March 31, 2003
Radisson Seven Seas Voyager was indeed christened today, as planned, and the event went off with nary a hitch in Monaco. As is company tradition, Barbara Carlson Gage, a family member of the Carlson clan, which owns the cruise line, was godmother. The naming ceremony was held at Monaco's newly unveiled cruise ship dock. The ship was toasted by royalty -- Monaco's Prince Albert was guest of honor at a luncheon following the naming ceremony. In other RSSC news: according to our correspondent-on-the-scene, Carlson Companies (owner of RSSC) president Curtis Nelson revealed that the Radisson portion of the cruise line name will ultimately be dropped. In what he calls an "evolving process," travelers should start getting used to Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Voyager, and the like. Seven Seas Voyager, which has spent the month of March sailing a variety of shake-down cruises, leaves tomorrow -- April Fool's Day -- for its "official inaugural sailing" from Monaco to Venice.