Updated: Our Seabourn Quest Ship Review

Seabourn Quest, Messina
Seabourn Quest docked in Messina, Italy. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Following our September 2013 voyage from Barcelona to Athens, our updated Seabourn Quest review & a first look at four new Penthouse Spa Suites.

Seabourn Quest and her identical sisters are among the most beautiful luxury ships afloat. About twice the size of their three older fleetmates, which depart the Seabourn fleet in 2014 and 2015, the newer trio, carrying 450 guests each, pack twice the punch while maintaining the same sense of calm, Scandinavian luxury.

Like all the Seabourn ships — and like all real luxury vessels — Quest is all about providing a venue where people who just want to relax can do so, while quiet, polite staff scurry around bringing them all sorts of refined things: a cup of tea, a cucumber sandwich, suntan lotion, a drink from the bar (included in the price, of course), and even a moist towelette to clean your glasses.

NEW: Read about Seabourn Quest’s New Penthouse Spa Suites

The watchword is quality: There’s no cheapness on this ship, no cutting corners on the assumption that guests won’t know any better. Everywhere, in everything — from her sleek design and gorgeous materials to her service, dining, accommodations, and overall atmosphere — Quest shines.

Physically, the ship is stunning in the most understated, tasteful, but obviously expensive kind of way. Where many ships drown their public spaces with wild colors, textures, and eye-catching artwork, Quest and her sisters go the opposite direction, with little ornamentation to clutter the well-honed effect of their beautifully designed wood, leather, marble and onyx interiors.

Read the full Seabourn Quest Ship Review.

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