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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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SH Diana

13 Night
In The Wake Of The Hms Beagle Throught The Chilean...

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SH Diana

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Madagascar And Its Islands

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SH Diana

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Mysteries Of Carthage And The Moors

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SH Diana

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Antarctic Peninsula In Depth

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Secrets Of Sicily

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Natural Wonders Of The Atacama And Paracas Desert

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Africa To America Antarctic Epic

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Svalbard

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Svalbard

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Spirit Of Antarctica

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Antarctic Peninsula In Depth

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From Magna Graecia To Greece

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Southern Greenland Discovery

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Holistic Escape, From Panama To Acapulco

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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

Book this trip, best experience of my life.

I want to do this trip again and I will only do it with the team at Swan Hellinic.I promise that you will not regret this trip.Read More
Dani Bevan

2-5 Cruises

Age 55s

Amazing Boat, Staff, Scenery and Weather - ticked all boxes!

The boat was lovely, the staff attentive and happy, the guests were very interesting and there were a large number of solo travellers on board which made for great socialising.The weather was very kind to us and we saw some amazing wildlife, I have no problem recommending this company and the boat - what a lovely vessel.Read More
CarolineRev

2-5 Cruises

Age 42s

LOVED IT! I would highly recommend Swan Hellenic SH Vega to everyone looking to explore the world!

I do recommend anyone to explore the Antarctic Peninsula with Swan Hellenic on board SH Vega.The destination, exploring the Antarctic Peninsula helped, but regardless the destination, we loved everything about our experience on board, the excursions, before and after boarding.Read More
Savvy Traveler in Florida

10+ Cruises

Age 55s

Most amazing experience in absolute comfort

The dining room staff were incredibly competent and friendly as were the staff in the upstairs cafe.Luxury is the first word that comes to mind, but comfort and the friendly staff played a huge part in making this the most wonderful experience.Read More
Biccy

2-5 Cruises

Age 64s

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