11 Seabourn Quest Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to South America from Buenos Aires

Ultra expedition to Antarctica.Experience of a lifetime. Expedition staff is one of the best in the industry. If you book your entire trip, including your flights, you will be well taken care with shuttle and minimum baggage handling on ... Read More
Ultra expedition to Antarctica.Experience of a lifetime. Expedition staff is one of the best in the industry. If you book your entire trip, including your flights, you will be well taken care with shuttle and minimum baggage handling on your part.Tours could be pricey, but well worth to enjoy the visits to all the scenic ports. Staff on ship will pamper you, meals are five stars and the program on board will enlighten you with their individual experience on the ice cap. The Antarctica landings will enlightened your experience with the dolphins, icebergs, PENGUINS, and seals. Sightings of whales and numerous inner channels will bring you with closeup to the landscape and tons of glaciers. No tourist shopping on the peninsula, but colonies of various penguins and graveyard of icebergs. All landings on the peninsula are by zodiacs (inflated special craft with outboard motor ) and will surely be wet. Kayaking is also provided for an added price. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Seabourn Quest – The Seabourn Difference 16.3.19 -7.4.19 Buenos Aires to Manaus Having cruised with Seabourn on Odyssey, Sojourn and the little ships, we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. We had booked a guarantee ... Read More
Seabourn Quest – The Seabourn Difference 16.3.19 -7.4.19 Buenos Aires to Manaus Having cruised with Seabourn on Odyssey, Sojourn and the little ships, we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. We had booked a guarantee cabin or rather suite, as all cabins are known, and ended up fairly midships on deck 4 near the dining room in a quiet location. The balcony cabins are exactly the same but, as we don’t spend much time in our suite, we forego a balcony in exchange for more cruises. The suites are delightful, spacious, well-stocked and with the most comfortable bed we’ve ever had on any cruise line. You can order whatever drinks you like to have in your suite, so a bottle of Hendryks gin and a Taylors port were happily provided and stored alongside our complimentary bottle of champagne. Our stewardess welcomed us with 4 speciality soaps and kept our Moulton Brown toiletries and everything else topped up throughout the trip. There is a large choice of online films available in your suite and a good number of TV channels. The entertainment is always more limited on small ships but Seabourn offer more variety than other competitors including a guest pianist, guitar players, a comedian, a magician and the Seabourn singers and dancers and all the shows were of a good standard. On two occasions, local groups gave daytime performances – we had a tango show in Uruguay and an excellent local dance show in Recife. Although we weren’t in the Caribbean, the signature “Caviar in the Surf” was held in the pool and created a wonderful party atmosphere. We didn’t get involved in the daytime programme of art classes or lectures, preferring to enjoy the deck side relaxation, although the weather on sea days was not always co-operative. This leads to one of my few complaints. For a cruise line that prides itself on luxury and exceeding guest expectations, the sun loungers are dreadful. Many lines now provide thick mattresses to aid an afternoon siesta but Seabourn’s are a perfect example of durability and discomfort – no mattresses! Years ago, they used to be provided but no longer. In a few locations, there are some mattresses, specifically on deck 11 at the bow of the ship, but even these seem to have been designed for durability not comfort and my 12 stone husband failed to make a dent in the extremely firm foam padding. The ship is delightful and there are always places where you can find a peaceful corner. The décor was good but, unfortunately, they were experiencing significant issues with the pool deck lifting dangerously in several places. This led to drilling and sanding both on sea and port days making the pool deck less than tranquil. It was also interesting to see how they covered all the outside vents as we went into the Amazon with the resulting screen of insects that were unable to get in! The dining options were good with 4 venues available in the evenings. For breakfast and lunch, we chose the Colonnade self-service, mainly because we enjoy sitting outside, although poor weather up the Brazilian coast to Rio occasionally forced us inside. Inevitably, we ended up eating too much. The selection is good and despite good intentions there was always something you just had to try! Another delight was sharing tables with other passengers and lunch could become a leisurely affair aided by complimentary excellent wines. In the evening, you could dine outside at the self-service or by the pool or in the formal dining room. The Grill, part of the Thomas Keller franchise, offered a special dining experience but you need to book, so it is probably better to book online before the cruise. It’s difficult to clearly quantify what makes Seabourn so special. Other lines provide similar excellent facilities, so I think it boils down to the human factor. Nothing is too much trouble and all the staff will try to make things as special as possible. The instances are endless but, for example, we enjoyed a specific complimentary wine in one restaurant that was not offered 2 nights later but the staff willingly went in search of a bottle and brought it to where we were dining. You can request any specific dish at a meal and, provided they have 24 hours’ notice, it will be there. In our case, I very much enjoyed my crepes suzette cooked to order. Another example of them “going that extra mile” occurred when my sandals broke. They repaired them and had them back ion our suite the following day. Perhaps most importantly, the staff were happy to engage but always seemed to know when to withdraw. Additionally, the culture of friendliness seems to rub off on guests and most are happy to chat and interact with you. Frequent hosted tables help with this but there seems to be an atmosphere of camaraderie that we have not experienced on other similar lines to the same extent. Seabourn cruises are not cheap but no doubt that is what allows them to maintain their standards and over 50% of the guests were returners on this cruise. They offer a good incentive scheme to pass the message on, giving $400 onboard credit to both those who recommend new guests or are recommended. However, there is one major drawback. They will not give you this benefit if you, as the sponsor, opt to take a cruise with some promotional offer of Onboard Credit attached. There is also a further condition, namely you only have 2 years to take advantage of this offer. This means it has the potential to be an empty offer if you happen to choose the “wrong cruise”. This is ridiculous and everyone on Quest who we spoke to agreed. It should be totally separate from anything else and considered in the same way as Carnival share holder benefits in order to incentivise satisfied guests to spread the word. After all, new clients generate considerable financial rewards for Seabourn – not only now but also in the future. We have now made 3 referrals to friends of ours but as we were not allowed to use any one of them on this cruise, we will not be continuing this practice. Wake up Seabourn, this is not good customer relations! Finally, it has to be said that he weather was not particularly co-operative on our cruise with the Equator crossing ceremony being cancelled twice due to rain but this did not detract from what was an excellent trip on a great ship with excellent staff and interesting guests. Definitely recommend. Ports Buenos Aires There were no ship’s tours other than very expensive private cars, so we booked a city orientation with Tangol tours, which was excellent value at £13.27 pp. We took the shuttle into town and met the minibus at the Sheraton Hotel but realised later that they would have picked us up at the port. The minibus took us through 6 neighbourhoods and gave us time to explore at the main square including the cathedral where Pope Francis officiated and Boca, a lively neighbourhood with many tango bars. An overwhelming impression of BA was lots of parks and open spaces, broad roads and lots of statues. Montevideo A ship’s trip took us to the main square but the architecture was not particularly noteworthy. However, we learnt a lot about this small country. We visited a market which had been redeveloped and drove along the very extensive Las Ramblas along the banks of the River Plate, with its brown water due to the soil content. We then visited a quirky house built by architect Pittamiglio who was into alchemy. Definitely worth a visit and we enjoyed a tango show there before returning to the ship. Ilabelha Unfortunately, our beach and waterfall trip took place in rain and grey skies. The sea was warm for swimming but 90 minutes on the beach in rain showers probably wasn’t the best introduction to this island. The Tres Combo waterfalls in the rain forest were also not particularly spectacular. Buzios Once the hideout of Brigitte Bardot, Buzios was a delightful port. Stylish shops and a pleasant beach promenade. We took a schooner trip from the ship which was very relaxing but the water wasn’t very clear and the snorkelling sites were not very productive apart from seeing some coral. However, towards the end we did see the odd small turtle and overall it was a pleasant morning. San Salvador We got off the ship and took the elevator to the upper town (over 65’s don’t pay for this). There were very colourful buildings and lots of churches although many charge a small fee for entrance. The police presence was very strong everywhere and we were warned not to wear jewellery and expensive watches. Unfortunately, one of the ship’s passengers was robbed, so definitely a port in which to be vigilant. Recife We visited Olinda, a Unesco World Heritage Site, which was interesting and provided good views of the city. We visited both the Benedictine Monastery and the Franciscan one and heard how Recife was first for a number of things in Brazil. After a drive along the beach with its shark warnings clear to see, we were treated to a rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus by a local choir at the Golden Chapel – well worth a visit. Natal Not my favourite port. We did an orientation trip from the ship and travelled for an hour to see the largest cashew nut tree in the world. Definitely impressive and in the Guiness Book of Records, but a long way to go for a tree! The city itself had many skyscrapers and much of the old town looked in need of repair. Santarem We were well into the Amazon here and you could see the meeting of the waters in the distance. We did a ship’s trip out to a community which explained the rise and fall of rubber and showed the process of milling manioc (cassava). Santarem is walkable from the ship and worth a visit. The market seems to sell predominantly hammocks for use on the boats which move up and down the Amazon – no seats on these, only hooks for your hammock. Manaus Our last stop on this trip took in the Opera House, a market and the home of one of the founding fathers of the town. We did an organised ship’s trip but it is easily done on your own, with entry to the opera house only 20 Real (£4). These are really the main sights in the town but other guests took a boat up one of the tributaries and reported an excellent trip to see an Amazonian village. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I choose the cruise because it enter the Amazon River, in a Buenos Aires to Manaous route. The service is impeccable. The food gourmet. The Staff pleasant in every respect. The University Professors that gave the lectures were first class, ... Read More
I choose the cruise because it enter the Amazon River, in a Buenos Aires to Manaous route. The service is impeccable. The food gourmet. The Staff pleasant in every respect. The University Professors that gave the lectures were first class, instructive, it was obvious they wanted the passengers to learn, and most did want to learn, so it was very pleasurable. Entertainment was appropriate for a comparatively to other lines small ship. Wine, liquor, included in the fare, excellent quality. Tea service at 5 PM compites favorably with the best tea rooms in London. Caviar 24/7. Internet service reasonably priced, and fair speed. Milton Brown and L'Occitane amenities, your choice. The Specialty French Laundry restaurant was available at about one every three nights, with Prime meats and at the table made salads and desserts. Lounges, bars, tastefully decorated with immediate service. Excursions reasonably priced and with great variety in every port. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Seabourn Quest is a lovely ship. The whole experience of feeling special from the time of checkin to checkout was second to none. From our experience, all of the staff cannot be flawed. They work so hard and are delightful all the time. ... Read More
Seabourn Quest is a lovely ship. The whole experience of feeling special from the time of checkin to checkout was second to none. From our experience, all of the staff cannot be flawed. They work so hard and are delightful all the time. The Expedition Team were a group of incredibly experienced and qualified professionals who were so efficient and pleasant whilst looking after the guests and keeping us all safe in extreme conditions. Only criticism of any staff would be that the Cruise Director could mature a little and cease finishing every announcement with 'yaay' as it really grinds after a few days! The room was exceptional for a cruise ship with a walk in closet, twin basins in the bathroom and a full size separate bath. The Thomas Keller Restaurant which is promoted as 3 Michelin star rated was average and we much preferred the normal restaurant - great food without the pretence. In fact, pretence was our major stumbling block during the trip. It took us a while to find 'like minded' folk who were travelling on this particular trip to get to a special and unique place on our earth. There were a lot of ostentatious guests more interested in the shallowness of conspicuous wealth which to me clashed with the vibe of the destination. It was embarrassing to hear how some of these people spoke to staff and partners of the Expedition Team. Saying that, nothing could overshadow the awesome destination. We were so privileged to be able to visit Antarctica and South Georgia and to be on a ship like this made it a very pleasurable experience, although if I had my time again I'd choose a different more earthy cruise line with a younger demographic. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our second cruise with Seabourn and we were attracted to this one because we wanted to see this part of the world, but we also liked the many sea days. We work hard in our daily lives and we wanted to relax. The moment we stepped ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Seabourn and we were attracted to this one because we wanted to see this part of the world, but we also liked the many sea days. We work hard in our daily lives and we wanted to relax. The moment we stepped on board in Buenos Aires, we entered a world of comfort, luxury and plenty, all delivered with good humour and kindness by the hard working staff and crew. Cabin Our cabin was on Deck 6, perfectly located near the main staircase and we got to where we wanted to go in no time. We had a beautiful big room with a verandah, a separate lounge room, a big comfortable bed and a big bathroom with a bath, with high quality and plentiful bath products and big, soft towels. There was plenty of storage and the view from the verandah was uninterrupted. Compared to the cabins on river cruises, this cabin was a mansion. We did find the air conditioner inadequate and the cabin too stuffy. We had the same problem on the Encore last year. This time we solved this by bringing our own fan and we were very comfortable. A couple of times throughout the cruise, we had a "meet your neighbours" party. This is a great idea. Food We are recent converts to vegetarianism and we were really well catered for. There was always plenty to choose from at the Collonade although sometimes the chef pointed out that dishes that looked vegetarian had been made with beef stock, or there was a sneaky prawn hiding in its depths. At my suggestion, they labelled vegetarian dishes and we had no further problems. There were always vegetarian options in the Restaurant and at formal dinners, we had our own menu. Executive Chef, Kurt Timmermans is an outstanding chef and a wonderful communicator and he went out of his way to accommodate our needs. We first experienced the Thomas Keller Grill on the Encore last year and tried it again on the Quest. Once again we were not impressed. The food is too heavy and salty and the menu is inflexible. No changes are allowed. Apparently Thomas knows best. I think we have learned our lesson and will avoid this restaurant in the future. We occasionally had lunch at the Patio, afternoon tea and pre dinner canapes at the Observation Bar and snacks at Seabourn Square and the food was always lovely. Twice on our cruise they set up a Galley Market in the kitchen and the food was outstanding. This was a highlight of our cruise. I would particularly like to acknowledge the following outstanding restaurant staff - Kershin, Marielle, Michael (entertaining as well as incredibly helpful), Niny, Liliya, Sharon and Noemie.. I don't like or understand Seabourn's practice of having the staff take the arm of women and escort them to their tables in the Restaurant. The feminist in me really objects. I always feel uncomfortable and I'm sure these busy young people have better things to do. I think it is demeaning and not something professional wait staff should be expected to do. We have dined in upmarket restaurants all over the world and have not experienced this practice anywhere else. Drink The wine ranged from good to acceptable and there was always plenty to choose from. There was a huge variety of cocktails and they were plentiful. The bar staff were wonderful. Public Spaces Even at full capacity, Seabourn ships never feel crowded. We could always find a quiet spot to read or simply watch the world go by. On the other hand, if we wanted company or entertainment, there was always somewhere to go. The whirlpool on deck 6 was a haven for us and we usually had it to ourselves. It was the place to be when sailing away. Unfortunately it was often closed so we used the whirlpool and spa on deck 5 instead, but it didn't have the ambience of deck 6. The gym was well equipped and rarely crowded. The staff were helpful when help was needed, but otherwise unobtrusive. I really enjoyed using it. Entertainment. The entertainment on the whole was very good but tended to be middle of the road and designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Seabourn's passengers are generally well educated and sophisticated, but most of the music would have appealed to our long deceased parents. For heaven's sake, we were alive in the sixties and went through one of the most profound musical revolutions in history. We can handle entertainment which is current and inspiring and multi-dimensional and I'm sure the talented entertainers onboard would have loved performing this type of material. On the plus side the Australian guitarist and the young English saxophone player both gave an outstanding concerts The guest lecturers were educational, well prepared and entertaining. Historian Laurel Corona was outstanding. Staff and Crew The Cruise Director, Ross Roberts was also outstanding. He's funny, a wonderful singer, personable and incredibly entertaining. I think we would happily sail on any ship where he is Cruise Director. The Captain and his team were approachable and helpful and very good communicators. They were happy to answer any questions or deal with any concerns the passengers raised. The staff in every Department were well trained and incredibly good at their jobs. Seabourn only employs the best of the best and it shows. Passengers Mostly American with a few Australians and English but quite a few other nationalities as well. Age range 60 and upwards. Mostly well educated, well travelled, lovely people who were thrilled to be on board such a lovely ship, living in the lap of luxury and having such a wonderful experience. They were a pleasure to spend time with. However it always amazes me how a small minority are constantly complaining about anything and everything and thought nothing of being very rude to the staff. They seem to get off on it. Internet Very patchy and as other reviewers have said, it should be part of the package. Disembarkation This was the most disappointing part of the whole cruise. It was pouring with rain when we arrived in Monte Carlo and when we got off the ship and went to the cruise terminal we found our luggage sitting outside in the rain, even though it could have been deposited in the reception hall. This is when we discovered that our suitcases are not waterproof. Everything was wet through. Very disappointing. The ship was about to go into dry dock, the staff were in a hurry and we got the clear impression that we were no longer welcome on the ship. Excursions On the whole enjoyable and well organised with some that were outstanding. Our favourites were Rio, Manaus, Cape Verde Islands, Canary Islands (particularly Lanzarote) and Tenerife. In summary, this was a wonderful experience. We spent 45 days in a cocoon of luxury and deliciousness. We saw extraordinary sights, were treated kindly and were thoroughly entertained. We have just booked an Antarctic cruise on the Quest in February next year. Can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My spouse and I sailed on the Seabourn Quest – “21 Day Ultimate Antarctica and Patagonia”, from January 12, 2017 through February 2, 2017. Anyone that has sailed with Seabourn knows the trips are ridiculously expensive and should ... Read More
My spouse and I sailed on the Seabourn Quest – “21 Day Ultimate Antarctica and Patagonia”, from January 12, 2017 through February 2, 2017. Anyone that has sailed with Seabourn knows the trips are ridiculously expensive and should expect to receive exceptional service and the trip you expected. We enjoyed our experience but are disappointed that Seabourn reduced the Antarctic portion of our cruise from the scheduled six days to four days due to the illness of two of the passengers onboard. While we are most sympathetic to the circumstances of these individuals and their families, is seems unfair that the remaining 400 plus passengers were so negatively impacted. We question whether or not this situation could have been addressed earlier when there would have been less impact. Specifically, there was clearly better access to medical facilities during our stops in Montevideo, The Falkland Islands and perhaps even in the South Shetland Islands. Although information provided regarding the status of the sick individuals was limited, understandably to protect their privacy, it is our understanding that both were seniors (86 and 90 years old) and that the 90 year old ultimately passed away while on the ship. We were directly familiar with the circumstances of the 86 year old woman, given that she and her family had their cabins located close to ours and, consequently, we got to know them during the cruise. As a result, we are fully aware that the woman took sick immediately after boarding (if not sick prior to boarding) and was either in her stateroom or in the ship’s infirmary during her entire stay onboard. We therefore question whether or not it would have been possible for staff members to identify her emergent medical condition earlier in the voyage. Many of the passengers we spoke to on the ship wondered if Seabourn had other options to deal with the sick passengers prior to departing from the Falklands. We question where Seabourn’s protocol for passenger embarkation on trips to remote locations takes into consideration the passenger’s age and the increasing likelihood of illness as the passenger gets older. This is especially relevant when sailing to areas like the Antarctic when the ship is not in close proximity to medical facilities, and in this case for 10 days. Presumably this is why International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators recommends having passengers complete a medical form prior to sailing to the Antarctic. Does Seabourn follow this protocol? Seabourn refused to answer us on this! It was clear that the Captain Dvergastein and the Quest staff were sincerely regretful that our time in the Antarctic was cut short. Efforts were made to compensate (and perhaps distract) us by including the sail to Cape Horn and the addition of another port (Chacabuco). It is, however, noteworthy that the additional port was disappointing and required passengers to spend more money if they wanted to go on a tour – which was advisable as there was absolutely nothing to do or see in the town. It is important to underscore that we, and the great majority of passengers we spoke with, specifically chose this Seabourn itinerary because of the opportunity to go to the Antarctic. The fact that we lost one third of the scheduled time in the Antarctic on a very expensive cruise is upsetting to say the least. We acknowledge that Seabourn provided a token onboard credit as well as a $750 credit per passenger for a future cruise with Seabourn. While appreciated, frankly, these efforts fall far short of adequately compensating us for the lost time in the Antarctic. After arriving home we contacted Seabourn advising them of our concerns, and after numerous emails and phone calls that went unanswered, we finally received the token refund. Seabourn needs to do better. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We are a couple in our mid sixties who have longed to go to Antarctica but hesitated as one of us is inclined to sea sickness. However with modern stabiliser technology, newer ships and larger ships the decision was made to go as we felt ... Read More
We are a couple in our mid sixties who have longed to go to Antarctica but hesitated as one of us is inclined to sea sickness. However with modern stabiliser technology, newer ships and larger ships the decision was made to go as we felt our window of opportunity to do it while in good health was closing. The ship is magnificent, nothing is too much trouble from a service perspective and the food was great. There are many reviews that cover this in detail. I am not going to repeat it. The purpose of my review is to highlight what happened on our cruise and provide this information to others who are considering if they should travel to Antarctica and which ship to choose. The 21 day cruise was to include 6 days in Antarctica. In the evening of day 4 it was announced there was a medical emergency with 2 passengers and we needed to reposition to the island in Antarctica where the ambulance plane could land. The ship waited there all the next day for the plane but prevailing conditions meant the plane couldn't fly. The decision was then made to go immediately to Ushuaia .By the time we docked it was 55-60 hours since the medical emergency was declared. Every one supported the Captain's decision to leave ...it would be exactly what we would want for ourselves or a family member in the same situation. However there was much discussion amongst passengers that Seabourn did not require a doctors clearance to make the trip. When you looked at the age of some passengers and the apparent health of some one wondered if they should be on the ship at all.You are so far from help when things go wrong. It only takes one serious illness for the plans of all passengers to be impacted. The marketing for Antarctica is alluring and has expanded rapidly in recent years. However the infrastructure is just the same it is a wilderness and your are far from the modern medical facilities we are accustomed to and a ships' doctor can only do so much. The ship's staff did a great job making alternate arrangements to fill the extra days that were now in the itinerary and compensation was provided. Sailing around Cape Horn was a wonderful bonus! My overall rating does not reflect the ship but rather the overall experience. I believe Seabourn need to be more proactive in making sure passengers are fit for the trip . Yes there will always be issues that arise but the risk management in minimising this potential needs further consideration by Seabourn, particularly given there are 400+ passengers.. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have taken other long cruises and most are much better value for money. This ship takes 400 passengers, so does not have the quality of entertainment that a larger ship offers. There were several speakers on nature topics, but often ... Read More
We have taken other long cruises and most are much better value for money. This ship takes 400 passengers, so does not have the quality of entertainment that a larger ship offers. There were several speakers on nature topics, but often at times that were not convenient, so we didn't attend. The female onboard photographer was "cool" when asked specific questions. I thought it was just me, but in conversation others had the same experience. The FOOD problem was the severely undercooked beef and pork that was sent back to the kitchen to be re-cooked in all dining rooms where food was made to order. It became a joke as to how undercooked it would be. On one occasion I had a hamburger on the outer deck and asked for it to be well done, which he wrote down on the order. I took one bite and spit it out because the inside was so rare it was purple! The waiter apologized and said he'd bring another one. After quite a lengthy wait a new meat patty came to me on the SAME bun I had taken a bite out of. I was placed in QUARANTINE so missed an Antarctic landing. I phoned the nurse for help after 8-10 bouts of simultaneous vomiting and diarrhea because my pills were not staying in my body to help me . She had no medicine better than mine, and placed me in quaranting in our roon. With time in bed I felt somewhat better the second afternoon, but then got sick again later in the day. The third morning I woke very early with severe abdominal pain. (9 out of 10 on the pain scale) After several hours sitting with a cloth on my forehead and not moving, it gradually passed. For several days afterward I didn't feel very hungry. The nurse would not answer any of my questions about how many others were sick on the ship. Speaking with other passengers after my experience, there were definitely others who said they were also sick. My doctor feels I had Noro Virus because of the severity of my symptoms and the 3 days it lasted. I received POOR ROOM SERVICE while in Quarantine in our room. Three occasions ordering tea with honey and milk was a joke. - the first time there was no tea cup and saucer - the second time, no tea bags to make the tea - the third time there was no milk, so at that point I phoned Customer Service to complain There were other disappointments that I am not going to waste my time typing about. They got our money, and I didn't feel it was worth the price. Nothing now will change the poor experiences we had. Most of the service staff, especially in the buffet restaurant were very friendly and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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: ... Read More
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. Cabins: Great! 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. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
We just returned from the cruise of a lifetime, aboard Seabourn's Quest to Antarctica. If it is possible to make everything perfect, then Seabourn surely has the right formula for doing so. This was not our first Seabourn cruise and ... Read More
We just returned from the cruise of a lifetime, aboard Seabourn's Quest to Antarctica. If it is possible to make everything perfect, then Seabourn surely has the right formula for doing so. This was not our first Seabourn cruise and it will not be our last, as Seabourn knows how to make each and every guest feel special and does so. Their service is attentive without being intrusive, and executed with seeming delight. The food is delicious, severed in small portions, so that one returns home without any excess weight gain. The organization of the Antarctica landings was phenomenal as were the guest lectures. Seabourn managed to put together a expedition team with extensive experience in the Antarctica and they made sure each guest had a full Antarctica experience. Another plus, Seabourn wanted all crew members to experience Antarctica for themselves and had rotation system so that all crew got to go ashore at some point which made for a very happy crew. The only down side, we had to get off the ship at the end of a fabulous and memorable 21 day cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This was the cruise of a lifetime - 5 days in Antarctica with zodiac landings each day, extremely well-experienced naturalists & photographers, plus superb lectures each day on what we were expected to see, or had seen. Then you get ... Read More
This was the cruise of a lifetime - 5 days in Antarctica with zodiac landings each day, extremely well-experienced naturalists & photographers, plus superb lectures each day on what we were expected to see, or had seen. Then you get down to the ship! Unashamed luxury with full bath and double porcelain vanities in the marble bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, very spacious bedroom/relaxing area and large veranda. A bottle of champagne was waiting on ice in our suite, followed swiftly by our personal stewardess with glasses of champagne and canapés. The mini-bar was stocked with our favourite alcohol and soft drinks. Within two days, most of the crew knew us by name, nothing was too much trouble. Extremely comfortable bed, luxury linens (wanted to buy the pillows). Plenty of storage in the walk-in wardrobe. Robes and slippers provided. Spacious safe. Multi-channel flatscreen television. Lavish bathroom with lots of unexpected, cleverly-designed storage. Designer toiletries. Separate lounging and dining areas. The dining experiences were outstanding 6-star quality and in the realms of Michelin stars! All public areas were sumptuously furnished. The capacity of this ship is 450 guests and it had the perfect feel of not being crowded. An elevator door opens and its empty! No constant signing for drinks at dinner. Free seating at meals with whomever you wish to sit. Recognition and greeting of other guests when moving around the ship. This all had a very comfortable and homely feel to it. This was our first Seabourn experience but we quickly made a "future cruise" deposit and can't wait for the next one. If you can afford it, the difference is SO worth it! We'd like to go to Antarctica again but on Quest's sailing which includes South Georgia next time - Xmas 2014 hopefully. Read Less
Sail Date November 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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