Seabourn's Quest Casts Off In The Mediterranean
Seabourn’s luxurious Quest cruise ship has at last began service in the Mediterranean. NY1’s Valarie D’Elia filed the following report.
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A third addition to Seabourn’s larger "Odyssey-class" fleet, the highly anticipated Quest had been in service for a little over a month when NY1’s Valarie D’Elia went on a sumptuous seven-day cruise between Athens and Venice.
The 32,000 ton stunner with a gorgeous spa, four restaurants and 24/7 room service managed by celeb chef Charlie Palmer is three times the size of Seabourn’s smaller ships, but it has just twice the number of passengers — 450 — so there’s ample room to stretch out.
Consistently rated the top small ship cruise line for its open bar and no tipping policies, Seabourn often elicits superlatives.
“Fabulous, they’re going to have to take me off the ship kicking and screaming, literally. I’m going to lock myself in a locker,” said Dana Lynch, a passenger from Chicago.
“Yeah, we’ve loved it. It’s surpassed all expectations,” said husband Bill Lynch.
Curiously, on the early sailing, there were enough dissenting opinions to note, especially when it came to Seabourn’s signature service.
“I’ve been on Seabourn before, and I was on one of the smaller ships and I found the service on the smaller ships was much better, maybe better is the right word, it was much more targeted to the individual,” said one passenger who preferred not to be named.
“It was more attentive, the service on the smaller ships,” said another.
Seabourn representatives said it’s a matter of managing expectations.
“We’d love to have this ship with the same intimacy as the small one, but you can’t have that,” said Guenter Steinbrunner, hotel manager. “You say ‘we don’t like the small ships’ because you don’t have all the amenities you have on this ship. It’s a little bit give and take.”