13 Seabourn Quest Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Just came back from a 10 day cruise on Quest which left Athens and ended up in Monte Carlo. This was our second Seabourn cruise. Two years ago we cruised on the Legend, one of the smaller ships, and we were concerned we wouldn't be ... Read More
Just came back from a 10 day cruise on Quest which left Athens and ended up in Monte Carlo. This was our second Seabourn cruise. Two years ago we cruised on the Legend, one of the smaller ships, and we were concerned we wouldn't be able to replicate the Legend experience on one of the bigger ships. We arrived in Athens from New York the night before the ship sailed, and visited the Acopolis early the next morning. Not to be missed is the relatively new Parthenon Museum....it has won several architectural awards, and the exhibits are amazing. Boarding the ship was easy.....we arrived dockside at 2:15pm and were the only passengers there. Check in and security took 5 minutes and we walked right on the ship into our suite. Within a couple of minutes our room steward arrived with glasses of champagne and canapes, plus a choice of toiletries and shower soap. Our suite was on deck 4, as we don't see the value in having a balcony. It was near the rear exit to The Restaurant, but still in its own corridor, so noise was never an issue. A quick walk to dinner! We explored the ship before the general muster, and still being a relatively small ship it didn't take long to get around. The ship is still in good condition two years after being launched. There was a crew change in Athens, and in the coming week my wife and I felt that the rejoining crew were a bit rusty.....just little but noticable things that we didn't experience on the Legend. The edge seemed off the service a few times. One day on the pool deck we plainly heard four crew members arguing about something.Of the 450 passengers, Americans were in the majority, followed by Brits then Aussies, the remainder being spread over several countries. Everyone was friendly and we had lots of tableside conversations with an interesting mix of people. It's amazing that so many were onboard for 20 or 30 day cruises. We missed two ports due to the swell making tender operations difficult....the two alternative ports, where the ship could dock, were Cesmay in Turkey and Bastia in Corsica....both were kind of blah we felt and not really worth visiting. The highlight was undoubtedly Kudasi, where we visited the Terraced Houses (a must see) and came back in the evening for the concert. The latter was wonderful, and the crew lined up on the dock to welcome us all back, which was a nice touch. A close second was the tour of Taormina and Mt. Etna, which included a very nice lunch..two kinds of pasta and lots of red wine! We can now cross Santorini off our "must visit" list.....three ships were there, including the Quest, so it was very crowded. We took a local bus to some of the other villages, which were less crowded and more scenic, and to get away from the smell of donkey dung! The food onboard was good, as well as the house ines offered. The Galley lunch was fun and allowed us a glimpse of the kitchens. We had lunch most days outside in the Colonnade restaurant, which was lovely. I enjoyed the meal we had in Restaurant 2 but my wife thought it was too rich. Although I don't mind dressing up on vacation, I though that the dress code was a bit excessive - jackets every evening in the The Restaurant except on the first and last evenings. A jacket free evening in the middle of the cruise would have been welcome. Same as our first cruise, we didn't open the liquor in our suite...I only had 2 beers from the fridge during the 10 days. Entertainment was low key, but we knew to expect that. It was disappointing that there wasn't more dancing after dinner. When we got off the ship in Monte Carlo the captain was at the bottom of the gangplank to wish us farewell...another nice touch. All in all a great cruise, just some minor nitpicks on service. The bigger ship still felt small like the Legend. We put a deposit down for a future Seabourn cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
We embarked at Athens and boarding was prompt and efficient commencing at about 12.30pm. The ship is great, spacious and elegant and all we expected. The cabins excellent plenty of drawer space and the walk in wardrobe is excellent. We ... Read More
We embarked at Athens and boarding was prompt and efficient commencing at about 12.30pm. The ship is great, spacious and elegant and all we expected. The cabins excellent plenty of drawer space and the walk in wardrobe is excellent. We had two 10 day cruises back to back and 20 days felt right, much better than 10. We felt 30 days would have been too long for us. The captain (Erik) was excellent and had come out of retirement to help out and do these two cruises and was returning after to Norway. He was areal salesman never missing a chance to plug Seabourn in a nice way. He is very passionate about the company and its ships. Much has been said about the ships and services, we felt they lived up to expectations. One point not covered (at least that I had seen) was the medical centre. Treatment for an infected throat was prompt and efficient with antibiotics dispensed and at a total cost of some $90 which I felt was very reasonable. I also felt laundry charges at some $3.50 for a t-shirt were reasonable and worthwhile. Food and service were excellent and nothing was too much trouble to the staff who always went the extra mile. The passenger make up was quite different for both cruises, of the 450 about 100 American the first and 200 the second Canadian about 25 both, European's much higher first and Sth American much higher second. Many of the Americans in the second were quite demanding and the crew seemed less relaxed the second cruise. I got the impression some passengers were impossible to please, in one case demanding cereal be replaced because too much milk had been added, another case huge complaints about the way eggs were cooked and the amount of milk in a coffee, seriously? There were also a lot of children on both cruises something others found very surprising. Our room stewardess put a note in our cabin thanking us for being kind which I felt was interesting. Similarly a letter we sent mid cruise thanking some of the staff was responded to with a call thanking us and several of the staff mentioned specifically thanked us for the comments, so they were obviously mentioned. I think some genuine kindness goes along way and is small way of boosting staff's morale. Ports we felt were good, we especially enjoyed the smaller ones. Some passengers complained they were chosen as they were cheaper and the company was saving money, I felt for us they were just right and I loved Ponza Island and Mennorca and would travel to both again. The weather was hot, 30 degrees plus every day. We rose early and went ashore early, often we were the only ones in the first tender or first ashore. Ports were less crowded early and less hot, we spent most afternoons at the pool. Negatives two come to mind. The smoking policy was a surprise. It never occurred to me smoking would be allowed, it seems out of step with the world today. Especially as its allowed in every cabin and balcony. We had no smokers around us the first 10 days the second we did and on one evening the stench throughout our cabin (the aircon must recirculate) was horrific. The policy would be the most likely reason I would decide not to travel Seabourn again despite all the good things. It seems too risky to leave to chance. I would prefer they allocated just some cabins to smokers if they must. likewise with the observatory lounge having one side smoking and one not was not practical, when smokers lit up we had to leave. The other thing I found tedious was the dress code. Whilst there was only one formal optional night per cruise (good) the requirement to wear a jacket at all restaurants on 5 consecutive nights was a pain to me. I don't want to have to play dress up on a cruise in peak summer. I don't mind occasionally but it was excessive to me. I understand some people like to play dress ups on holiday, I would have thought sections of the restaurants could be set aside for those who want to dress formally and those who would prefer relaxed smart casual. Lesser gripes the shore excursion prices seem like all cruise lines extortionate and far higher than local tours. Cinque Terre I think the ship supplied ferry was $139 the local Ferry (same sort of boat from the same company same route etc) was Euro 17 about $20. There was a guest speaker on board, conversations, we attended one and it was truly appalling. A series of home snaps and a rambling disjointed narrative with little care or effort made. The presenter seemed far happier enjoying the ships facilities, once was more than enough. On the other hand the shore excursion manager went out of his way to give helpful local advice to us doing our own thing ashore and many of the local cafes etc he recommended were excellent. Overall I would give Seabourn a 9/10. Many positives and just two negatives of any note. It certainly met my expectations that were high. Would I travel again on Seabourn, I'm not sure. If they modified the smoking policy and dress code the answer would be an emphatic yes, as it stands a definite maybe.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
First, I would like to say that we had a lovely time on the Seabourn Quest and will be returning for another cruise. There are a couple things worth mentioning that hopefully will be corrected by Seabourn.1- We selected a Veranda suite ... Read More
First, I would like to say that we had a lovely time on the Seabourn Quest and will be returning for another cruise. There are a couple things worth mentioning that hopefully will be corrected by Seabourn.1- We selected a Veranda suite because we wanted to enjoy the use of a private balcony. I'm sorry to say that we weren't able to use ours because of the heavy ciggy smoke coming up to ours from below and our neighbor to our side at least four times. I told the Director of Guest Services, Allister about our problem. He told me that Seabourn is not a no smoking ship, and that people are allowed to smoke in their rooms as well as the balcony; Seabourn is looking into how to satisfy everyone. He also noted how costly it was to Seabourn when a guest smokes in their room as the room as has to be completely made so it's odor free for the next in coming guests. He also noted that Carnival tried to have a non-smoking ship but it was discontinued because it was unsuccessful. 2- Someone forgot to tell our travel agent and some of the crew on board that a bottle of Champagne can no longer be part of room service or part of our normal stocked item without charging. Of course, ordering it by glass is now fine. It seems that Seabourn just changed the rule due to some unruly passengers taking bottles with them off shore. Well... In my opinion, a couple of bad apples shouldn't ruin it for others. We simply loved staying in and I'm a bubbly person. Perhaps they should check what's in your bag when going offshore and go back to stocking to your personal taste as advertised! It's weird that that don't mind giving you a full bottle of vodka!3- Fitness Center- One section of the fitness center was almost always closed due to a personal trainer given his private or semi private sessions. I use the equipment located in that section at home as was thrilled to see it on the Quest. I also, loved the area to stretch, use the bonzu ball, form roller, etc. Unfortunately, I was either asked to leave, warned that I would need to leave or the door was locked with the trainer and his client(s) doing their thing! I belong to a very upscale gym and all the trainers and their clients has to share spaces with all of the clients.4- Disembarking- We were a bit confused as we specially wrote down that we had arranged for our own transportation and would need to disembark as soon as possible and still received the red tags with the confusing paper the night before. I called guest services and she said that we still need to leave our luggage outside of the door the night before even if we need to be out prior to 8:00 am. She was wrong! We ended up waiting for luggage for well over an hour; it was a tense ride to the airport for an International flight! Guest Services should not have given the wrong information, but even more so, why ask two or three nights prior to arriving to fill out a form that asks you all these things and still be given red tags when you don't need them?? We will know next time to just call to have someone pick up our luggage when we are ready to depart or just take them with us.Again, we had a lovely time: Our room was spacious, the food was very good. Petra our room attendant and Jessica at the Observation Bar were just wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
To celebrate our 40th anniversary, my wife and I Took our first cruise ever, on the Seabourn Quest, a new ship, 7 days, Rome to Venice. We flew into Rome (FCO), then took a train to Tarquinia, Italy; a small town near the port city of ... Read More
To celebrate our 40th anniversary, my wife and I Took our first cruise ever, on the Seabourn Quest, a new ship, 7 days, Rome to Venice. We flew into Rome (FCO), then took a train to Tarquinia, Italy; a small town near the port city of Civitavechia. We stayed in Tarquinia for 3 nights (we had already been to Rome and we wanted to stay in a small town to avoid crowds and congestion). We enjoyed Tarquinia and it was a short 15-minute train ride to the port. We expected the cruise to be a good experience, since we had heard good things about Seabourn. Also, we wanted a small ship cruise with everything included and no tipping required. Since this was our first cruise, we had nothing to compare it with, but it was perfect in every respect. We had a hint of things to come on the first day. The boarding process was efficient and took just 5 minutes. The suite was spacious and luxurious with a balcony. Champagne and fresh fruit were waiting. We had requested the bar in our suite to be stocked with Ketel One vodka. Our stewardess left a note apologizing for having to substitute Grey Goose Vodka instead of Ketel One. Are you kidding? Grey Goose was an upgrade! We felt like we were in dreamland. Every member of the crew smiled, was friendly, efficient, and asked how they could help make our cruise enjoyable. Dining was enjoyable. Breakfast was either room service on days when we had morning excursions, or in the Collonade, where a fabulous buffet was served. Lunches were usually in the ports, but we did have one lunch at the Pool Grill, and one memorable lunch in the main restaunt that was a buffet in the galley, a highlight of the cruise! Dinners were in the main restaurant or the Collonade, with one memorable special anniversary dinner in Restaurant #2. Room service wasc always delivered in 5 minutes (or so it seemed). Caviar and cheeses and crackers delivered befiore dinner. We never had a bad meal. Ports visited were Naples, Messina, Corfu, Dubrovnik and Zadar. Our favorites were Dubrovnik and Zadar, in Croatia. Excursions taken were Pompeii (Naples), Mt. Vesuvius (Messina) and a cable car ride (Dubrovnik). The weather was fabulous, mid-70's, sunny with calm seas. The weather turned bad as we disembarked in Venice, but the cruise was over by then. Several passengers told us that, for our first cruise, we were starting at the top with the Seabourn Quest, and we certainly believe that. Problem is, we are now spoiled! Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Spent 14 days onboard this latest addition to the Seabourn fleet with my wife. We had a super luxurious time! Almost everything from embarkation to disembarkation ran like clockwork! At check-in, we didn't even have to touch our ... Read More
Spent 14 days onboard this latest addition to the Seabourn fleet with my wife. We had a super luxurious time! Almost everything from embarkation to disembarkation ran like clockwork! At check-in, we didn't even have to touch our bags. Our driver was directed to some hidden corner and our bags were unloaded for us directly from car to ship. Shortly after embarkation, ours bag were delivered to our suite. Then, our suite stewardess came round with a glass of champagne and canapes as well as a selection of luxury soaps. What a way to start a cruise! Throughout our cruise, all the staff were friendly and helpful. Many were outgoing and fun. The only crews who appeared stressed were the poor baristas coping with the hectic long line of orders for drinks at Seabourn Square. At peak times, the queue for drinks at the Seabourn Square cafe can get a little long. However, I commented on this to the Guest Services Manager in a form and he added another barista to the cafe during peak periods. The staff onboard gave me the impression that they were out to please and the managers would act on reasonable suggestions. During dinner, our waiters were hilarious and efficient. They added much joy to the overall ambience in the Restaurant. Needless to say, the food, wine and drinks were outstanding. Dinner at the Colonnade was more casual. We only dined there once and the Ribeye I had on 'Steakhouse Night' was heavenly! Restaurant 2 was also quite good but we preferred the menu in the main restaurant. Being a relatively new ship, the suites were almost pristine and our suite was very well-kept by our hardworking stewardess. Not only was the suite functional, it was also comfortable and clean - a luxurious home for 14 days. Activities onboard were enjoyable and the facilities were adequate. The cruise director is an experienced entertainer and looked after the guests well. This is a small ship, so we didn't expect big shows or a rock-climbing wall. But the shows were thoroughly enjoyable (e.g. a convincing Cher and Tina Turner impersonator; magic show by an established international magician). A waiter goes round each seat to take drink orders during the show. The back of the ship folds down to become a floating marina on "Sea Days" and complimentary watersports are offered. We had 1 sea day at Milos, Greece and we were able to take a sail boat out for a short sail near the ship. There was also Banana Boat, water-skiing, etc on offer but we didn't use them because we spent almost all the time sailing. The floating platform is certainly one of the best things about Seabourn ships. The gym is state of the art with wonderful outside views - certainly a motivation for us to workout. The treatment rooms in the spa are gorgeous, private, and they have a great view of the outside as well. Calin, my masseur, gave me a superb deep tissue massage. On another occasion, my wife and I had a couples massage by 2 female masseurs but the pressure was too light and less enjoyable. We sailed onboard Silversea Spirit last year and were making comparisons between these 2 luxury small ship cruises. I would say Seabourn beats Silversea because Seabourn's operations were 99% flawless but we experienced some major problems with Silversea that remained unresolved. Taking into account Seabourn's attractive loyalty programme and our wonderful first experience of this truly luxurious product, I doubt we would be sailing with any other cruise company in future. It's Seabourn only for us from now! Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Flew to Rome with BA, arrived at port at 1.00pm to be greeted by iced fruit punch and cold towels. It took approx 30 mins to check in and clear security to being taken on board and straight to The Colonnade restaurant. Uniformed staff ... Read More
Flew to Rome with BA, arrived at port at 1.00pm to be greeted by iced fruit punch and cold towels. It took approx 30 mins to check in and clear security to being taken on board and straight to The Colonnade restaurant. Uniformed staff were on hand to take your hand luggage into a safe room whilst lunch was either served at the table (all set-up with table cloths, cutlery, wine glasses and iced water) or you could serve yourself. Wine and coffee served at your table as and when needed. I was totally surprised to be greeted by name as soon as I entered the restaurant!!! Cabins were ready at 2.30pm and wow what can I say about the cabin! We had a cabin on Deck 6 and it was huge! A full bathroom, in marble with bath, 2 hand basins, separate shower cubicle, toiletries were plentiful and replaced daily. There was a walk-in wardrobe with more than enough hanging space and several drawers. A huge extremely comfortable bed, full dining table with 2 chairs, a large settee and a balcony with table and 2 loungers. The fridge was filled with our choice of spirits, wines and soft drinks and replenished daily. There was a bottle of champagne and a bowl of fresh fruit on the table. The itinerary was full, we took 2 Seabourn arranged trips, both were excellent value with knowledgeable guides and not rushed. We had 3 tender ports, each one there was no wait for the tender and as soon as we boarded we left -- no more than 20 people seemed to be on any tender, also there was always bottled water to take ashore with you readily available at every port. On return to the dockside again there was chilled water and cold towels. Food and wine (all included) in both The Colonnade and Restaurant was exceptional, service was of the highest standard -- cannot be faulted. Although the shows were nowhere near as 'glitzy' as the larger ships, the standard was still fantastic-- 4 excellent singers, 2 dancers and illusionist and a female impressionist. All the staff were happy, well dressed, forever smiling and polite -- nothing was ever too much for them, they never seemed tired although I am sure they work long hours! We had a very interesting tour of the Bridge and another of the Galley -- all great and unrushed. At the end of the cruise in Athens the Captain was in the departure area and shook everyone's hand and said goodbye. This was one cruise that I never wanted to end! Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
We chose a 7 day cruise to see if we would enjoy Seabourn. It had been nearly 30 years since our first and only cruise. What a difference! Seabourn was above and beyond expectations!! The Quest is a gorgeous ship with wonderful ... Read More
We chose a 7 day cruise to see if we would enjoy Seabourn. It had been nearly 30 years since our first and only cruise. What a difference! Seabourn was above and beyond expectations!! The Quest is a gorgeous ship with wonderful amenities and lovely decks and lounges. Upon boarding our lovely stewardess, Monika, greeted us with champagne and canapes. Our suite refrigerator was stocked and the suite had a beautiful veranda where we spent many mornings. I would recommend booking a suite on the land side as we enjoyed beautiful views each morning as we sailed into each port. The staff on the Quest were young, polished and professional. Standouts include Deon in the Colonnade restaurant, Mark in the Observation Bar, Chris at the coffee bar, Maritza as the maitre d' and all of the Restaurant staff. The staff are predominantly from South Africa, Netherlands, Europe. They are all friendly and charming, wonderful to chat with. The cruise director, Handre is impeccable and friendly. There is so much to take advantage of: a nice pool deck, a beautiful main lounge with newspapers, books, a cafe. Multiple decks, two Jacuzzis, a sophisticated spa, a gym, fitness classes, a beauty salon. All the food and drink is inclusive unless you want some wine upgrades. The food is very good and there is a variety of dining options. We tried them all. The entertainers are very good and the shows were well done. A pianist and a comedian rounded out the "headliners" on other nights. We never went to the casino but the after-hours bar was always lively and a great spot to meet people. A few criticisms: The spa area can only be used for a few hours if you have booked a treatment. You have the option of paying a $300 per couple fee for the duration of the cruise to have unlimited access to the spa deck, warming chairs, sauna, steam room, tropical shower, Kneip bath. It is worth it if you like a quiet, private experience. The bedding: duvet and sheets, are not very nice quality. They REALLY need to improve that. Duvet was thin and flimsy, only came with the fitted sheet, not a top sheet. Sheet quality was poor. The "Restaurant 2" which requires a reservation is an intimate, quiet spot but the menu is far too contrived and the service is overbearing, describing each and every course with detail. The main Restaurant is far better with excellent choices and service. We really had a fantastic experience. Beautiful, modern ship with something for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
I'd like to center this review on the food--which was great! I'll get to that last. You might want to skip ahead, if that's what you're looking to read about. Definitely an affluent "over 50" crowd. About a ... Read More
I'd like to center this review on the food--which was great! I'll get to that last. You might want to skip ahead, if that's what you're looking to read about. Definitely an affluent "over 50" crowd. About a 50/50 mix of European and Americans onboard. We brought our two kids, ages 20 and 21. They found about 6 others that age onboard, and all befriended each other. There were a handful of couples in their 30's and 40's as well. Service was great. Almost every employee was genuinely super polite. I won't talk much about the destinations. You can easily look those up elsewhere. But, generally, we docked, or tendered around 8 am, and left port either around 5 pm, or occasionally 10 pm. We took one paid excursion which was good. A nurse from the ship seemed to be there to ensure that the tour was up to Seabourn's specs. I found that to be interesting. (She wasn't there on her own off time, but rather as a rep from the ship.) Our guide was a local Turk, a school teacher: knowledgable and funny. My only negative comment is that when we left each port, the "sail away" party was one guy on an acoustic guitar! This may reflect the "over 50" crowd...I hear other sail away parties are genuine parties. But, we were onboard when the Quest was celebrating it's one year anniversary. THAT was a party: unlimited black caviar, high quality smoked salmon, and champagne. Then, after dinner, the party continued with chocolate truffles, and amazing sweets. ALL food and drinks are free 24/7. Johnnie Black, Chivas, Grey Goose--ALL top Shelf...Fantastic! (I don't drink: what a waste, right? My wife drinks wine, and was very happy about the selection.) All coffees, expressos, capuchinos are included as well. Onto the food...Here's the bottom line: we live in New York, where high quality food is very common, and not super expensive. By high quality I mean shrimp, scallops, lobster, filet mignon, T-bone and rib eye steaks, quality smoked salmon, fresh tuna and lamb chops. Let me say that except on the last night on Celebrity when steak and tuna were offered, NONE of these items were available on the Royal Carribbean or Norwegian Cruises that we took. All were available on Seabourn. The lobster and tuna were in a little short supply, but we had Nigerian shrimps which are the size of medium lobsters on multiple nights. The same for steaks, scallops, salmon, and lamb chops: plentiful. The desserts were very high quality. Especially on the one year anniversary party. Amazingly, an older couple who had sailed on other high end cruise lines were disappointed with the food! Let me say that we have never sailed with Crystal or Regency; only NCL, Royal C, and Celebrity. The selection and quality of foods during breakfast and lunch was amazing as well. But, you only have a 2-3 hour window in which to eat. Nothing is put out all day as is done on the other cruise lines. Room service is available 24/7 and includes shrimp and steak. There are 4 restaurants from which to choose for dinner. One is an outdoor grill; two are sit downs, and one requires reservations--no extra money, just reservations. This restaurant, Restaurant 2, is very similar to Per Se in Manhattan: it is a tasting menu. While fresh tuna was offered in the Salad Nicoise, and sushi, it was in slightly short supply in my (spoiled!) opinion. not so for enormous shrimp, steaks, and scallops. You could order these items for every meal! Lobster was served only once. Hope this helps!! Thanks, 76Mike Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We have 46 cruises under our belts and chose the Seabourn Quest for the itinerary which was not the same old, same old Eastern Mediterranean and as a case of first impressions were impressed as the experience reminded us of the days of the ... Read More
We have 46 cruises under our belts and chose the Seabourn Quest for the itinerary which was not the same old, same old Eastern Mediterranean and as a case of first impressions were impressed as the experience reminded us of the days of the old Song of Flower. Our first cruise with Seabourn and what a wonderful experience! Embarkation from Venice was organized and painless. After security photos were taken we were escorted on to the ship and taken to La Colannade for a buffet lunch that was beautifully presented with many items from which to choose. At 2 pm our room was ready. Cabin 656 is mid ships, spacious, and nicely appointed. Our cabin attendant, Michelle, made us feel as a very welcomed guest. She was professional, friendly, appeared to like her job and not tired. Staff & Service - Throughout the ship the crew all seemed happy, uniforms were always clean and pressed, and appeared not to be tired. Really outstanding service from all. Dining - Menus are delivered to your cabin each evening for the following day. La Colannade on deck 8 is buffet for breakfast and lunch and a sit down for dinner. The buffet changed daily, was beautifully presented, and had many items from which to choose. Tablecloths were used at dinner and the menu had a few items different from the main dining room which you could choose. Service was friendly, professional, and outstanding. The Restaurant on deck 4 is the main dining room and has a contemporary feel. Here too the menu changed daily, service friendly, professional, and outstanding. The Patio Grill's menu changed daily too, but you could always get a hot dog, hamburger, salad, and french fries that were really great! On most nights the Grill was open for dinner. We did not try Restaurant 2. Wine and drinks flow freely though a lot of the complimentary wines are from South Africa. I'm not a wine snob, but find some of the South African whites too fruity and was offered a really nice French Chardonnay. Children's Clubs - None! The passenger compliment was over 40 with no children on board and hailed from the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, and the US. Activities - Don't look for bingo, art auctions, movies under the stars, or the in your face photographers. Instead enjoy Enrichment Lectures. Entertainment - Here again I'll go Wow! The small productions shows were very well done. There was a jazz pianist, classic and rock hits on an electric cello, and Kenny Smiles the comedian. Thankfully there were no jugglers and magicians! Shore excursions: Koper, Slovenia - We took a ship's tour to "Seaside Pirin & Taste of Wine & Olive Oil". We would have enjoyed seaside Pirin a lot better if it hadn't been raining, but you can't fault the tour for that. The wine and olive oil tasting at Santomas Winery more than made up for it. Ravenna, Italy - A ship's tour of the "Amazing Mosaics & Dantes Tomb" was interesting. The mosaics are beautiful and well preserved. The guide provided us with "Whispers" so that everyone could hear. Opatija, Croatia and a ship's tour to "Historic Pula". The Roman amphitheater was impressive as it was made of limestone and is still used today for the Croatian Film Festival. We enjoyed our walk through the old town and during our free time chose to view the mosaic rather than walk to the castle. If you go to the castle, you must have the Croatian kuna as that is all that is accepted. Sibenik, Croatia - A ship's tour and long ride each way to Split and the Diocletian Palace. Split was very crowded and it was difficult to hear the guide. In Split there is a long promenade with seaside seating and many cafes where you can sit and watch the world go by. Dubrovnik, Croatia - We took a private tour with Tanja B. who we found through www.toursbylocals.com. Tanja met us at the pier. Her English is flawless. We toured the old city then took the cable car up to where we visited the "Homeland War" museum and beautiful views of the city. After seeing the destruction caused by the war to Dubrovnik, we really appreciate the fact that the city is a UNESCO Heritage site. Kotor, Montenegro - On your way in or out of Kotor, one should be out on deck as the views reminds you of the Norwegian fjords. Here too we took a private tour with Dragna Djukic who we also found through www.toursby locals.com. She lives in the old town and is really proud of her city. Her English is good. In the old city there are many shops and restaurants around the many plazas. From the old city, we drove out to the seaside town of Perast and took a short boat ride out to the "Church of Our Lady of the Rock". Just my opinion, but is a "must do". Corfu, Greece - Here we took a private taxi tour. We found Spiros through www.corfutaxitours.com. He met us at the pier and will customize your tour to your interests. Of particular interest to us was the monastery, Achilleion Palace, and the thyme that grows wild. It was nice when viewing various sites to be told "Take your time. I'll be waiting for you here." At one point Spiros stopped and brought some bread and then stopped at "George's" where he used the bread to let us sample some olive oil, olives, and wine. The bread was really yummy! Argostolion, Greece - A ship's tour of "Robola Winery & St. Andrews Monastery". The winery was disappointing, but the Monastery more than made up for it. Pylos, Greece - A ship's tour "Nestors Palace & Neokastro Castle" was interesting and well worth the visit. From the castle, we could walk back to the town and pier. Santorini, Greece - We booked a private tour through www.santoriniwinetours.com and Vaios who is a sommelier with a great sense of humor. Vaios met us at the bus station with a very comfortable van that seated 10 people. We toured 3 Estate wineries, Boutari, Estate Argyros, and Domaine Siglas. Each was different. Vaios give you a little booklet that tells you the history of Santorini's wines, the grape varieties, and a tasting form. The booklet is not only a nice memory, but a learning tool that one could use at almost any winery. We're now at disembarkation in Piraeus. Even disembarkation was painless and well organized. We did go on to spend 4 days in Athens at the King George Palace where service and dining is very good. The view from the roof top dining room, Tudor Hall, of the Acropolis is a nice way to start your day. We can also recommend a private taxi tour with Lambros Petropoulos, e-mail: lpetrgr@yahoo.gr. His English is excellent. He has a great sense of humor and knows Ancient Greek history. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We booked the Seabourn Quest, Greek Islands and Turkish Delight, sailing from Athens and disembarking in Istanbul. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, where we recruited another couple to go with us on a 2 week European ... Read More
We booked the Seabourn Quest, Greek Islands and Turkish Delight, sailing from Athens and disembarking in Istanbul. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, where we recruited another couple to go with us on a 2 week European vacation that included 2 days in Athens, Greece at the beginning, then another couple days in Istanbul and 3 days in Paris before heading back to the USA. The ship was absolutely spectacular in every way! When we arrived in our stateroom there was a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for us. On days where we needed to be up early, we arranged for breakfast to be served on our balcony. The staff gave us a special treat on the last night, where we celebrated our anniversary. Every need was met without even asking. While there were 450 people on board, the ship never seemed crowded, nor did we have to wait for seating at meals. There are a number of places where you can feel like you have the ship to yourself, such as the forward deck on the 6th Level, where there is a hot tub and sun deck during the day, and a quite spot to be with that someone special at night. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We departed from Athens and disembarked in Istanbul on this small ship with 462 passengers. It was a pleasure trip which was put together to reunite a group of 15 couples, many of whom had attended a semester in college in Athens several ... Read More
We departed from Athens and disembarked in Istanbul on this small ship with 462 passengers. It was a pleasure trip which was put together to reunite a group of 15 couples, many of whom had attended a semester in college in Athens several years ago. The service and food were superior throughout the voyage. The ship is beautiful and the amenities on-board are first-class. This is one of the rare instances in which the advertising accurately depicts the product. The staff was uniformly attentive. The all-inclusive aspect eliminated the complication of straightening out complicated bar bills and dinner wine tabs with a group of people. We were given a tour of the bridge by the First Officer and the Executive Chef gave us a tour of the kitchen operation. There was a formal night in which most of the passengers participated in formal attire. The ports of call were the Greek Islands of Milos, Patmos, Mykonos, Rhodes and Lesvos and the Turkish cities of Kusadasi and Istanbul. The port excursions were well-considered and there were several options from which to choose. A Seabourn evening of classical music in the ruins of Ephesus outside of Kusadasi, Turkey was spectacular. The moon came up over the coliseum on cue and the candle lit tables, wine and music were perfect. All in, an exceptional trip and delightful crew which I highly recommended. The accommodations and public rooms were beautifully appointed and the small size of the ship provided intimacy and space. There is a small casino, four dining areas, a library, coffee bar, multiple cocktail bars, 2 pools, several hot tubs and outdoor sunbathing areas. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
I debated about writing this review as a part of me wanted to keep it a secret just how good this cruise line is. We had high hopes as you do when reading the marketing of any Company but always that has to translate through the ... Read More
I debated about writing this review as a part of me wanted to keep it a secret just how good this cruise line is. We had high hopes as you do when reading the marketing of any Company but always that has to translate through the delivery by staff. This Company live by what they say they will deliver. I don't know if it is the Company training or the Captain who set the standards but whoever they got it just right. Firstly the ship, we were a bit concerned it would be too small. this was not the case. the suites are spacious, bathrooms are the best of any ship we have been on. Beds and pillows really comfortable. The public areas were never crowded. this could in part be down to a different port daily but even when sailing it never felt crowded. I can't comment on the quality of the shows as I never made any of them! nearly always last out of dinner. Food first class, good choice. The Restaurant is fine dining service impeccable without being fake. Colonade for breakfast and theme dinners was less formal but still equal to a good city restaurant. Best bits for us were the whole atmosphere, no announcements, don't book this ship if you have children. this is not the market they cater for. If you want to be entertained there may not be enough to do, in fact there is little formal entertaining. That said I took a book and read the same page at least 2 dozen times and either fell asleep or had somewhere to go. The ports we called at had enough for the allocated time. Only niggles. The balcony door opens rather than slide but I suppose that is more economical for the air conditioning. I really could go on for ages about all the positives so why did I almost cry? On leaving the ship the captain and staff had lined up to say goodbye to every passenger. I did not want to leave anyway but this just topped it for me. Well done to every member of the crew for a job well done. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
SEABOURN QUEST CRUISE ATHENS TO VENICE 21ST AUGUST, 2011 This was our second cruise on Seabourn, our first was on the sister ship Seabourn Sojourn, part of the World Cruise in April of this year. We flew to Athens to join the ... Read More
SEABOURN QUEST CRUISE ATHENS TO VENICE 21ST AUGUST, 2011 This was our second cruise on Seabourn, our first was on the sister ship Seabourn Sojourn, part of the World Cruise in April of this year. We flew to Athens to join the ship, our transfer from the airport to the ship we had arranged ourselves. We were met at the port by the usual smiling staff of the Quest, soon we were whisked off to our suite which was ready at 1pm. We arrived to the usual bottle of champagne and canapEs, and not long after our stewardess, Jackie, arrived to wish us a pleasant cruise. The itinerary for this cruise was, Athens, Santorini, Katakolon, Corfu, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Tri Luke Bay, and ended in Venice. Well what can I say about the Seabourn experience, but a big WOW!! Again it did not disappoint, nearly as good as the Sojourn but not on one or two counts. The entertainment, we felt, was not as good as the Sojourn, they only did two production shows and the rest were guest entertainers, which were not as good this cruise. The other thing we felt was that they have certainly downgraded the wines that they pour for lunch and dinner. On Sojourn we always had more than one red and one white to choose from, but on Quest they only offered one Red and one White with no other choice, only if you insisted you were not keen on the wine, would they go and try to get something else, this never happened on our first cruise with Seabourn. Overall the food was good to very good, one thing that I felt was better on this cruise was the fact that main course meal, in the Main Dining Room, were hot, which is something that I like. The Colonnade Restaurant was also very good. We had very good waiters and assistant waiters throughout the cruise, and a special mention should go to , Deon, Yorik, and Belindah. The one good thing about this cruise was that we have never experienced a Marina Day and we had this on Quest, our last day in Tri Luke Bay. They drop anchor and then the Marina comes out of the back of the ship. They have a swimming pool, which looks like a shark's cage, this is lowered into the sea and you can swim around in it. They then have such things as Kayaks', Banana Boat rides, Sail Boats, Speed boats etc. It really was a great day. Of the ports that we visited the highlight was Kotor in Montenegro, which was like sailing into the Norwegian Fjords, a beautiful sail in and the town was very interesting indeed. Again a first class cruise and now we looked forward to our next one on Odyssey. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Seabourn Quest Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.5 4.3
Entertainment 3.5 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 3.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 4.0
Service 4.5 4.5
Value For Money 4.5 4.0
Rates 5.0 4.3

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