this was not ideally viewable from the ship anchored way out in the bay. The on-board party could also have been better spiced up too... A Club-Med ship parked next to ours seemed to be having far more party and dancing fun than us with disco lights to boot!
A good port experience.
Took the Segway Tour here as well and this was also excellent. The route of this excursion sees the Segway taken on a more hilly route with fabulous photo opportunities from high up of the island.