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Review: Seabourn Quest cruise ship

Editors rating:
5.0
/5.0
Outstanding

Seabourn Quest cruise ship facts

  • 450 guests
  • 355 crew
  • 2011 launched
  • 2018 refurbished

Seabourn Quest is ideal for an indulgent cruise vacation. It has outstanding dining, attentive service and luxurious accommodation.

Review: Seabourn Quest cruise ship

Editors rating:
5.0
/5.0
Outstanding
By Published On: 22 Oct 2022

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Seabourn Quest is one of the World’s most luxurious cruise ships. It is an intimate vessel with a club-like ambience and intuitive service. Seabourn Quest has gourmet restaurants and chic bars, as well as sophisticated entertainment. What’s more, every guest stays in a suite. This Seabourn Quest review explains it all.

However, there are things worth knowing about a cruise vacation on Seabourn Quest. For instance, there are fewer dining venues than you might find on larger vessels. On the other hand Seabourn Quest’s intimacy lends itself to impeccable, personalised service.

Pros

  • Outstanding service.
  • Gourmet meals.
  • Sophisticated entertainment.

Cons

  • Limited number of dining venues.

Seabourn Quest review ratings

StaffRating
Service efficiency
(5.0)
Enthusiasm
(5.0)
Problem solving
(5.0)
Language skills
(5.0)
AmenitiesRating
Rooms
(5.0)
Dining
(4.5)
Nightlife
(4.5)
Wellness
(4.5)

About Seabourn Quest

Seabourn Quest is an Odyssey-class luxury cruise ship in the Seabourn Cruises fleet. The vessel was built in Italy by the shipbuilder T. Mariotti and entered service in June 2011.

Seabourn Quest is 195 m. / 650 ft. long with 11 passenger decks. It has room for just 450 guests (double occupancy), so it never feels crowded.

The whirlpool tub on the bow of Seabourn Quest.
The whirlpool tub on the bow of Seabourn Quest.

Seabourn Quest was refurbished in 2018 with a fresh decor in the public areas and suites, as well as enhancements to the onboard spa.

Indeed, the intimate vessel is designed to feel like a private yacht with teak decks, stylish bars, fine dining and gracious suites. There is even a retractable marina at the stern.

Food on Seabourn Quest

Dining is a highlight of any Seabourn Quest cruise vacation. The restaurants are few in number, but the award-winning venues are comparable to the finest restaurants the world over.

Seabourn Quest has a chic main dining room, a Michelin-star inspired steakhouse, a terrace buffet and a poolside eatery. There is also a cafe for light snacks and refreshments.

The Grill by Thomas Keller restaurant on Seabourn Quest.
The Grill by Thomas Keller is an homage to the classic American steakhouses of the 50’s and 60s.

The main dining room is The Restaurant. I rate it as the best dining venue on Seabourn Quest. The menu showcases innovative culinary trends and gastronomic classics. What’s more the menu changes daily. On my review voyage there was an exceptional Roasted Qual & Spiced Figs with Caramelized Fennel, Salsify Ragout, Pomegranate & Poultry Jus. Not to mention tempting desserts like Strawberry Soup & White Chocolate Parfait with Fresh Berries Pistachio Crostini & Crackers.

Strawberry Soup & White Chocolate Parfait.
Delicious Strawberry Soup & White Chocolate Parfait as served in The Restaurant.

The Grill by Thomas Keller is an art deco-style American steakhouse. The menu, inspired by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller, includes an exceptionally good Roasted Free Range Chicken & Thyme Jus which takes two days to prepare. It serves two people.

The Colonnade is Seabourn Quest’s casual buffet restaurant. It continues to set the standard for exemplary food quality and presentation. There is also daytime poolside dining at The Patio buffet. In the evening the venue becomes Earth & Ocean at The Patio with an array of inventive dishes served à la carte, including Seabass with Eryngii Mushrooms, Stir Fried Super Greens, Toasted Garlic & Wasabi Lime Butter.

The Seabourn Square on deck 7 has a tempting selection of savoury snacks and pâtisserie, as well as gourmet coffee and teas.

Nightlife on Seabourn Quest

The nightlife on Seabourn Quest is stylish and sophisticated. A talented pianist entertains in the Observation Bar and a band play sets in The Club, where there is also a late night disco.

A performer in the Grand Salon theatre on Seabourn Quest.
There are shows in the Grand Salon most evenings.

The Grand Salon is the theatre on Seabourn Quest. It plays host to production shows like the highly regarded “An Evening With Sir Tim Rice”, as well as guest entertainers.

Suites on Seabourn Quest

All the rooms on Seabourn Quest are suites and every one has an ocean view. There are suites with picture windows; these are the least expensive rooms on board.

A spacious Veranda Suite on Seabourn Quest.
A spacious Veranda Suite on Seabourn Quest.

I stayed in a Veranda Suite on my Seabourn Quest review voyage. These are the most popular rooms on board. They are wonderfully spacious with a marble bathroom that has a separate soaking tub and shower. What’s more, there’s a luxurious teak veranda with outdoor furniture.

For those who like even more space Seabourn Quest also has larger suites with separate bedrooms and living areas, like the stylish Penthouse Suite.

Every room on Seabourn Quest has a Suite Host and Suite Attendant who create an atmosphere of comfort and luxury. On my voyage the Suite Host actively sought to create so-called ‘Seabourn Moments’; bespoke memorable experiences. It helped make my voyage extra special. The Suite Hosts are there to indulge, whether it be drawing a relaxing bath or arranging an in-suite cocktail party.

Wellness at sea

The intimate Seabourn Quest has a big range of fitness and relaxation services. There is a well equipped gym with rooms for pilates and yoga. The ship has two pools; I especially enjoyed the solitude of the aft facing pool. There is also a whirlpool with a magnificent position atop the bow. Not to mention the Sun Terrace.

The aft-facing pool on Seabourn Quest.
The aft-facing pool is a serene hideaway.

The Seabourn Spa & Wellness centre is a partnership with best-selling author Dr. Andrew Weil. It is the first of its kind at sea and offers indulgent massage and beauty treatments, as well as mindful living guidance and even acupuncture.

Unfortunately, Seabourn Quest does not have a dedicated jogging track. So most guests used the open space on deck 5 to jog or power-walk.

Seabourn Quest activities

Seabourn Quest has the usual shipboard activities including lectures from guest speakers, bridge and team trivia. There are also deck sports including golf, table tennis and shuffleboard.

Seabourn Quest also has wellness and mindfulness seminars, as well as complimentary walk-in hair consultations. There are ladies pamper parties, afternoon teas and even caviar sail-away parties too.

In addition, there are get-togethers for friends of Dorothy, friends of Bill W and solo cruisers.

The boutiques on Seabourn Quest are known as The Shops and they sell designer apparel, fragrances and jewellery.

All the activities on Seabourn Quest are in the daily Herald newsletter. Though it’s worth noting this is no longer printed, rather it is available through the Seabourn Source app.

Shore excursions

Seabourn Quest has a wide variety of shore excursions. These can include panoramic bus tours, speedboat trips, epicurean adventures, bike rides and bespoke private limousine journeys. Though it has to be said, some shore excursions can be significantly better than others. What’s more, cost doesn’t always reflect the quality of the excision.

The Seabourn Quest at anchor in Croatia.
There are speedboat tours from Seabourn Quest.

For instance, on my review voyage there was a most enjoyable tour into the country side with lunch at a farm. Whereas a more expensive speedboat trip to an overcrowded Croatian beach proved somewhat disappointing.

Editor’s tip: Seabourn offer shore excursions to UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world. These are often the best shore excursions.

Shore excursions can be purchased online in advance of your cruise. You can also purchase shore excursions once you get on board.

Seabourn Quest dress code

The Seabourn Quest dress code is smart and stylish, but on my review voyage it was never stuffy. Guests wear casual resort-style clothing during the day, but it’s worth noting that swimwear is not acceptable in any of the restaurants.

After dark there are two different dress codes: Elegant Casual and Formal.

Elegant Casual

Women wear slacks, skirts, and blouses. Men wear slacks and a collared shirt (jacket optional).

Formal

Women wear evening gowns while men wear Tuxedos or suits.

It’s worth noting that the Formal dress code only applies to The Restaurant. Dress in other dining venues is always Elegant Casual. The number of formal nights varies depending on the cruise duration. Voyages of up to 13-days have one formal night. Cruises lasting 14- to 20-days have two formal nights, while longer voyages have three.

What’s included on Seabourn Quest

Seabourn Quest is an all-inclusive cruise ship. So all meals, fine wines, Champagne and spirits are part of your cruise fare. Also included in a Seabourn Quest cruise fare are non-alcoholic beverages, specialty coffee and teas.

Editor’s tip: You can purchase premium alcoholic beverages, but on my review voyage the house wines and spirits were excellent.

Gratuities are also included in the cruise fare; in fact tipping isn’t expected.

A Seabourn Quest cruise fare also includes shuttle bus transfers from the port to town when it is not nearby. Guests also get a smart Seabourn tote bag, plus exclusive Molton Brown bath products.

Fellow passengers

Seabourn Quest has a loyal following. Indeed, on my review voyage many passengers were return guests.

They are usually discerning and experienced cruisers who range in age from 40 to 70-years old.

Most guests are from the USA and the UK, however Australians, Canadians and Europeans are also onboard.

It’s worth noting that Seabourn Quest is gay-friendly.

Seabourn Quest review conclusion

Seabourn Quest is ideal for those who enjoy a wonderfully indulgent cruise vacation. It is ultra-luxury, but never pretentious. Indeed, the service is genuinely warm and intuitive. There is outstanding dining, though some may find the choice of restaurants limiting. All things considered I think Seabourn Quest offers an exceptional cruise experience.

The author sailed as a guest of Seabourn Cruises.

About the Author: Jason Kerr

Jason is the founder and Managing Editor of The Luxury Cruise Review. He has a passion for travel, a weakness for espresso coffee and a love of Greek cuisine.

One Comment

  1. Linda Bratcher 15 Nov 2022 at 19:37 - Reply

    Have just returned from two weeks on the Seabourn Quest. Re the Herald and the dining menus: They are still printed, but only if you request a printed copy and they are delivered each evening to the suite. Wonderful trip wonderful ship.

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