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Swan Hellenic Cruises

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About Swan Hellenic Cruises

The Swan Hellenic name was revived in 2020, marking the return of the 70-year-old British discovery cruise brand under new ownership and with two all-new expedition ships.

The original Swan Hellenic line -- which operated with one 353-passenger ship, Minerva -- ceased operating in 2017 following the collapse of its parent company All Leisure Holidays Ltd. In 2017 Canadian-owned G Adventures purchased the brand name and it has now been purchased by the new standalone company which is trading under the well-known name.

The first of two 152-passenger expedition ships -- SH Minerva (the name of the original Swan hellenic ship) -- launched in November 2021 and operated in the Antarctic; followed by a second ship, SH Vega, in May 2022.

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Swan Hellenic's Minerva at the ship's christening ceremony in November 2021. (Photo: Swan Hellenic)

32 Night
Ultimate Antarctica AdventureDetails

5 Reviews
Leaving:Ushuaia
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
Feb 7, 2023
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SH Vega
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15 Night
Spirit Of BrazilDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Fortaleza
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
Oct 23, 2023
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12 Night
In The Wake Of Celts And VikingsDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Dublin
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
Jun 3, 2023
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12 Night
Beyond The Antarctic CircleDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Ushuaia
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
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20 Night
Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia & South Atl...Details

9 Reviews
Leaving:Ushuaia
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
Mar 5, 2023
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7 Night
Svalbard ExploredDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Spitsbergen
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
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11 Night
Lands Of The CeltsDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Portsmouth
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
May 23, 2023
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13 Night
Arctic Islands & FjordsDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
Jun 23, 2023
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8 Night
Iceland In DepthDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
Aug 6, 2023
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15 Night
Greenland To Nova Scotia Exploring The Canadian Ar...Details

9 Reviews
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
Sep 21, 2023
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12 Night
Rainforests And Riches Of The Caribbean & BrazilDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:St. Maarten
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
Oct 11, 2023
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13 Night
Paradise Isles Of PolynesiaDetails

5 Reviews
Leaving:Lautoka
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
Sep 9, 2023
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13 Night
In The Wake Of Hms Beagle Through The Chilean Fjor...Details

5 Reviews
Leaving:Santiago
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
Oct 15, 2023
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Voyage To The Northwest PassageDetails

9 Reviews
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
Sep 5, 2023
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Island Hearts Of The ArcticDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Swan Hellenic Cruises
Aug 14, 2023
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Swan Hellenic Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Swan Hellenic cruise ships?

The reinvented company has said it will "retain its British heritage whilst being international in outlook" and will be aimed at passengers with "inquisitive minds" that want to explore and experience destinations in a sustainable way.

Do I have to dress up on a Swan Hellenic cruise?

No. The onboard dress code is relaxed and there are no formalities at mealtimes. Jeans, trousers, smart sportswear, polo shirts and long-sleeve tops paired with trainers or flat boat shoes are all fine. For excursions pack clothes appropriate for the weather in the region being visited. On polar expeditions heavy duty rubber boots are provided for the duration of the cruise and all passengers receive a complimentary expedition jacket to keep.

Is everything free on Swan Hellenic cruises?

Yes. The high number of inclusions cover a one-night hotel stay with breakfast prior to the cruise, airport and ship transfers, all meals including 24-hour room service, coffee, tea, soft drinks and an open bar, onboard lecture programme, shore excursions, Wi-Fi and tips.

What are Swan Hellenic’s most popular activities?

In keeping with the brand's original ethos, Swan Hellenic specialises in providing enriching cultural expeditions. Onboard activities revolve around expert lectures covering topics such as history, science and geography and subjects relevant to the itinerary. There is also a photography lab to help passengers capture the best moments from their trip, swap tips with others and book optional private tuition. The immersive experience continues on shore with excursions that provide a real insight into places visited.

Why go with Swan Hellenic?

Enlightening small ship cruising with attention to detail and personal service

Best for: Active and inquisitive cruisers looking for unique experiences around the globe

Not for: Passengers that like to party and have plenty of onboard entertainment

Swan Hellenic Cruises Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Swan Hellanic Vega an Amazing trip

We saw Albatross, Skuas, Petrels Dolphins (dusky) and Orca and Whales (Humpback, Fin, Beaked ) There were seals ,Elephant seals, leopard seals and mostly Wedell seals.One night as I thought of going to bed at 10:40PM I spotted a pod of Orca a half mile from the door to our balcony.Read More
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eray1066

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Swan Hellenic exceeded my expectations in every way

I would do this trip again in a heartbeat if I could but it would be difficult to get a more perfect trip than the one Swan Hellenic and their amazing staff provided in December.When it finally took place in December 2022, I had no idea what to expect, but my experience was that Swan Hellenic was first rate.Read More
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traveladdict911

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Antarctic Paradise

Christian was consistently friendly, discrete and hard working, making sure my room was consistently and perfectly cleaned and organized every single time, from the morning clean to the evening turn down service.He and his First Officer were consistently friendly and accommodating, going so far as to stop the ship to allow an incredible whale watching experience that occurred while traveling back to Ushuaia.Read More
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Taylor888

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Amazing adventure on an amazing vessel to Antarctica

Dinner: first and last night buffet others sit down with several options each evening, all very good to excellent .As a travel advisor I was given the opportunity to join several other advisors on this voyage.Read More
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Jagrn

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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