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Swan Hellenic MINERVA

ABOVE: Swan Hellenic's Minerva (foreground) at the Langelinie quay in Copenhagen, Denmark. INSET BELOW: Minerva's Shackleton Bar.

Shackleton BarUntil a few years ago, Swan Hellenic was a long-established British boutique line that served English-speaking cruisers of all nationalities. It emphasized "discovery cruising," with guest lecturers and shore excursions that focus on history, art, and sightseeing.

All ocean cruises were aboard MV Minerva, a 12,500-ton, 350-passenger vessel that entered service in 1996 and underwent a 1,000,000 upgrade in 2011. (Minerva has a capacity of 350 passengers and is decorated in English "country house" style. Accommodations range from standard cabins to deluxe suites with balconies. Two cabins and two suites are equipped for disabled passengers.)

In 2017, Swan Hellenic was acquired by a British adventure-travel company named G Adventures and put on hiatus pending a planned relaunch in 2018 (which still hadn't happened when we last updated this page in August, 2019).

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Inset photo copyright © Swan Hellenic. Used by permission.