Pioneers in expedition cruising
As recognised world leaders and pioneers in expedition cruising, Swan Hellenic have been taking clients to the planet’s remotest regions for 70 years. It’s a unique heritage, showcased across a globe-spanning range of voyages, packed full of authentic, intimate and unforgettable moments. It’s all complemented by an onboard air of elegant sophistication across their new fleet of boutique-luxury ships, where Scandinavian design is complemented by a wealth of superb amenities, detailed in full below.
From the world's polar regions to the sun-kissed islands of Indonesia and the South Pacific, Swan Hellenic’s range of immersive and innovative itineraries take in a truly incredible range of off-the-beaten-track destinations.
Following in the footsteps of the world’s greatest explorers, Swan Hellenic’s Arctic voyages take in the very best of life north of the Arctic Circle, from spectacular fjords and creaking glaciers to remote settlements and whale-dotted seas and cragged coastlines home to walruses and polar bears.
Cruising to Antarctica is, for many, a real once-in-a-lifetime experience. And, there can be few better ways to take in its unique drama than with a Swan Hellenic voyage. Join polar experts as you head ashore to discover mesmerising icebergs, vast mountain ranges and immense colonies of penguins and seals. Then, head back to ship for five-star facilities and fascinating presentations in the company of your expert expedition team.
One of our cruise specialists Emma, recently travelled to the Antarctic aboard SH Minerva, read her report here.
The Swan Hellenic Experience
Of course, a huge part of the cruise experience is the ship itself and, with two brand-new boutique expedition ships at their disposal – SH Minerva and SH Vega – Swan Hellenic’s on-board experience is second-to-none. To reach the remotest regions, both ships offer the very latest ice-class technology, while inside guests can expect intuitive service, elegant accommodation complete with floor-to-ceiling balcony doors, state-of-the-art fitness and spa facilities, and a range of delicious dining options. Indeed, from the room service to the restaurants, a team of world-class chefs are on hand to prepare dishes combining the latest international trends with ingredients and culinary experiences inspired by the destinations on your itinerary.
Then, alongside daily shore excursions by Zodiac, there are opportunities for kayaking, trekking and, for the hardy, the infamous Polar Plunge. What’s more, back on board, there’s the opportunity for some scientific insight on each destination’s unique natural world with a programme of presentations and lectures. You could even hone your photography skills at the state-of-the-art Expedition Lab.
New for 2023: SH Diana
Named after the Ancient Roman goddess of light, the moon, hunting and the wilderness, Swan Hellenic's all-new ship, SH Diana, will be the largest in their three-pronged fleet. Accommodation will be be both elegant and spacious, with room for up to 192 guests across 96 stylish staterooms and suites, the vast majority of which feature large balconies.
Operated by an onboard team of 140 staff, guests can expect the very highest levels of personal service, showcased across a programme of voyages, with destinations set to include everywhere from the Arctic and Antarctica to a range of off-the-beaten track ports across the Mediterranean.
Building on the chic, Scandinavian design and outstanding amenities of her sister ships – including al fresco dining options and a heated outdoor pool – SH Diana will add in the likes of a dedicated Multifunctional Room next to the Observation Lounge, more dedicated deck space and a private dining room for special occasions.
Perhaps most notably, the ship will also be home to two covered tenders – a comfortable and accessible alternative to the classic Zodiacs traditionally used for expedition landings. Furthermore, a Polar Class 6 ice-strengthened hull combines with extra-large stabilisers to make the overall journey as comfortable as possible, particularly when navigating the wilder waters of the polar regions.
To learn more about the Swan Hellenic expedition experience we have two informative articles:
- Find about more about what makes Swan Hellenic expeditions different from Pierre Thomas, Director of Expedition Operations
- A report from one of our cruise specialists on a first-hand experience of the Antarctic aboard SH Minerva