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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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Port: Ushuaia • Antarctica • Tristan da Cunha • Cape Town

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Port: Ushuaia • West Point • Saunders Island • West Point • Antarctica • Ushuaia

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Port: Ushuaia • Antarctica • Ushuaia

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Iceland, East Greenland And Northern Lights

Port: Reykjavik • Isafjord • Ittoqqortoormiit • Scoresby Sund • Kong Oscar Fjord +4 more

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Port: Ushuaia • Antarctica • Ushuaia

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Port: Dublin • Portrush • Portree • Stromness Orkney Islands • Lerwick • Torshavn +9 more

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Port: Amsterdam • Zeebrugge • Honfleur • Saint-Malo • Scilly Isles • Lorient • Vigo • Porto • Lisbon

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Swan Hellenic Cruises 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 Cruiser Reviews

Memorable

First time on an expedition ship.First time on a small ship cruise.Read More
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Stuartga

many10+ Cruises

Age 80s

Beautiful Ship but Svalbard is Not Desirable

Also, we only saw the sun for around 30 minutes during the entire week.No TV channels were available during the entire cruise, but there was a comprehensive selection of movies.Read More
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RichSD

many10+ Cruises

Age 64s

Brilliant experience

The cabin was very comfortable and the housekeeping staff were efficient and kept the room in excellent condition.The basic wifi isn’t great, and it’s not cheap to upgrade, but we weren’t there to sit on social media, so it was a good incentive to break from that.Read More
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SophiaSm

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 39s

Trip of a lifetime

An absolutely amazing trip with a great ship and crew.Ice breaking in the ship was another wonderful experience.Read More
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Leighla Remi

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