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Conde Nast Traveler's 2003 "World's Best" Readers' Choice Awards
Cruise Line Also Won "Best Small-Ship Cruise Line" Distinction
Ft. Lauderdale, FL., January 16, 2004 - The results are in: the Paul Gauguin and Seven Seas Navigator have outscored all other cruise ships, taking first and second place, respectively, in Conde Nast Traveler's 16th annual "Best in the World" Readers' Choice Awards, to be published in its Fevruary issue. The elegant Tahiti based Paul Gauguin was the grand winner, scoring an impressive overall 97.7 (out of 100), followed only by Radisson Seven Seas Cruises all-suite Seven Seas Navigator, with a score of 95.3.
The luxury cruise line was first honored in Conde Nast Traveler's November issue, named World's "Best Small-Ship Cruise Line" in the same reader poll, scoring an outstanding 93.8, and placing at a notable #27 on the magazine's Top 100 Gold List which includes hotels, airlines and other travel supplier. The February issue focuses on individual, rather than company, achievements.
"We're delighted to receive this recognition of excellence from the very travelers we aim to please," said Mark Conroy, president and CEO of Radisson Seven Seas. "To have not only one but two of our five vessels singled out as the 'best of the best' in a field of highly accomplished luxury players is extremely gratifying. The top praise of some of the world's most discerning travelers isnot only flattering - it's also a reality check that we're meeting our own high goals in striving to set the industry benchmark."
Award winners were determined from the responses of more than 32,000 Conde Nast Traveler readers. In the cruise category, 75 ships were rated on itineraries, crew/service, cabins/design, food/dining and activities/excursions - with the Paul Gauguin coming out on top as the "World's Best Cruise Ship." The ship scored a perfect 100 on itineraries, 99 for food/dining, 98.1 for both crew/service and cabin/design, and 93.3 for activities/excursions.
#1 Paul Gauguin
The deluxe 320-guest Paul Gauguin, which has become a South Seas legend, sails weekly roundtrip voyages from Papeete, Tahiti, to Raiatea, Tahaa/Motu Mahana, Bora Bora and Moorea. Specially designed for cruising these exotic islands, the intimate vessel offers spacious, ocean view accommodations (50 percent with private balconies).
The ship boasts her own retractable watersports platform and offers complimentary kayaking, water-skiing and windsurfing. Optional PADI certification and full scuba dive programs are available. The on board cuisine is inspired by two-star Michelin chef Jean-Pierre Vigato in two fine restaurants whose open-seating policy allows guests to dine when and with whomever they wish. Nightly entertainment includes international performers plus the talents of Les Gauguines, an all-female troupe of Polynesian singers and dancers.
#2 Seven Seas Navigator
The 490-guest Seven Seas Navigator became the line's first all-suite (90% with private balconies) vessel when she was launched in 1999, and in 2003 she was home-ported for the first time in New York for Bermuda and New England/Canada sailings. She is currently sailing the Caribbean.
All guests are accommodated in spacious ocean-view suites ranging from a minimum of 301 up to 1,173 square feet including marble-appointed bathrooms with separate shower and full bathtub and walk-in closet. Fine cuisine is served in two restaurants with single, open-seating dining in Compass Rose. The Carita Spa combines the art of gentle pampering with renewal and rejuvenation. Butler Service is included in the Master, Grand, Navigator and A & B Penthouse Suites.