December 1st, 2020 - In January 2017 the British All Leisure Holidays had to file for bankruptcy. This also sealed the fate of the cruise brands Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery. Swan Hellenic is now back on the market with three new buildings. The first trip is scheduled for November 2021.
The Swan Hellenic brand is revived under the leadership of CEO Andrea Zito. Andrea Zito previously worked at Silversea and V-Ships. Swan Hellenic has three expedition cruise ships built by Helsinki Shipyard Oy in Helsinki, Finland. The first two ships are 113 meters long and 23 meters wide. They are designed for 152 passengers each. The first ship, the SH Minerva, will be equipped with a 4,6 MW diesel-electric hybrid drive system with selective catalytic reduction and a battery pack of up to 3 MW. Both new buildings are designed for extreme weather conditions, from polar regions with strong ice conditions to tropical regions. The ships have ice class PC 5. The SH Minerva is scheduled to start in November 2021. The so far nameless sister ship will follow in 2022. A third and larger ship has also been announced for 2022. It holds 192 passengers and has ice class PC 6.
HS Minerva rendering © Swan Hellenic
All three ships are positioned in the 5-star luxury segment. Tillberg Design is responsible for the furnishings. Despite the luxury claim, the new buildings are kept in the sober-looking Scandinavian style. On the smaller ships, 120 crew members take care of the passengers. The larger ship unit has 140 crew members. The routes lead to the most remote regions of the world. The Yenisei in northern Siberia, Arctic and Antarctic waters or the South Pacific are named. The ships are aimed at an international audience. The maiden voyage of SH Minerva leads to the Antarctic.