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Seven Seas Navigator Christened in Ft. Lauderdale by Marilyn Nelson;
CEO of Carlson Companies Ranked One of "20 Most
Powerful Women in American Business" by Fortune

As every new ship has a godmother, every godmother stands ready to christen the vessel whose spirit she embodies. So the 490-guest Seven Seas Navigator -- the only luxury vessel to be launched in 1999 and the first all-suite ship in the Radisson Seven Seas fleet -- was christened by Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chair and CEO of the multi-billion dollar Carlson Companies of Minneapolis.

The $200 million luxury ship -- 90 per cent of her spacious, ocean view suites boasting private balconies -- is the largest and fastest ship in a fleet that reaches 500 destinations on all seven continents including the two polar regions. Radisson Seven Seas, whose distinctive blue logo of a lyre emblazons the new ship, is a division of Carlson Hospitality Worldwide, one of Carlson Companies' major operating groups.

Ms. Nelson -- ranked one of the "20 Most Powerful Women in American Business" by Fortune magazine (October 25, 1999 issue) for the second year running -- broke the traditional bottle of champagne across the Seven Seas Navigator's gleaming white hull as invited guests looked on.

As CEO of the world's largest private travel company and "Millennium Chair" of the Travel Industry of America, Ms. Nelson has fittingly been called "America's First Lady of Travel" by the international press.

With her all-suite accommodations, private balconies, walk-in closets and full bathrooms, the Seven Seas Navigator's inaugural season will include a 50-night circumnavigation of South America; an 18-night "Millennium Celebration Cruise" a series of 12 Panama Canal & Costa Rica voyages featuring extensive land options in Costa Rica; and nine Alaska voyages starting in May 2000, exploring the Pacific Northwest's fascinating coastline.


Voyage from Tahiti to Remote Marquesas Islands to be
Offered Aboard Ultra-Deluxe Vessel in November, 1999

Homage to Gauguin, 150 Years After His Birth

Gauguin family members, joined by other passengers from the Paul Gauguin and local residents last April, planted a tree near Paul Gauguin's gravesite in a ceremony that honored the painter -- amidst the unspoiled beauty and Polynesian way of life that live on in his art.

Gauguin first came to Tahiti in 1891, but it was the even more remote islands of the Marquesas that attracted him in his final years, and Hiva Oa had become his home in what he called the "earthly paradise" of Polynesia.

Back to the Marquesas in 1999

The Paul Gauguin, the most deluxe cruise ship to be based in Polynesia year-round, will offer a 14-night voyage to the Marquesas. The vessel will sail from Papeete on November 20, 1999, calling at Bora Bora; at Hatiheu and Taiohae on Niku Hiva; at Hakahau on Ua Pou; at Puamau and Atuona on Hiva Oa; at Hanavave on Fatu Hiva; at Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Archipelago; and in Moorea, across the Sea of the Moon from Tahiti. Prices start from $6,790 per person, double occupancy.

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