5 Seabourn Quest Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Mediterranean

Seabourn consistently delivers a luxury experience. The thing that sets Seabourn apart among so many cruise line options is that you never feeling like one in a crowd. Every staff member aboard treats you as though you are the most ... Read More
Seabourn consistently delivers a luxury experience. The thing that sets Seabourn apart among so many cruise line options is that you never feeling like one in a crowd. Every staff member aboard treats you as though you are the most important person on the ship and they deliver on nearly anything you might request either formally or in some cases a casual mention of something you enjoy will be noted and delivered as a surprise. The staff are the secret to Seabourn's success. We have been on numerous Cruises on a wide variety of lines. Seabourn is our go to, first choice because "Luxury once enjoyed becomes a necessity". Our favorite suites are Spa Suites. We're not Spa afficianados but the suites themselves are the best aboard. They are positioned above the Spa on the highest level of the ship on the stern. Your extra large balcony has a wrap around view of the wake of the ship and it's magnificent. There are no crowds, the ships total number of passengers result in the feeling of space throughout the ship. the only time we feel crowded is during the lifeboat drill, which unlike most cruise lines, is held in the dining room so everyone can sit while being instructed on safety procedures. they had a new chef aboard and his food was excellent. We were in France for a week prior to boarding and I've never had a bad meal in France (someday I'll get some bad food there, but it would be a national crime in france to ruin a meal). So after a week of culinary excellence and incredible meals... we were still impressed ...immediately at our first meal aboard the quest - lunch while awaiting our suite to be ready for occupancy. It was delicious, served buffet style in the Colonnade restaurant but everything was flavorful, savory and cooked perfectly. When you depart this ship, you feel like you're leaving family and the lap of luxury. It's not a good feeling to leave after your vacation is over. they had one last surprise for everyone as they disembarked. we are accustomed to arriving off of the ship into a luggage retrieval area where all of your bags are scattered around within some sort of color coded area. Seabourn has made baggage retrieval so simple by putting a sign with your name on the bags that are awaiting you when you disembark. It's a small detail but one that left us feeling pampered for a few minutes more as we left the ship (see the photos attached) Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Boarded ship in Piraeus, boarding was nice and quick, and soon we were seating in Restaurant2 having a nice lunch with some wine, after being told our bags had arrived in our suite, we then headed to check out our room, which I must say ... Read More
Boarded ship in Piraeus, boarding was nice and quick, and soon we were seating in Restaurant2 having a nice lunch with some wine, after being told our bags had arrived in our suite, we then headed to check out our room, which I must say was even better the we expected. Our lovely stewardess Tia arrived to introduce herself and show us around the suite and present our complimentary bottle of champagne. Soon we were sampling the delights of the Patio Bar and pool. Most nights we ate in the Restaurant, most mornings breakfasts were taken in the Colonade, and lunch was generally taken at the Patio Grill, on two occasions we ate at the Tasting Restaurant2, which was very good, but a couple of items were served almost raw, and were not appreciated. The food in all locations was delicious, however we ate twice in the Restaurant for breakfast and on both occasions the service was pretty slow, in particular the last day, when we were disembarking early. On the two at sea days we had room service for breakfast, and enjoyed that very much. The service we received in the main Restaurant was very good, and enjoyed every meal, along with the delicious wines. All staff were very attentive and worked very hard, keeping the ship pristine throughout. The Captain was very much hands on, and kept us up to date with news of events off and on the ship, he was prominent at certain times of the day and at events in the Grand Salon.. All the officers on the ship were very polite. We visited Ephesus during the day for our one excursion on the trip, and hoped to return at night for the complimentary concert, however due to the weather it was cancelled. We went ashore at all ports, although Valetta and Monte Carlo were the highlights, we enjoyed Cesme (Turkey), as was Mykonos and Rethymon (Crete). This was our first cruise with Seabourn and hopefully will not be our last. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We boarded Quest in Piraeous in October. We had booked back to back cruises and the second cruise took us across the Atlantic to Brazil, Uraguay and Argentina. We were thrilled at Piraeous that several staff remembered us from an April ... Read More
We boarded Quest in Piraeous in October. We had booked back to back cruises and the second cruise took us across the Atlantic to Brazil, Uraguay and Argentina. We were thrilled at Piraeous that several staff remembered us from an April 2012 cruise and greeted us at check in. We visited several ports in the Mediterranean including Kusadasi, Patmos, Santorini, Malta, Syracuse, Mahon and Valencia. All were interesting in their own way but we loved Santorini, it is so scenic. Our next port of call was Barcelona where many passengers disembarked and a new lot of passengers boarded. There was also quite a change over of crew including the captain. We set sail for South America. Our first port of call was Gibraltar which we enjoyed, especially seeing the rock and the apes. Then on to Casablanca where early in the morning we had a rude awakening to the rock and rolling of the ship as it went over the sand bar at the entrance to the port. We all survived without injury but the ship did about $200000 worth of damage particularly in the restaurants. Undeterred we set off for Marrakesh, our choice of excursion and we believed it was worth the 12 hour day. Travelling through the desert was interesting especially seeing the Atlas Mountains. After a magnificent lunch we set off for the souks, another very imteresting experience as we had guides fromt and back of us watching for pick pockets! Back to the ship and off to the Canary Islands. We visited Lanzarotte, the volcanic island and Teneriffe also volcanic but much more fertile. Both islands were worth the visit. The next day we visited Cape Verde, we weren't sure why. We then had 4 sea days and were magnificently entertained by the crew and guest speakers. After our sea days we were excited about reaching Brazil and the city of Recife, a lively city. In the afternoon the Recife dancers put on a spectacular show on deck. Maceio was not very memorable. On to Rio de Janeiro, where once again we said goodbye to many new friends. Rio is a very scenic city and it was a thrill to catch the cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain. The views were unbelievable. It was quite exciting to see Copacaban Beach, the site of Carnival, Ipanema, the Favellas, Christ the Redeemer statue - all places we had seen in the media for many years. Our new group of passengers had embarked and off we sailed for a further 7 days to Buenos Aires. The first port of call was delightful port called Ilhabbela ( San Sebastiao) Brazil. The next two ports were Paranagua ( forgettable) and Poto Belo ( quite nice) then on to Montevideo where we stayed overnight. We teached Buenos Aires on November 20 and we reluctantly left Quest which had been our home for 5 glorious weeks. No gratuities, free drinks of any sort, and no request was too much trouble. The crew are wonderful and we made many friends there. By the second night on board all crew knew our names, a credit to them. I can't wait to get aboard again. Bienos Aires is a great city and our trip to Iguazu Falls a highlight. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
I have long wished to travel the Mediterranean and this trip on board Seabourn Quest was in many ways a long time in the making. This was my third Seabourn cruise and I thoroughly enjoyed it. From the moment you step on board you feel ... Read More
I have long wished to travel the Mediterranean and this trip on board Seabourn Quest was in many ways a long time in the making. This was my third Seabourn cruise and I thoroughly enjoyed it. From the moment you step on board you feel pampered, although I have to say that I still miss the intimacy of the Legend - the first Seabourn ship on which I travelled where within a few days almost every staff member knew your name. It seems on the larger ships this is no longer a ship policy. However, my mother and I met a few past crew members who greeted us like long lost friends - very kind ( I accept they would have got a reminder in some way that we had travelled on a ship with them before - but the greeting was nevertheless warm). Our stewardess was the best we have encountered and she was always cheerful, efficient and friendly ( thanks Doina). Where Seabourn truly excelled was when my mother slipped when we were ashore and broke her wrist necessitating us leaving ship for three days whilst she had surgery. Not an experience that was on my list of 'must dos' on my longed for trip. However staff on the ship - medical and general could not have been better. Everything was arranged from transport to the hospital. Interpreters and contact with the travel insurer. We could not have wished for better assistance and genuine care and attention. We were greeted with great fanfare when we rejoined the ship and resumed our somewhat subdued journey. I whole heartedly thank staff for how they cared for and assisted during this difficult time. I am a music fan and genuinely loved the guitarist (Chris Bartlett) as well as the band. The band had a few line up changes and fared better towards the end than the beginning of the cruise. I love the intimacy of 'The Club' and enjoyed getting a passing friendship with the musicians who appreciated the audience. Handre (the cruise director) and Annabelle are a duo not to be missed. Handre's apparent real love for people (some of whom can be less than easy) shined through and Annabelle has more energy and 'joie de vice' than most people I have ever come across. Both are made for their job! The food was good but perhaps not great. Maybe I had high expectations from past cruises but I was a little disappointed. I however have to say that it was still of a good standard. Staff are seabourn's greatest asset - almost universally they are excellent. They do a really great job with a smile on their face and mostly give the impression they really enjoy what they do. I applaud their enthusiasm friendliness and dedication. I have booked another cruise leaving in early 2014 which I hope will be accident free and full of the 'bubble existence' of a truly great holiday which I have come to expect from Seabourn   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Seabourn Quest 2012 cruise vs. Silversea Spirit 2013 cruise We took the Seabourn Quest 2012 11-day cruise from Rome to Barcelona and a 2013 Silversea Spirit 7-day cruise from Athens to Istanbul. Bearing in mind that we are dealing with ... Read More
Seabourn Quest 2012 cruise vs. Silversea Spirit 2013 cruise We took the Seabourn Quest 2012 11-day cruise from Rome to Barcelona and a 2013 Silversea Spirit 7-day cruise from Athens to Istanbul. Bearing in mind that we are dealing with the top of the high end, and that a comparison in this league is perhaps splitting a few hairs, here is my attempt to make a head to head comparison: 1. Embarkation process: Equally flawless from arrival to completion with lunch served while suites were being prepared for early arrivals, but with some minor differences noted: when you arrive your cabin on Quest, your luggage is sitting on a mat on your bed, whereas on the Spirit your luggage is waiting at your suite’s door. However, the Spirit has a "butler” assigned to all cabins, who offered to unpack us (we declined the offer). (Butler service on the Quest is limited to the highest end suites.) One troublesome gaffe on the Spirit (which I guess could happen anywhere), is that one of pieces of our luggage did not arrive to our room, despite bearing the preprinted Spirit label with suite number on it. We immediately alerted our butler, who repeatedly assured us that the "hotel manager” was on the dock dealing with it and that most likely was delayed for additional security screenings due to containers of liquids in the piece. Then, after 90 minutes of such "assurances”, another guest graciously brought the missing luggage to our suite, advising that it was mis-delivered to his suite. It would be better if they used bar code scanner labels to know where luggage is during movement. Notwithstanding this gaffe, I give a tie vote to the embarkation process. 2. The Ship: Upon first entering the Spirit, my first impression was that (perhaps because it is older), it was dark (using dark woods), as compared to the Quest which presented a lighter and more open experience. As one descends to the lower decks on the Quest, the hallways get narrower, following the taper of the hull, consistent, however, with maintaining uniformity of suite size on all decks. Also, a significant issue to watch out for on the Quest is that some of the suites on the lower decks had portions of veranda walls in metal (instead of the usual glass), effectively serving to block some of the exterior views from those cabins. A niggling design annoyance on the Spirit was that one person could not pass another at the foot of the bed because of the narrowness created by the Spirit building in a second vanity table coming out from the wall opposite the foot of the bed. Otherwise, appointments within the suite were equal, though the Spirit had a bathtub (which the Butler or housekeeper once left with a surprise bubble bath for my wife!), whereas (I think) the Quest did not have a tub (which we do not use anyway). Due to the brighter presentation of the Quest, and the annoyance of inability of us to pass each other at the foot of the bed on the Spirit, the edge in my vote goes to the Quest. On the other hand, while we were midship, higher than middeck on both ships, the sense of any movement, docking, or dock departure was simply undetectable on the Spirit, whereas I did get seasick one night on the Quest. (That, however, may be more a function of routing on open seas, than ship.) However, this should be balanced by the fact that at the time of our booking, Silversea’s pricing for virtually the same 2013 cruise offered by Seabourn (not on Quest), was much more aggressive, which can serve to assuage petty annoyances! (Seabourn’s substantially higher pricing at the time may have reflected it having sold out of the mid-range suites, and the fact that Silversea was running a sale at the time of our booking.) Finally, we experienced some substantial vibration in suites on the aft end of the Spirit that we never experienced anywhere else on the Spirit, so I would book mid or forward on Spirit. 3. Food: Food on cruises is a very big deal to me, so my commentary is perhaps skewed in relation to other factors. The food is excellent on both ships. Now for the whining: The (outdoor buffet) breakfasts on the Quest are deeper in variety, such as interesting daily specials made to order. And one more niggling point about breakfast: it is almost a sacrilege to me for the Spirit to have such wonderful servings of smoked salmon, with cream cheese and capers, and yet no bagels upon which to enjoy it. (I certainly respect readers’ right to deemed me "spoiled”, or to not even know what a bagel and lox is; suffice it to say, the Quest had bagels to go with the smoked salmon, which I enjoyed at many breakfasts.) At (outdoor buffet) lunch, this issue got deeper on the Spirit. There was plenty of good food, but simply not at the depth of quality and selection (and expense to the ship) as on the Quest. For instance, on the Quest, the chef continuously put out individual chilled glass bowl servings of plump shrimp cocktail. Nothing like that on the Spirit. There was more selection of high line food on the Quest’s outdoor lunch buffet, and fellow gourmands (who sailed both cruise lines) concurred with me that there appeared to be relative economizing on the Spirit’s outdoor lunch buffet. (Of course, perhaps over the last year, Seabourn performed some belt tightening of which I would be unaware (no pun intended)). Dinners on both ships’ restaurants were equally excellent, though the standing menu filet mignons on the Spirit were so thin that they appeared to curl up a bit in cooking. The Spirit had more restaurants (+-6 vs. +-4), but two of them on the Spirit were extra charge restaurants, in comparison to there being (I think) no surcharge-restaurants on the Quest. 4. The staff: equally excellent, well-selected, well-trained, and held to " and infused with -- the highest standards of gracious hospitality. Some staff on each ship recalled what alcoholic beverage I had the previous day and automatically brought it over to me the next day " all to the credit of both cruise lines. The Butler on the Spirit, in each case on his own, took my shoes out one night during dinner to be shined, another afternoon had tea sandwiches in our suite upon our return, and on another day had strawberries with chocolate sauce and bubbly on ice awaiting our return to the ship (as though we needed more food!). (That said, as happens anywhere, there are some minor exceptions: the maître d’ at the Italian restaurant on the Spirit needs to be retrained to pick his head up from looking down, and respond to greetings; and a tour director on the Quest shouted at a staffer in the presence of my wife.) Edge to the Quest for the minor luxuries of more staff taking the trouble to learn our names and preferences, which added personalization; though some folks may prefer the feature of the Butler on the Spirit, who was extremely gracious, but whom we really didn’t use since everything generally was executed well, thus not needing his help, though all his special treats were indeed nice. 5. Excursions. Pricey, but well-executed on both ships. (We were advised that Seabourn dropped one tour operator about whom several guests complained.) Dinner at Ephesus, Turkey (illuminated) library ruins (Quest, included), or nighttime concert there (Spirit $179 p/p), is a life-experience not to be missed. 6. Enrichment: Winner is Seabourn; it had pre-port arrival briefings by both a local expert, as well as by a Phd who explained the geopolitical considerations of the port into which we were next to dock. This provided input both practical and intellectual. In contrast, the Spirit had a speaker talking about her book of interesting places to see in the world " none of which had a thing to do with the ship’s itinerary, and there were no other speakers providing local briefings on the Spirit (though both ships maintain local expert-desks for answers to questions / suggestions.) Finally, during such briefings, the Seabourn briefing room / auditorium had servers serving drinks, together with a place to put the drink. The Spirit, had no servers (though you could find a bar on the opposite end of the same deck and bring your drink back to the auditorium where, alas, the drink holders (it that is what they were) were too small to hold a drink glass. Sniff! 7. The bottom line: assuming rough parity in price, I would go "Seabourn” again, because weighing unequally the factors that mean more to me, it is worth a bit of a premium, but not a price gouge. All-in, we are indeed privileged and happy to be on either ship line.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
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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