Cruises and Sailing
|November 29, 2005|
New For Radisson Seven Seas In 2006
|New menus, globetrotting itineraries, and personalized shore programs are at the forefront for Radisson Seven Seas in 2006. The acclaimed Seven Seas Navigator will return to Europe for her first full season since 2002; the luxury line will roll out its multi-tiered, customized "Travel Concierge" program; new alternative dining concepts will be introduced fleet wide; and nine new ports of call will be added to the more than 300 global destinations as "luxury goes exploring."|
From the winding canals of Copenhagen and St. Petersburg to the dramatic ruins of Athens and Rome, experience the best of Europe aboard the 490-guest Seven Seas Navigator in 2006. The all-suite (90% with private balconies) ship will join the all balcony-suite 700-guest Seven Seas Voyager in the Mediterranean in April for her first full season in Europe in four years. Featuring two transatlantic crossings and 24 seven- to 14-night voyages, the ship will call at legendary ports from one end of Europe to the other, exploring the alluring British Isles, the classical capitals of Scandinavia and Russia, the ancient glories of the Mediterranean and Greek Isles, plus Byzantium, the Balkans, the sun-kissed coasts of the Adriatic Sea, the Côte d'Azur and Iberia.
Capping off the line's Europe news, in August the Seven Seas Voyager will make maiden calls in England's Dartmouth, Liverpool, and Greenwich (London) - the latter serving as a turnaround port.
On January 10, the 700-guest all-balcony suite Seven Seas Mariner will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale on a 62-night "Grand Circle South America" journey featuring famed ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and experts from his Ocean Futures Society. New ports of call on this voyage include first-time visits to Punta del Este (Uruguay), West Point Island (Falkland Islands), and Fuerte Amador (Panama).
Elsewhere around the globe, exciting maiden calls will be made at Tripoli (Libya), Chan May (for Hue, Vietnam), and Phillip Island (Australia) during the Seven Seas Voyager's 108-night World Cruise departing Ft. Lauderdale January 10. Also reaching the exotic Far East next year, the Seven Seas Mariner will call on Chan May for the first time during her 96-night "Grand Asia Pacific" voyage, departing Vancouver September 13.
Rounding out long cruise itineraries in 2006 will be the Seven Seas Mariner's leisurely "South Seas Passage," sailing roundtrip from San Francisco on April 18, reaching nine island paradises in French Polynesia, the Marquesas, Kiribati and Hawaii during the 26-night odyssey.
Giving guests the freedom to go beyond traditional land and city tours to explore each destination in greater depth, "The Travel Concierge" program will roll out in its entirely in 2006. Imparting a more personal, experiential touch in every locale, the multifaceted tour and hotel program expands upon the line's distinctive roster of destination offerings with exclusive, more highly customizable land options. "Concierge Choice," "Concierge à La Carte," "Concierge Collection" and "Hotels à La Carte" will be implemented fleet wide.
New Onboard Distinctions
From romantic Tuscan dining to a burst of exotic Asian and classical French flavors, intimate reservations-only alternative dinner venues on all four ships have further refined and diversified their dining concepts for 2006. Taking a cue from the French Polynesian islands she calls home year-round, the 320-guest Paul Gauguin serves fine Le Cordon Bleu cuisine in her La Veranda restaurant. The Seven Seas Navigator's Portofino features regional Italian specialties served in a casually elegant, yet festive atmosphere - complete with singing waiters. And, a new Indochine menu - based on authentic Vietnamese cuisine prepared with French cooking techniques - has been introduced in Latitudes on both the Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner.
The New Year will also ring in a series of new cabaret shows on the Seven Seas Navigator. The cabaret quartet will celebrate a spectrum of music in four revue-style productions with "Showstoppers - a Broadway Cabaret," a homage to the Great White Way; "Hot Rhythms," a showcase of toe-tapping tunes; "The Cole Porter Songbook," a tribute to the legendary song master; and "Somewhere in Time - a Musical Voyage," a stroll through the decades - from the Charleston to the Hustle.
In addition, all ships will feature two new concert-style piano performances with an orchestra accompaniment. Creating a visual as well a melodic experience, documentary-style photography will flash in the background, pulling the performer, musicians and images into a complete show of sights and sounds. A "Hand Full of Keys" will feature music from such legends as Nat King Cole, Billy Joel, and Sir Elton John, while "Play it Again" will include the best of Motown, Ragtime, Blues, Swing, and Rock and Roll.
The line's Spotlight cruise series continues to evolve with 26 voyages celebrating Photography, Yoga & Wellbeing, Music, Antiques, Film, Chocolate, and Food & Wine. Among the highlights will be a "James Beard Celebrity Chefs Tour" voyage and a "Theatre at Sea" cruise with Ed Asner, Cliff Robertson, Patricia Neal, Lee Roy Reams, John Tillinger and Leslie Uggams.