NEW YORK -- Radisson Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) recently recorded six weeks of "record bookings -- gross and net," said CEO Mark Conroy.

The figures are a combination of delayed demand from the four weeks of war in Iraq and a seasonal slowdown in booking levels, Conroy said.

"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, Bermuda.

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 embarkations.

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.

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