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This was a 14 day cruise from Montreal to Miami with a nice itinerary which we took on Seabourn to if it remained a premium line. Background: 70 yr. old married couple with over 400 cruising days on 12 different lines in the last 10 years or so. We were on Seabourn when it was an independent line, no Carnival. Best: The ship. Very attractive, clean, modern ship. Very sterile in appearances, but that can be a good thing. Worst: Port days. They almost never docked in any of the advertised ports. They either us in when all other ships just docked, or in the case of NY City, they took us to a dock owned by Carnival in Brooklyn, and bused for an hour each way to NYC. You definitely did not want to get outside of the immediate dock area in Brooklyn. The dock in NYC is 5 minute walk from where they docked which is where every other line was. The captain was strongly questioned on this when he did question and answer session at the end and he made no bones about it: I is much more profitable for Carnival to do it this way. Next worse would be the food. Ship: The ship is new, beautiful with lots of very positive aspects, especially the staterooms. The dining room is pretty bland in appearance and functionality. The other common areas are very nice. The traffic flow only works if the weather allows for comfortable use of the open decks; otherwise, passage between common areas requires walking down long stateroom hallways. Poor functionality on our cruise. Dining: Basically the only full service dinning room is the main dining room. There is a specialty restaurant, but getting into it even once is difficult and more than that is impossible without a bribe to the Maitre Di or wine steward of considerable size. That I am told works well, and the nature of the clientele is such that they are very accustomed to practice and actually enjoy it. Did not work well with a conservative Midwesterner. Given it was a 14 day cruise they allowed a free visit. I can tell you not to bother as it is no better than the main dinning room, just more food. Food in the main dinning room is highly variable, but certainly no better than any of the better "mass market" cruise lines. Limited selections and very average preparation was our experience with occasional surprises in both directions. Lunches had extremely limited choices at times, but food was equal to the evenings. Do Not Take This line for a dining experience. Dinning service: I think the best word i chaotic. You could be seated and given a menu and wait 30 minutes to see a staff member. Or, you could get a menu followed rapidly by a server for you order when you ask for the wine steward. There goes 30 minutes. It was rare they remembered who ordered what which was strange because they offer 3 courses even at dinner. If you dined with others this gave you something to joke about. BUT, they were all very pleasant. Stateroom: Very nice rooms. We had a standard balcony suite. Large modern and well designed. The showers were very tight and I only have a 32 inch waist. We would have much preferred just a nice shower and no tube. Stateroom service: Outstanding! Pools: Tiny, more for looks. Hot tubes: They use Bromine rather than chlorine so the 10% of us that are allergic to bromine were out of luck. Embarkation and Disembark were smooth. Entertainment: The guest entertainers were all very good and resident staff was also quite adequate, but nothing memorable.

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Seabourn Quest Cruise Review by oceanpath

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This was a 14 day cruise from Montreal to Miami with a nice itinerary which we took on Seabourn to if it remained a premium line.

Background: 70 yr. old married couple with over 400 cruising days on 12 different lines in the last 10 years or so. We were on Seabourn when it was an independent line, no Carnival.

Best: The ship. Very attractive, clean, modern ship. Very sterile in appearances, but that can be a good thing.

Worst: Port days. They almost never docked in any of the advertised ports. They either us in when all other ships just docked, or in the case of NY City, they took us to a dock owned by Carnival in Brooklyn, and bused for an hour each way to NYC. You definitely did not want to get outside of the immediate dock area in Brooklyn. The dock in NYC is 5 minute walk from where they docked which is where every other line was. The captain was strongly questioned on this when he did question and answer session at the end and he made no bones about it: I is much more profitable for Carnival to do it this way.

Next worse would be the food.

Ship: The ship is new, beautiful with lots of very positive aspects, especially the staterooms. The dining room is pretty bland in appearance and functionality. The other common areas are very nice. The traffic flow only works if the weather allows for comfortable use of the open decks; otherwise, passage between common areas requires walking down long stateroom hallways. Poor functionality on our cruise.

Dining: Basically the only full service dinning room is the main dining room. There is a specialty restaurant, but getting into it even once is difficult and more than that is impossible without a bribe to the Maitre Di or wine steward of considerable size. That I am told works well, and the nature of the clientele is such that they are very accustomed to practice and actually enjoy it. Did not work well with a conservative Midwesterner. Given it was a 14 day cruise they allowed a free visit. I can tell you not to bother as it is no better than the main dinning room, just more food. Food in the main dinning room is highly variable, but certainly no better than any of the better "mass market" cruise lines. Limited selections and very average preparation was our experience with occasional surprises in both directions. Lunches had extremely limited choices at times, but food was equal to the evenings. Do Not Take This line for a dining experience.

Dinning service: I think the best word i chaotic. You could be seated and given a menu and wait 30 minutes to see a staff member. Or, you could get a menu followed rapidly by a server for you order when you ask for the wine steward. There goes 30 minutes. It was rare they remembered who ordered what which was strange because they offer 3 courses even at dinner. If you dined with others this gave you something to joke about. BUT, they were all very pleasant.

Stateroom: Very nice rooms. We had a standard balcony suite. Large modern and well designed. The showers were very tight and I only have a 32 inch waist. We would have much preferred just a nice shower and no tube.

Stateroom service: Outstanding!

Pools: Tiny, more for looks. Hot tubes: They use Bromine rather than chlorine so the 10% of us that are allergic to bromine were out of luck.

Embarkation and Disembark were smooth.

Entertainment: The guest entertainers were all very good and resident staff was also quite adequate, but nothing memorable.
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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin V6 6032
I think all the balcony suites are the same. Very nice. Just pick where on the ship you want to be. I will say this level and location is fairly ideal for utilizing all common areas with little hallway traffic.
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