May 12, 2003
Radisson Seven Seas has announced that its upcoming Antarctica itineraries -- November 2003 - January 2004 -- will sail on Explorer II, an expedition cruise ship. Hanseatic, the "Radisson" ship that previously has handled adventure-related cruises (Radisson Seven Seas never owned Hanseatic, just handled sales and marketing) goes back to its original home. Two of Expedition II's Antarctic ventures are shared charters with Abercrombie & Kent, the upscale tour operator. The other two are wholly Radisson Seven Seas. The Expedition II has a capacity of 394 but the folks at Radisson Seven Seas say the ship will carry no more than 198 passengers. The ship has all-ocean view cabins (suites have balconies) and open seating dining.