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.
Probably the worst suite on the ship because it was right at the bow of the ship. However there was still plenty of room to sit. No balcony, but separate bath and shower, a walk-in closet, double bed, settee, table and chairs in the suite. Flat screen television, which we did not use, except for watching the news a few times. Mini-bar stocked with two choices of drinks (in our case gin and whisky). The gin was not there when we arrived but on mentioning this, it soon arrived. Plenty of drawer space in addition to the walk in closet. Suitcases go under the bed.