March 27, 2003
Even as Radisson Seven Seas Cruises is in the midst of an unveiling celebration of its newest ship -- the 49,000-ton, 700-passenger all-suite Seven Seas Voyager -- company chief Mark Conroy has alluded to a couple of upcoming changes in the RSSC fleet. According to a Cruise Critic correspondent who is onboard Voyager this week, Conroy announced at an onboard question and answer session that the line plans to phase-out Song of Flower by the end of next year. The 8,282-ton 180-passenger ship, considered to be Radisson's pathfinder for more exotic itineraries, has been on- and off-hiatus ever since the events of September 11. The company had, earlier this month, said that, due to low demand for European cruises this summer, Song of Flower will delay its latest reentry from hiatus for another four weeks, which now means a May 26 debut. Also surprising is Conroy's admission that the twin-hulled Radisson Diamond, the 20,295-ton vessel that carries some 350 passengers and whose lease expires in 2006, will not be renewed. In the cases of both Song of Flower and Radisson Diamond, Conroy also said that the company would be open to offers before their scheduled phasing-out.