29 Seabourn Quest Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to South America

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
Sail Date December 2013
We have cruised on Seabourn Legend, SeaDream I, Silversea Spirit, Silver Explorer, [former] Clipper Odyssey, Paul Gaugin, and various other and larger ships. All considered, this cruise on Quest was disappointing. To sum up briefly: ... Read More
We have cruised on Seabourn Legend, SeaDream I, Silversea Spirit, Silver Explorer, [former] Clipper Odyssey, Paul Gaugin, and various other and larger ships. All considered, this cruise on Quest was disappointing. To sum up briefly: Cuisine diverse and very good, but not consistently so and rarely excellent. A Bloody Mary without garnishing celery or olive is, perhaps,, a very picayune illustration! Service also inconsistent, sometimes disjointed: confused or overzealous attention sometimes intrusive. Cabins: Great! Entertainment: Very Good. Expedition Staff and lecturers: outstanding. Shore experiences: Weather prevented our Malvinas [Falklands] landing and excursion there. Mother Nature also contributed to the disappointment with our Antarctic experience; weather forced cancellation of two of five scheduled landings and a medical evacuation compelled another. Two hours on Antarctic ice was not enough; for the adventurer who wants more genuine thrill, this cruise was unfulfilling. Weather, again, forced cancellation of our Ushuaia activity! As is often the case, the brochure description of some of the excursions, e.g. "The Natural Beauty of Patagonia," a hike out of Puerto Chacobuco, Chile, belied our actual experience, on an uninspiring path, at a snail's pace, and a palltry repast of lamb bone afterwards. Someone looking for a more complete but comfortable experience in Antarctica might better choose a smaller expedition ship with comparable class, e.g. Silver Explorer, Hanseatic, even Linblad's Explorer, etc. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
We just returned from the cruise of a lifetime, aboard Seabourn's Quest to Antarctica. If it is possible to make everything perfect, then Seabourn surely has the right formula for doing so. This was not our first Seabourn cruise and ... Read More
We just returned from the cruise of a lifetime, aboard Seabourn's Quest to Antarctica. If it is possible to make everything perfect, then Seabourn surely has the right formula for doing so. This was not our first Seabourn cruise and it will not be our last, as Seabourn knows how to make each and every guest feel special and does so. Their service is attentive without being intrusive, and executed with seeming delight. The food is delicious, severed in small portions, so that one returns home without any excess weight gain. The organization of the Antarctica landings was phenomenal as were the guest lectures. Seabourn managed to put together a expedition team with extensive experience in the Antarctica and they made sure each guest had a full Antarctica experience. Another plus, Seabourn wanted all crew members to experience Antarctica for themselves and had rotation system so that all crew got to go ashore at some point which made for a very happy crew. The only down side, we had to get off the ship at the end of a fabulous and memorable 21 day cruise. Read Less
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
Sail Date November 2013
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 3.9
Family 3.0 3.9
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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