FORT LAUDERDALE --
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises renewed its contract through 2008 to
manage the Paul Gauguin, the Tahiti-based vessel that was purchased
in 2004 by Boston-based Grand Circle Corp. and Vantage Deluxe World
The ship, which has
sailed in French Polynesia since its debut in 1998, will continue
to sail around the Tahitian Islands through the Radisson contact.
The contract was to expire at the end of 2006.
The ship will sail
from Australia in 2006, following a 22-day drydock in Brisbane,
Australia, in January. The 18-day cruise from Brisbane to Papeete,
Tahiti, is already sold out, Radisson said.
Plus, in response
to what Radisson said was demand for more adventurous South Pacific
itineraries, certain departures of the vessels seven-, 10- and
14-day sailings will include an option for six-night land packages
in New Zealand and Australia after the cruise. The post-cruise
packages start at $1,795 per person.
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