Song of Flower Departs

October 22, 2003
It's a bittersweet day for fans of Radisson Seven Seas Cruises' 8,282-ton, 180-passenger Song of Flower. Song of Flower completed her final voyage this morning at Rome's Civitavecchia.
The ship was part of Radisson Seven Seas at its origin (the cruise line was born of the merger between Radisson, which owned Diamond, and Seven Seas Cruises, which owned Song of Flower). In the accompanying photo, taken last week in Venice, the ship, Radisson's oldest, is tied up alongside Seven Seas Voyager, the cruise line's newest.
In Song of Flower's swan, um, song, RSSC's storied captain Dag Dvergastein (current master of Seven Seas Voyager, the line's new "flagship") had returned to the helm. Dvergastein has spent much of his career as captain of Song of Flower, guiding the ship, known for its exotic itineraries, to first-ever cruises in the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Far East.
The ship initially was built in 1986 as the Exploration Starship. It was rebuilt in 1989 and christened Song of Flower in 1990, The as-of-today-former Song of Flower next heads to Compagnie des Iles du Ponant, a French cruise operator, where it will be re-named Le Diamante.