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Seven Seas Navigator's Last Four New York- Bermuda Cruises
Start spreading the news: the Seven Seas Navigator's last four roundtrip New York to Bermuda cruises this August will feature free economy airfare from 86 North American gateways plus a complimentary two-night pre-cruise stay at the luxurious Waldorf-Astoria, including a ticket to a choice of Broadway musicals. Additionally, during this summer vacation season, the Seven Seas Navigator will offer Club Mariner youth programs and invites children to sail free August 24 and 31 when sharing a suite with their families.
Those not opting for the complimentary economy air and pre-cruise package will instead receive $750 per person savings off the cruise fare.
Ending her tenure as the only luxury vessel regularly sailing from the Big Apple to Bermuda, the 490-guest Seven Seas Navigator's August 10, 17, 24, and 31 cruises will be the ship's last to operate regularly on the New York to Bermuda route. In 2006, the acclaimed ship will summer in Europe.
With Wednesday departures from New York, the Seven Seas Navigator is the only vessel to dock in Hamilton on Fridays and Saturdays and in St. George on Sundays, allowing guests to bypass crowds in these popular ports. On her return, the ship calls in Norfolk, Virginia, home to the USS Wisconsin and the Chrysler Museum, and is also the gateway to Colonial Williamsburg. On each seven-night cruise to Bermuda's pink sands and pastel houses, guests enjoy all-suite accommodations (90% with private balconies) and enriching shipboard programs. Pro-supervised golf clinics, an Audrey Grant Better Bridge program, computer instructor, and dance and gentlemen hosts will be featured on every sailing.
Making these summer vacations genuine family affairs, children age 11 and under will sail free aboard the August 24 and 31 voyages, when booked in third or fourth berths only. On all four August sailings, the complimentary Club Mariner youth program will be available. Designed for three age groups, five to nine, 10 to 13, and 14 to 17, counselor-supervised activities will focus on the British Crown Colony's culture, heritage and crafts. A children's menu will also be served in the Compass Rose dining room.
Before boarding the Seven Seas Navigator on Manhattan's West Side, guests of the August 10, 17, 24 and 31 cruises may enjoy free roundtrip economy air and ample time to explore the city that never sleeps with two pre-cruise nights at the famed Waldorf-Astoria. Nothing rounds out the New York experience like tickets to a Broadway show, so guests will also have their choice of seeing "Phantom of the Opera" or "Fiddler On The Roof." For an additional $349 per person, guests can take advantage of the Broadway Inner Circle program, which includes best seats in the house to "The Producers," "Wicked," or "Hairspray" and dinner at the Palm restaurant.
The Great White Way comes aboard August 10 with a special "Spotlight on Broadway." One of the producers of the phenomenally successful Mel Brooks musical "The Producers" will share behind-the-scenes scoops, and performers from another contemporary Broadway hit will share their own experiences. A forward-looking historian will discuss where Broadway is headed and the acclaimed theatrical group "Three Men and a Baby Grand" will bring to life classics of the stage.
The Seven Seas Jazz Festival continues on the August 24 sailing from America's Jazz Capital. Spotlighted will be The Cary Richards Orchestra, a superb virtuoso group that plays everything from Big Band to mainstream jazz.
Per person prices for the seven-night roundtrip New York to Bermuda voyages from $3,146 include free roundtrip economy airfare from 86 North American gateways, complimentary two-night pre-cruise stay at the Waldorf-Astoria and Broadway show ticket, all shipboard gratuities, wine with dinner and an in-suite bar set-up. Instead of the free economy air and pre-cruise package, guests may opt to receive $750 per person savings off the cruise fare.
New for Radisson Seven Seas in 2005
For Radisson Seven Seas and a select company of the luxury line's guests, 2005 will be the year of the long cruise. From a 108-night full globe circumnavigation to a 56-night roundtrip New York "Top of the World" adventure to a 93-night Grand Circle South Pacific voyage, the acclaimed cruise line is offering its most comprehensive set of extended itineraries to date. Rounding out the program, the Paul Gauguin will offer an expanded series of 10- to 14-night sailings in French Polynesia.
In addition, new onboard programs will abound fleet wide including distinguished learning opportunities through a joint venture program with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society. New ports of call and shore excursions will also be introduced.
The 700-guest all-balcony suite Seven Seas Voyager will depart Los Angeles January 5, 2005, on a 108-night voyage that will fully circumnavigate the world. The seven-segment World Cruise will reach 44 ports in 27 countries and feature Le Cordon Bleu classes, Spotlight Cruise themed programming, guest lectures, and 12 complimentary shore side events, including a Truk Island scuba dive with legendary oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau and a dinner among the Pillars of Luxor in Egypt.
On June 15, the 490-guest, all-suite (90% with private balconies) Seven Seas Navigator will embark on the cruise line's first ever "Top of the World" voyage, roundtrip from New York. Sailing a series of northern passages to Iceland, Greenland, and the Baltic, the remarkable 56-night adventure will be available in five combinable segments, ranging from ten to fourteen nights in length.
Geothermal wonders of the Pacific Rim, ancient treasures of the Far East, wonders Down Under and romantically inspiring Tahiti will be explored on the all-balcony suite 700-guest Seven Seas Mariner's September 7, 93-night Grand Circle South Pacific voyage. Following the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire," the seven-segment voyage will call at 48 ports in 14 countries and include seven special shore side events.
The Seven Seas Navigator will also ply the clear, calm waters of the South Pacific aboard a 26-night roundtrip Los Angeles voyage calling at the Society, Marquesan and Hawaiian Islands, as well as at Christmas Island.
In 2005, the Paul Gauguin will offer guests a selection of 35 seven-night Society Islands itineraries plus an expanded series of 10-, 11-, and 14-night sailings reaching the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Australs, Cook and Pitcairn Islands (for a total solar eclipse cruise).
Radisson Seven Seas will also add new port calls in 2005: Heimaey (Iceland), Gdansk (Poland), Angmassalik (Greenland), Tropoli (Libya), St. Lucia, Roatan Island (Honduras), and Belize City (Belize). In addition, the luxury cruise line will add a variety of new and exciting shore excursions including a rainforest aerial tram in Dominica, a sloth sanctuary and canoe ride in Puerto Limón and dolphin encounter in Roatan.
In June 2005, the Paul Gauguin's "Ambassadors of the Environment" program officially launches, in partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society. The program aims to give youngsters aged nine to 15 direct interactive experience with and knowledge of marine and island ecosystems, emphasizing the critical importance of coral reefs, sustainable lifestyles and traditional Polynesian culture.
Grand Circle Corporation and Vantage Deluxe
Alan E. Lewis, Chairman and CEO of Grand Circle Corporation, and Henry R. Lewis, Chairman of Vantage Deluxe World Travel, direct market leaders headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, announce the joint acquisition of the Paul Gauguin, a 320-passenger, luxury cruise ship, from Centre Group Holdings, a subsidiary of the Zurich Insurance Group, for an undisclosed amount. The cruise ship currently operates year-round in French Polynesia.
"The acquisition of the Paul Gauguin expands our small ship vacation offerings to our travelers -- Americans aged 55 and older," said the Lewis brothers. "Mature Americans seek unique ports of call, interactions with locals, and hands-on cultural experiences. Grand Circle and Vantage are experts in delivering these experiences on land, and by combining these with the luxurious, small ship experience of the Paul Gauguin, we will be able to offer a wonderful, life-changing experience to travelers."
Completed in December 1997 in Chantiers de L'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France (the same ship yard that built the Queen Mary 2) for an estimated $140 Million USD, the Paul Gauguin is a five-star ship equipped with 183 spacious staterooms and suites, a gym, outdoor swimming pool, theater, shop, and spa.
For 2005, Radisson Seven Seas, the ship's current operator, will continue to manage the Paul Gauguin, which will continue to sail in French Polynesia through the end of the year. The ship will serve Radisson Seven Seas customers, as well as customers of both Grand Circle Travel and Vantage Deluxe World Travel. The Paul Gauguin will be repositioned in 2006 to offer cruises, based on the season, throughout South America, the Mediterranean, the Baltics, and Antarctica. The ship will be marketed, operated, and staffed by Grand Circle Corporation and Vantage Deluxe World, which together own or charter more than 60 small ships throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Egypt, Asia, the Pacific Rim, the Galapagos, and South America.
"As direct marketers, we pass savings directly to the customer, so we will be able to offer travelers a five-star experience at a four-star price," said Alan Lewis. "We will also enrich the experience with the unique cultural interactions and opportunities for learning for which Grand Circle and Vantage are known with more than 40 special cruise vacations."
Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Vantage Deluxe World Travel is a well-respected tour operator with more than 20 years of experience in creating high-quality yet affordable travel programs for mature travelers. Vantage creates upscale escorted tours to a variety of destinations all over the world, including Canada, Europe, Russia, China, Latin America, and Iceland. All the itineraries are unique to Vantage and provide the customer with a complete package -- including airfare, many meals, and comprehensive sightseeing.
Established in 1958, Grand Circle Travel is the largest division of Grand Circle Corporation, the leader in international travel, adventure, and discovery for Americans aged 50 and older. Through Grand Circle Travel, Overseas Adventure Travel, Grand Circle Cruise Lines, and VBT Bicycling Vacations, the company offers more than 100 unique vacations to more than 60 countries and has served more than 1.5 million mature travelers. The leader in small ship travel, Grand Circle's small ship fleet has expanded since 1997 from one to more than 17 custom-built, fully-owned and operated river ships, as well as 19 small ship charters, and 10 barges in France, Holland, and Belgium that were obtained through the acquisition of Continental Waterways in August 2004. Grand Circle is headquartered in Boston, Massachuetts with 39 offices worldwide. The Grand Circle Foundation, with an honorary board that includes Sir Edmund Hillary, has donated more than $20 million to educational, cultural, and environmental organizations worldwide since its establishment in 1992.
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