Seabourn Quest Blog Day 3
Last night whilst we were enjoying some pre-dinner drinks, the captain made a surprise announcement. He said that there was a cruise ship approaching for a special meeting - it was only the Seabourn Legend! It had been a grey and rainy day, but as the ship approached the clouds broke and gave way to a spectacular cloudscape - with the sunrays piercing thru to highlight the sea. The Seabourn Legend sounded its horn and the captain on Quest responded, and both ships got really close to each other, with the Legend circling the Quest. The decks were filled with guests and crew waving to each other and cheering. It was a great moment and there was a small launch sent out with a photographer in, so look out for pictures of the Seabourn Quest and her smaller fleet sister Seabourn Legend.
In the morning we took our breakfast in The Collanade, a buffet area with plenty of seating both inside and out. This area is also used in the evening for a casual buffet experience, usually themed to a type of world cuisine. We ordered a couple of omelettes from the resident chef and were quickly served by the ever-attentive Seabourn staff. The serving staff seem to hail form European countries, rather than Asian ones that you find on a lot of other ships.
After breakfast and before we arrived at St Tropez, there was a cooking demonstration by world-renowned chef Charlie Trotter. One of the finest restaurants in the world, Charlie Trotters has helped establish new standards for fine dining. It has been recognised by national and international institutions and has won 10 James Beard Foundation awards. Charlie Trotter has written 14 cookbooks and hosts an award-winning cooking series called The Kitchen Sessions. The event took place in the Grand Salon and there was a useful camera positioned in the ceiling that projected close ups of his cooking processes on the screens placed at the side of the stage so everyone could see him prepare the two dishes; Grilled Sweet Corn Soup with crabmeat-corn napoleon and shellfish oil, and Langoustines with green curry sauce and roasted pearl onions. It was a packed salon and his demonstration went down very well.
At 11am we arrived in St Tropez and the tender service began. We disembarked and wandered around this playground of the rich famous for a good few hours, staring at the size and ostentatious-ness of the yachts in the marina.
After a mouth watering and delicious dinner in The Restaurant - we all found our way to the Grand Salon for a show - Red Hot & Blue - performed by the ships singers and dancers. It was a collection of new songs, old songs and some great songs, performed by 2 female singers and 1 male singer, backed up with 4 dancers. It was a great little show - far better than I’ve seen on other ships and really popular with the audience. All the performers were of a high standard and all 3 singers were British too! A really great show to end our 3 nights onboard.
We have had a fantastic, albeit short, stay on Seabourn Quest and the whole experience has been wonderful - great crew and staff, amazing delicious food, spacious and comfy accommodation and lovely public rooms. Seabourn Quest has made a lasting impression on me, even just after 3 nights - imagine how wonderful you would feel after a full cruise!