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12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We took this cruise as Antarctica was on our bucket list and we were not disappointed. The cruise left from Buenos Aires and the terminal and embarkation were great, no problems We did miss our stop in the Falklands Islands due to bad ... Read More
We took this cruise as Antarctica was on our bucket list and we were not disappointed. The cruise left from Buenos Aires and the terminal and embarkation were great, no problems We did miss our stop in the Falklands Islands due to bad weather in the Drake passage. despite the bad weather the trip wasn't too bad but maybe is not for 1st time cruisers. Our cabin was great good view and large size. A lot of lectures and the debriefs were held in the grand salon which had a good capacity. If there were performances you didn't have to get there early to get a seat, I believe most of the passengers could be accommodated here. We found that the colonnades dining room was better than the main dining room which seemed a bit slower, but the food was good in both. A lot of the time we ate on the patio (deck 8) as we enjoyed the views and being outside. The expedition team was great and there were informative lecture's everyday. They were always willing to help and answer questions, and they worked so tirelessly to make the Antarctica experience one that you could not easily forget. Going ashore in the zodiacs was an experience in itself, and the crew were fantastic checking your life vests and gear to ensure your safety there was always someone there to assist with getting your boots on and off and wash the guano off the boots which happened most days that we had landings, we even did kayaking in Antarctica which was great paddling amongst the icebergs. I thoroughly enjoyed my Antarctica experience Seabourn have a great team and Service through out the ship was excellent from the cabin staff guest services and deck crew as well as the waiting and bar staff. After Antarctica we travelled through Patagonia and ended in Valparaiso Chile, disembarkation went very smoothly. Would definitely do the Antarctica experience again with Seabourn and their expedition team no hesitation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2014
Started in Singapore and ended in Venice on two segments of their World Cruise, now referred to as extend explorations. This was our longest cruise and the first time on Seabourn, were not sure about a smaller ship, but once on board it ... Read More
Started in Singapore and ended in Venice on two segments of their World Cruise, now referred to as extend explorations. This was our longest cruise and the first time on Seabourn, were not sure about a smaller ship, but once on board it feels much larger. We had been on Regent and Crystal in the past year. We fell out of love with Regent and in love with Crystal (both separate reviews) we were looking for another luxury cruise line and Seabourn had an interesting itinerary. With all the issues in Egypt, they had to make some changes to the itinerary, the back up choices were nice options. The embarkation at the old port in Singapore was not impressive, the disembarkation in Venice was flawless in the newer port. Once on board you start to experience why Seabourn is different, yes the ship is beautiful but it is the crew that really stand out. We were far forward on Deck 7, and a little concerned about the ship rocking. It is the most stable ship we have ever experienced. Although we had good weather and calm seas for most of the trip, the few times we experienced wind, rain and swells, the ship felt amazingly steady. Captain Dexter was the best we have seen, out and about every day, talking to people, keeping us informed of important issues in the most charming way. The crew participates in lots of fun activities on board, the Caviar in the Surf party was delightful and fun. You could often meet the Captain in the Seabourn Square, a wonderful large area deck 7 aft, where you could get a great cup of coffee, a snack, read a book, play cards, meet with the guest relations/destinations team and read a worldwide choice of daily newspapers all loaded onto an IPad with a stand. They offer paper newspapers and very comfortable chairs and plenty of computers for personal access. Their internet plan was very affordable too, after a couple of bumpy starts we got some technical help from the team and we were great for the rest of the trip. More ships have laundry rooms which is great when your are in a warm climate and want to pack lighter. Sojourn has two laundry rooms with two washers, two dryers and two ironing boards in each, no charge for machine or soap. They probably could use a better process for passengers to wash since everyone seemed to go there often around the same time. It was cooperative and polite, no one left laundry long after it was done and I was surprised to see how many people iron, no wonder it was a well dressed looking group. The Cruise Director Jan and her team, Heather and Sophie were amazing. The best of the best on the high seas.They planned all the activities, participated in many, sang like professionals and connected with the passengers in such a personal and friendly way. Many great speakers to fill the sea days and a great dance and singing team at night to finish the day. All these crew members worked tirelessly at all events, tours and functions, and were at the exit after their show to personally thank you for attending, a first for us. Initially we were frantic about 14 of the 33 days were at sea. They had so many wonderful options (many loved the trivia) that the port days seemed less interesting, never thought I would feel that way. At the end of this cruise we knew more of the crew than in all of our more than 20 cruises, and they knew us by name. Restaurants and food were a pleasant surprise. The Colonnade was the main casual dining area on deck 8 for all meals, they offered daily specials along with the buffet and had themed luncheons, all beautifully presented and served, with the evening meals made more upscale. The Patio Grill by the pool was open for lunch and dinner, a great choice for outside dining with the same top level of preparation and service. The main formal dining area Restaurant on deck 4 was contemporary and offered a great choice, amazing service and the best Maitre D on the high seas, Antonio. He knew our name from day one. They walk each person to their table, a lovely way to start an elegant meal. My favorite was Restaurant 2, small intimate dining of about 40, done in black white and red, a feeling of being in a Cabaret at sea. The team of Bart and Sylvia will take you on a gastronomic journey. The menu changes every couple of days with about seven different menus. It is a nine course tasting meal, beautifully prepared and served, your pallet will go crazy if you like unusual combinations of tasty morsels. Also, don't miss the High Tea service every afternoon on the forward deck, the best scones and view. Chef Graeme Cockburn was an amazing person, we went on a shopping tour with him and learned so much about fish, fruits, herbs and the entire process of food preparation, especially during his food demonstration classes. This was not just a tasting experience, he shares all sorts of handy tips and he has the best personality and team. They created an Easter Brunch spread out over the entire main dining room and the galley that was a visual and tasty feast. Their on-deck theme parties were stunning, the decoration and food to complement the evening were breathtaking. Be prepared to dress in the local outfits, it was so much fun and so many people participated. We heard there was a Seabourn club and newcomers did not feel welcome. In our experience, nothing could be further from the truth, we were greeted warmly by past and new guests alike, we met many interesting and notable people on board. As the cruise went on the tables for dinner got larger and larger but you could always get a table for two or four. There are also several dress codes, the usual of no shorts and tank tops at dinner. Most of the days were smart casual or elegant casual. On the formal nights some opted for tuxedo and gowns but many wore nice suits, dresses and cocktail attire on those evening. They offered two other dining options if you chose to be relaxed. The ship has several bars and very attentive bartenders, they know how to make any drink you can request and most remembered your preferences or offered something fun and new, especially during the day by the pool. To work off that extra food and drinking, the spa and exercise facility was nicely appointed. No ship has a large exercise areas but the Sojourn has two facilities, one with equipment and some weights, the other for mostly yoga, Pilates and stretch. Jordan teaches all the classes, usually 30 minutes and you must sign up for each class, he is a popular guy and the classes fill up since the space limits about 10 participants. The spa was beautiful and serene with a private sitting and hot tub area. We purchased several tours and all were executed nicely, the team really knows how to get you off the ship and on to a clean bus/boat with the best tour guides. Several events that were hosted by Seabourn offsite as part of their special experience in which all the passengers are treated to a tour were also perfectly managed. On several occasions they had the large welcome home parties with music, drinks and cheers. For going ashore there was always plenty of water, umbrellas, hand sanitizer, towels, sunblock, glass cleaner and even sandwiches and cookies on days where you may miss lunch. They think of everything, the ship runs like a fine Swiss watch. Two areas we were less impressed with, we had great dance lessons from Kelly and Artem, but no place to practice, it is not a ship that focuses on ballroom dancing. The second part was the Grand Salon, it has a low ceiling and way too many large posts which block your view. They are building a new and larger ship for 2016, we are hoping they will have a larger and better designed Salon, more dance floor space and perhaps a golf simulator, but those are our personal preferences. Would we go on Seabourn again, Absolutely Yes.   Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2014
The Antarctica was very high on our "bucket list"so glad we waited for the Seabourn experience to take this amazing adventure. We sailed on the last departure of the season...the best for last! Not only the wonderful Seabourn ... Read More
The Antarctica was very high on our "bucket list"so glad we waited for the Seabourn experience to take this amazing adventure. We sailed on the last departure of the season...the best for last! Not only the wonderful Seabourn treatment but an excellent expedition team lead by Robin West...we were really informed on the way down with wonderful interesting lectures...Geoff with his humorous take on history! Learned about penguin poo! Comes in different colors...watch your step! The actual embarking into the zodiacs was a well oiled machine...quick and helpful all along the way...amazing to move so many "older people" so quickly! We were really impressed with the attention to detail, way to go Seabourn! Capt Larsen was wonderful giving us so many trills like the whales that were all around us...so close you could smell their fish breath!!! Our 3rd time on deck 6...great location to everything..especially to the Grand Salon...cabin size is great, even with all the Antarctica gear we had plenty of space...bathroom is roomy....we had some Drakes Passage weather with wild seas but we were quiet comfy. This is an amazing cruise...not possible to tell in words you have to see for yourself! Make sure you have the Lobster Tempura!!!! a standout among standouts! Only problem was the 2 chain smokers at the end of the hall....stinky for the rest of us....BAN SMOKING SEABOURN!!!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2013
News on Antarctic cruises tends to favour the report of problems, such as being stuck in the ice, or beset with bad weather in Drake Passage. No bad news for this cruise - quiet seas, excellent weather, five days in Antarctica and 3 days ... Read More
News on Antarctic cruises tends to favour the report of problems, such as being stuck in the ice, or beset with bad weather in Drake Passage. No bad news for this cruise - quiet seas, excellent weather, five days in Antarctica and 3 days in South Georgia - more landings and zodiac cruises than anticipated, more wildlife than could be imagined. Expedition staff include a number of scientists with considerable polar experience, a couple of professional photographers, and some very capable zodiac 'drivers'. This is our fourth Seabourn cruise, and going to Antarctic has not compromised all the usual pleasures - even managed to dine al fresco at the Patio Grill while sailing off Antarctic Peninsula, albeit with parkas and beanies. My only Seabourn gripe is the muzak - sailing through such grandeur demands better than the typical and pervasive fare, or perhaps even turn it off. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2013
My husband and I researched all the Antarctic cruise choices thoroughly. Some ships are very small without stabilizers but they allow passengers to make zodiac landings. Other ships are large but because of the limitations of the IAATO ... Read More
My husband and I researched all the Antarctic cruise choices thoroughly. Some ships are very small without stabilizers but they allow passengers to make zodiac landings. Other ships are large but because of the limitations of the IAATO rules which state that only 100 people are allowed to go ashore at one time, they do not make any landings. We picked Seabourn Quest because it is mid-sized, offered zodiac landings in the Antarctic, plus we knew we would be more comfortable and we thought they would look after us well. The Antarctic is an unforgiving place, the Drake Passage is one of the worse bodies of water in the world, and we wanted a ship with a strengthened hull and good stabilizers. The itinerary was excellent: busy but with some days at sea to rest a bit. We began in Valparaiso and made our way down along the Western side of South America. The Chilean Fjords are lovely, and shore excursions there interesting and fun. But everyone started to get more and more excited when the captain announced that, because there was an opening with good weather, he wanted to make a run across the Drake to the Antarctic peninsula sooner than scheduled. We would be in Ushuaia a day ahead and then head south. At Ushuaia we took on an extra pilot with experience in ice filled waters, who had previously served with the US Coast Guard in Alaska. So now we had 2 pilots, plus there was a large expedition team of naturalists, zodiac drivers, and researchers on board to help. The Quest took about 400 passengers, so we rotated in groups to land once we arrived at the Antarctic peninsula, and it worked out very well. We were always carefully looked after. They helped us in and out of our gear, helped with antiseptic washing down of clothing, equipment and the like, and were scrupulous in efforts to prevent contamination of the environment. We had extra landings whenever the weather permitted, and went to South Georgia a day earlier than scheduled, so had more time there where we saw more amazing wildlife. Captain Larsen was very flexible with the schedule, and seized every opportunity he could to show us more and more places. But we had to be flexible too - one day we were out in zodiacs when he blew the ship's whistle and all the zodiacs had to hurry back to the ship. We had to leave there quickly, because the wind had changed direction and sea ice was starting to close in around the ship. (At about this same time we were getting reports of a ship trapped in ice in the Roth Sea, and icebreakers had been unable to reach it.) We had wonderful lecturers, many with years and years of experience in the Antarctic. Of course Seabourn serves great food and the liquor is all included, whatever you want. Yes, Seabourn is a luxury line and as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. But I will remember this trip as the trip of a lifetime. It was worth every penny. I can not think of one "con" about this cruise. Everything was wonderful.   Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2013
Shipboard package (food, cabin, service, staff, entertainment, etc) up to usual Seabourn standard - with two exceptions; - strike in Buenos Aires meant ship was not able to re-provision and many items were in short supply or simply ... Read More
Shipboard package (food, cabin, service, staff, entertainment, etc) up to usual Seabourn standard - with two exceptions; - strike in Buenos Aires meant ship was not able to re-provision and many items were in short supply or simply unavailable - Quest is designed for warm weather cruising and when outside space is not available, some facilities, such as the Colonnade, are unpleasantly over-crowded. Worth adding that Quest rode well in heavy seas in Drake Passage. However whatever the description, this was not, nor could it ever be, an expedition cruise. At 450 passengers (some people onboard were sold the cruise on the basis of maximum 300) Quest cannot; - logistically manage more than one landing per day. It takes approximately 6 house for Quest to complete a landing cycle - expedition ships with less than 200 passengers aboard make up to three per day sometimes starting at 5am - use the majority of the landing sites due to the number of passengers onboard - which is further restricted by the vessel's poor ice rating - respond flexibly to the inevitable changeable weather because alternative sites are limited by the above. The dead hand of corporate management (some of whom were said to be onboard but not at all in evidence) appears to be in conflict with the expedition team who would like to have delivered more. Of a twenty-one day cruise, only two days had Antarctic landings (one other a short zodiac trip), six days (or part) in port and the remaining thirteen days at sea. Which brings me to the nub of the question - if you want to do a 'fly by' to Antarctica to see and photograph icebergs, some wild life, etc you can do so in nearly as much comfort at a much lower cost. Seabourn charges mightily for the privilege of expedition landings but does not and cannot deliver. This is not a soft expedition, it is a non-expedition and should be priced and marketed accordingly. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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
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