Seabourn added its newest ship, the Seabourn Quest, in June of this year to its roster of virtually look-alike sister ships—the Seabourn Odyssey which debuted in 2009, and the Seabourn Sojourn which hit the waves in 2010. All three are ultra-luxury, all-suite beauties with 225 suites and 197 verandahs, and all carrying a maximum of 450 passengers in all-inclusive style.
The arrival of the Quest means the cruise line has now increased its capacity by more than 200 percent, all with a level of uncompromising luxury that ensures its reputation for entertaining passengers in a yacht-like atmosphere.
The suites themselves range from 295 to 1,182 sq. ft. of indoor space with verandahs adding still another 65 to 505 sq. ft. of outdoor space. Amenities include walk-in closets, flat-screen TVs with music and movies; makeup vanities and granite bathrooms with separate shower and bath, plus soaps by Hermes and L’Occitane and bath products by Molton Brown. A personal bar and refrigerator are stocked according to guest preferences and a personal suite stewardess is on hand to provide touches such as drawing a warm, scented bath from the Pure Pampering therapeutic bath menu.
Seabourn offers gourmet dining on all three of its newer ships that includes The Restaurant, a fine dining and open-seating environment that can accommodate all guests; The Colonnade, offering breakfast, lunch and themed dinners in an open-kitchen style with both indoor and outdoor dining; Restaurant 2, which provides an avant-garde experience serving multiple combinations on small plates; the Patio Grill for casual dining; plus 24-hour room service and in-suite dining options.
There are six lounges and bars—all with an open-bar policy—providing entertainment that includes a band, vocal quartet or cabaret show in the Grand Salon; blackjack and gaming in the casino; piano music in the Observation Bar and dancing in The Club nightly. There are also classic and first run movies during Movies Under the Stars nights.
While in port, guests can elect to water-ski or sea kayak from the onboard marina or—on selected sailings—enjoy Caviar in the Surf delivered with champagne on a surfboard bar.
On Deck 7, Seabourn Square—Seabourn’s innovative “living room”—replaces the conventional reception lobby with a welcoming lounge filled with comfortable sofas, easy chairs and cocktail tables. In the center, versatile Guest Services Specialists sit at individual desks, ready to assist with pursers business, advice and guidance, shore excursion tickets and just about anything else. The walls are lined with fiction, nonfiction and reference books, eight computer workstations are available for guests’ use and a tall, gleaming espresso machine attracts guests to a European Konditorei-style coffee bar serving specialty coffees, drinks, sandwiches, pastries and gelati. An open deck terrace is located aft of the Square.
The Spa at Seabourn spans two decks and at 11,400 sq. ft., it’s the largest spa on any luxury vessel sailing today. There’s a Spa Villa on Deck 10 that features a treatment area large enough for duet treatments and is complete with shower and a tub big enough for two; a private balcony for sunbathing; a full living room area; a double daybed and a dining area.
On Deck 9 there are six more treatment rooms, including a Grand Villa with a spa tub on the balcony; two treatment beds and a dry float room with a heated waterbed-like device that’s used in treatments such as seaweed wraps and other rejuvenating body wraps. The fitness area is equipped with cardio and strength equipment, a studio for fitness classes, a Kinesis Wall and an area for Thai massages.
Seabourn Quest is currently operating a series of 13- and 14-day roundtrip Caribbean cruises from Ft. Lauderdale. On Jan. 5, 2012, Seabourn Quest will embark on its 109-day Maiden World Cruise on a unique eastbound course via South America, South Africa, the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. The voyage ends in Venice, Italy on April 23, 2012. Limited space is available for guests wishing to book segments on the World Cruise.
For more information, call (800) 929-9391 or visit seabourn.com.