By Stacey Crawford
Walking up the red carpet lined with staff greeting you, whom then privately escorted you to your room, I knew I was going to experience a cruise like no other and I wasn't disappointed.
If you like the finer things in life or you just want to get away from the kids and be spoilt, this yacht is for you. With champagne and canapés personally delivered to your room on arrival, you will then be asked to choose your own soap for the journey! With no question this is one of the most stunning yachts at sea.
Boasting 225 luxury oceanview suites the Seabourn Quest has four dining venues, six bars and lounges and many other delightful features.
With 4 very different dining experiences to choose from, you can enjoy a variety of gourmet menus designed by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer.
My favourite dining experience was having breakfast in The Colonnade every morning on the back deck of the ship, this area had its own open kitchen from which you could choose what you would like to eat. The staff was also overwhelming with their friendliness and service.
Other great options for dining included The Restaurant, The Avant-garde Restaurant which had its own set menu designed each night with matching wines (bookings were essential) and the relaxed atmosphere of the Patio Grill, a fantastic option for lunch.
The suites of Seabourn Quest measure from 295 to 1682sq feet have a separate living area to the bedroom and a private balcony in 90% of the suites.
In our room we experienced the sheer comfort of 'the suite life' with a walk-in closet, fully stocked mini bar replenished daily, flat screen interactive TV, granite bathrooms with separate bathtub, shower and two sinks.
There are no announcements within the room throughout your journey and these are also minimal in public areas, but rest assured you will receive a daily newspaper with the ships activities for the day so you won't miss out on anything.
There was never a shortage of things to do whilst on board the ship. Departing Monaco on the first night we enjoyed flambé desserts while the 9 talented entertainment staff sang and danced at the sail away party on the top deck.
The second night we were entertained whilst being served cocktails by Judy Garlands' daughter Lorna Luft in the Saloon (a theatre seating venue on the ship) and on the final night the entertainment staff got together again to entertain us in the Saloon with their very own show they had put together with a delightful mix of the old blues songs combined with Latin dancing.
All the nightly entertainment was timed suitably well enough after finishing your evening meal and following these events if you still wanted to kick on you could enjoy live band music in The Club or the mellow tunes of classical piano in the observation lounge, dependent on your mood.
During the day getting ashore to see some of the different ports we were near was made easy through the regular tender services the ship ran. No on shore activities were planned for this short trip.
If relaxation and pampering is what you are after then go and explore the tranquil 'Spa of Seabourn' which spans 2 decks of Seabourn Quest. It has a full service salon, Finnish saunas, Aromatic Steam Rooms, a Thalassotherapy room, fully equipped gym and personal training and yoga sessions are also available. I would personally recommend the Bamboo massage and Fire & Ice Pedicure!
The ship also has a built in marina where you can experience activities such as swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking, and waterskiing right from the ship. Unfortunately, with the shortness of the trip and weather conditions we did not get to experience these activities but would have loved to have had the chance!
Intimate, relaxing, luxurious, and elegant would be the best words to describe this cruise experience with Seabourn Cruises and its newest member to the fleet, Seabourn Quest.
Stacey Crawford is the National Marketing Executive for Cruiseabout.