We have cruised on Seabourn Legend, SeaDream I, Silversea Spirit, Silver Explorer, [former] Clipper Odyssey, Paul Gaugin, and various other and larger ships. All considered, this cruise on Quest was disappointing. To sum up briefly:
Cuisine diverse and very good, but not consistently so and rarely excellent. A Bloody Mary without garnishing celery or olive is, perhaps,, a very picayune illustration!
Service also inconsistent, sometimes disjointed: confused or overzealous attention sometimes intrusive.
Entertainment: Very Good.
Expedition Staff and lecturers: outstanding.
Shore experiences: Weather prevented our Malvinas [Falklands] landing and excursion there. Mother Nature also contributed to the disappointment with our Antarctic experience; weather forced cancellation of two of five scheduled landings and a medical evacuation compelled another. Two hours on Antarctic ice was not enough; for the adventurer who wants more genuine thrill, this cruise was unfulfilling. Weather, again, forced cancellation of our Ushuaia activity! As is often the case, the brochure description of some of the excursions, e.g. "The Natural Beauty of Patagonia," a hike out of Puerto Chacobuco, Chile, belied our actual experience, on an uninspiring path, at a snail's pace, and a palltry repast of lamb bone afterwards. Someone looking for a more complete but comfortable experience in Antarctica might better choose a smaller expedition ship with comparable class, e.g. Silver Explorer, Hanseatic, even Linblad's Explorer, etc.