Radisson Seven Seas Cruises’ Song of Flower is back in action. In a reflection of the drastic cutback in cruise travel following the events of September 11, the 180-passenger ship was one of a handful of ships that cruise lines pulled out of service last fall (Silversea also docked a ship; Silver Wind is slated to resume cruising in 2003).
What’s interesting about Song of Flower’s return is that the intimate vessel will be sailing an entirely new itinerary. The ship, which is Radisson Seven Seas “exotic pathfinder,” will still offer summer cruises in Europe. But instead of stopping in Middle East ports on the way to the Far East -- transiting the Suez Canal -- Song of Flower is heading to South America for (our) winter (their) summer. There, the ship will offer a full season of cruises, ranging from the Amazon to around-the-horn trips. This is the first time any Radisson Seven Seas ships have offered regular South American service.