NEW YORK -- Radisson Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) recently recorded
six weeks of "record bookings -- gross and net," said CEO Mark
The figures are a combination of delayed demand from the four
weeks of war in Iraq and a seasonal slowdown in booking levels,
"These are bookings like we'd get in January," he said.
"Hopefully, we'll be strong through the summer."
Conroy recently joined Bermuda Minister of Tourism Renee Webb
aboard the Seven Seas Navigator, which is about to begin the line's
first Bermuda summer season. The ship sails weekly from New York
and calls in Norfolk, Va., and Hamilton and St. George,
Conroy told Travel Weekly, the Navigator is sailing full.
Conroy said any success in Bermuda can be partly attributed to
RSSC's unplanned decision to allow passengers to embark on
roundtrip cruises during the Navigator's call in Norfolk. The line
now will pick up about 70 to 80 passengers in Norfolk.
Conroy said a local sales rep "twisted my arm" to do the Norfolk
A package offering complimentary two-night, precruise stays at
New York's Waldorf-Astoria is attracting more passengers from
outside the New York area, he added.