Fort Lauderdale-based Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, resulting from 1994's merger of Seven Seas
Cruises and Radisson Cruises, is part of Carlson Hospitality Worldwide of Carlson Companies, Inc.,
one of America's largest privately-owned corporations. With debut of Seven Seas Voyager,
RSSC's newest all-suite, all-balcony ship in 2003, the line's six-star fleet has reached
nearly 3,000 luxury berths. RCCL's small to mid-size ships also include Seven Seas Mariner,
Seven Seas Navigator, the twin-hulled Radisson Diamond, the yacht-like Song of Flower
(sold and leaving the fleet in October, 2004) and Paul Gauguin, dedicated to the South Pacific.
RSSC sails to more than 300 ports on six continents, including Antarctica, aboard vessels for
guests numbering in hundreds, not thousands. Upscale, "but not uptight" is how the line describes
onboard ambiance. RSSC is the first cruise line to enjoy membership in the Guild of English
The distinctive twin-hulled Radisson Diamond, melding small-ship intimacy with larger-ship amenities,
provides exceptional stability at sea. Of 177 ocean-view staterooms, 123 boast private balconies.
Radisson Diamond is known for port intensive itineraries. Single seating meals in the Grand Dining Room,
among the most romantic at sea, lead to lingering over good conversation, with lasting friendships
frequently formed. On formal nights, men typically wear tuxes and women pull out all the stops.
By day, dress leans toward the casually elegant.
Shipboard gratuities are included in cruise fare.
Windows Lounge, with vast expanses of glass stretching two decks high, offers great views,
and is a delightful place to take afternoon tea.
Some 70 percent feature private balconies, the remainder have large picture-windows.
All include a sitting room for dining in privacy. The smallest is 243 square feet,
while Master Suites range from 486 to 522 square feet. All have queen-size or twin
beds and marble baths with full tub and shower. Also available are adjoining suites,
wheelchair accessible suites and triple suites. Master Suites offer butler service.
TV/VCR, refrigerator/mini-bar stocked with soft drinks and complimentary in-stateroom
bar set-up, 24-hour room service, terry robes, hair dryer and personal safe.
Kid & Teen Stuff
RSSC may restrict the number of children on board, and is unable to accept infants
under 6 months. Children's pricing varies, depending on itinerary and sailing date.
Two open, single-seating restaurants are the Grand Dining Room and Don Vito's,
a reservations-only ItalianTrattoria operating by day as The Grill.
A choice of fine, complimentary wine is poured nightly, with a sommelier
on hand to discuss alternatives for purchase. Guests may dine en suite with
24-hour room service.
Sports / Health / Fitness
On Deck 11, a spa and fitness center includes upright and recumbent bicycles,
free weights, stair climbers, treadmills and Nautilus personal circuit machines.
A fitness instructor conducts classes from walk-a-thons and low impact to step
aerobics and circuit training. The spa has a quartet of treatment rooms,
two steam rooms, and two saunas. Pampering ranges from massage to body scrubs.
Salon services include waxing, hair coloring and facials.
The Club has nightly entertainment including cabaret-style acts. Spins around the
dance floor are possible even for solo travelers, with gentlemen hosts available
for unescorted ladies. Contract Bridge, art auctions and classes in ballroom
dancing are offered. On each voyage, a guest lecturer drawn from the Diplomatic
Service, leading universities or museums presents informal talks or slide shows
about places on itineraries.
The Club, Windows Lounge, casino, library, boutique,
boardroom. Deck 9 has a Medical Center with emergency equipment
and services of a doctor and nurse.