Seabourn Quest getting Thomas Keller restaurant in May

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The Grill by Thomas Keller will take te space now occupied by Restaurant 2 on the Seabourn Quest.
The Grill by Thomas Keller will take te space now occupied by Restaurant 2 on the Seabourn Quest.

FORT LAUDERDALE — Seabourn said that Thomas Keller restaurants will open on all of its ships, starting with a renovation of the Seabourn Quest in May.

Last April, Seabourn announced a culinary partnership with Keller, a celebrated chef in California’s Napa Valley and elsewhere. Seabourn said at the time that Keller restaurants were in the works. The luxury line started featuring his dishes in the dining room last September. 

On the Quest and other Odyssey-class ships, The Grill by Thomas Keller will take the space now occupied by Restaurant 2, said Seabourn President Rick Meadows. It will have 44 seats and be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., suggesting that about 90 people a night would be able to dine.

Meadows said the menu and design is inspired by “the classic American chophouse.” He said many menu items will be served tableside. Seabourn is also working on a stable of artisan suppliers around the country to provide ingredients for the menu, which will be unveiled in detail in May.

Initially, guests will be limited to one meal at The Grill per cruise.

The second ship to get The Grill will be the new Seabourn Encore, which debuts in January 2017. The ship is based on the Odyssey-class platform but with an extra deck. Meadows said a good part of the aft portion of the extra deck will be devoted to The Grill, which on the new ship will have a showcase bar separated from the dining area by a decorative glass screen as well as a covered outdoor seating area. There will be 94 interior seats.

Seabourn also formally announced its partnership with mixologist Brian van Flandern, who will upgrade both the complimentary and premium drinks provided on Seabourn. Van Flandern has done similar work for over 40 resorts and restaurants and has already implemented a new drinks program on Seabourn Sojourn and Odyssey, said Seabourn senior vice president of global marketing John Delaney.

Also, the Encore and a sister ship coming in 2017 will have a new space called The Retreat, which will offer 15 private cabanas arranged around a circular common space with a centerpiece whirlpool. It will be located on a top deck area where a putting green now sits on the Odyssey class. Cabana rentals will start at about $350 a day.

Meadows said the Encore will be dedicated on Jan. 7, 2017, in Singapore in a ceremony shared by the Seabourn Sojourn. The inaugural cruise will be a 10-day voyage to Bali. He said Seabourn has secured exclusive use of the Marina Bay Terminal in Singapore for the occasion.
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This report was updated on Thursday to add information about Seabourn's partnership with mixologist Brian van Flandern.

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