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.