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 cheerful, gave superb service and had an obvious wish for us to have a good time.
Booking direct was very easy and we were offered what seems to be the standard discount for doing so. Discounts increase as the date of the cruise approaches and those who booked at the last minute spoke of higher discounts being offered to them. Regulars spoke of being given upgrades after booking. That said, the cruise after ours was fully booked and therefore if you leave it too late, you might miss out. A 5% discount is offered to repeat clients, I do not know if this is offered in addition to other discounts.