The Seabourn Quest is a luxury cruise ship built by T Mariotti shipyard for Seabourn Cruise Line. The vessel, delivered on 31 May 2011, is the third and final sistership of the Seabourn Odyssey and Seabourn Sojourn.

The name of the ship was selected after a public competition held in 2009. Out of over 2,000 suggestions, the company opted for Quest. The Quest will start its maiden voyage from Barcelona, Spain, to Athens, Greece, on 20 June 2011.

Design

The 32,000grt ship, capable of carrying 450 passengers and 335 crew, was designed by Yran & Storbraaten architects. The ship is 650ft long and has a beam of 84ft and a draft of 21ft. Length to water level is 590ft, while length between perpendiculars is 555ft. The ship’s draught is 21ft, depth to main deck is 30ft and depth to upper deck is 50ft.

Construction

The ship has been built in accordance with the latest safety standards specified by the International Maritime Organisation.

“The name of the ship was selected after a public competition.”

In May 2010, two steel pieces were welded to shape a 600ft smooth and sleek hull. The single hull was then towed back to San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy, to build the superstructure of the ship. From San Giorgio di Nogaro, the superstructure was towed to the Mariotti shipyard for outfitting. The super structure was built by Ci.Mar Costruzioni Navali.

The ship is equipped with an advanced wastewater treatment process. This will help minimise air and sea pollution.

Propulsion

The ship is equipped with fully two independent propulsion systems. Twin screw propellers enable the ship to cruise at a service speed of 19kts.

Accommodation

Guests will have the option to choose from 225 Ocean View Suites, 90% of which will have private verandas. These suites range from 295ft² to 682ft². Owner’s suite is constructed over an area of 1,062ft², while two-bedroom Grand Suites cover 1,682ft². The ship also has 22 Penthouse Suites with 534ft² of living space. Other suites include the Grand Wintergarden suites, the Wintergarden Suite, the Grand Signature Suite, the Signature Suite, the Veranda Suite and the Seabourn Suite.

The accommodation includes separate living areas and bedrooms. Amenities include flat-screen interactive TV, a fully-stocked bar, a writing desk, a direct-dial telephone and an electronic safe. The bathroom will be granite-fitted and will have separate bath and shower facilities. The suites also features a walk-in closet and Wi-Fi internet access.

Facilities

The Quest has a number of dining, spa and entertainment facilities. The ship has four different dining venues: The Restaurant, which has open sitting arrangements, Restaurant 2, The Colonnade and The Patio Grill. The Colonnade will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in an open kitchen, allowing passengers to place their orders personally.

“Guests will have the option to choose from 225 Ocean View Suites, 90% of which will have private verandas.”

Food will be served from menus developed by chef Charlie Palmer. Each restaurant will provide a different dining experience, ranging from avant-garde tasting menus to casual meals. Traditional Italian espressos and lattes will be served in the Seabourn Square. Guests will get the opportunity to enjoy wine, champagne and spirits in any of the six bars and lounges. There will also be a provision for in-suite food service during dinner hours.

The ship is furnished with a state-of-the-art fitness centre and full-service salon. The spa, fitted with panoramic sliding glass, is constructed over two decks.

The ship also has seven private treatment rooms. For traditional therapies, Finnish saunas and aromatic steam rooms have been provided. The gym is equipped with advanced cardio and weight training equipment. The ship also has a Kinesis Wall facility.

The ship will host golf putting and ACBL-sanctioned bridge competitions. A built-in marina facility will be available at selected ports of call for swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking and water-skiing. Live classical guitar performances will be held in the Observation Lounge.