October 16, 2001
Radisson Seven Seas is pulling 180-passenger Song of Flower, which sails the line’s most exotic Middle East itineraries, from service. Temporarily, at least. Cruises between October 20 through April 22 have been canceled, with the ship scheduled to resume service on May 2 in Europe. Beyond security issues, one of the challenges for Song of Flower had been its repositioning transit through the Suez Canal; RSSC president Mark Conroy says insurance rates skyrocketed. Song of Flower was originally intended to spend much of winter sailing in Asia. The line’s offering generous compensation to impacted passengers, however. They’ve been offered a selection of alternative cruises (such as a March 7 Hong Kong to Singapore on Seven Seas Navigator). In addition, each passenger will receive a $1,000 per person future cruise credit.