Swan Hellenic has implemented changes to its 2022-23 cultural expedition cruises, responding both to the situation in Ukraine and ongoing COVID-related restrictions across the Far East. As a result, the SH Minerva will now be sailing a new course into the Northern Hemisphere for a refocused Arctic season, preceded by new UK Celtic discovery cruises exploring unique cultures.
“Like the cruise industry as a whole, we’ve moved fast in response to the tragic situation in Ukraine,” said Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito, in a press statement. “While apologizing to our guests for the disappointment this has caused and grateful for their understanding, we’re very proud of the exciting new itineraries and opportunities we’ve created for them to continue seeing what others don’t.”
The cultural expedition cruise’s second purpose-built polar class expedition ship, the five-star SH Vega, is now scheduled to leave Helsinki Shipyard in September. She will then set a course directly for Argentina to join her twin ship for the 2022-23 Antarctic season, which remains unchanged, retaining the itineraries that were so highly acclaimed in SH Minerva’s maiden cruises.
All three ships feature three dining venues—the Swan Restaurant, Club Lounge and Pool bar & Grill—and are being built in full compliance with SOLAS Safe Return to Port requirements. Dedicated to guests with a passion for adventure and cultural exploration, the company’s itineraries explore the wild landscapes, wildlife, people and unique cultures of the world’s less travelled regions.
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