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Swan Hellenic's Minerva has come a long way from its beginnings as the ice-strengthened hull of a planned Ukrainian spy ship to its current position as an upscale ship with a country-house hotel atmosphere, ...
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Brianbluebird
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Aged 67 and 63 we has a first time on this small ship and will return . We are very experienced cruisers mainly with smaller ships. The food was notably very good indeed, varied and of excellent quality. Choice of 3 soups, great salads ... Read more
Mprouse
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Our first cruise on the Minerva. This was a trip made up of two cruises - Timeless South America and Natural Wonders of Latin America. We flew to Santiago in Chile from London Heathrow with Iberia. The flight was poor with a 2 hour wait in ... Read more
pgoestravelling
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
5 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Having spent nearly two weeks on the Swan Hellenic Minerva over Christmas, we are able to give a Cygnet’s opinion (as first time Swan Hellenic travellers are known) of life on the Minerva. Overall we were very impressed with ... Read more
mgoldman666
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Minerva markets itself as a sea borne country house for those who want something a bit more traditional. This is highly accurate, apart from the lack of wallpaper. From the moment we set sight on our fellow passengers waiting to board our ... Read more
johncb7
Member Since 2010
1 review
235 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We were very pleased with our Sun Deck cabin on Minerva. Good size cabin and wide balcony. Stewardess was excellent. The ship appeared to be well maintained and in good order. However things changed when we sailed. The vibration and ... Read more

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Suewoodcock
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
I travelled on Minerva first December then returned 12/05/2015. The quality of food was poor even since Christmas when chef replaced and obviously budget reduced. The speakers had not liased and there was overlapping of information, ... Read more
AA +Ilovecruising
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This is our first and last time we use this ship. It its said to have been refurbished, but boy, does it need another one! DO NOT get a cabin on A or B deck from the reception backwards especially A73 - the vibration when the ship is ... Read more
cricman47
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
An enjoyable cruise which, at the discounted fare, was good value for money (probably 5*) but which seems highly overpriced at brochure price. Booking was made less than three weeks before sailing. Swan Hellenic reservations team very ... Read more
LandC
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
66 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise on the Minerva. We normally cruise on mid size ships, but booked this cruise to celebrate special birthdays. We got an early flight from London; the check in clerk told us that Swan Hellenic had booked passengers ... Read more
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sdmacg
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
Having just completed our second cruise on Minerva we think that its still doing things right. We shopped around the cruise lines at one time, and have sailed with some that we find too opulent, some with excessively expensive alcohol ... Read more

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C.KENNEDY5
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2014
This was our 5th or 6th cruise on Minerva so it must be reasonably good if we keep returning. We have learned to accept the excessive engine vibrations and carefully choose our cabin accordingly. The staff are great and the lectures and ... Read more
mjtravellers
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We wanted an interesting cruise on a small ship over Christmas and New Year and the " Mysteries of the Maya" cruise, visiting Central/South America and the Caribbean, sounded ideal. It was our fourth cruise, having been once on Azamara ... Read more
MelvynG
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
49 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We sailed from Portsmouth. You transfer by bus from the terminal to the ship, but the transfer is quite short. Long delay boarding as ship was entertaining travel agents. The main feature for us was the quality of. Guest speakers. You ... Read more
Seacooky
Member Since 2012
1 review
177 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Air booked by Swan=Excellent:Phx-Istanbul--Rome-Phx & transfers to/from Minerva. Speakers=Excellent.Itinerary=Excellent.Staff=Excellent.Library=Excellent. Entertainment=Passable.Public Rooms=Excellent.Pool=Passable,not heated. Needs ... Read more
artemisiag
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I went on the 'Holy Lands' cruise, March - April 2013. It was fantastically good value and had the most wonderful time! I loved being on the ship, arriving at an exotic port at dawn, a days fabulous sightseeing,all extremely well and ... Read more

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afterdeck
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We arrived independently in Aqaba Jordan & as there was not shuttle bus as advertised we made our own way to the ship which caused some consternation with the Port Security. Anyway they threw our suitcases in the back of their ute ... Read more
Pat Pascoe
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2011
First time for us with Swan Hellenic and first time on such a small ship. It was a delight. Just small enough for easy access to all amenities. After our last cruise, on Aurora, my husband, who was convalescing after a hip replacement op, ... Read more
Christopher Jarman
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2011
I spent my early years in the Royal Navy and so there was a touch of nostalgia about this Mediterranean cruise. Like being back in the wardroom but with no work to do!To begin with we were suddenly upgraded to an outside cabin about two ... Read more
BRPuffin
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2011
I am a traveler who frequently takes solo trips. I had traveled northern India by myself two years before this cruise and wanted to return and do southern India but did not know where to start. When I saw this cruise offering I grabbed it ... Read more
gunthorpe r
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Arrived at 1700 after 4hr(from London!)journey to T5 to find No reps( all gone home at 1500!) Nothing! 120 elderly passengers in a daze.....apparently abandoned. So home we went. 3 days later, SH contacted us preening themselves,they ... Read more

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r gunthorpe
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Arrived at 1700 after 4hr(from London!)journey to T5 to find No reps( all gone home at 1500!) Nothing! 120 elderly passengers in a daze......3 days later, preening themselves,they had found plane from STN. Great flight TITAN Thank you. ... Read more
Red_Roger
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2010
From our arrival by car at Dover cruise terminal it was clear that this cruise was going to be a well organised experience. We drove into the terminal under the overall roof of the former Dover Marine railway station, our luggage was ... Read more
WilmslowBridge
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2010
A fantastic cruise on Swan Hellenic Minerva. Stopped at 10 incredible ports on this cruise. Small ship so we could get into ports that the larger ships can't manage. Food, service, staff and cleanliness excellent. We could not fault it ... Read more
dileep
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
4,651 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed January 2010
04 January 2010 The day started out cloudy and it looked like it might rain. We decided against taking a 2-hour Beagle Channel cruise (which we had already experienced 4 years ago) and just walked the town, buying and sending postcards, ... Read more

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