Update: Swan Hellenic has told Cruise Critic this morning that a technical team is currently working on Minerva in Hamburg and adding two temporary generators. If all goes to plan, the ship will leave Hamburg next Thursday to arrive in Dover the next day, May 31, so the scheduled 16-day Baltic cruise can go ahead as planned. (May 20) -- Those awaiting the revival of one of Britain's most traditional cruise lines, Swan Hellenic, are going to have to wait a little longer as the company has had to cancel its first voyage this week.
The company has told Cruise Critic that the planned nine-day Norwegian Fjords trip from Dover on 12,500-ton, 350-passenger Minerva this Friday has been cancelled due to technical problems with the ship's diesel generators.
The ship had been on charter with Phoenix Reisen, a German tour operator.
It is now being sent to Hamburg for repairs but Swan Hellenic told Cruise Critic this morning that it is unable to say when the Minerva will be up and running again until it has conducted a thorough assessment.
Minerva's second cruise is due to depart on May 31 on a 16-day Baltic trip.
All passengers booked on the first cruise are being offered a full refund and a third of the amount paid on their cruise on any future trip before November 2009.
We will bring you more information as we get it.
--by Kelly Ranson, Associate Editor
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Swan Hellenic's Revival Cruise Cancelled, Second to Go Ahead
May 23, 2008