This was my fourth Seabourn (SB) cruise, and DH’s second, with one prior on the Quest summer 2016 we both shared. We have done a dozen cruises on luxury lines, so the review below compares this cruise with prior experiences, and provides some guidance for newbies contemplating taking a SB cruise for the first time.
We also did a detailed semi-live blog during the cruise, with photos, on the Cruise Critic SB subforum, so if you wish to see more details about the ship and the ports than are provided below, copy and paste this link (or if it does not work, then just search the forum for my entry entitled “Not-quite-live from the Seabourn Quest, Barcelona to Dover, 4/15/17-5/1/17). Photos start at post 9.
CABIN : We had a veranda suite a bit towards the bow of deck 6, 625, which was clean, spacious enough, and had a mini-bar stocked with soft and hard drinks of our choice. It had a separate deep tub (frequently used) and shower, Molton Brown toiletries (including bath gel for bubble baths), dual sinks that did not leak, and a veranda with two comfortable though cushionless adjustable reclining chairs with footstools and a table. There was a small walk-in closet with a safe, 5 drawers, and hanging space (short and long), and overall adequate storage, though some clothing had to overflow into non-closet drawers. The TV was small, mid-room, and offered in-room music and movie options as well as overviews of the day’s events, performers, and our account, but not the daily menus. The standard SB sofa was unfortunately hard and very uncomfortable, but we salvaged it by putting a little camping Thermarest on the top which I suggest you bring if you are sensitive. The bed was a bit hard and also required advance order of a foam topper for us to get comfortable. There was no in-room coffee machine, as is typical for most ships. Sound insulation between suites was good, but not between the suite and the hallway.
Wonderful port, where we embarked. Many museums, excellent food people-watching opportunities, Gaudi architecture, photograpjer's paradise.
You can walk Bordeux on your own. The ship was docked mid-city near a colorful open food market. There are many churches, fountains, and shops to keep you busy all day.
A picturesque fishing village with an interesting wooden church, restaurants, shops, and museums. Unfortunately museums had already closed at 6 and restaurants do not open until 7.
The town itself is beautiful, with canals, swans, and historic churches. But it was May Day weekend and much too crowded, hard to relax, and our guide was poor. Very rushed, stressful, though the canal ride was pleasant.