All photos by Jason Leppert
The Seabourn Quest is a remarkable ship with luxurious hardware and software. The sleek vessel, one of the most architecturally striking, may look small on the outside, but she is very spacious on the inside with an excellent passenger space ratio allocating plenty of room to each guest. Just look to The Restaurant main dining room (pictured below) which demonstrates that grand lofty ceilings can still be included in a smart design, one with plenty of windows and light throughout to open up every space visually.
Exhibiting the most natural illumination is the beautiful central staircase, a circular double helix rising regally to a large round skylight above. The feature is so beautiful that many guests find themselves gravitating more to it than the elevator lobbies, and besides, the ship is pleasantly small enough that it’s super easy to navigate anywhere without a long hike. It may not have a full wraparound promenade, but there is plenty of deck space, including the forward bow, accessible to passengers to take in the fresh air and passing scenery.
We also love that the ship has an Observation Bar (pictured below), but it would have been nice to see its perimeter windows extend closer to the edge of the ship for more optimal viewing. The surrounding deck space is nice, but in colder conditions, the exterior space would be better allocated to an interior one, thus making the lounge altogether larger as well. Otherwise, the design is a real winner.
Accommodations onboard are all suites, and most have private balconies with handsome teak decking, our Veranda Suite included. Such cabins are more akin to narrower staterooms on other ships but are much longer on the Quest, taking up nearly half the vessel’s width. This provides enough space for a walk-in closet, separate seating and dining area and a larger bathroom and balcony. The dining table and chairs are particularly nice for enjoying 24-hour room service delivery and restaurant meals during serving hours.
Suites are mostly plush, and bed duvets are comfortable. However, we were surprised to discover much stiffer mattresses than expected and a shocking, pun intended, shortage of electrical outlets. Besides one for razors in the bathroom, there is only one cramped at a small vanity and another at the floor that is inconveniently located behind a chair. Bathrooms with his and hers sinks are impressively marble-clad, and the shower is bigger than it first looks. Although, it would be nicer if it were still larger instead of having an underutilized bathtub.
As one would expect of a smaller ship, activities are far less of a focus than the behemoths of the seas, as the emphasis is appropriately placed more on the destination. Still, what the ship does offer is not bad. In fact, the pool area is quite nice and is supplemented by another whirlpool neatly situated at the ship’s bow and two more whirlpools and a plunge pool at a shaded terrace above the stern. While not employed during our chillier itinerary, the ship’s aft marina is an even more unique offering for watersports.
As much as there are pools elsewhere, it is somewhat surprising to see that the spa does not exhibit a thalassotherapy one but instead a tiny Kneipp Wal
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