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julesandsand
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
The one good thing about this ship is it's small. I would advise anyone under the age of 75 to go elsewhere - we are 59 and 58 and felt far too young to be aboard. The side effect of this is that 'walking' tours taken from the ship consist ... Read more
carolroy1
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
14 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The main reason I cruise with this line are the lectures that are given. We had two excellent lecturers. There is no gambling or Broadway shows on this ship. There are around 340 passengers. Two restaurants: one buffet and one ... Read more
Travelling one
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Swan Hellenic appeal to a niche market of rich and retired people and whilst the restaurant and ship crew were very polite and helpful, the Swan Hellenic staff were often rude and condescending. The ship is small with a tiny pool and ... Read more
Birchinall1
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We have always been interested in the discovery element of cruising offered by Swan Hellenic; we liked the idea of a ''country house' atmosphere and we were keen on the itinerary. The thought of being in a small ship with fewer passengers ... Read more
Peepsporter
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
First - the cruise left from Portsmouth, England. We had a very good time on this cruise of the West Coast of the United Kingdom. Ports were Guernsey, Scilly, Fishguard, Stornaway, Oban, Isle of Man, and Waterford, Ireland. All places ... Read more
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Pedleaway
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
A splendid glossy brochure described lovely excursions from various ports around Britain from the Channel Islands to Scotland and Ireland. The ship was clean, meals were plenty and of good qualitity, service at meal times was ... Read more
Brianbluebird
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
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
annabel@thehayters.org
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I chose a cruise as I have terminal cancer and am unable to do very much, so my carer and I decided a cruise would be a very good option as she could do as many of the shore excursions as she wanted to and I could do what I was able to do ... Read more
Mprouse
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
16 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
33 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
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mgoldman666
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
9 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
250 forum posts
20 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
Suewoodcock
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 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
4 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
1 helpful vote
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
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LandC
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
75 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
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
C.KENNEDY5
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 helpful votes
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
4 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
51 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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Seacooky
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
178 forum posts
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
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
afterdeck
Member Since 2013
1 review
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
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
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
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