Swan Hellenic Cruises

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Swan Hellenic
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Please note - Swan Hellenic is no longer in operation as of January 2017. 

Swan Hellenic are a small British-based cruise line who specialise in small ship discovery cruising. There is one ship in the Swan Hellenic fleet, the MV Minerva; holding just 350 passengers, the ship feels much like a country house at sea, sailing to ports which many of the larger ships cannot. On the itinerary are a host of fascinating destinations located across the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Middle East and the Far East.

If your cruise is leaving from a port outside of the UK, then you will find your flights included within the price of your cruise fare. All meals are also included, as well as both the Welcome & Farewell Cocktail Parties and formal Gala Dinners. In addition to this, Swan Hellenic provides a range of complimentary in-depth lectures hosted by knowledgeable guest speakers throughout the duration of your cruise. The lectures will provide a background to many of the ports of call you will be visiting, as well as other topics of interest that you may be keen to know more about.

Once in port, guests will benefit from optional all-inclusive shore excursions; a chance to see iconic sights and learn more about the culture and history of your chosen destinations. All entrance fees incurred during the excursions, as well as tips for drivers and tour guides, are paid for you in advance by Swan Hellenic. The excursions programme can be tailor-made to suite your individual preferences, so whether you prefer exploring local landmarks or taking energetic hikes, then Swan Hellenic can provide something for you.


The MV Minerva offers luxurious and homely accommodation, including a large number of spacious balcony cabins. Guests will also find cosy inside cabins, cabins with an oceanview and a range of extra special suites. All accommodation onboard features complimentary binoculars - perfect for spotting wildlife or approaching land – as well as comfortable bathrobes. If you are travelling alone, then the MV Minerva is an ideal choice, with plenty of single inside and outside cabins on offer. These single cabins are extremely popular, so you are advised to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

What's included

  • Guest speaker lectures
  • Extensive shore excursion programmes
  • Entrance fees to places of interest
  • Detailed excursion information booklet
  • Grauities
  • All meals including cocktail parties and Gala Dinners
  • Morning coffee and afternoon tea

Cruise guides & features

Dining onboard the MV Minerva is a flexible affair, with no seating plans or set eating times and a choice of two restaurants. The cuisine is freshly prepared, often incorporating local produce which has been bought in port.

Dishes are designed to reflect the cuisine of the countries which you are visiting on your cruise and the wine waiters are always on hand to advise you on the best wine pairings.

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 During your time at sea, Swan Hellenic provides plenty of activities to keep all guests entertained. Take a relaxed stroll along the promenades or bury yourself in a book at the extensive library. The library also offers guests the chance to participate in a game or two of backgammon.

There are numerous lounges where you can enjoy a refreshing drink while taking in the panoramic sea views. If you’re feeling active, then you can head to thegym or take a dip in the onboard pool.

There is even a beauty salon located onboard in case you feel like indulging in a spot of pampering.

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