“Left like the soldiers at Dunkirk after the last boat ......”
Cruise review of Swan Hellenic Minerva

r gunthorpe Minerva 2 Left like the soldiers at Dunkirk after the last boat ......
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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. Arrived 2400 in Dubai ushered on, and away we sailed. Following day Captain announced 3 ports will NOT be visited in order that he can keep to "schedule". Consequently spent DAYS drifting at 8 knots! to waste time so the schedule could be resumed.

Captains welcome party consisted of him telling of his childhood days... of being sick.. Is this really a superior cruising company?

Ship comfortable, Catering and hotel staff wonderful, Food good.

Ship management? dreadful.Passengers,some quite amazing for their years. Mostly a jolly good crowd.

Ports we did visit were very interesting.

Sad we had to berth in coal docks, on account of cheapness. Immigration formalities, almost as bad as Russia. After 50yrs in the business you would have thought they had built up some relationships, as they were all repeat ports.

What a thoroughly depressing way to spend Christmas and New Year!! Highlights were the spirit of the passengers and our lecturers.

If you can remember Katy Boyle: Swan Hellenic Nil pointes !!

Minerva Cruises to the Middle East
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Baltic Deck, Inside 2 plus 1 berths. Clean , cosy with plenty of wardrobe space and drawers. Pull down bed for number 3 not used. small desk for ....writing ? TV hair dryer. Ship noise when underway , but not an unreasonable level.
Published 01/09/11
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