19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: 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
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: 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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
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
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
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
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: 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
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: 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
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: 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
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
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
35 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
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
Minerva Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.7
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 2.0 2.6
Family 1.0 2.6
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.9
Enrichment 5.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 4.3

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