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Not A Patch On It's Rivals

Review for Minerva to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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julesandsand

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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 mainly of slowly shuffling along. The staff are excellent and service is very good. We were in an owners suite which was serviced by Larysa who was an ...
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Sail Date: September 2016

Cabin Type: Owner's Suite


Med cruise

Review for Minerva to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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Travelling one

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

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 gym with just 5 exercise machines. There was a public laundry which is an unusual and welcome extra and a great library but otherwise facilities were very ...
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Sail Date: August 2016

Cabin Type: Bed outside


Fine Cruise with Woeful Excursions

Review for Minerva to Europe - British Isles & Western

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Pedleaway

6-10 Cruises

Age 80s

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 excellent. Sadly, the excursions; the crux of a cruise, were an absolute shambles due mainly to very poor planning and inadequate allocation of time. The trips were so ...
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Sail Date: July 2016

Cabin Type: 2 Bed Outside


Cruising with the senior set

Review for Minerva to Europe - British Isles & Western

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Birchinall1

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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 that was able to visit small ports and bays was attractive. The ship was fine if a bit dated. The food was adequate without being star quality. The staff ...
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Sail Date: July 2016

Cabin Type: 2 Bed Outside

Traveled with disabled person


Just Not for Everyone

Review for Minerva to Europe - British Isles & Western

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Peepsporter

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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 we might never have visited if not for this itinerary and was the reason we chose it. The good things: Again, a very interesting itinerary. The nicest fellow ...
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Sail Date: July 2016

Cabin Type: 2 Bed Outside


Excellent

Review for Minerva to France

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Brianbluebird

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

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 and cheese board. British/European not American food all seemingly cooked from scratch. And service was professional. Open dining. Both Restaurants had ...
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Sail Date: May 2016

Cabin Type: 2 Bed Outside


South America Discovery Cruise

Review for Minerva to South America

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Mprouse

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

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 Madrid airport. The first section of the flight was considered short haul so any food or drink had to be paid for. This was not explained in advance so came as ...
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Sail Date: February 2016

Cabin Type: 2 Bed Outside


To hell and back

Review for Minerva to South America

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annabel@thehayters.org

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

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 without hindering her enjoyment. The only dates that fitted both our diaries was the cruise Timeless South America from the 18th Feb to 5th March 2016. Having ...
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Sail Date: February 2016


Brilliant Cruise, Terrible Travel To and From It

Review for Minerva to Caribbean - Eastern

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pgoestravelling

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

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 nearly all aspects of the boat and its crew. We cannot think of any negative comment of significance that would be valid about either the ship or the crew who were ...
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Sail Date: December 2015

Cabin Type: 2 Bed Outside


Swan Hellenic’s Minerva

Review for Minerva to Mediterranean

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mgoldman666

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Minerva markets itself as a sea borne country house for those who want something a bit more traditional. This is highly accurate, apart from the lack of wallpaper. From the moment we set sight on our fellow passengers waiting to board our BA flight to Athens, for the ‘Mediterranean Escape’ cruise in November, we knew this would be a very British traveller’s experience. Previous reviews had lead ...
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Sail Date: November 2015

Cabin Type: 2 Bed Outside


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