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Cruises and Sailing

 December 13, 2005
All-Balcony Suite Seven Seas Voyager's 108-Night World Cruise

 Luxury truly goes exploring during Seven Seas Voyager's 108-night, six-segment World Cruise departing Los Angeles January 10, 2006. Adventures on the far side of the globe are coupled with an overflowing roster of shipboard programming including celebrity, Smithsonian Institute and Ocean Futures Society guest lecturers, a wide array of musical entertainment, guest chefs, Le Cordon Bleu cooking workshops and creative culinary events, in addition to exclusive shore side events and unique land programs.

As the 700-guest all-balcony suite vessel plies the world's oceans, rivers, straits and seas, the extended exotic itinerary will reach 45 ports in 28 nations on five continents. From ship to shore, the World Cruise offers culturally intriguing and captivating programs that educate and inspire.

"Radisson Seven Seas is enjoying a period of unprecedented demand, and the 2006 World Cruise is a large part of our success. Over 300 discovery-hungry travelers will be sailing all 108 nights, and some of the individual segments are sold out. Extended cruising is the next wave in cruising, and interest is already running high in our 2007 111-night World Cruise," said Mark Conroy, president of Radisson Seven Seas Cruises.

A major highlight of each 14- to 23-night 2006 World Cruise segment is an exclusive complimentary shore side event: "Bay of Islands - 'Birth of a Nation'" in New Zealand; a "Day at the Races" in Fremantle, Australia; an "Overnight in Royal Bangkok;" "Goanese Secrets" in Goa; "Luxor & the Valley of the Kings" in Safaga, Egypt; and "The Junkanoo Explosion Party" in the Bahamas. Additional private events for full World Cruise guests include "Sydney the Beautiful;" "Reception at the Famed Burj Al Arab" in Dubai; and a private viewing of the Picasso Museum during "Cocktails with Picasso" in Barcelona.

Shore excursion highlights include a shark and ray feeding in Bora Bora; a Borneo extravaganza; a flight to Chiang Mai and hotel stay at the Four Seasons; a flight to Pagan to visit the temples of Myanmar; a visit to the Roman ruins at Leptus Magna (Tripoli), and a tour of the intimate town of Ronda, Andalusia's white city.

In addition, exciting one- to five-day overland tours are available, with some allowing guests to rejoin the ship at a later port. Among the many choices are an Indian Pacific train journey from Adelaide to Perth in Australia; a special visit to Laos from Bangkok; a "Journey of Maharajahs" private jet from Cochin to Jaipur for an overnight at the Raj Villas tented hotel, followed by a visit to Agra and the Taj Mahal; and a stay at the new Four Seasons Hotel in Langkawi.

Nonstop Onboard Entertainment

Discovery doesn't end at the ports of call. Onboard, experts from Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society as well as a distinguished roster of Smithsonian Institution speakers and prominent celebrity guests will offer stimulating discussions on a variety of life-enriching topics ranging from astronomy to international affairs to holistic medicine. Guests will also be entertained with the popular Audrey Grant's Better Bridge program, new Broadway-style productions and a host of guest musicians.

Tempting mind and palate, Latitudes, Signatures and La Veranda alternative dining venues will offer varying menus featuring regional local specialties, plus unique meals including a Polynesian "brang," a "Crazy Horse Cabaret" and a "Meal of Fortune."

Jan. 10, 23-night Los Angeles to Sydney cruise with Robert McFarlane, architect of the "Star Wars" initiative and former national security advisor to President Reagan; Tex Harris, former Ambassador to Argentina; Dr. David Aguillar, Smithsonian astronomer; and Dr. Thomas Anstett, a holistic medicine specialist. Per person fares from $7,498.

Feb. 2, 22-night Sydney to Hong Kong voyage with Bill Stubbs , retired Foreign Service officer; Smithsonian's Dr. Mary de Jabrun, a leading historian of Australian culture; Dr. Robert Tilling, Smithsonian volcanologist; Alan Patching, Australian entrepreneur/negotiator of the country's largest property deal; and Dr. Stanley Spielman, artist of native peoples. Per person fares from $11,471.

Feb. 24, 14-night Hong Kong to Singapore cruise with Dr. Oscar Fitzgerald, Smithsonian Naval war historian; Bill Stubbs, retired Foreign Service Officer; and a guest chef from Regent Hotels International. Per person fares from $9,296.

Mar. 10, 16-night Singapore to Dubai sojourn featuring Vidya Bhusian Soni, Indian ambassador to the Ukraine; Smithsonian's Dr. Sheldon Simon, leading political scientist; Sandra Bowern, travel writer and lecturer; an Indian guest chef; and optional Le Cordon Bleu cooking workshops. Per person fares from $9,971.

Mar. 26, 18-night Dubai to Rome voyage with Daniel Schorr, famed Watergate journalist and foreign correspondent; Dr. Leslie McLoughlin, Smithsonian historian and linguist; Sam Hart, retired Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; and Sandra Bowern, travel writer and lecturer. Per person fares from $9,971.

Apr. 13, 15-night cruise from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale with Diane Arkin, Smithsonian art historian; Bill Miller, ocean liners expert; Sandra Bowern; travel writer and lecturer; and celebrity guest chef Paulette Mitchell. Per person fares from $5,298.

In true "ultra-luxury" spirit, shipboard gratuities, wine, liquor and soft drinks throughout the voyage are included in the World Cruise fare.