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140 million pounds all-balcony suite vessel to debut March 2003

Radisson Seven Seas<.> Cruises (RSSC<.>) and its joint venture with Monte Carlo-based V.Ships has signed an agreement with…

Radisson Seven Seas<.> Cruises (RSSC<.>) and its joint venture with Monte Carlo-based V.Ships has signed an agreement with the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa to build its second all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship. RSSC is expected to take delivery of the 700-guest luxury ship in March 2003.

The estimated $140 million vessel, to be named the Radisson Seas Voyager, will be constructed at the T.Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy, the home of the RSSC`s all-suite Seven Seas Navigator.

The Seven Seas Voyager will join her sister ship, the all-suite, all-balconied 700-guest Seven Seas Mariner as the world`s second all balcony suite cruise ship. The Mariner is due to embark on her maiden voyage in March 2001. Whilst the Voyager will be a sister ship of the Mariner, she will not be an identical twin, despite offering equally luxurious amenities, an exceptionally high space ratio and elegant public spaces.

Due to the T. Mariotti shipyard`s single corridor design concept, suites on the Voyager will be patterned along the lines of the highly popular suites aboard the Navigator, featuring bathrooms with separate showers and baths comments Mike Baker, Vice President, Sales and Marketing UK, RSSC.

Guests of the Voyager will find the same number of elegant and spacious public rooms as aboard the Mariner. The four main diving venues on the all-balcony, all-suite ship will include the 110-seat Signatures, set to debut aboard the Mariner in March 2001, the first permanent shipboard restaurant to be directed by the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu of Paris.

Standard ocean view suites aboard the Voyager will provide guests with over 300 square feet of living space (including balconies) with separate living areas, walk-in wardrobes and full bathrooms boasting separate showers and full baths.

The Voyager will boast a similarly generous guest space ratio as both the Navigator and the Mariner as well as the elegant amenities, fine dining, impeccable service and destination-intensive itineraries found throughout the Radisson Seven Seas fleet. Also like the mariner, the Voyager will feature the 21st century marine technology of the pod propulsion system. By eliminating the traditional shaft and rudder system of conventional propulsion system, the pod system minimises noise and vibration.

According to Curtis Nelson, President and CEO of Carlson Hospitality Worldwide, comments, We`ve kept on course of introducing new luxury ships at a steady pace, having launched the Paul Gauguin in 1997 and the Navigator in 1999-with the Mariner due to enter service in 2001, and the Voyager in 2003, our ambitious growth plans are moving ahead.

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