3 Athens (Piraeus) to Mediterranean Seabourn Quest Cruise Reviews

Boarded ship in Piraeus, boarding was nice and quick, and soon we were seating in Restaurant2 having a nice lunch with some wine, after being told our bags had arrived in our suite, we then headed to check out our room, which I must say ... Read More
Boarded ship in Piraeus, boarding was nice and quick, and soon we were seating in Restaurant2 having a nice lunch with some wine, after being told our bags had arrived in our suite, we then headed to check out our room, which I must say was even better the we expected. Our lovely stewardess Tia arrived to introduce herself and show us around the suite and present our complimentary bottle of champagne. Soon we were sampling the delights of the Patio Bar and pool. Most nights we ate in the Restaurant, most mornings breakfasts were taken in the Colonade, and lunch was generally taken at the Patio Grill, on two occasions we ate at the Tasting Restaurant2, which was very good, but a couple of items were served almost raw, and were not appreciated. The food in all locations was delicious, however we ate twice in the Restaurant for breakfast and on both occasions the service was pretty slow, in particular the last day, when we were disembarking early. On the two at sea days we had room service for breakfast, and enjoyed that very much. The service we received in the main Restaurant was very good, and enjoyed every meal, along with the delicious wines. All staff were very attentive and worked very hard, keeping the ship pristine throughout. The Captain was very much hands on, and kept us up to date with news of events off and on the ship, he was prominent at certain times of the day and at events in the Grand Salon.. All the officers on the ship were very polite. We visited Ephesus during the day for our one excursion on the trip, and hoped to return at night for the complimentary concert, however due to the weather it was cancelled. We went ashore at all ports, although Valetta and Monte Carlo were the highlights, we enjoyed Cesme (Turkey), as was Mykonos and Rethymon (Crete). This was our first cruise with Seabourn and hopefully will not be our last. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Included in the package, the first night spent in the Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens, overlooking the parliament building, included breakfast on the roof of the building. In the morning passengers had their own taxi to Piraeus. Upon ... Read More
Included in the package, the first night spent in the Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens, overlooking the parliament building, included breakfast on the roof of the building. In the morning passengers had their own taxi to Piraeus. Upon boarding we were escorted to our suite, where there was a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for us. Some time later we were welcomed by the room girl with a rather flat and warm glass of champagne. Kusadasi for Ephesus One of the highlights of the trip for me was that Seabourn arrange an evening classical concert in Ephesus after the site has closed. Unfortunately this was cancelled due to bad weather. Because of the small size of the Quest and the number of passengers (400) it is able to access ports that would be difficult for larger ships. The itinerary for this cruise included Patmos and Santorini. The shore excursions are not cheap but we did do the shore excursion in Barcelona which was worth the money because we had an excellent explanation of the Familia Sagrada and of La Pedrera . The entertainment on this trip was rather better than on any other trip with Seabourn. It is important to realise that once you are on the ship you do not need to spend another penny. Spa treatments are extra but good quality wines and spirits are served generously. All suites have a bath and separate shower and two wash bowls in the bathroom. A choice of soaps is offered and shampoo, conditioner and body lotion are replenished daily. There are four dining venues, only one of which needs to be booked in advance. The food is excellent and if you order in advance they will prepare any dish you desire. We ordered steak Diane one evening. It can no longer be cooked at the table of course but it was available. There were just two children on the ship and there is little for them to do, so I would not recommend this ship for families. Otherwise there was a good mix of ages. Most of the passengers were American but a good number of UK too, with a sprinkling of others. Disembarkation is smooth. You are required to vacate your cabin by 8.00 am but you may leave the ship as soon as it has been cleared by the port authorities. Transport to the airport is provided for you and if your flight is not early a luncheon voucher is provided. Our flight was not until 7.30 pm and a day room was arranged for us. Unfortunately the lunch voucher did not happen. An unusual oversight for Seabourn. All in all we think it is good value for money, although Seabourn do seem to be cutting back in minor ways. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We boarded Quest in Piraeous in October. We had booked back to back cruises and the second cruise took us across the Atlantic to Brazil, Uraguay and Argentina. We were thrilled at Piraeous that several staff remembered us from an April ... Read More
We boarded Quest in Piraeous in October. We had booked back to back cruises and the second cruise took us across the Atlantic to Brazil, Uraguay and Argentina. We were thrilled at Piraeous that several staff remembered us from an April 2012 cruise and greeted us at check in. We visited several ports in the Mediterranean including Kusadasi, Patmos, Santorini, Malta, Syracuse, Mahon and Valencia. All were interesting in their own way but we loved Santorini, it is so scenic. Our next port of call was Barcelona where many passengers disembarked and a new lot of passengers boarded. There was also quite a change over of crew including the captain. We set sail for South America. Our first port of call was Gibraltar which we enjoyed, especially seeing the rock and the apes. Then on to Casablanca where early in the morning we had a rude awakening to the rock and rolling of the ship as it went over the sand bar at the entrance to the port. We all survived without injury but the ship did about $200000 worth of damage particularly in the restaurants. Undeterred we set off for Marrakesh, our choice of excursion and we believed it was worth the 12 hour day. Travelling through the desert was interesting especially seeing the Atlas Mountains. After a magnificent lunch we set off for the souks, another very imteresting experience as we had guides fromt and back of us watching for pick pockets! Back to the ship and off to the Canary Islands. We visited Lanzarotte, the volcanic island and Teneriffe also volcanic but much more fertile. Both islands were worth the visit. The next day we visited Cape Verde, we weren't sure why. We then had 4 sea days and were magnificently entertained by the crew and guest speakers. After our sea days we were excited about reaching Brazil and the city of Recife, a lively city. In the afternoon the Recife dancers put on a spectacular show on deck. Maceio was not very memorable. On to Rio de Janeiro, where once again we said goodbye to many new friends. Rio is a very scenic city and it was a thrill to catch the cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain. The views were unbelievable. It was quite exciting to see Copacaban Beach, the site of Carnival, Ipanema, the Favellas, Christ the Redeemer statue - all places we had seen in the media for many years. Our new group of passengers had embarked and off we sailed for a further 7 days to Buenos Aires. The first port of call was delightful port called Ilhabbela ( San Sebastiao) Brazil. The next two ports were Paranagua ( forgettable) and Poto Belo ( quite nice) then on to Montevideo where we stayed overnight. We teached Buenos Aires on November 20 and we reluctantly left Quest which had been our home for 5 glorious weeks. No gratuities, free drinks of any sort, and no request was too much trouble. The crew are wonderful and we made many friends there. By the second night on board all crew knew our names, a credit to them. I can't wait to get aboard again. Bienos Aires is a great city and our trip to Iguazu Falls a highlight. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Seabourn Quest Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.5 4.3
Entertainment 3.5 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 3.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 4.0
Service 4.5 4.5
Value For Money 4.5 4.0
Rates 5.0 4.3

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