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OVERVIEW: Minervapassengers, called ‘Swanners,’ are couples and single travelers of a mature age who seek to cruise off the beaten track in comfortable surroundings, and who don’t need the highly organized entertainment provided by larger ships. This ‘soft expedition’ vessel is highly valued for its


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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / South America
By Singh, Barnt Green on 20th Mar 2014
Cruising on Minerva is one of life's treats, and this one from Buenos Aires to Manaus on the Amazon was pretty good on the whole. All the traditional qualities were still there - fascinating lectures... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Caribbean
By staveley, Knaresboroough on 18th Jan 2014
We returned before Xmas from a disappointing ‘Rhythms of Cuba & the Caribbean’ cruise with Swan Hellenic with whom we have happily cruised a number of times in the past... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Transatlantic
By Underwood, Whissendine on 6th Jan 2014
We flew from UK to Tenerife and boarded Minerva at the times scheduled. This is the second time we have sailed on this ship. We were enticed by the itinerary (which included a trip up the Orinoco... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Norwegian Fjords
By Wilson, Bishops Stortford on 15th Aug 2013
The destination of Iceland was an outstanding want, the ship we chose was the Minerva, the smallest ship we have tried. Our initial thoughts were we had chosen a floating care home, and we were... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / British Isles
By Burgess, Dunstable on 9th Aug 2013
We have just completed a 15 day cruise on the Swan Hellenic Ship the Minerva to Ireland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Carrying just 350 passengers it is a completely different experience to the... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva II / Far East
By Benjamin, Northwood on 8th May 2013
My wife and I cruised with Minerva in January/February '13 from Hong Kong to Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangkok, Ko Samui and Singapore. We only had good words, in fact high praise for the ship itself and... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Far East
By Chant, Bath on 22nd Mar 2013
The itinerary from Singapore to Colombo via Malaysia and India inevitably had an ongoing theme of tsunami tales which, coming first hand from locals as well as an on board lecture, added poignancy to... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / World Cruise
By Hayward, London on 20th Mar 2013
This trip was called 'To Sri Lankan Shores' which incorporated the Indian Ocean. Weather was extremely hot and humid but there is plenty of shade on the ship and you never have to fight for... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Middle East
By Bassett, Southampton on 6th Jan 2013
Have cruised on the ship a few years ago, but this was our first trip since the ship's 2012 major refit..... a subtle, sympathetic but significant improvement (the only negative in our minds being... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Mediterranean
By Corrigan, Newcastle on 23rd Oct 2012
Recently returned from a very good cruise on Minerva to Greece, Turkey and Lebanon. We had an inside cabin which although compact was spotlessly clean and very well appointed... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / British Isles
By Lomax, Milton Keynes on 22nd Jun 2012
Nothing is perfect, but this came pretty close to it. As ever, it would be easy to carp and make minor criticisms, but on balance this is one of the best cruise experiences we have had in more than... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Far East
By Rosa, Sao Paulo - Brazil on 10th Sep 2011
I'm a brazilian habitual cruise user. I never been used a UK cruise line before and 5 months ago, I booked a cruise with Swan Hellenic at Minerva ship. I paid 707 GBP in april and the balance payment... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Red Sea
By Liney, RETFORD on 4th Sep 2011
Passengers travelling on Swan Hellenic's Minerva between 23 November 2011 and 7 April 2012 should be aware of the following rather brief announcement put on their website yesterday (having... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Baltic
By Stewart, East Northamptonshire on 29th Aug 2011
My wife and I travelled in July 2011 on the Swan Hellenic ship the Minerva on the Empires of the Baltic cruise. This was our 8th cruise with Swan Hellenic. We have not been with another cruise line... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Norwegian Fjords
By Donkin, Barry S.Glam on 22nd Aug 2011
Having spent an extremely comfortable pre - cruise night at the Marriott Meon Valley Hotel where we left our car for the duration of our cruise we were coached to Minerva berthed in Portsmouth some... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / - / Red Sea
By Griffiths, Preston, Lancashire on 13th May 2011
We joined Ancient Cities in the Sand, having booked cruise only, saving us 900 each, and with no hassle booking flights to Muscat and back from Aqaba using BMI air miles and our overnight stop... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Red Sea
By Clement, Bridgwater on 31st Mar 2011
We have just returned from the Ancient Cities in the Sand cruise (Oman to Jordan). Previously we have travelled with a number of the other major cruise lines, but this was our first with... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Far East
By Dayer, Chelmsford on 21st Mar 2011
Our first time with Swan Hellenic and one of our best cruises. This delightful ship has converted us to small ship cruising, we really enjoyed the friendly ambience on board... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Mediterranean
By Chesden, Dursley on 9th Mar 2011
Last year we booked our first cruise with Swan Hellenic. We wanted to try out 'small' ship cruising around the Eastern Med We were unfortunate with the weather admittedly but the cruise left... Read More »
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SWAN HELLENIC / Minerva / Far East
By Burgess, Dunstable on 3rd Mar 2011
Having cruised many times before on large ships we decided to try a smaller one and decided on Swan Hellenics, Minerva. It was the best decision we could have made... Read More »
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