Radisson Sells Song of Flower

August 20, 2003

In a move long foreshadowed by Radisson Seven Seas Cruises executives, the company has sold its 180-passenger Song of Flower. The ship, whose last voyage under the RSSC banner will begin on October 15, has been acquired by a European firm that plans to market the vessel outside the U.S. RSSC has, however, retained the “Song of Flower” name, which may – or may not – show up again on an addition to its fleet.

Long lauded for its intimate size, Song of Flower has been the company's pathfinder – a term for ships that, typically, sail more exotic itineraries.

RSSC plans a series of celebrations for Song of Flower's last seven voyages. Interestingly, Captain Dag Dvergastein, who commanded Song of Flower for quite a few years – including debut itineraries in the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Far East -- will transfer out of his current post as master of Seven Seas Voyager and take the Song of Flower helm for the last three cruises.

The 8,282-ton Song of Flower was built in Norway in 1974 as a cargo vessel and sailed under the name Begonia. Song of Flower was overhauled and converted into a cruise ship in 1986 and operated as part of Exploration Cruise Lines. Upon the collapse of that company, the ship, once again refurbished, began its service as Seven Seas Cruises’ Song of Flower.