FIRST LOOK: Swan Hellenic and Tillberg Design of Sweden have released a virtual tour video unveiling what the adventurous and creative-minded can look forward to in the five-star cultural expedition cruise ships currently being built at Helsinki Shipyard.
The three-minute video begins by taking viewers through SH Minerva as they would when returning from an expedition by zodiac.
The fly-thru takes the viewer through the ship’s Basecamp from where guests will embark on the expeditions, onto Reception and the “vortex of light that is the main staircase” as sun filters through geometric wooden slat walls.
Reaching the Swan Restaurant with its varied seating choices and dramatic picture windows, viewers get a taste of the same thematic abundance of wood and warm natural materials.
The Observation Lounge – the heart of the ship – is the next stop and a complete contrast, with chrome and massive picture windows that make the plush sofas and easy chairs feel both inside and outside at the same time. Offering a variety of different seating spaces, including cosy niche indoor and outdoor areas, this lounge also features a large LED screen for lectures, as well as a piano and pop-up screens for entertainment and multiple other uses.
The Club Lounge features varied intimate seating and holographic fireplace surrounded by panoramic views, before viewers continue onto the outdoor Pool Bar and Grill.
Next it’s off to the panoramic sauna and outdoor hot tub, where guests can sweat it out to arctic views after an indulgent massage. After which it’s time to discover the understated elegance of the ship’s Balcony Stateroom or Suite, a modern medley of pastel colours, natural textures, hi-tech entertainment and multiple lighting options for every mood, set off by a holographic fireplace to warm the atmosphere.
Swan Hellenic’s first ship, Minerva, will feature 76 cabins and suites, and is slated for launch in November 2021. A yet-to-be-named sister ship will debut in April 2022, and a third larger vessel with 96 berths (152 guests), will enter service later in the same year.