Swan Hellenic adds capacity in Antarctica
By Katie McGonagle | 19 Jan 2022
New ‘cultural expedition’ cruise line Swan Hellenic has added new sailings in Antarctica following stronger than expected demand for its maiden voyage
The British cruise brand was relaunched under new ownership last year with plans to run a programme of culture-focused expedition itineraries on purpose-built ice-class ship Minerva.
The maiden voyage took place earlier this month, setting sail from Ushuaia towards Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands.
Demand has prompted the line to add a new 13-day polar cruise, Beyond the Antarctic Circle, and to increase the available accommodation on a 13-day chartered voyage, Antarctic Peninsula Discovery Cruise. The trips depart on February 20 and February 8 respectively.
Chief executive Andrea Zito said: “Minerva’s maiden cruise exceeded our guests’ high expectations, and we’re determined to keep going above and beyond, including by ensuring they can enjoy a great escape exactly when they want.
“That’s why we’ve created these extra opportunities for new guests to join our adventure right from the start.”
Minerva will complete the current season in Antarctica followed by itineraries in South and Central America, the US West Coast, Alaska, Russia and the Kamchatka Peninsula, and a series of Arctic voyages.
Swan Hellenic will introduce a second ship, Vega, in April, operating Arctic sailings to Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, Iceland, Greenland and Canada, along with journeys to Scotland, the Faroe Islands and northern France, before switching to Antarctica for the winter 2022/23 season.
Find out more about Swan Hellenic.
Pictures: Martin Bianco