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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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20 Night
South Atlantic Semi-circumnavigation

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Samba To Serenity: A South American Discovery

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10 Night
Paradise Islands Of The Indian Ocean

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Arctic Islands & Fjords

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12 Night
Iceland, East Greenland And Northern Lights

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10 Night
Antarctic Peninsula Odyssey

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17 Night
In Shackelton's Footsteps

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8 Night
From Magna Graecia To Greece

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Antarctic Peninsula Discovery

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Antarctic Peninsula Discovery

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South Atlantic Circumnavigation

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Southern Greenland Discovery

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Antarctic Peninsula Odyssey

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Svalbard Revealed

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Weddell Sea Discovery

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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

More negatives than positives

It felt deceptive.Again, it seemed deceptive.Read More
Evaritada

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 74s

Swan Hellenic Perfection

We felt these were negligible concerns compared to the service we received, the unique ports we were able to visit, the ridiculously wonderful food, the all-inclusive nature of the cruise, and the intimacy unique to small ships.The tradeoffs for sailing on a small ship were; very little onboard entertainment, more wave motion, and higher price.Read More
Adrian n Lindsay

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 51s

4.5 star AND easy ways to improve to get more

That said, there were always plenty of dessert choices and even the cakes were moister that what you get on a big cruise line) *** Note: I stopped trying the soup after the first two consecutive days.Swan simply needs to convert to Starlink and provide a better basic WIFI experience, especially since the vast majority of the cruise was spent in jungle areas with zero connectivity cellular or other 4.Read More
GDNRDY

few6-10 Cruises

Age 63s

Outstanding Cruise, looking forward to Antarctica

All inclusive cruise with the exception of good internet.:-( Swan Hellenic please include good internet for your guests they will appreciate it being included.Read More
Michael Dalke

many10+ Cruises

Age 65s

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