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Improved and update in 2008, Swan Hellenic's single ship, the 12,500-ton Minerva, has lost none of the charm that has made her such a firm favourite. And she is about to undergo major changes that will keep her at the forefront of destination cruising.

Once on board, you will warm to the congenial atmosphere, panelled rooms, the glint of brass, deep pile carpets and welcoming, buttoned leather sofas. Soft, subtle lighting and carefully chosen fabrics also extend to the cabins, all recently refurbished.

Minerva of Sean Hellenic cruises
Minerva’s charm has made her a firm favourite

A wide range of accommodation choices includes suites with private balconies, deluxe and superior outside cabins with picture windows, comfortable inside cabins that don’t miss out on essentials like ample storage space or on refinements such as bathrobes, binoculars and books.

More informal is the Veranda that opens onto the Pool Deck, letting you dine alfresco. Other favourite daytime venues include the conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar with its cane chairs and potted palms.

You can hide away in the Library where newspapers, an extensive collection of fiction, books on the destinations we visit, as well as games and assorted jigsaws are among the most popular diversions on days at sea. There’s also an internet facility.

Another is Minerva’s expansive teak promenade deck, so reminiscent of the golden age of cruising. It’s the perfect vantage point from which to spy new coastlines, to photograph bird life in Antarctica or gaze out at Mediterranean sunsets. Aft, the promenade leads to the sun deck where you can lie back and relax or take a cooling dip in the pool.

The elegant Dining Room is open from early until late. You can dine on your own, or with newly-found friends. Menus include gourmet choices and often feature dishes that reflect the destinations visited.

Vital statistics

Operated by Swan Hellenic
Entered service: April 29, 1996
Refurbished: 2008. Major refit, November 2011.
Gross tonnage: 12,500
Crew: 160
Registered: Bahamas
Officer nationality: European
Passenger capacity: 350
Passenger decks: 6
Lifts: 2
Cabins: 194 including:

Length: 436ft


One dining room (open seating), show lounge, two bars, cinema, library, card room, smoking room, spa and beauty salon, swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna and spa services, beauty salon, medical centre

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