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Seabourn Quest Review

2018 Best for Cabins
2018 Best for Embarkation
2018 Best for Entertainment
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Seabourn Quest
4.5 / 5.0
146 reviews

Pros
Inclusive fares, gourmet dining, spacious cabins, incredible itineraries
Cons
Occasional service hiccups are puzzling on a ship of this caliber
Bottom Line
If you want Champagne and caviar with your world travels, check out Quest

About

Passengers
458

Crew
335

Passenger to Crew
1.37:1

Launched
2011

Shore Excursions
620
Sails To
Canada & New England, South America, Panama Canal & Central America, Baltic Sea
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Erica Silverstein
Cruise Critic Contributor

Seabourn Quest Overview

In the Seabourn family, the 458-passenger Seabourn Quest stands out as the adventurous triplet. Though its layout and luxurious amenities are nearly identical to its two Odyssey-class sisters, it's the only ship in the fleet that's ice-rated. Instead of chasing the sun, Quest chases the cold -- cruising Antarctica in the North American winter and Northern Europe in the summer.

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This means that its beautiful pool and deck areas often go unused, and its aft marina no longer carries water toys for passenger play. The popular place to be onboard is wherever the best view is -- often the Observation Bar or its forward deck -- and the line's stash of warm throw blankets are greatly appreciated.

Other than these small differences, Seabourn Quest offers the same upscale cruising experience as its sun-seeking sisters. The ship's inclusive fares (covering tips and drinks) and small size makes for a stress-free sailing -- no need to constantly sign chits, worry about who's buying drinks or wait in line. While service isn't always intuitive, the crew does try hard to make your cruise the best ever. That might mean creating an exclusive menu of your choosing in The Restaurant one night, helping you find the perfect wine or tailoring a fitness class to your needs. But you have to ask. In our experience, the crew is always friendly but they won't remember how you like your morning tea and sometimes they'll take too long to take your order or refill your glass.

Dining is a decadent affair, and Seabourn doesn't skimp on ingredients. Fresh berries at breakfast, caviar anywhere and anytime you want it and huge portions of steak -- even a partnership with top chef Thomas Keller -- shows that this cruise ship takes good food seriously. We did wish the menus had more choice and the restaurants open a bit longer, but perhaps by limiting options, a small ship can better guarantee excellent results. Omnivores will love it; travelers with dietary restrictions and picky eaters might want to talk options with the dining team on embarkation day.

Entertainment is both a highlight and a lowlight on this cruise. The line's partnership with renowned lyricist Tim Rice has changed casting requirements for onboard singers for the better, and the ship's song-and-dance revues are fun to watch. The jazz trio and dance band who perform in the club are memorable and fun, rather than forgettable background noise. Yet the guest performers on our sailing did not live up to the onboard talent, and were surprisingly amateurish for a ship that attracts a cultured clientele.

Ultimately, the onboard experience will play second to the destination on Quest. Passengers choose these itineraries because they want to experience bucket-list destinations like Antarctica, the Arctic or the Amazon. But they choose to travel to those places on Seabourn because they know they will be treated well, they will dine well, they will sleep in comfortable beds in spacious cabins and they don't have to bother with the hassles that would mar the total enjoyment of their vacation.


Top Seabourn Quest Itineraries

Seabourn Quest
24-day antarctica, patagonia & south georgia

Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Montevideo, Buenos Aires

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Fellow Passengers

Quest's passengers are well-heeled, well-traveled and mostly older than 50. The mix is about 60 percent North American and 40 percent European/Australian. Summer sailings attract some families -- either parents or grandparents traveling with children. Kids onboard are generally well behaved and the types to enjoy trivia, afternoon tea and shuffleboard (or water play when the weather is nice). The line is also very gay-friendly, and we saw many gay couples onboard. The itinerary has great influence over the passengers onboard; long Antarctica sailings will skew older, while fjords cruises might attract more outdoorsy travelers.


Seabourn Quest Dress Code

Daytimes are "resort casual," which basically means wear the right clothes for the day's activities. For example, on a Norwegian fjords cruise, passengers going shopping or on an easy sightseeing tour might be dressed casually yet stylishly, while those going on a hike or Zodiac tour might be in hiking or athletic clothing. Jeans are welcome in all dining venues during the day, but are not appropriate in any public venues after 6 p.m., when the dress code applies. (Though no one will kick you out of the Observation Lounge at 6 p.m. if you're watching sail-away in your daytime outfit before getting ready for dinner.)

At night, Seabourn has elegant casual and formal evenings, though most cruises under two weeks long have only one formal night. Formal attire includes a tuxedo (white or black jacket), suit or slacks (jacket required) for men and evening gown, cocktail dress or fancy separates for women. Elegant casual attire includes slacks with a collared dress shirt or sweater (jacket optional) for men and skirt or slacks with a cute or stylish top or dress for women. In Europe, at least, people dressed on the nicer end of this spectrum; for example, men wore button-down shirts, at least half in jackets, rather than collared shirts.

Seabourn Quest Inclusions

Seabourn includes all gratuities (including at the spa), most drinks (alcohol, soda, water, coffee -- all but the highest-end liquors and wines) and self-serve laundry. You will pay extra for airfare and transfers, pre-cruise hotel stays, spa treatments, internet and shore excursions. There is no need to leave an additional tip for Seabourn's generally first-rate service; however, you might want to tip specific crew members who go above and beyond (such as assisting you with a private party in your suite). If you wish to express your gratitude to the general crew, make a donation to the crew fund at guest services.

The onboard currency is the U.S. dollar.


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Seabourn Quest Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins5.04.6
Dining4.54.3
Entertainment3.53.9
Public Rooms5.04.6
Fitness Recreation4.03.9
Family3.01
Enrichment3.54
Service4.54.5
Value For Money4.53.9

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Where does Seabourn Quest sail from?

Seabourn Quest departs from Montreal, Boston, Buenos Aires, Miami, Callao, Lima, Rotterdam, Reykjavik, Dover, Dover and Manaus

How much does it cost to go on Seabourn Quest?

Cruises on Seabourn Quest start from £2,848 per person.

Is Seabourn Quest a good ship to cruise on?

Seabourn Quest won 15 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2014 Best Overall
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
  • 2014 Best for Dining
  • 2014 Best for Embarkation
  • 2014 Best for Entertainment
  • 2014 Best for Fitness
  • 2014 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2014 Best for Service
  • 2014 Best for Value
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Seabourn Quest Member Reviews

Seabourn Quest
davidh68
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Our 5th Seabourn cruise, second on the Quest. We booked a guaranteed verandah suite and were not disappointed. The food and drink were typically of high quality and the service very good.... Read More
Seabourn Quest
rapjjp
Sail Date: Feb 2019
Guests are regularly invited to share a table of eight to twelve hosted by a Seabourn Quest staff member or naturalist.... Read More
Seabourn Quest
rapjjp
Sail Date: Apr 2019
Guests are regularly invited to share a table of eight to twelve hosted by a Seabourn Quest staff member or naturalist.... Read More
Seabourn Quest
jbondoux
Sail Date: Jul 2019
A week or ten days, rather than 45 days, might have worked better for us on this Seabourn cruise.... Read More

Seabourn Cruise Line Fleet

Seabourn Odyssey
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

197 reviews

At 450 passengers, ultra-luxe Seabourn Odyssey offers three times as much space as the line's earlier ships. Tips and drinks are included in the cruise fare.

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Seabourn Sojourn

Personalization, excellent service and outstanding food and wine are the hallmark of 458-passenger luxury ship, Seabourn Sojourn.

Seabourn Quest

Carrying just 450 passengers, Seabourn Quest exudes luxury with all-suite accommodations, a Thomas Keller restaurant and caviar whenever you want it.

Seabourn Ovation
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


The Odyssey-class Seabourn Ovation will debut in spring 2018, offering 12 decks (one more than the Odyssey-class trio) and carry 600 passengers (compared to 450).

Seabourn Encore

Superb food and service are standouts on this 600-person luxury ship designed by Adam D. Tihany; it features a Thomas Keller restaurant and all-suite, all-balcony cabins.

Seabourn Venture

Scheduled to launch June 2021 with 132 all-veranda, all-suite accomodations, Seabourn Venture will be Seabourn's first purpose-built luxury polar expedition vessel.

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