Seabourn Quest is seen leaving Amsterdam after her first overnight visit to the Dutch capital at the 14th of may 2014.
The thirth of Seabourn's new class of ships, Seabourn Quest, followed her earlier sisters Seabourn Odyssey and Seabourn Sojourn in 2011. Seabourn Odyssey was launched in 2009 and Seabourn Sojourn followed in 2010. The Seabourn Quest was built at the yards of T. Mariotti at Genoa, Italy as yardnumber 64. She measures some 32.346 tons and has a lenght of 198,15 meters, a width of 25,6 and a draft of 6,5 meters. The ship has 11 decks and normally sails at around 19 knots, although her maximum speed is 25,5 knots. Aboard, there are accomodations for 450 passengers and 350 crewmembers, reflecting the total state of luxury those passengers can be in. Between september and december 2009, names could be sent to Seabourn as suggestions, and out of 2100 submissions, 'Quest' was chosen. Some 120 people thought that this would be a good name for the new ship. She flies the flag of the Bahamas, with Nassau as her port of registry.
Seabourn Quest was delivered to the company at the 31st of may 2011. The ship was named by Blythe Danner in a sunset-ceremony at the Catalonian port of Barcelona at the 20th of 2011. Blythe Danner is an American actress who recently won a Tony Award for the Broadway-production 'Butterflies are Free.' After the naming ceremony, the Seabourn Quest departed for her maiden cruise of 14 days in the Mediterranean Sea.
This shield is representing the logo of Seabourn and is seen here, as it is placed on the double funnels of the ships of the line.
Seabourn Quest is practicly a true copy of the earlier Seabourn Sojourn. Even the menues in the Restaurant are the same on both vessels. The decor of those ships is elegant and mostly in cream and white colours. Central place aboard is of course the Seabourn Square, where the ships library, the reception desk, internet café and patisserie are found together. The ship also has quite a large pooldeck with real wood decks. Several restaurants seat many more then people are aboard, so you can easily pick a restaurant to dine and you can take any time you wish. The ship is of course very different from the mass market carnivals in the Caribbean, and entertainment includes for example wine-tastings, ballroom dance-classes, yoga lessons and golf-putting tournaments. Normally, the passengers aboard ar somewhere around the age of 50. Of course, the ship also offers a casino, a Grand Salon, which is not too big and and Observations Bar where pre-dinner piano-music is played. Then there is also The Club, where you can dance into the small hours, but do not expect it to be a disco Costa-style... To totally relax, the ship offers a staggering 11400 square foot of Spa-area, comparable to those venues on far larger ships. At the aft of the ship, a plafform can be lowered from which you can practice several watersports while the ship is anchored. Banana-boat, sailing or waterski-ing, all is included in the fare.
In mid may 2013, the ship was back at the wharf of T. Mariotti to have two cranes installed that can be used to lower zodiacs, which are small inflateble rafts. This was done, because the ship was going to sail for a series of cruises around Antarctica and zodiacs are very important here to get on and aff the ships. There still is no cruiseport at the icy continent...Also, the ships engine room was updated with more environmental friendly feautures and new piping works. Also the crew area has been updated and the ship left the yards refreshed at the second of june, 2013.