Where she cruises: South America, the Mediterranean, South Pacific
Quest is the last and final of three Odyssey class yachts launched by Seabourn, with the other two being Odyssey in 2009 and Sojourn in 2010. Virtually identical from stem to stern, all three sisters boast are spacious, contemporary ships with all-suite ocean view staterooms and suites, cuisine from the kitchen of the noted US celebrity chef, Charlie Palmer, and innovative features including a two-deck spa with private villas and a degustation dining venue.
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Things You Might Not Know
Quest was christened in the Spanish Mediterranean city of Barcelona by her godmother, the award winning “Fockers” actress, Blythe Danner. Guests booked on the ship’s maiden voyage had the opportunity of joining in the festivities, a first for the line. Since her siblings where launched, Seabourn has dropped “yachts” from its name and referred to the more simple, Seabourn Cruise Line as its name.
This ship’s accommodations are spacious, ocean-view suites, 90 per cent of which have private verandas large enough for dining al fresco. They also all have comfortable living areas with a queen or twin beds. Standard amenities across all categories include an in-suite bar and fridge stocked to your preference before embarkation, a spacious closet, flat screen TV, wi-fi, a freehand hairdryer, daily fresh fruit and an umbrella.
Veranda (balcony) staterooms are very generous in size making them great value for money and competitive at the luxury end. The decor is subtle yet elegant. Bathrooms are adorned with marble and granite, and have full sized bathtubs and Molton Brown amenities, while the overall decor is a classy fusion of chocolate borne, cream and gold. Larger suites are located in various prime locations around the ship, and include five Owners suites, four two-bedroom Grand suites, and 22 Penthouse suites.
The interactive TV system in all accommodations is a key feature, programmed with a huge range of movies, music videos and functionality including account checking and ordering various onboard services.
Facilities and Entertainment
LIke her sisters, Quest is an intimate ship with plenty of big ship facilities. A key hub is Seabourn Square, a concierge-style lounge featuring a library, boutiques, an outdoor terrace, a cafe, computers allowing internet access, customer relations and shore excursion desks. The gym is a decent size featuring a decent among of state-of-the-art equipment, and there are two outdoor pools including one tucked away on the aft deck which provides a quiet retreat when the ship is busy or the weather is windy.
There are six lounges and bars, a theatre, and a casino. Entertainment is relatively low key, although there is always a nightly show which can either be a solo artist, cabaret or Broadway style, and musicians of various types perform in the public areas before and after dinner. Like her siblings, Quest also has an elaborate Spa at Seabourn spanning two decks aft. A key feature of the facility are the two spa villas o the upper level which can be hired for a few hours or longer, and come equipped with treatment tables, a lounge area, a bathtub, sun deck and day bed.
Charlie Palmer is in ultimate charge of all the cuisine at Seabourn and on this ship the food won’t disappoint. There are four venues including The Restaurant, an elegant open-seating venue which can accommodate all guests at any one time, and is only off limits if it’s a formal night and you opt out of dressing up. The Colonnade is a venue exclusive to the Odyssey class ships, combining indoor an al fresco dining, an open kitchen, and buffet with a la carte. Restaurant 2 is the ground-breaking dégustation dining experience where food and wine are paired carefully over a long sitting, and finally, the Patio Grill is the place for super-casual dining day and night. Another innovation – Seabourn doesn’t charge extra for any of its venues.
The Low Down
Seabourn’s controversial move away from its mini yachts to more of a mega-yacht with the Odyssey class has proved a hit with cruisers who like luxury and big ship facilities without the hassle of crowds or sacrificing service levels. For some, a relaxing of the formal night rules has also been an popular innovation, and like her sisters, Quest is undoubtedly attracting a new clientele who are looking for a more laid back luxury experience at sea.