Swan Hellenic will name its second of three new polar expedition ships SH Vega.
The name was revealed as the keel was laid for the ice-class cruise ship being constructed by Helsinki Shipyard.
The keel was laid in accordance with seafaring tradition and current COVID-19 restrictions. The ceremony included the customary placement of coins.
Named after the first vessel to navigate the Arctic Northeast Passage, the new ship represents the next generation of polar expedition vessels, having been designed for worldwide cruising with a strong focus on high-latitude areas.
SH Vega will feature a 5-megawatt diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction, 3-megawatt max. battery package and PC5 ice-strengthened hull.
Providing 5-star accommodation for 152 guests in 76 staterooms and suites, SH Vega is a sister-ship to SH Minerva, the first ship in the series, that will be delivered in November 2021. Vega is due early in 2022.
A larger third vessel, yet-to-be officially named, is scheduled for delivery towards the end of 2022.
Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito congratulated the Helsinki team on their outstanding support: “Delivering to such a demanding schedule while maintaining the highest quality standards is a fantastic achievement. We’re honoured and thrilled to take Swan Hellenic into its next chapter with such fine ships and look forward to welcoming you on board to see what others don’t!”
Lead image: SH Vega keel laying