|Radisson Seven Seas Cruises expects an on-time delivery of its second all-suite, all-balcony vessel, Seven Seas Voyager. The 700-passenger ship, currently under construction at T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy, is set for a March 2 delivery and a March 31 christening in Monaco. The christening will coincide with the start of operations at Monaco's new cruise pier, President Mark Conroy said during a hard-hat tour of the Voyager by press and travel agents. |
The Voyager combines the best of the Seven Seas Navigator and the Seven Seas Mariner. The Voyager is a sister to Mariner but not a twin, Conroy said. Like the Mariner, the Voyager will have four separate restaurants, including one operated by Le Cordon Bleu, the famed Paris cooking school. The Latitudes Restaurant will have an open galley grill, which will also be used as a show kitchen for cooking demonstrations. The smallest suite on the Voyager will measure 306 square feet, plus a 50-square-foot balcony. All suites will have larger bathrooms than the Mariner with a passenger-favorite feature from the Navigator --- a full bathtub and a separate, glass-walled shower stall. RSSC also hopes to install its first interactive TV system on the Voyager, one that will allow passengers email access from their suites as well as movies on demand. The Mariner already has perhaps the finest Internet center at sea, but the Voyager will go a step further with the addition of a coffee bar.
It doesn't look like RSSC is resting on its laurels --- the luxury line is drawing up plans for a second version of the Voyager for delivery in 2005. Conroy expects to make a final decision on construction by April. Meanwhile, the Voyager will be christened in Monaco by Barbara Carlson Gage, a member of the board of directors of RSSC parent, Carlson Companies. But will Prince Albert and Princess Caroline show up for the inaugural festivities since the Voyager will be the first ship to depart from the principality's new cruise pier? It's being discussed, so stay tuned.