We chose to sail on the Quest to Norway having had a fantastic cruise on the Quest in the fall of 2015 through Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. That cruise was awesome, and we loved the ship, the crew, the guests and the dining.
The Quest is a beautiful ship, and easy to call it home for our trip. The cabin, however, was not thoroughly cleaned when we embarked. Our stewardess on this trip spoke poor English, and was difficult to communicate with. This was one of the reasons we are not giving this cruise 5 stars. But we were very cozy after settling in. The weather was still cold as this cruise went above the Arctic Circle to the North Cape, so we had brought along extra blankets and needed them. Still, we were able to use the balcony many days, and enjoyed the fantastic scenery and the Midnight Sun.
We were not happy with the changes in the dining aboard the Quest with the new Thomas Keller menus. We did not mind the change from Restaurant 2 to the TK Grill, but did not like the changes in the Restaurant and the Colonnade. In the Colonnade there were four Thomas Keller nights serving meals such as ribs and fried chicken. We vastly preferred the regular Colonnade menus and felt cheated out of the local seafood that we expected on a cruise through Scandinavia. If you like French Haute Cuisine and foie gras you may like the other TK menus, but we did not. We found the dining options more restricted and stressful. There was also not the seamless service in the dining areas that we had had before. We will be watching to see how Seabourn handles the TK menus, especially in the Colonnade, before we book another Seabourn cruise. Still, we had many wonderful evenings in the Restaurant and the Colonnade, and many good options for breakfast including coffee and pastries in the Seabourn Square.
All of the Seabourn cabins are decorated the same, and perhaps could use some updating. Beds are comfortable and closet and storage are quite adequate. We love the bathrooms, especially the awesome shower. All marble, chrome and glass. We loved the location of our suite mid ship, and on same floor as Seabourn Square.
The weather was cold and rainy, so we spent the day on the hop along bus and at the Alesund Aquarium. Very interesting. Nice penguin exhibit. We missed seeing the downtown area of Alesund and all of the art nouveau architecture, which we learned at the end of,the day is only a very short walk from the cruise docks, very easy to get around town on your own and make up your own tour locally.
Stayed at the Copenhagen Marriott. Great hotel and location.
Met relatives here and had wonderful fish soup on the Harbour .