October 14, 2002
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises is putting its180-passenger Song of Flower back on hiatus. The ship, which is RSSC's exotic itineraries pathfinder, was initially put on hiatus just after the events of September 11 (2001). Song of Flower returned to service this spring, sailing Mediterranean itineraries. But instead of heading west when Europe's cruising season ends (a transatlantic to Manaus, Brazil, in early November), Song of Flower's last voyage of 2002 will be its final Europe trip: a seven day Rome to Barcelona cruise that begins October 27. Then Song of Flower will be put-out-to-pasture --- or, well, just tied up -- until April 2003, when it is slated to resume Mediterranean sailings. As a result, the South America program has been -- obviously -- canceled. A company spokesperson attributes that move to lower-than-expected bookings. To those customers who did book a South American cruise on Song of Flower, RSSC is issuing, along with full refunds, $1,000 per person credit that can be used on any ship in the fleet -- except Paul Gauguin.